New "Pregnancy Vaccine" for Pets Could Mean the End of Spaying and Neutering
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology recently announced that they've developed a vaccine that essentially renders mammals infertile. The shot could eventually become an alternative to expensive spay and neuter procedures for pets.
The "pregnancy vaccine," when injected into an animal's muscles, neutralizes the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a necessary ingredient in reproduction for all mammals, including humans, according to a recent article in the journalCurrent Biology.
The vaccine could help temper populations of stray cats and dogs, by allowing animal control officials the ability to catch canines and felines and give them a shot instead of surgery—a much more affordable and cost efficient method.
"Spaying and neutering of animals to control fertility, unwanted
behavior, and population numbers of feral animals is costly and time
consuming, and therefore often doesn't happen," said senior study author Bruce Hay, in a press release.
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