KCBS Animal Update: Non-Surgical Sterilization

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A lot of pet guardians might think non-surgical sterilization sounds too good to be true and Dr. Jennifer Scarlet, co-president of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sort of agrees.

“It is sort of too good to be true. It’s almost there. There is actually one product available for companion animals, for dogs and thanks to the Found Animals Organization down in LA, there’s actually a large grant for the person who can find a safe, permanent and effective way to sterilize female dogs and cats,” she said.

Scarlett said the non-surgical procedure will eventually become the preferred method once the science is perfected. Currently, spaying and neutering is the “foundation of humane animal control,” she said.

“It’s safe and effective because of a tremendous amount of training and skill that goes into it. If you think about the populations, we most want to serve those in impoverished areas and stray animals; we have to come up with an injection that would allow us to humanely control the populations worldwide.”

Scarlet said veterinarians are excited to see something coming on the market very soon.

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