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I just did a very interesting survey. It was about a procedure you could do to make a dog infurtile for a length of time but could also be reversed. It was none surgical. The way they described it was that it was like a grain of rice that the vet would insert between the shoulder blades of a male or female dog. in males you could get it to last 6 or 12 months and then decide to get it redone. In females it would last a year. They described the advantages and wanted to know if it was something dog breeders would consider using instead of spaying and neutering or so on.

I can see a lot of advantages and a few disadvantages to it.

Advantage: As a breeder while the pup matures and gets tests done and is shown and so on it could be on this till it is mature and then the breeder could then evaluate if it is a dog that is breeding quality. No accidental breedings then as the dog matures as long as the person keeps up on when the implant needs to be redone.

Advantage: for dogs that for some reason can not handle surgery for risks of death they could do the implant instead and still not have to worry about unwanted breedings.

Disadvantage: would be that if you do not keep track of when it needs to be redone then a risk of unwanted breedings.


This is something I would have considered for Sheena right now if it had been an option instead of spaying her like we did. Then I would not have had to worry about heats because while they are on it they do not cycle and she could still work. And then when we were back in a postion to breed her we could have.

Would this be something you as a breeder would consider using? I would have to research it more if it was presented to me as an option but the sounds of it is good. Or as an owner of a dog that could not health wise handle a spay/neuter surgery would you consider using it?

I think this could be an interesting discussion
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i would think that there would be great risks with bone density/development associated with a female dog not cycling. similar to girls/women who's menstruation has ceased = lack of estrogen = osteoperosis, etc.
 

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Very good point. So a lot of study and proof would be needed to show that there was no side effects to the use.
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