Dog Longevity & Anti-Aging

A nonprofit research program

Research Purpose

Everyone wants their dog to live a long and healthy life.

The effectiveness of drugs such as Rapamycin, supplements such as NAD+, and other therapeutic approaches are currently being assessed for their ability to slow the aging process in dogs. While the efficacy of any treatment or combination thereof is still in question, quality of life issues in an aging canine population must be taken into account. Further, we cannot discount the reality that many senior dogs are surrendered by their owners because of health issues, and this variable could be of devastating consequence.

Research Goals

The goal of this research will be to determine the effects of a longer-lived dog on the owners' well-being, the cost of vet care, and the continued quality of life for the dog. Additionally, we aim to determine and predict the potential prevalence of age-related disease and symptoms in a longer-lived dog population and how negative outcomes can be avoided or lessened.

Research Background

Studies have exclusively looked at the anti-aging effects of therapies but have done little to evaluate the social and physical consequences of a longer life. Even less research has been done for mixed breed dogs. To remove the physical limitations of age, we must also be prepared to deal with the new medical and social issues that will inevitably arise.

Methodology and Approach

Comparative analysis of the prevalence of social and medical issues for senior dogs will be conducted from surveys given to dog owners, vets, shelters, etc. Because dogs cannot share their own objective experience, we will use video and photo analysis, medical data, and observer scores to determine a dog's quality of life in different states. 

This will be a longitudinal study and will undoubtedly contribute to our understanding of other issues such as the role dogs play in our daily lives and how they can affect owners both mentally and physically.

Potential Contributions

Understanding the dog to owner relationship and its impact on health and well-being has long been a favorite of researchers. It is imperative though that we get ahead of any potential damaging effects of longer-lived dogs so that we can assure the best lives for them and their owners. The medical and social ramifications and costs of extending any life without consideration for the quality of that life should not be understated. Contributing to a collective understanding of aging is to the benefit of all.

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