FDA: Dog Diet Pill OK
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?
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