The first FDA-approved prescription medication to manage obesity in dogs is here! It is called Slentrol and your veterinarian can prescribe it. It is made specifically for dogs and it is the first prescription canine weight-loss product in the US.
It is important to stress that this prescription medicine is not a cure for obesity and it should not replace adequate diet and exercise.
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According to the manufacturer website:
Why is it important for my dog to lose weight?
Obesity in dogs is an important medical condition with serious health consequences. Dogs that are obese have more difficulty with their joints (arthritis), breathing and heart problems. They also are more likely than normal weight dogs to get infections on their skin and to have problems with anesthesia and surgery.
Dogs that are obese don’t run and play as much as dogs who carry less extra weight. They seem to have less fun than other dogs because of this. They often have trouble going up stairs, getting into cars and just simply walking down the street.
Managing obesity in your dog is not a matter of “looking good” it’s about managing serious health consequences. Controlling obesity can prevent some serious health consequences and improve your dog’s quality of life.
How does SLENTROL work?
SLENTROL is a medicine called an MTP inhibitor. It works by preventing some of the fat your dog eats from being absorbed into the body. When that happens a message is sent to your dog’s brain that tells him he’s full. In fact, one of the first things you’ll notice is that your dog won’t want to eat as much as before. The weight loss happens because your dog is eating less food.
If you suspect your dog is overweight, contact your veterinary as soon as possible. Only he or she can provide the best assessment and solutions.
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