I don’t have any pet at home for now. (Plastic doll is not considered as pet, I know.) For those who have dogs at home and if your dogs are overweight, read on.
A dog that weighs 20 percent more than its ideal weight is considered obese. An additional 20 percent to 30 percent are considered overweight. You can refer to this article – How To Know Whether Your Dog Is Fat? to determine whether your dog is too fat. In developed countries like the United States, about 5 percent of the nearly 62 million dogs are overweight. Gone were the days dogs are really treated as pet, but rather as one of the family members.
Most city folks are having hectic schedules during day time, many dogs are spending their days in houses or apartments. Dogs are not getting enough exercise because it is just too busy for the owners to bring them to the dog park. When owners get back home late at night, most will pamper their dogs with treat. In fact, it is difficult to say No when the dog is looking up at you with their eyes. For example, one of my close friends will actually buy Big Mac for his dog whenever he goes for fast food. So, dogs, like human, grow fatter and fatter as they eat more but exercise less.
Now, in addition to Viagra, Pfizer comes out with Slentrol (known as dirlotapide too) which has gotten approval from US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2007. Some dog owners are hoping that it will be a magic pill.
Slentrol is strictly for dogs. Not for cat and definitely not for human. It is a liquid drug which can reduce the amount of fat a dog can absorb. It also seems to trigger a feeling of satiety or fullness. Like all diet drugs, Slentrol is meant to be part of an overall weight management program that includes a balanced diet and exercise. Gradually reducing intake and increasing exercise is more effective for steady weight loss. So, Slentrol is not a magic pill for the doggies.
No diet pill will do the trick for obesity instantly, not permanently too, be it for human or dogs.
Exercise is still more important for the dogs. So, anyone want to invest in dog gym?
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