In 1975, the Carnation Company along with Upjohn Co. began testing of a dog food laced with a chemical birth control known as mibolerone. Tests results were very favorable in home dogs and in 1985, Carnation Co. announced they were seeking approval by the FDA to bring the dog food to market for the consumer. You can read the 1985 press announcement HERE. A New York Times article† stating dosages is HERE.
The dog food was to be very affordable and easy to administer. It was to cost only 3 cents more per can than Carnationís regular dog food. Carnation even trademarked the name ďExtra CareĒ for the name of the dog food.
I myself can remember this momentous announcement as I was involved in animal rescue at the time and rescuers around the world anxiously waited for the food to hit the shelves. We waited and waited. In fact we are still waiting 30 years after the announcement.
Carnation Extra Care dog food still has not been brought to the consumer market. Google searches for the product turn up the same news article linked above.
I did find another web site that stated in 2008 Carnation was expected to win approval of the product. I read that article but I really believe the author of that article was erroneous about hoping for approval in 2008 as his references only link back to the original 1985 article.
The active ingredient of the now mythical dog food was a drug known as mibolerone. Mibolerone is available today by the name of ďCheque DropsĒ. Body builders also use mibolerone as a steroid.
According to the original 1985 NY Times article, an FDA spokesperson stated that Carnationís dog food would be in a 6 1/2 ounce can and would contain either 30 or 60 micrograms (mcg) of mibolerone per can.
A microgram is one millionth of a gram, and a gram is one twenty-eighth of an ounce, so the daily doses were to be quite small. The cans with the larger doses were to be for larger dogs. For very large dogs, food without the drug was to be added to the diet so that the dose never exceeded 60 micrograms a day.
So I as well millions of other people now ask, ďWhy donít we have this dog food on the supermarket shelves?Ē.
We can put a man on the moon, we have both male and female human birth control, we have cured polio, smallpox, and other diseases. Why canít we have affordable and safe contraceptives for our pets without bickering from various agencies and political machines?
I personally thought that it might have something to do with money since the added costs to a can of the medicine laced dog food would only be an extra 3 cents.
Again I thought, like megestrol acetate, not a lot of money was to be made by the ones with their thumbs in the money pie,† all of which were wanting a bigger piece of the pie than the others. But now I know I am wrong.
WHY DONíT WE HAVE THIS DOG FOOD ON THE MARKET† AFTER 40+ YEARS?
Carnation has quietly shelved the project.
After doing more research into Carnation Extra Care Dog Food with mibolerone, I think I may have found the answer as to why we donít have this dog food on the supermarket shelves now. Itís not about money.
It is all because of political and moral beliefs!
Please read this article HERE and you can draw your own conclusions as to why we donít have a dog food laced with birth control. The article made me angry!
I myself sure hope we can all put aside political, religious and moral beliefs and work together to stop the unnecessary overpopulation of dogs and cats and put an end to the senseless killing each year of millions of unwanted pets in animal shelters worldwide. However, I donít think I will live long enough to see this dream come true.
On a side note, I have heard of people purchasing Cheque drops, (mibolerone) for body building purposes and feeding stray dogs with the drops by using the dosages as outlined in the article referenced above. Cheque drops usually contain 100 mcg of mibolerone per ml of product, thus you can see how users would break down the drops into the Carnation recommended 30-60 mcg as referenced in the article.
People have also told me that they have done this for their neighborís dogs who refuse to spay their pets and allow them to freely roam the neighborhood. I myself have never purchased or used mibolerone for use on dogs as I am a cat person. I can certainly see where the use of mibolerone for dogs could be beneficial if your neighborhood is full of irresponsible pet owners who refuse to spay their animals.
The proper dosage of Cheque drops for use in preventing estrus in dogs can be found HERE.
As you can see from the dosage chart on the above link, the dosages closely mimic what Carnation originally said way back in 1985 about 30-60 mcg per day depending on the size of the dog.
From the dosages on the link, dogs 1-25 lbs receive 30 mcg of Cheque drops per day. Dogs 25-60 lbs receive 60 mcg per day.
Research the use of mibolerone/Cheque drops on your own before administering to any animal. Mibolerone is not for all breeds of dogs, especially Bedlington terriers. We present this for informational purposes only and we are in no way suggesting or condoning the use of Cheque drops in stray dogs. Check with your vet for prescription Cheque.