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FDA approves first diet drug for dogs

Dogs that are overweight can now be treated with the new diet drug Slentrol, which got its FDA approval last week.

The new drug, manufactured by Pfizer Animal Health, is designed to suppress a dog's appetite as well as blocking fat absorption from high energy treats. It comes in liquid form, and is a once a day serving, costing between $1 and $2 daily. The drug is going to be sold as a prescription and can only be administered under the direct care of a veterinarian.

Obesity is growing problem

Surveys have found that approximately 5% of dogs in the United States are obese, and another 20% to 30% are overweight.

“The approval of Pfizer's medicine proofs that canine obesity is a serious and widespread issue,” said George Fennell, vice president in the company'sUS companion animal division.

Stephen Sundlof, director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, said Slentrol is a "welcome addition to animal therapies, because dog obesity appears to be increasing."

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