Scientists Are Developing Ozempic-Like Drug for Pets

A new weight loss medication that works similarly to Ozempic may soon be available for cats and dogs.

In February, Better Choice Company announced the acquisition of Aimia Pet Healthco Inc. and plans to develop weight loss treatments for pets.

“The goal of the research and development work is to mirror the weight loss benefits of leading brands for domestic animals and in humans, including Slentrol, Wegovy, Ozempic, and Mounjaro with added protein and nutrients from the Company’s halo products to promote lean muscle and overall pet health,” according to the company’s statement.


Wegovy, Ozempic, and Mounjaro are human medications that belong to a class of novel type 2 diabetes and obesity drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists (GLP-1 agonists). These drugs have been shown to aid weight loss by suppressing appetite and reducing food intake.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s Slentrol to combat canine obesity in 2007. During the four-month clinical trial, dogs lost an average of 11.8% of their body weight, a level associated with established health benefits. However, the drug was pulled out of the U.S. market in 2014.

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your pet’s risk of injury and conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and some forms of cancer, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Weight loss involves reducing your pet’s calorie intake and increasing their activity level to burn more calories. The AVMA recommends taking the following steps:

  • Discuss with your veterinarian what food and in what amounts is the best for your individual pet’s needs.
  • Consider using a special bowl, mat, or food puzzle that makes it harder for your pet to gulp food and slows its eating to help your pet feel satisfied with the food they’re given.
  • Limit treats to less than 10% of your pet’s daily calorie needs.
  • If your pet cries or begs for food, try taking them for a walk or playing with them.
  • Dogs need at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily, while cats should get three 5-minute intense play sessions.

As over half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese, their owners may turn to medications to help their pets stay healthy.


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