Weight Loss Pill for Dogs Approved

Daphne Reid
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Washington, United States (Jan 11th, 2007)

Health officials at the Food and Drug Administration have approved the first prescription weight-loss drug aimed at treating America's overweight canines. The drug decreases the dog's appetite and fat absorption.

Weight Loss Pill for Dogs Approved

The weight loss drug, named Slentrol (or dirlotapide) and manufactured by Pfizer Inc., is aimed at clinically obese dogs rather than those just considered 'overweight'. Approximately 5% of the 65 million dogs in the United States are in the obese category and a further 25% are considered overweight. The drug is administered as a once-daily liquid.

Like their human counterparts, overweight dogs are also at risk for developing diabetes, heart trouble, joint problems and other complications. However, this new drug can cause various side effects including vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea and lethargy.

Humane Society spokeswoman Stephanie Slain said while dog owners can have busy schedules they should first work with a vet to curb food portions and increase exercise before using drugs.

"If you're going to spend 15 minutes, spend it walking your dog instead of cleaning up diarrhea," she said.

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I do have a problem with some of the comments about the diet pill for dogs. I have an obese dachshund female. She is 9 years old. She weighs 30 lbs. She has cushings disease which makes them gain a lot of weight. She is under the care of a great vet that has her on meds for her cushings and also for her throid. She also has arthritis and is blind. Not every pet that is obese is because of no excercize or lazy owners, though alot are, this is not the case for our dog. We take her for walks everyday and she is on special weight loss food prescribed by her vet. She still holds on to the weight so we are considering using the drug but if we see any adverse side affects we would stop it ammediatly. If we don't do all we can do she may die from this weight. Does anyone know about this drug or has tried it. Thanks for any feedback, Mary C.
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Added on Jan 21st, 2007
Im so glad to hear everyones responce to the release of this diet pill is that it shouldnt be used! I havent heard anyone say that it is a good thing at all. I can understand that using it in conjuntion with exercise might be considered ok, but your dog should never get that overweight! At the end of the day if you make the decision to become a pet owner then you need to do everything which is required for that pets health. There have been a few cases over here in England where owners have been charged for having extreamly overweight pets, these cases where treated in the same way as owners found with emaciated pets. The diet pill has not yet been release over here, and if it is not a popular product in America then hopefully it wont make it!
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Amen Cattwmn & Milodian01, What will the Food & Drug Administration do next to get pet handlers, owners and trainers to spend their money on? Just Say No!!! to Diet Pills for Dogs. Anyone who has a dog has the responsibility to walk it, run it, play with it, chase it, and if you don't have a doggie park, lobby for one with your local town hall to get one. We did it here in our hometown and they listened. Now we have a doggie park. Took some time, but it happened. And it happened in all the parks throughout the county. It was a huge success. Again, I say never give a diet pill to your beloved friend. Get out the door with him/her instead.
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Added on Jan 11th, 2007
A diet pill for dogs is a bad sign in how the pharmaceutical industry views pet ownership. It is also a bad sign for our society, as a 'whole', when the fix for all pet problems is 'a pill'. Dog behavior problems, give Woofer a 'prozac'. Woofer puts on weight - give him a diet pill. Regular walks with Woofer helps him be a calm, emotionally centered dog, AND establishes the role of the owner as the Alpha pack member. Put down the TV remote, and the PC mouse, get the leash and walk Woofer. If for physical reasons owners can't - get a friend, or a 'dog walker'. It benefits everyone.
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Diamondtiger, I hear that. Glad to see that I am not the only one that this disturbs. Here are some other points that I have........I feel what is the point of getting a dog if you are not willing to take him on regular walks. This is just part of being a responsible pet owner. I think that lately getting a dog is something that you have to do to fit in with a certain status. This is really sad. Just becasue you have the "in" dog does not mean that you are a good person becasue of it. You have to take care of that dog! The dogs are the ones that are suffering for this. Also has anyone thought about what kind of side effects this could have on your dog. The poor dog already is not getting proper exercise and now you are going to put some unknow substance into the equation. What is next doggie lypo?
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Added on Jan 11th, 2007
Amen to that milodian01! Here's what I said on another forum that I saw this on... Do ya think there may be a connection to dogs being obese now that people have become really lazy couch potatoes who are packing on too many extra pounds? Here's my prescription... WALK YOUR DOGS! Not only is it good for Fido, but it's also good for you.
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They have always had this on the market. It is called a leash, take your dog for a walk. Unless your dog has a medical condition, their is no excuss for a diet pill for dogs. This just gives humans an excuss to be even lazier themselves. How many humans do you think will try this pill for themselves?