FDA: Dog Diet Pill OK

January 17, 2008 | By Matt Van Hoven | Category: Health & Wellness | 812 comments
Tags: slentrol, dogs, health & wellness

NATION – About a year ago, the FDA approved the first diet pill for dogs, which was developed in response to research that found 20-30 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight.

Slentrol is a Pfizer product that reduces appetite and fat absorption. The FDA's director of veterinary medicine says the product is a welcome addition to animal therapy, because of the health risks associated with obesity.

Excess weight increases the chances your dog will suffer from heart disease, respiratory probems and diabetes.

According to the FDA, an estimated 5 percent of dogs in the U.S. are obese, while 20-30 percent are overweight. In the UK, researchers say 40 percent of dogs are overweight, indicating weight is becoming just as prevalent in dogs as it is in humans.

Scientists say there's a direct link between obesity in humans and their pets.

Those in opposition, like the RSPCA, say the drug is not the best option, and that reduced feeding and more exercise are the best bet. There are also diet foods your pet can eat. They say that switching your pet from a carbohydrate based food may aid in weight loss moreso than the daily drug.

By the way, Slentrol cost from $1-2 per day, and is a liquid given orally. It's for dogs only. Treatments can last from 1 to 12 months.

How would you ensure your dog's weight stays under control?

Tell us what you think under this story. Post your favorite pet videos at the zootooTV tab. E-mail us your story ideas at news@zootoo.com or call us at 877-777-4204.

Comments (473)

add comment


5 years ago

I would be uncomfortable using this--seems like too many drugs that are deemed 'safe' have side effects that turn up down the road.

Good Point | Reply ›


6 years ago

They don't seem to be all that effective in humans, why would animals be any different?

Good Point | Reply ›

Add Your Comment

Already have an account? Log in now for faster commenting or Join Zootoo


You might also enjoy:

Top Stories

We’ve all grown accustomed to the many fundraisers and charitable events that the pet industry produces for homeless pets. From pet food companies… more ›

Helping Pet Rescues is Good For Business