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FDA approves diet drug for dogs

Updated: January 5, 2007, 6:04 PM ET
By MATT PERRONE | Associated Press — Jan. 5, 2007

WASHINGTON — A new potion could make it easier for plump pups to shed unwanted pounds.

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it approved a Pfizer drug designed to help manage the weight of obese dogs.

Pfizer Inc. will market Slentrol, a liquid formula, to owners of the estimated 5 percent of U.S. dogs that are 20 percent above their ideal weight.

The FDA says the drug's ``mechanism for producing weight loss is not completely understood,'' but seems to ...

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