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Diet Pills for Dogs

Thursday, January 18th, 2007 by Jenna

The FDA recently approved Slentrol, a drug designed specifically for dogs which would decrease appetite and fat absorption to promote weight loss. This drug targets the 5% of dogs who are obese and the 20-30% who are considered medically overweight (as compared with the 2/3 rate for American weight covering both ranges).

 

Pros
Like humans, overweight dogs are at a higher risk for developing problems such as diabetes, heart trouble, joint issues, etc.

The use of a diet pill reduces the need to restrict treats and make time for exercise.

Can be used for 3 months.

Cons
Side effects include vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea and lethargy.

Stephanie Slain, humane society spokeswoman comments, “If you’re going to spend 15 minutes, spend it walking your dog instead of cleaning up diarrhea.”

See Mike’s article on nutrition for further information regarding weight management for your dog through nourishing meals.

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