Canada has been dealing with a rash of dog owners who are crudely attempting to neuter their own pets.

The United States may face the same problem if the trend spreads.

According to CTV News in Saskatoon, Canada, the Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is fielding increasing reports from veterinarians who are treating dogs that have been neutered by their owners.

One of the more common neutering methods attempted in these incidents involves tightening an elastrator band above the testicles to cut off circulation. While the method is commonly used on livestock, it is far less effective for dogs. Kaley Pugh, manager of the SPCA, told CTV News that dogs often lick or chew the area constricted by the elastrator band, causing damage that is prone to infection and necrosis.

The problem isn’t confined to Canada, according to Huffington Post. The past year has produced multiple cases of home neutering in the United States including a lab/pit bull mix in Montana and a golden retriever puppy in Maryland.

The practice of home neutering is illegal, but some people may be attempting it to avoid paying a neutering fee of around $150 to $200.

Daphna Nachminovitch, senior vice-president of PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department, explained to Huffington Post that pet owners attempting the surgery to avoid veterinary costs are committing an unnecessary crime.

“Both in the U.S. and in Canada there are low cost spay and neuter programs and low subsidies," Nachminovitch said. "I think this is sheer ignorance and laziness.”

Comments (5) -

11/8/2012 8:56:21 AM #

Today when vet clinics are so focused on the control of pain, even in routine neuters that people would be so uneducated to think that these elastrators is an acceptable method for castration. If its due to cost, maybe the owners should consider the amount of money they will need for antibiotics (if their lucky that, that's all they need), the only one's tortured by this are the pets and the people who really care.

CritterCareNurseUnited States
11/8/2012 11:44:02 AM #

With some spay and neuter services costing more than $200 at private veterinary hospitals, for some folks that's a month's groceries. The good news is that there are many organizations that offer reduced-cost veterinary care, and the Humane Society can help pet owners to find low-cost spay & neuter clinics.

Visit the Humane Society site to locate affordable spay & neuter services in the USA:

Please seek professional veterinary care for your pets--for all the love they give you they deserve good medical and health care in return.

AprilUnited States
11/9/2012 1:58:41 PM #

If you can't affort to neuter your pet and care for it properly making good decisions on what is best for them and not you, then you should not own a pet until you are able to do those things.

JenUnited States
11/9/2012 10:21:50 PM #

I think this is just plain ignorance and it's disgusting. People absolutely should not have pets if they can not afford to properly and humanely take care of them. Stronger punishments need to be inforced with these people.

DianneUnited States
11/10/2012 5:01:18 PM #

  I am a practicing L.V.T. and would be happy to accomodate any male moron who thinks this is not painful.  All animals  feel pain and deserve to have surgery done  in a pain free manner by a "Lic. " Veterinarian . We are
here to protect the innocent and thoes who cannot speak for themselves. I urge anyone who knows of someone who is performing these horrendous procedures to contact your local ASPCA and report them. You maybe saving a few dollars doing this but the lives you loose aren't worth it...Hope you all sleep well .

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