Diet Pills Have Gone To The Dogs

Posted: Mar 04 2009

Originally published January 9th, 2007

You’ve probably seen the headlines announcing the FDA’s approval a new weight loss drug for dogs. Slentrol, made by Pfizer and available by prescription only, purports to be the new miracle drug with appetite suppressing and fat blocking properties. In their study of 550 dogs worldwide, Pfizer reported that half of the canines taking Slentrol lost 11% of their body weight.

With nearly 40% of our pet population overweight or obese, Pfizer already has a large audience to market their new drug. But, with side effects including vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, anorexia and even liver failure in some dogs, is a pill really the answer to the problem of obesity?

How do you feel about a diet pill for dogs? Would you give it to your pooch and under what circumstances?

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