Scientist discovers non-surgical solution to pet sterilization
Jul 22, 2011
A new drug may be able to sterilize dogs without surgery, creating a new opportunity to control the dog overpopulation issue that is plaguing America, The Arizona Republic reports.
Two Arizona scientists stumbled upon the results while studying menopause in female mice. Dr. Loretta Mayer and her colleague developed the drug and realized afterward that it would also work to sterilize female dogs, eradicating the need for painful, expensive spaying surgery.
Mayer says she hopes that the drug can be used to reduce animal euthanasia in Arizona, an unfortunate result of the over-population of animal shelters that can't find homes for all of the pets, the news source reports. Over the past year, nearly 95,000 animals entered shelters in the Arizona Valley. The Arizona Humane Society performed over 20,000 spaying and neutering surgeries on cats, dogs and rabbits, but it cost them nearly $2 million, the news source reports.
According to The Blaze, Mayer wants to create medications that improve the envioronment for humans while also being humane and compassionate to animals.
"My passion, without question, is to stop killing animals, however we might do that," she told the news source.