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Special Issue "New Approaches to Non-Surgical Sterilization for Dogs and Cats"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
Interests: endocrine and hormonal and reproductive conditioning of birds and wild animals; pregnancy physiology; fetal development; interaction between thyroid function and reproduction; embryo recovery of sheep; in vitro maturation and fertilization of oocytes in animals; interaction between endogenous opioids and reproduction studies
Interests: non-surgical sterilization of companion animals; ultrasound; mechanical castration; intratesticular injection of chemicals; chemical castration; non-conventional therapies; treatment of andrological diseases; remote identification of stray dogs subjected to sterilization treatment
Interests: Male and female genital pathologies in animals and non-conventional species; reproductive conditioning in dogs and cats; biotechnology studies and improvement of reproductive performance; veterinary andrology; non-surgical contraception; chemical sterilization methods in dogs and cats
As it is well known, the attempts to control the reproduction of companion animals have a long history. More recently the most commonly used methods have been spaying and neutering. Surgical sterilization has had an important role in reducing the number of stray or euthanized pet in shelters, but it requires infrastructure and resources that make it unsuitable to reduce the population of unwanted dogs and cats worldwide. Unfortunately has been estimated that there are more than 200 million stray dogs worldwide that means that new strategies have to be found. Since the mid-1970s, researchers have been investigating alternatives to using surgery to sterilize dogs and cats. Pharmacological techniques, ultrasounds, intra-testicular injections of chemicals etc. have been studied. Early research investigated the novel idea that animals could be induced to mount an immune response to antigens that are important in reproduction, such as gonadotropins or zona pellucida proteins or the use of a cytotoxin conjugate that could directly target a subset of cells critical for reproduction.
The aim of this Special Issue is therefore to gather the most recent scientific findings on the topic of non-surgical sterilization. Original manuscripts that address different aspects of this topic are invited.
Prof. Giovanni M. Lacalandra
Dr. Raffaella Leoci
Prof. Giulio G. Aiudi
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- non-surgical sterilization