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Has Your Dog Been Zeutered?

Has Your Dog Been Zeutered?

A game-changing drug to stop pet overpopulation in its tracks will hopefully have us all asking, “Is your dog Zeutered?”

Zeuterin is a new injectable method to neuter male dogs. It has been approved by the FDA, and its manufacturer Ark Sciences is taking it on the road to train veterinarians and animal shelters how to use it.

The revolutionary non-surgical method can be performed in less than 10 minutes and requires only a mild sedative for the dog. It uses a compound made of zinc gluconate and arginine that is administered into the testicles and permanently kills sperm-producing cells.

“It’s very easy on the puppy: no anesthesia, no stitches, no post-injection swelling or complications, no complaints,” said Dr. Jose Jesus Villalobas Gomez.

Zeuterin is also inexpensive.  Ark Sciences estimates animal shelters will be able to sterilize 5 dogs for the price of one done surgically.

Overpopulation of dogs and cats in the U.S. is devastating. The problem of too many unwanted litters born each year has animal shelters euthanizing an estimated 4 million healthy dogs and cats annually. Ark Sciences is keenly aware of this tragedy and states on their website they have made it their mission to “alleviate the suffering of animals.”

“The executive team will not rest until we dramatically reduce the euthanasia rate,” said Ark. Their website reports the company’s vision is to have a 100 percent adoption rate of homeless animals by 2020.

“17,000 dogs are born every day in homes in the United States. That’s about 1 ½ dogs per person born. Shelters are stretched to their limits and sadly, the options are heart wrenching and devastating,” reported Ark Charities, the nonprofit group associated with Ark Sciences.

The injectable procedure will be especially helpful to nonprofit animal groups, like Heaven Can Wait Animal Society that runs a low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Nevada and “fixes” 10,000 to 12,000 homeless dogs and cats each year. The group could perform more surgeries, but the costs associated with them make it prohibitive. The ease of use and inexpensive price of Zeuterin could mean thousands of additional dogs sterilized each year.

Friends of the Shelter in New Orleans, is one of the first animal shelters to try the new procedure. Carole McAllister, co-chair of the shelter’s spay/neuter committee said, “The procedure is especially beneficial for dogs that are unable to undergo anesthesia. And, zinc neutering will ease the financial burden many animal shelters experience.”

The group sponsored the first training for local veterinarians who have to be certified to administer the procedure. Ark Sciences is conducting additional training sessions in various cities across the country.

Zeuterin was used in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and is being used in the Philippines to eliminate the number of feral dogs.

The video below demonstrates how Zeuterin is administered.

 

 

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12:24AM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

no side effects, yet. kills sperm, but less reduction in testosterone? yeah, no way I would do this until there are more valid results...this is like an advertisement for this company.

would rather have my pets done the traditional way thanks very much.

7:08AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:35AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

the wave of the future? it sounds incredibly awesome...but then i read these words - "approved by the FDA" and threw up a little in my mouth. i'll wait, thank you very much, until some more studies are completed and a vet i trust tells me it's ok.

12:09PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

No hormone reduction ? Cruel !

10:09AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

I hope this procedure will completely replace the surgical neutering all over the U.S. Much kinder to the dogs. Less traumatic and doesn't involve the risks of anesthesia and surgery.

5:06PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Wonderful news.

3:30AM PDT on May 29, 2013

I've never understood why they don't just do a vasectomy instead of completely removing the testicles?

7:06AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Very nice, with enough funding, governments can use it to significantly lower the number of feral dogs (and cats?).

I'm not planning to neuter my dog, not because we're planning to have puppies (we're not), but because I don't think we should remove natural parts of the body. For feral animals, however, it's necessary because they don't understand that their puppies' survivability isn't great out there.

2:31AM PDT on May 28, 2013

ty

8:13PM PDT on May 27, 2013

need more tests on humans first

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