Obese dogs in Finland can now take Yarvitan, a new medicine, to help them drop a few pounds:
Yarvitan’s active ingredient, mitratapide, works by inhibiting certain proteins in the intestines (microsomal triglyceride transfer protein, MTP). MTP inhibitors prevent the absorption of fat. This protein is involved in absorbing the fat consumed as part of a normal diet. By inhibiting this protein, mitratapide reduces the amount of fat absorbed through the intestines. Thanks to its mechanism of action, the appetite
reducing effect of mitratapide is minimal.
There’s no mention of any digestive side effects — yet!