The rapamycin: a drug that can extend the life of dogs
Scientists studying aging in Seattle have begun testing the use of a new drug in a group of dogs in order to check its properties to extend the life of these animals and treat some common diseases. This group of animals, more than 6 years, are being subjected to a test of a drug called rapamycin.
The effect of this drug is not known for sure; but it has been used before for medical treatments in humans. But right now all the effrts are focus on discover how benefitial rapamycin can be for dogs in general, and some dog breeds in particular.
Rapamycin for dogs has been used to prevent organs transplant rejection, some cancer treatments, and hopefully other common symptoms in dogs. In addition, it has already been supplied to worms, fruit flies and mice and it worked.
Regarding dogs, the team of scientists has begun with a group of 32 dogs, a quarter of which is being supplied with a placebo.
So far there have been no reported severe damages; if some of them is found, any investigation will stop immediately. The investigators would also like to treat rescued dogs with rampamycin in order to improve health conditions of abandoned dogs. Still, studying aging in these animals take years.
We must be clear that applying this drug in dogs not only seeks to extend the life of these animals, but also seeks to be a step to then test it in humans. Remember that you can also use our awesome interactive directory if you are looking for a veterinarian and get accurate addresses.
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