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Non-Surgical Neutering and Vasectomy for your Dog
If you have a new dog or cat, you probably expect to have them spayed or neutered in the near future. The campaign to “fix” household pets has been enormously successful over the years, and the ASPCA estimates that 83% of dogs and 91% of cats are now spayed or neutered each year. As feral animals make up the vast majority of animal nuisance issues, this has been a huge success in terms of influencing public opinions and behavior. The techniques used, however, have not changed much during the last 40 years.
Sterilization normally requires a surgical procedure, which takes time and financial resources. Many vets perform the procedure at a net loss when accounting for supplies, equipment and staffing to complete it. Additionally, there is a logistical limit regarding the number of neuters that can safely be performed in a single day. There is also a certain amount of risk to the animal’s health due to the required anesthesia.
In order to address these issues, Ark Sciences has developed a new, non-surgical method of neutering for dogs. This process consists of an injection of zinc gluconate solution in each of the animal’s testes. This kills existing sperm and blocks the passageways that they use. When performed by a trained veterinarian this procedure is quicker, cheaper and less hazardous to the health of the dog.
This patented solution, called Zeuterin, was approved by the FDA for use in the United States by veterinarians and animal clinics and shelters with proper training. Ark Sciences is working to train vets this procedure, so that they can offer their patients another option in neutering their dogs. Already popular in Europe, this non-surgical, cheaper, safer alternative is poised to become the norm for the future of responsible pet ownership.