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14 October 2010

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Paul

Amazing, Pfizer wants us to throw commonsense out the window. Their plan: If your dog is fat, just ask your vet if Slentrol is right for your dog.



DO NOT change the food or reduce the amount of food, stop feeding table scraps and other treats. DO NOT look for alternative diets. DO NOT exercise the dog.



Their plan: Trust us and if there are side effects, we have a medication for them as well. And for the side effects on the human subjects i guess those are acceptable for the dogs.



I am sorry but this may work for Pfizer but I cannot see it working for me or my dogs.

Deb

I suspect you are correct, Heather, in all your suppositions. Thought so when I first read about this drug. "Hey, this isn't going to work on humans, let's kick it over to Veterinary where controls are almost nonexistent, recoup our initial investment and likely make a profit if we market it correctly." Ugh. I like your first statement. Feed Tubby less and take him/her for a walk.

H. Houlahan

It certainly does raise more questions than it answers. And I don't mean "WTF? Why can't you just feed your dog less and take him for a damned walk? Does everything require a drug now?"



On what breeds of dog was slentrol tested before going to market? I would have thought that beagles would have been all or at least some of the original subjects. Was it tested on dogs of different ages, sexes, health statuses? How many individuals? For how long?



And this small number of human subjects -- am I getting that slentrol was developed as a human drug, and kicked over to the veterinary division when the side-effects were unacceptable? Like all the latest greatest veterinary NSAIDs?

Marie

Would you belive some vets aren't telling owners their pets are fat? We had a new client recently that came in because the previous vet couldn't figure out what was wrong with their dog. (some hind end weakness) One look at the dog and you can see he was obese. When that was addressed as one of the possible contributing factors (to the underlying issue) they were shocked. The other vet never addressed the dogs weight so they thought it was ok.



I'm worried this drug will be pushed by vets who are afraid to broach the subject because they didn't have a quick fix for the problem before. No one wants to hear exercise your dog more after all. That means work!



I agree with Heather. Walk the dogs and feed them less. It's not rocket science.

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