Features August 2014 Issue

Neutering Dogs Without a Scalpel

This doesn't look like neutering, but it is rendering this male dog sterile, without surgery or general anesthesia. A quick injection of Zeuterin in each testicle, with the aid of only a sedative to help keep the dog still, is said to “zeuter” dogs with less medical risk than surgery.

Neutering Dogs Without a Scalpel

Zeuterin renders male dogs sterile, without the risks of surgery or general anesthesia.

Sounds odd to say, but I’m accustomed to standing over a fully anesthetized dog holding his testicles in one hand. Until recently, if I did, in fact, have his testicles in one hand, I’d usually have a scalpel in the other, preparing to neuter him. But on a day not long ago, I found myself armed with only a needle and syringe in my other hand, preparing to neuter a dog who was merely sedated.

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