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The SPCA of Central Florida celebrates World Spay Day

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day, the SPCA of Central Florida announced that it will provide Zeuterin injections for 100 male dogs free of charge at its Orlando and Sanford veterinary clinics.

According to the SPCA's recent press release about the free sterilization, they have determined that Zeuterin is considered a safe and virtually painless alternative to surgical castration to sterilize male dogs, preventing homeless puppies from being born. Therefore, the Zeuterin injections are being offered by the SPCA of Central Florida on an out-patient basis. However, an appointment is required.

Zeuterin is the first and only FDA approved injectable product for sterilizing male dogs aged three months and up. The Zeuterin solution is gently injected into each of the dog's two testes with a fine, 28 gauge needle. The procedure takes approximately five minutes and does not require the use of general anesthesia.

Following administration, sterilization is reported to be close to 100 percent effective, permanent and irreversible. Dogs sterilized with Zeuterin are identified with a permanent "Z" tattoo.

Recognized for its innovative and best practice approaches to ending dog and cat overpopulation, the veterinary medical and animal protection policy teams at the SPCA of Central Florida have carefully
reviewed the use and effects of Zeuterin.

"Having an injection available to sterilize male dogs, as opposed to traditional surgery, is truly revolutionary," said Dr. Rebecca Rhoades, medical director of the SPCA of Central Florida. "There is no anesthesia with Zeuterin and dogs can go home right after the injections. Increased efficiencies also allow us to sterilize many more male dogs with this procedure."

"Preventing homeless dogs and cats from being born is a critical part of our mission. For those pet owners who are not going to sterilize their male dogs with neutering surgery, we hope that Zeuterin injections will be an alternative,” said Kerri Burns, CEO, SPCA of Central Florida. “Also, administering the injections does not require a surgery suite or specialized equipment, so we can take Zeuterin injections into the field."

The SPCA of Central Florida's Orlando clinic is located at 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839 Telephone: 407-351-7722 and its Sanford clinic is located at 2800 County Home Road, Sanford, FL 32773 Telephone: 407-323-8685.

For more information, visit the SPCA of Central Florida website.

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