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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Cheap neutering for puppies

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By Clark Howard

ClarkHoward.com


Got a puppy you want to neuter, but can't come up with the money? I have a cheap and non-invasive way for you to get the job done.

We've had a terrible problem with dogs that end up unwanted. Though there are some "no kill" shelters, most of the dogs are put to sleep.

Now there's the ability to neuter dogs at a very low cost with a drug called Zeuterin. It's FDA approved for dogs 3 - 10 months old.

There's still some controversy about Zeuterin, but a lot of people in veterinary science believe very much in this low cost way to neuter a male dog without pain.

The reality is a lot of people already *have* neutered or spayed their dogs. In fact, more than 80% of all pets are fixed, according to the industry. That used to be only 10% or 15% just two generations ago.

But there's still more to do. The medical alternative from Zeuterin is about $15 vs. $400 or so for traditional neutering.

So if you have a male dog you'd like to get neutered, but you can't afford to spend the money, using Zeuterin instead of traditional surgical methods is a whole lot cheaper. It might even make it possible for you to do what you want to do and not bust the budget.

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