Archive | April 2016

A ‘Chastity Belt’ for Dogs?

The Pet Anti-Breeding System (PABS) prevents unwanted breeding for owners who might want to breed their female dogs or wait to spay them when they’re older.

It might sound like a 15th-century solution to a 21st-century problem, but amid the clamor for pet owners to get their dogs spayed or neutered and prevent unwanted litters comes a device that’s basically a chastity belt for female dogs.

Dexter Blanch, the owner of Shreveport, La.-based Highly Favored Creations, invented the Pet Anti-Breeding System, or PABS, as a fabric patch that covers a female dog’s nether region and is affixed using a series of straps.

The dog-owning public has been slow to embrace PABS, which Blanch launched in 2013 as a way to protect one of his favorite female hunting dogs, who he might want to breed one day, from randy males.

“Perhaps … the proponents of traditional early spay and neuter practices don’t trust American pet owners to be responsible,” he said.

Blanch is starting to get results after ringing the bell loudly and often through blogs, social media and word of mouth.

“Since we began our efforts to educate, we have seen an increase in attention from media outlets and increased sales from pet owners,” he noted.

The campaign has generated an uptick in sales in Australia and other countries where Blanch said pet owners “have a different way of controlling pet overpopulation and a different attitude toward a dog’s health.”

The latest PABS design was tested on dogs by Renita Marshall, DVM, MS, an animal reproductive scientist at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. She found the device 98 percent effective in preventing unwanted breeding.

The tests were conducted using multiple breeds and in various settings. Any failures were attributed mostly to incorrect fittings, Blanch said.

PABS is easy to clean and allows urine to pass through the mesh. The patch rides low enough that the dog can defecate over the top of it, he said. We recommend this to owners who intend to breed their female dogs but don’t want to deal with a strange male dog, or a male relative of the female, fathering their litter of puppies.

The most effective way to prevent unwanted litters is to have your pet spayed or neutered! Having this done will also add years to your pet’s life by decreasing their risk of developing certain cancers!

-This Article is brought to you by the April 2016 issue of Veterinary Practice News.

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