SpayToday, Neuter Now has performed 29,164 surgeries to spay/neuter dogs, cats and rabbits since January 5, 2009. This 501 (c)(3 ), founded by Dr. Angelina Piccoli is dedicated to the mission to provide high quality, caring, compassionate and affordable sterilization options for dogs, cat and rabbits and to ensure that every family, rescue organization and shelter in our community has the ability to access these services.
SpayToday, Neuter Now is Dr. Piccoli’s passion. Forever dedicated to making a difference to end euthanizing 2.7 million dogs and cats each year in animal shelters throughout U.S. due to lack of space and resources, Dr. Piccoli also remains on top of advancements in veterinary medicine.
SpayToday now offers alternates to the way male dogs may be neutered. The most recent procedure, which became available in February 2014in the U.S. is the use of the chemical sterilizing agent Zeuterin, produced by Ark Sciences.
Injected into each testicle under light sedation, Zeuterin causes wasting of the testicle, thus sterilizing a male dog for life. Widespread use of this new method of neutering is expected to greatly lower stray dog populations both here and abroad.
In order to appreciate just how important this could be, here are some statistics.
There are an estimated 600 million unwanted dogs and cats living on the streets worldwide.
Only about one out of every ten dogs born will find a permanent home.
25% of all the dogs that enter shelters are purebred.
The non-invasive method, nick-named “zeutering”, combines an innovative technique with an all-natural product (zinc gluconate, the amino acid Arginine and sterile water). Zeuterin is injected directly into each testicle in a procedure that takes only a few minutes. In FDA clinical trials Zeuterin administration was found to be safe, effective and permanent.
Many humane organizations also hope that a nonsurgical choice that leaves the male testis intact (though slightly smaller) and decreases but does not stop testosterone from circulating will make sterilization of pet dogs favorable to those who view the surgical procedure as unnatural or emasculating. It is also an option for those pets for which anesthesia would be a significant risk.
Studies have shown that permanent sterilization is achieved in 99.6% of dogs that undergo the procedure, while testosterone production is decreased by up to 50%. Zeutering is painless, has fewer complications and is safer than conventional neutering as it requires only sedation instead of general anesthesia. Zeutering is less expensive than surgical neutering.
Cat male or female
Dog neuter (male, up to 60 lbs)
Dog neuter (male, over 60 lbs)
Dog spay (female, up to 60 lbs)
Dog spay (female, over 60 lbs)
Rabbit male or female
Community/feral cat caretakers, please call for surgery pricing. 303-984-7729
Hormone Sparing Options
Vasectomy, male dog under 60 lbs
Vasectomy, male dog over 60 lbs
Hysterectomy, female dog under 60 lbs
Hysterectomy, female dog over 60 lbs
Zeuterin injection, male dogs 3 months or
older, 8 to 75 pounds
Vasectomy and hysterectomy (ovary sparing)–dogs from 5 months to 24 months of age
** All procedures performed by licensed veterinarians **
Countries outside of the U.S. conduct mass dog slaughters by means of poisoning, shooting and bludgeoning as a way to control dog overpopulation. Zeuterin’s release came directly on the heels of the outcry over the inhumane use of strychnine to rid the Olympic venue, Sochi, of its vagrant dogs. The routine use of Zeuterin in stray/feral dog populations outside the U.S. is expected to result in a drastic reduction in population numbers and, it is hoped, will eliminate the perceived need for these dog-killing programs.
As for the statistics mentioned at the beginning of this article? The numbers have already been decreased immensely by the acceptance of spaying and neutering (14 million unwanted dogs and cats were killed annually in the U.S. in the 1970’s). Ark Sciences envisions the end of pet overpopulation in this country by the year 2020 through the routine use of Zeuterin. In other words, there will be an end to the millions of dogs being euthanized each year in animal shelters.
SpayToday, Neuter Now is accepting appointments for male dogs in good health, 3 months to 5 years old, weighing less than 75 pounds. Please call the clinic at 303-984-7729 to schedule an appointment or submit an appointment request.
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