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Is your canine corpulent?

America's weight control crisis is now affecting our pets.

About 50 percent of all pets are overweight, according to Marty Becker, a veterinarian who has written a book called "Fitness Unleashed" to help both pet and owner lose weight together and keep it off.

Corpulent canines aren't cute. They are unhealthy and in danger of an early trip to pet purgatory, Becker said.


i've seen dogs so "killed with kindness" they can hardly walk. (A sheltie) "But he just loves steak, so we always cook one just for him."

Having had 2 huskies that are of the "working class", I know that class must be given lots of exercise and "sonething to do" or they become fat very quickly. Surprisiingly, their metabolism makes them need very little food (they were not "mushers"). Mine got just a rounded cup of dry food daily, and 2 dog biscuits. They both lived to a ripe old age.

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FDA has approved a prescription drug for obesity in dogs

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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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Teddy is overweight now

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When she was running through the fields until four years ago doing her job of killing critters, she weighed 22 pounds and held it for years and years. Since she mainly stays close to the house now, never runs anywhere out there anymore and sleeps most of the day (and night) she's upped the ante to 33 pounds. Since her seizure, and my discovery about how much more she weighed, she no longer gets her goodie snacks (high in sugar like cookies), but occasionally still gets a few leftovers from my plate as enticement to eat her dogfood as I mix them up in the plate. When I got back Monday night and went to lift her up the steps to bed, I was surprised at how much lighter she actually felt to me, so perhaps she's shed a few of those pounds during my absence....which is good for both of us. lol


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My dog isn't too fat

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She's just too short. Devil

This is true. I'm used to raising Great Pyrenees weighing about 100 pounds plus with no fat. This dog should weigh about 65-70 pounds and weighs about 90 pounds. Just not used to feeding such a small dog.


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