Candy, I agree that the less invasive the better if there is a choice. But the term invasive needs to be used not limited to surgery but including substances that could be dangerous invading the body. Overdoses of zinc don't sound like a good idea to me. Most of the dogs that have trouble recovering from neuter surgeries (done well) had to have a more invasive abdominal surgery to remove undescended testicles. These have to be removed in any case so getting an injection would not solve the problem here.
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From a shelter perspective, the less invasive, the better. Some of our poor boys have a hard time recovering from their procedure. I'm agreed, though, that it would require more information regarding how the drugs effect the rest of the body, etc. C~
For people who don't like the idea of traditional neutering they can also have the vet do a vasectomy, but if the dog ever ends up in rescue it will undergo another surgery. Chemicals that kill cells will kill all the cells they can get to. Last I heard there are blood vessels in the testicles so any drugs will travel. I suspect this is all about some company making a bunch of money from zinc they can't sell as a nutrional supplement any more.
Neutering does so much more then just stopping reproduction. Does the injections? The stuff they are injecting into the body, what does it do to the other organs? I have trouble believing anything you put in your body stays in one place.
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