Discovered by an Arizona scientist, a new drug promises surgery-free sterilization for female dogs if approved by the FDA.
Dr. Loretta Mayer was conducting a study on artificial induction of menopause in mice when she and a colleague realized that ContraPest, SenesTech’s version of “mouseopause,” could offer the benefit of sterilization in female dogs. Mayer is optimistic that the drug could put a substantial dent in annual euthanasia statistics.
Mayer hopes the drug will allow animal shelters to use non-surgical means for sterilization. “I think that a lot of folks would rather give their dog a pill than make them have surgery,” Mayer said.