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Thu, Jan 17 | By Matt Van Hoven | 812

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 … more ›

FDA: Dog Diet Pill OK
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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.

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Zephyr47
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Zephyr47
5 years ago

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

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Shellguy
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Shellguy
5 years ago

How about taking your dog out for a walk and cut back on the food intake? Diet pills aren't the answer.

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Buckking
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Buckking
5 years ago

Drugs are not the answer here, exercise and lower intake

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I don't like the fact that we rely on drugs to solve our problems. There are many alternatives to doing that.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

How about giving your pet exercise? Watching what you feed them? Then, there should be no need for a diet pill which I think is asinine anyway!

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Marty T.
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Marty T.
5 years ago

The sad part is that you never see a fat animal living in the wild. Pets have no control over their caloric intake when humans are in charge.

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Ro V.
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Ro V.
5 years ago

A visual - shaking my head....

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

Yet another biproduct of humans being lazy. When my dog packed on the pounds after being spayed, we changed her food, took her on more walks, and had a sit down discussion with other family members and friends about the negative aspects of feeding table scraps to my pets. I highly doubt that ninety percent of these dogs actually need these pills. I would be scared to give any of my pets these chemicals.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Back in the Stone Age, medicine men used to prescribe acquiring a dog if a person needed more exercise. Rx: Take dog for long walk b.i.d. and p.r.n. (twice daily & as needed). Then neither one will be overweight.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
6 years ago

A little activity please ...

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
6 years ago

This is a little bit weird.

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Chris
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Chris
6 years ago

Oh, give me a break! This is bs. If the dogs are fat the owner is just as fat if not fatter. Get your butts walking-- the pets will be trimmer, the owners will be trimmer. You'll be happy, healthy, wise & you & your pet will live longer : ).

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Jennifer D.
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Jennifer D.
6 years ago

I just saw the ad for this in my newspaper and I couldn't believe it! I guess it was just a matter of time before this came out for our "pets". I personally have a chubby pup and I would not give this to her! I know what the prescription people ones do to people, there is absolutely no way I would give this to my beloved dog!!! A pill doesn't fix things. Hard work and exercise does.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

As with people we are turning to drugs instead of diet and exercise. Some pets may be so much overweight they would need to get started, but I would worry about side effects.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Seems a bit much!!! Maybe try restricting food and increasing exercise first!!!!

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Apacheblase
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Apacheblase
6 years ago

I'd just feed the dog less and try to get it moving more.

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Satana H.
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Satana H.
6 years ago

I can't imagine giving a dog a diet pill. Our dog Bondi was overweight when we got him. We simply gave him regular meals of a good food and he dropped pounds right away. With the right amount of exercise and a good diet, a dog shouldn't be overweight. If they are, there might be a medical reason.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

My dog and I do a lot of walking.

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

Diet pills for dogs??? Just another example of our "quick fix" society.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Holy Cow!! Or maybe chubby dog!! What will they think of next??

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Twenty to thirty per cent of America's dogs are overweight. Not surprising. We spoil and overfeed our dogs, no doubt about it. The canine population is catching up to their human companions. Maybe Slentrol works, maybe it doesn't. We all know that diet and exercise for our animal friends, as well as ourselves, is the answer to the problem. More work but....

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Right you are, Mary. Exercise is best for us all.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

I guess the best thing to do is not to over feed your animal in the first place.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

I would prefer that my pet eats less and exercise more than give it a diet pill. The owners need to take reponsibility for their animals weight problems.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

This is so crazy. Walk the dog and cut down it's consumption.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

This is a little nuts, if the dog is overweight excersie!

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

This is crazy. Control their food intake and exercise is the answer.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

EXERCISE!!!

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Have you heard of exercise and watching what you eat?

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Chancesboy
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Chancesboy
6 years ago

I DON'T THINK THESE ARE GOOD FOR PEOPLE OR FOR DOGS. ONLY IN EXTREME CASES.

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Jess  L.
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Jess L.
6 years ago

Your kidding me right? The company that makes viagra also makes diet pills for dogs? Insane!

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

What next! Just feed and exercise them sensibly.

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Blrudolph
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Blrudolph
6 years ago

Unbelievable! Why not just exercise?

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Wow--20-30% of the dogs in U.S. overweight. What a surprise. FDA approved drug--read the news folks and run for the hills. Put pooch on a diet and take him/her on long long walks. Problem solved.

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

No weigh!

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Diet and exercise it the tried and true. Feed your pet less or go with a light food. Of course exercise it very important.

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Sandy S.
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Sandy S.
6 years ago

Society relies on too many drugs to cure every ailment. The best remedy (safer and cheaper) is cut back on the food and walk. And that goes for both dogs and humans.

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

vet recommended low cal food increase the excerise is a start. I also read the therapy animal business does excerise, swimming and even massaging for the over weight dog. Has good data on obesity in dogs.. Some of the therapy you could do at home as well.

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

diet pills for humans are bad so I am under the assumption bad for dogs as well.

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

From what I understand Diet pills for humans are a hazard to the health in most cases. Dog diet pills I would assume would be the same... before using I would check with my vet..

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

why is this a issue?? a little less food and low cal food would help. Along with increased excerise. I bet you would find the owner would loose a couple pounds with the excerise increased as well. This would be a good beginning

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Kristi L.
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Kristi L.
6 years ago

Exactly, I thought it was so true how they said that "Scientists say there's a direct link between obesity in humans and their pets." Well if they aren't getting enough exercise, it's likely their pets aren't either.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

I'm really thinking that we've crossed the line when we start giving dogs diet pills.

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Laura D.
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Laura D.
6 years ago

How stupid. Owners with overweight pets need to give them more exercise- walks, dog park, agility classes for example, and they need to stop overfeeding them. Dogs aren't like humans- able to drive for fast food or open the fridge. Get real and work on medicines for dog specific ailments.

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

Diet and excercise are always your safest and healthiest option.If those options have been give a true chance and the dog is dangerously overweight,I suppose as long as the diet pill is proven safe by FDA standers that would be a viable option as long as other problems as with thyroid were ruled out.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

This is the lazy owner's way of getting their dog to lose weight. Exercise and good diet are better options. I think it's just sad how we've become a pill-popping society and now we're taking this same philosophy towards our pets.

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Balletkat
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Balletkat
6 years ago

I wonder if this qualifies as the pet and the owner looking alike?

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Arb1752
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Arb1752
6 years ago

diet pill?!!!

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Greg
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Greg
6 years ago

That's unbelievable....walk more, eat less....

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stephanie m.
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stephanie m.
6 years ago

....ONLY IN AMERICA....

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

OMG, take them for a walk.

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