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Diet pill for dogs - insanity

January 6th, 2007 at 01:50 pm

Just in case you had any doubts that the concept of personal responsibility no longer exists in this country, Pfizer just released a diet pill for dogs. Seeing as more than 2/3 of American adults are overweight or obese, I guess it should be no surprise that our pets are also getting fat. People overfeed themselves and overfeed their pets. And since people are sitting around all day rather than getting out and exercising, their pets are sitting around right with them.

There are lots of people who keep trying to come up with all kinds of excuses about why people are getting fatter (even though the answer is quite simple) but with dogs it isn't tough to understand. These are creatures that are 100% dependent on someone else for their nourishment. Feed them too much and they gain weight. If your dog is getting fat, stop feeding him so much and run around with him more. As a medical professional, I find the fact that any credible scientist even suggested producing this medication to be quite disturbing. I can only hope that one of these days people will wake up and start taking responsibility for both their own health and their pets' health.

5 Responses to “Diet pill for dogs - insanity”

  1. denisentexas Says:

    Well, I've seen a lot of things I consider ridiculous but this is one of the most ridiculous! You're right - it's about responsibility. :::shaking head:::

  2. Ima saver Says:

    My dog is not fat thank goodness!! I try and throw the ball for her a lot and she likes to run thru the house and look out all the windows.

  3. lgslgs Says:

    I bet folks will be very surprised when their over fed, under exercised dogs start showing Xenical-like side effects.

    Not good. Taking the dogs for a walk would be a much better plan.

    Lynda

  4. scfr Says:

    I saw this in the paper today and it absolutely made me furious!
    I am passionate about pets, and I know that in extremely rare cases there are thyroid issues, but that is by FAR the exception.
    Why don't people dump the gym membership and just walk their dog?

    BTW, the rule of thumb if you are thinking about getting a dog is to plan on an average of 2 hours a day for their care (much of that is for exercising, but also for grooming, feeding, training, shopping, vet visits, etc). Dogs are wonderful, but they are also a responsibility to be taken very seriously.

    Sorry ... did not mean to rant but this is a hot-button issue for me ...

  5. disneysteve Says:

    scfr - no need to apologize. I'm actually not a pet person and this news still angered me. I deal with human obesity every day and people always think there is some outside issue at fault: thyroid, genetics, high fructose corn syrup, etc. These same people do zero exercise, eat out almost every meal, buy little more than packaged convenience foods and can't figure out why they are overweight. Now they are projecting that same denial onto their pets. Everybody wants the easy answer - a pill to fix their bad habits. It just doesn't exist folks. Not for you. Not for your dog.

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