Pfizer started marketing the first diet drug for dogs this week: an FDA approved canine weight loss solution called Slentrol. I’m not going to argue that dogs don’t need some help. After all, an estimated 17 million pooches are overweight, up to 40 percent of our canine pals. Yet something about this strikes me as, well, wrong. It isn’t that I’m in favor of obese or unhealthy pets. On the contrary. I think all of our pets deserve to live long, happy, healthy lives. But the reason our pets are overweight isn’t because they head to the fridge for a midnight snack, or can’t motivate themselves to get off the couch and onto a treadmill (er, that would be me). Our pets are overweight because we let them get that way, giving into their every whine and bark with a treat, and thinking that a walk around the block to go potty is as good as an hour-long stroll around town. If I had to choose between throwing Fido a ball, and feeding him a pill, I know which would be more enjoyable, both for him, and for me. Just a little something to think about before rushing to fill the prescription.
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