Pups on the pill: Birth control goes to the dogs?
No…not yet. But I'm sure the folks over at Texas A&M wish they’d hit the big time with their new oral contraceptive. How about it? Would you administer a daily or monthly pill to curb your pets’ reproductive antics?
It’s the holy grail of population control for pets: A safe, effective way to deal with the pet overpopulation problem. But this drug, phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor, is far from being “the one.”
While the drug shows promise for wildlife species, feral cats (the ideal application IMO) and household pets are far from the current target of its investigators’ study. (Unfortunately, it doesn't stop animals from cycling and hasn't yet been tested for pets, presumably due to this limitation.) Instead, they’re looking at limiting the population of so-called “nuisance” species.
Wild pigs, cougars, white-tailed deer, wolves, coyotes and others are the object of their contraceptive devotion. “[Helping] landowners protect their property” is how researcher Dr. Duane Kraemer has positioned this drug’s ideal use.
How ‘bout that? But Dr. Kraemer is quick to defend the drug to those that might disparage the drug for its potentially deleterious effects: “I’m confident we won’t eliminate the necessity of hunting or trapping.”
Only in Texas….