How to be Doctor Dolittle with extremely limited resources
November 6, 2012 1:24 PM Subscribe
What are the options DIY veterinary care in rural, overseas location? A relative of mine has moved to a remote island in the Philippines. There is absolutely no veterinary care available. He's trying to prevent dog overpopulation. Any DIY options for him?
posted by quince to Pets & Animals (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My relative has recently moved from the US and has always lived with dogs. He has some dogs on the island (strays that have adopted him) and is now increasingly concerned about controlling the dog population for humane reasons. He takes care of as many as he can, but with no veterinary care available at all, he's wondering if there are any options for chemical castration, especially of female dogs. If you're a vet or a vet tech or other animal health care person, could you advise? He'd like to target females because other residents with dogs keep their male dogs intact because they're seen to be more effective for guarding, etc. There's a significant population of dogs with no owners who are socialized, and not dangerous, but who are having lots of puppies. Increasingly, my relative is becoming their caretaker. He'd like to see if he can implement an effective way to control the population. Again, there are no vets and no possibility of bringing in a vet for occasional services. This is a DIY situation and I only have the ability to send him supplies and self-training materials from the US.