I could NOT make this stuff up, people. Just couldn't.
So not only is there an obesity epidemic among people, there's also one in dogs.
::cue scary music::
What does a good pet parent do when Fido gets fat? Why gives him a diet pill!
Slentrol was approved by the FDA last year for the treatment of "clinically obese" dogs- NOT for those who are just "overweight." Estimates are that 5% of America's 65 million dogs are obese.
Which leads me to this question: how do you measure canine obesity? Is there a DMI- a Doggy Mass Index? Waist* to hip ratios? Are we going to see photos of headless fat doggies lumbering around town stuffing their faces with kibble?
This leads to another question: and we need a pill for this? What happened to taking the little dude for a walk? Letting him play? Play is important to any pet, and not just from a physical activity/weight loss standpoint.
*This begs the question: do dogs even have waists? If there are any vets out there who would care to chime in, I'd love to know the answer.