Birth control pills for your dog are still years away, but FDA-approved trials for a new drug could begin in about three years. If the FDA approves a product called Chemspay, it could cut the unwanted canine population. This would be a triumph for animal rights groups and a less invasive method of sterilization compared to other techniques used today.
Unfortunately, FDA-approval for the drug is still six to nine years away, according to USA Today. Chemspay can be given orally or as an injection. The upcoming trials will take place at the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The potential impact of Chemspay on the unwanted dog population and the number of dogs euthanized each year could be dramatic. In addition, the drug could be used to control the feral dog population in developing nations where stray dogs carry diseases, like rabies, that may be transferred to the human population.