Called Slentrol, the Pfizer Inc. drug is aimed at helping fat Fidos shed extra pounds.http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070105/PETS/301050026
and from my local news:
Local veterinarians are not surprised that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a prescription drug for obesity in dogs.
"I'm sure there will be a demand for it," said Dr. Ian Wetherly of Haverstraw Animal Hospital. "I've seen some dogs that make a very nice cocktail table: short, fat and square."
An estimated one out of every 20 dogs in the United States is obese, while an additional 20 percent to 30 percent are merely overweight. Now the FDA has allowed Pfizer Inc. to sell a drug called Slentrol to treat chubby canines.
Pfizer estimates the drug's cost at $1 to $2 a day. It can't be used for overweight humans, or cats, for that matter.
Dr. David Groblewski** of Heights Hospital for Animals in Yorktown said he is disinclined to feed an overweight dog a drug as the first step in treatment.
"In our society, everybody wants a pill to fix something," he said. Obesity could be a symptom of other health problems, he said, including a malfunctioning thyroid or other maladies of the dog's ormone system.
**that is my vet. he is a very compassionate professional. his caring is tempered by rational realistic assessment. his reason does not discount the emotional stress, instead he uses it to guide your decisions.
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