It doesn't surprize me that they've come out with diet drugs for dogs. People who are unwilling to change their habits to improve their own health, are not likely to change their habits with regards to their pets-- ie, take the dog for a walk, fed him less treats and people food, etc.
I've got 2 elderly dogs (14 and 13) who started gaining weight simply because they're old and less active. So the vet recommended a dog food with more fiber and less calories. I get it at Walmart, it's not anything fancy or expensive. Never did feed them much in the way of treats-- frankly, I've got a small bowl of dry dog food on the kitchen windowsill and for a "treat" I give them each a piece of that. They don't care what you give them-- the big attraction is that it comes from your hand.
I haven't heard of a weight-reduction medication that works, for them or for us. Not sayin' it's not out there - I wouldn't be the least surprised. But they don't work for us.... they're not going to work for them, either.
The trouble with people and feeding (I suppose ourselves OR our pets) is that most owners just can't say "no" to a petitioning pet. They can't resist the treats, the table food, the free-choice feedings... and most folks feed grocery brands, which, while not exceptionally bad in most cases, still aren't the best choices. But it's preferable to not feeding at all, which I've (unfortunately) seen in more cases than I care to remember. When you're strapped for cash, sometimes the pets' food is the first thing removed from the grocery list. I can't understand it: if you can't feed them, give them to someone who can. But people will be people. Thankfully, those sorts are in the minority.
Veterinary healthcare is worlds from what it was when I was growing up. A specialty clinic near where I used to work had an MRI in-house, and they'd occasionally (rarely) get people coming in who couldn't get scheduled in any of the nearby human healthcare facilities. Crazy.
Times keep on a-changin'
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Wow, that is seriously amazing. How many quick fixes does this world need? There is no such thing as an easy way to lose weight, for people or for animals, ugh. It won't kill a person to walk their pets.
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Those pills came out years ago - around 2008 - but this is the first I've heard of a commercial. It's ridiculous. How hard is it to portion control your dog's or cat's food?
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Not surprising. But you are right about the same holds true for them as does us ! Portion-size, exercise, etc...
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Actually between people, and now their pets...we seem to think we all should live forever...and no amount of $'s is ridiculous to spend on an animal. Sad that our priorities are so off track for things that really count. (A friend shared tonight about their relative's $10,000 golden retriever-type dog and all the problems, issues, medications, surgeries, ETC spent on it. Go figure!)
I "get" that we care for our pets/animals, but there should be a "bottom line". They ARE animals.
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We live in the world of "quick fixes" that sadly do not get to the root of the problems ... which can then reoccur until we have a solid base to build on.
I have not heard that, but why not. These pets are getting fat right along with their owners. I once tried to adopt a dog and he was so grossly overweight and so was the owner. I think it goes hand in hand. I am sure it is happening more and more.
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Haven't heard the commercial, but perhaps people with overweight dogs and cats should take them for a walk They make great exercise partners. Yes, even cats. My aunt had a cat that walked right along with her dog!
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I have heard a commercial on the radio twice now regarding a weight loss pill for DOGS and CATS!!! Yes, now drug manufacturers are catering to our pets. I just about fell over and started laughing. It's sad, really. Let's face it: the same holds true for our furry friends as it does for humans: portion control, decent food, and some exercise. There are no simple fixes for overweight animals or humans. Now if I could just get my chubby Pug to believe that.
Have you heard this commercial and what did you think?
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