About this Document
This resource contains literature citations related to spaying and neutering pets. In addtion to traditional surgical methods, there is information on oral contraceptives for pets, chemical sterilization options, and the development of a contraceptive vaccine using porcine zona pellucidae. Papers on methods of contraception and sterilization for exotic carnivores (such as wolves, foxes, and big cats) to control the timing of reproduction in zoos and to curb burgeoning populations of pest species in the wild are also included.
A chapter on teaching spaying and neutering in veterinary schools provides citations about non-animal alternatives as well as refinements to the current methods of instruction. It is hoped that this resource will be helpful to researchers, animal managers, shelter officials, veterinarians, teachers, and students. It also provides additional sources of information to pet owners about the impact of spaying or neutering on their own petís physiological and behavioral health.
This publication is divided into 14 sections. The first 12 sections are comprehensive bibliographies containing citations about subjects related to the spaying and neutering of dogs, cats and related wildlife. Section 13 lists audiovisuals relating to spaying and neutering that may be particularly helpful in educational settings. Section 14 is a list of website resources, current as of December 2008.
For this document, the compiler searched for citations from multiple sources published between the years 1955 to 2008. The sources of information include peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, theses, annual reports, dissertations, books, monographs, and reviews. Some URLs are provided for documents available as eDocuments. Readers are cautioned as to the dynamic nature of the internet and the fact that Web addresses and content are subject to change. All sites are current as of December 2008.
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The author wishes to acknowledge Sandra Ball for the Web publishing of this document. Her support is greatly appreciated.