Fat Fido

It would be safe to say that that some people out there, and you know who you are, love their dogs more than they love their kids. No one ever talks about that in public, but all of us know people who take care of their pet better than their kid.

Well, the US FDA is following suit, because last week they announced the first prescription drug to treat dog obesity. Yes, that's right, dog obesity. The drug is called Slentrol and is brought to you by Pfizer. You know, the same company that manufactures Lipitor.

According to this article, the problem of dog obesity is so prevalent a whopping FIVE percent of dogs are considered obese. This equals about 4 million dogs. And, another 20-30 percent are considered overweight.

``This is a welcome addition to animal therapies, because dog obesity appears to be increasing,'' said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the food and drug agency's Center for Veterinary Medicine, announcing the approval of the drug.
Now, not everyone is excited about this new medication. (Imagine that.) In fact, some people are outraged that Fido has the same opportunity that many Americans have to lose weight so that Fido can squeeze into that Speedo for summertime.
That is a shame, but here's something to think about: Why don't dog owners - the people theoretically in charge of feeding said chunky canines - just feed them less and exercise them more? Or, perhaps in extreme cases, try any one of dozens of weight-restricting food products for dogs on the market? The whole thing is just ridiculous.
Oh yeah, the drug maker, in full disclosure stated that the drug will cost $1-2 a day and has the potential to cause liver problems. Side effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and loss of appetite.

Before I close, I would like to apologize for using the characterization of "Fat Fido." I don't want to be targeted by Rosie. So, maybe I should instead say "Plus Size Pooches" now have a drug to help them remove the plus. HA!