Why Is an Implant Program Important?
Spay and neutering is often the only option provided to help reduce the populations of unwanted animals.
Spay/neuter clinics can leave homeless, stray and outdoor animals at high risk of infection due to their environment. Many of these animals find the process traumatic, never being in a vehicle or crate, causing the fear and anxiety to begin immediately.
Looking for solutions that would help and work within the moral compass of our families, we have begun moving towards hormonal implants. This technology is not new and has proven its effectiveness in controlling many challenges by “Dogs with No Names,” an internationally recognized contraceptive implant program for female dogs in First Nations communities, created by Dr. Judith Samson-French.
Our goal over three years is to implant 250 female dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
At What Age Can My Dog Get Pregnant?
A puppy can get pregnant for the first time at 6 – 18 months of age and get pregnant every 6 – 7 months. The average pregnancy lasts 63 to 65 days with an average litter size of 2 – 20 puppies.
How Do Implants Work?
A hormone capsule is inserted under the skin in a quick procedure. Local freezing allows this process to be painless. Males can receive their first dose at four months, and the implant is effective after four weeks. Females can receive their first dose at six months, with contraception effective after two weeks.
Who Benefits From This initiative?
Female dogs are the biggest welfare concern because they get bred (over and over), have to go through gestation and lactation, and repeat that cycle yearly, even in winter. What if we could prevent this?
Will This Stop Aggressive Dogs In My Community?
Since female dogs would no longer be going into heat, male dogs no longer have reason to be aggressive. In a pilot project, six months after implantation, follow-up interviews with the owners of female dogs reported relief that they didn’t have eight or more male dogs parked on their doorstep waiting to ambush a female dog in heat.
The community becomes a much safer place to walk around in regarding free-roaming dogs, and people will also take pride in the care of their dogs. By working with the guardians and the community, which creates change, mutual respect/learning.
Do The Animals Need To Be Removed From My Home?
Dogs do not need to be removed from their community or their homes for this procedure. Additionally, through implantation, there is no additional concern that dogs are released back into the community without having pain medication required as they are not healing from surgeries or incisions. There is no risk of infection or other complications. One hundred stray female dogs receiving an implant should prevent about 100,000 births over the next few years.
What is this Implant called?
The contraceptive implant called Deslorelin was introduced in 2004 by Peptech Animal Health, a biotech company in Australia. It takes 60 seconds to implant the chip and it lasts 22 to 24 months.
Who Recognizes this initiative?
The project, which helps reduce the population of unwanted puppies in First Nations communities by implanting female dogs with non-surgical contraceptive implants, is recognized by the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs.
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