Dog Obesity Solution? NOT!

A golden retriever eats spaghetti at the Coolbaby dog restaurant in Beijing May 20, 2006. U.S. health officials have approved the first prescription weight-loss drug aimed at treating Americans’ increasingly plump pooches, the Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.

I do not like the sound of this drug, and certainly not the list of side effects that can result. It is amazing that the folks talking about it in the FDA article are so excited about it.

While I struggle with my weight, my dogs have NEVER been heavy. There is no reason for obesity in our furkids. We should be able to determine the right food, low-calorie snacks, the need for exercise, and the need to adjust the amount of food we give depending on activity level, as that changes with age, acute illnesses, etc.

Okay, I will now get off my soapbox, even though I do appreciate the added height (I’m only 4′ 11″) it affords me lol.

3 thoughts on “Dog Obesity Solution? NOT!

  1. My adopted golden Roxie lost 30 pounds in the last year and a half I’ve had her. She didn’t always enjoy it, but with lots of walks and a lot less food she’s doing great now.

    I have three goldens, one a puppy I’ve been adding weight to since I got him (he was only 20 pounds at 5 months). There’s no reason for furkids to be over OR under weight.

  2. A diet pill for dogs. Bizzare! I read about it, and it sounds kind of like Xenacol. If it is, then the owners will have to put up with lots of anal leakage. I think I’d rather just feed less. Much healthier and a lot cheaper too.

  3. This is the craziest thing I have ever heard. I agree that there is no reason for our guys to be over (or under) weight. My guys are raw fed and I have never had a problem with their weight. Dogs don’t need (and can not use) all the carbs added to processed dog food. I guess we humans like to take the easy way. Got a problem- throw a pill at it. What a shame. I bet Big Pharma is jumping for joy. $$$

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