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Doggie diet pills? Is this what we pay the FDA to do?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 05, 2007

I mean, give me a freakin' break:
First there was an emphasis on exercise, and then came along diet kibble. Today, the FDA is approving the first prescription diet drug for dogs.

Pfizer’s Slentrol cuts Fatso Fido’s appetite and reduces fat absorption, too, the FDA says. “This is a welcome addition to animal therapies, because dog obesity appears to be increasing,” said Stephen Sundlof, the veterinarian who heads FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Veterinarians are well aware that overweight pets are at a higher risk of developing various health problems, from cardiovascular conditions to diabetes to joint problems.”
Yeah I know there are plenty of pet lovers out there. Want doggie diet pills "approved?" Pay for it yourself. Or here's a thought ... quit giving the damn thing so much food and take it out for a walk.

This is not a proper use of taxpayer funds (in fact, the FDA isn't a proper use of taxpayer funds but that is another long libertarian discussion).
 
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I don’t know that the FDA is a complete waste of money. I like having a regulated drug and food supply as, it seems, does the rest of the civilized world. But what the hell is it doing regulating things that aren’t for human consumption? Unless these things are controlled substances in general, why are you wasting my money?
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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Doggie Obesity?

The mind boggles...
 
Written By: shark
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lol i think the correlation of doggie obesity to human obesity should really slap a few people in the face. Dogs are getting fatter because you feed them too much. To think people assume there is a difference in humans. Perhaps if you took fido on a walk every now and then neither or you would be so fat.

Not that i care if someone is fat, just dont complain to me about it, or blame it on McDonalds using transfats.
 
Written By: josh b
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I’m trying to determine why my government needs to worry about how fat my dog is.

Rabbid, yes, but fat?

Let me guess, they had to examine this stuff because they know some old people (like the ones eating Mighty Dog or Little Friskies because the evil Republican 1% got a tax cut that took food out of their mouths and forced them to eat dog food or cat food) are going to start taking these to lose weight.
 
Written By: looker
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Uh McQ what we need is a lawyer opinion, because the Food and Drug Act may apply to veternarian products too, or the FDA may be required by ANOTHER law to license veternarian products. I don’t see the "kick" with the FDA approving it? What’s wrong with it? There was a time that animal health very important and just as important as human health. Mayhap the law hasn’t caught up witht he mechanized age yet, but I really am not sure that there’s a problem with FDA approval, here.... Approval doesn’t mena that Medicare pays of rit, only thta it is "safe" and "effective" in a legal sense for use by dog owners.

Now I will say fat dogs is an odd problem. Most dogs shouldn’t ahve that problem, should they. Humans control their food supply and their exercise. Feed the dog less and walk it more, it won’t be fat...but I’m funny that way.
 
Written By: Joe
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Let me guess, they had to examine this stuff because they know some old people (like the ones eating Mighty Dog or Little Friskies because the evil Republican 1% got a tax cut that took food out of their mouths and forced them to eat dog food or cat food) are going to start taking these to lose weight.
Have you seen the price of pet food these days? If Grandpa can afford Iams or Science Diet, then he can more than afford three squares of human food per day. ;)
 
Written By: The Poet Omar
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Umm... you do know they have aloud vets to prescribe doggie vallium for several years right?
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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Umm... you do know they have aloud vets to prescribe doggie vallium for several years right?
Know it? hell, I have a dog (black lab) on it - well, more like prozac - either way.
Thunderstorms are his arch enemy.
But it’s cheaper at $50.00 a perscription than replacing sheetrock walls and laundry room doors and days spent at home to keep ’Quincy’ from eating doorknobs, door frames, etc.

Yeah yeah, I know, why not take him out back and put a bullet through his happy little doggie brain.

I’m a sucker for a sad doggie face.
 
Written By: looker
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Umm... you do know they have aloud vets to prescribe doggie vallium for several years right?
Hey that’s fine. They can give ’em heroin for all I care.

I just don’t want the FDA spending my money to "approve" the stuff for a dog.
 
Written By: McQ
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FDA= Fat Dog Administration?
 
Written By: shark
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Or here’s a thought ... quit giving the damn thing so much food and take it out for a walk.
Oh, I just can’t be bothered.

Better life through chemistry. You know all ‘bout that, you beer barbarian. I’ve seen your photo. Looks to me that you’ve never turned down a pint.

Hah!

Spending money!? That’s crazy.
The government is missing out on a golden opportunity.

What we need here, is a doggy snack tax. I propose we put an 8% tax on all doggie biscuits and treats.

Imagine the revenue! Beggin’ strips could fund Medicare part D!
BACON, BACON, BACON,… ONLY ONE THING SMELLS LIKE BACON AND THAT’S BACON!
Noooooooo it’s not bacon, it’s beggin’ strips its pork barrel spending.

