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Lipitor is a statin for lowering cholesterol levels, but you don’t hear about dogs being given this drug and there’s a good reason for that!
High cholesterol is primarily a people problem. It’s super rare for a pet dog to be prescribed Lipitor (AKA Atorvastatin).
Canines aren’t nearly as susceptible to cardiovascular disease.
Dogs Almost Never Need Lipitor (or statins in general)
Developed by Pfizer, this popular life-saving drug only makes sense for humans.
Perhaps you have personally benefited from Lipitor? It’s understandable to ask about the health benefits for a beloved dog.
But instead of Lipitor, it would be better to get multi-vitamins (the kind that have been designed for dogs).
What The Research Shows
Studies do indicate that dogs also experience a cholesterol reduction from Atorvastatin.
And it’s likely that healthy animals tolerate statins better than sick pups.
Again though, dogs do not normally suffer form coronary issues or other types of heart problems. Their arteries rarely become clogged and four-legged friends don’t typically have strokes.
Fat’s Effect on Fido’s Heart
High cholesterol and higher fat intake is normal for dogs. They actually need it!
Only Pancreatitis and obesity are concerns. Such conditions warrant fat intake reduction.
There are things you can do if you’re worried about your dog’s health, but prescription Lipitor (because it helps you) is just not one of them.
Dosing Lipitor For Canines
Ensure a safe dose if you insist on Lipitor for a furry friend.
Approximately 1 milligram per pound is likely sufficient. That’s just a reference point and to be very clear, we do not recommend Atorvastatin for dogs.
Wait! Has a pet taken a high dose?
Be sure to visit a vet as soon as possible. Your dog’s internal organs may be at risk.
More on The Lipitor Study
So, there was a study that evaluated Atorvastatin’s effects on canines.
They used 2mg per kilogram (a similar ratio).
But the catch-22 is only healthy dogs were found to well tolerate this statin. And the thing is little research has been done on the prospect of dogs taking Lipitor.
Perhaps because it isn’t necessary?
Nevertheless, indications are that dogs are not harmed by low Lipitor doses.
Healthy Lifestyle & Diet
Improve your dog’s health by natural means.
Feed a premium dog food (instead of experimenting with Lipitor).
Combine that with an active, outdoor lifestyle. Doing so is powerful preventative healthcare! Diet and exercise are so important for people and dogs, alike.
Think of it like this:
A pet is one great reason to improve your own well-being. Incorporate your dog into a healthy routine. Thrive together!
The Bottom Line
Lipitor will not make your dog live longer.
This statin drug is not really a realistic option for animals but, just to be sure, run it by your vet anyway. Normally a good diet and exercise is the way to go.
A more sensible alternative to Lipitor would be quality all-in-one vitamin chews (the kind that are made for dogs) — that’s the heart health supplementation you may be looking for!
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