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The sterilization shot could simplify birth control in animals… for now

It’s common for pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and cats. The process is on that requires pain and maintenance; dogs hate wearing the “cone of shame” that prevents them from chewing on their stitches. A new “vaccine” could be used to sterilize them quickly and without the dreaded cone.

Scientists have tested a shot that tricks muscles into producing antibodies that block reproductive hormones. The injection has been tested successfully on mice and rats and is expected to be tried on cats and dogs soon.

The potential for human use isn’t being ruled out, but for now the focus is on making things easier on veterinarians as well as the pets themselves.

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