Now here’s your treat. Go sit like a good dog.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Looks to me that you’ve never turned down a pint.
My God man ... you know very well you can’t get into heaven if you commit a mortal sin (he said having just quaffed two wonderful and crisp Peronis (Birra Superiore!)).
 
Written By: McQ
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Umm... you do know they have aloud vets to prescribe doggie vallium for several years right?
My dog has epilepsy, and was prescribed phenobarbitol for it. The pills even came with a label warning him not to operate heavy machinery while taking the drug.

He can’t read, but he still didn’t operate cranes, bulldozers, wrecking balls, etc.

He’s a good dog, after all.
 
Written By: steverino
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PogueMahone, I disagree with almost everything you post, but I almost died laughing reading that one.

Wanders off still snickering...
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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As long as they put a warning label on it saying "we were made to put this on here so people who are stupid do not do stupid things while on our drug, then it is O.K."

Ohhh.. By the way, letting your dog run cars,vans or backhoes while they are doesed counts as stupid.

On a side note, never say pinchae (long ae as in a) when speaking spanish and you ment to say pincha (short a as in apple) the 1st is a bad word that I haven’t figured out yet the 2nd is the word for pliers.
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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Beer’s a mortal sin?

I guess the two pints of exquisite homebrewed IPA that I’ve had tonight kinda disqualify me, huh? Or maybe it’s the atheism...
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
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The correlation of canine obesity to human obesity doesn’t prove that exercise is the problem.

If anything, I would say it raises further serious questions about the whole "if you just exercised more it wouldn’t be a problem" attitude (which already strikes me as a little too conveniently suited to allowing people to consider themselves as morally superior to others). Human behavior changing that much in such a short span of time is somewhat plausible, but canine behavior? I realize "every dog I’ve ever owned" is not a reasonable sample, but to a man, er, dog, if they’ve got energy and they want to play, they will exert themselves and play. If you’re smart, you’ll help them. If you’re dumb, they’ll destroy the house if need be to get the energy out.

I have, on the other hand, noticed that it is increasingly difficult to buy dog food and dog treats where the ingredients label doesn’t open with something to the effect of "Rice, Corn, Wheat Flour" and only wander around to an actual meat source somewhere around the tenth ingredient. Dog food is doable if you buy the good stuff but almost all dog treats are now damn near (uncooked) white bread in nutritional terms.

Humans are at least omnivores; the "refined" carbs (the term almost seems euphemistic to me) still seem to be bad for us, but at least we’ve got digestive systems meant to handle large quantities of plant material. If you feed poor Fido "Rice, Corn, Wheat Flour, ..., ..., ..., chicken meal for flavoring", what do you expect?

If you own a cat or dog, go read some of ingredient labels of the treats and food in your house and consider what your animal would eat in the wild...

I really think the obesity epidemic is getting to the point where we need to further question where the problem is coming from. "Americans (or whatever) are too lazy to exercise" is, at least to my mind, becoming an increasingly implausible theory, because by what magic mechanism are modern people so uniquely resistant to exercise, given how much zest for it we’ve had in the past? (Sports are not a recent invention.) Maybe the actual cause lies somewhere else, and lowered exercise rates are an effect, not a cause.
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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The presence of grain in dog food is also a problem because of allergies. My son’s canine lives mostly on meat scraps and cheap canned food, but for the dry food backup even the big name upscale brands are unacceptable because of corn and soy.
 
Written By: triticale
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Are you saying we have those sharp teeth for a reason?
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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Jeremy,

Exercise is a definite part of it. We have two Yorkshire Terriers, one of whom is a bundle of energy (and is likewise about as lean and slender as a dog can be). The other one wakes up in the morning, heads downstairs from the bedroom, and then hops on the couch to go back to sleep. He’s the only dog I’ve ever met who hates to go for a walk. And he’s a fat little pig. We’ve taken to modifying his diet to keep it under control, but he’s not at all interested in exercise or really even playing much, and his body shows it.
 
Written By: Brad Warbiany
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I’m not saying it’s 100% diet.

But 100% lack-of-exercise involves some very implausible assumptions.

Read the ingredient label of what you’re feeding the second dog. Don’t trust the "diet" designations on the packaging; too often that’s done by lowering the fat, which really is attacking the wrong problem entirely and may be actively silly if they’re replacing fat with grains.

In the end, are you sure your dog is fat because he doesn’t exercise, or does he not exercise because he’s fat? (Or, since it’s neither entirely one nor the other, are you sure you’ve got your proportions correct?)
 
Written By: Jeremy Bowers
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My first reaction, past laughter, was to consider a possible answer to why this would be in play: Are the contents of the drug otherwise controlled for human consumption?

Not that it makes it less wrong, but it does become more understandable; they’re responding to a condition caused by existing legislation...

... just sayin’...





 
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