The BBC reports that a new diet drug for dogs is about to come onto the market.
One interviewee, on BBC radio, explained that she’d use the drug, Yarvitan, because she couldn’t resist feeding her dog unhealthy treats.
The medicine, which works by preventing fat cells from entering the bloodstream, appears to be a get-out for irresponsible dog owners. Fat or not, all dogs need exercise. Quite apart from the physical benefits of a cardiovascular workout and the burning of calories, dogs suffer mentally if they’re locked up in a house all day.
No doubt there will be some cases where Yarvitan will be the right choice. Let’s hope vets prescribe a daily walk and healthier diet before turning to drugs.