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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