Dog Aging Project: A longer life for man's bestfriend

Project at University of Washington helps dogs live longer, age slower

SEATTLE - What would wouldn't many of us give, just for an extra day with a beloved pet. Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D a professor of pathology at the University of Washington has always felt the same way. Sparked by a fascination in why people age so differently, Dr. Kaeberlein focused his research on discovering what factors contribute to a longer life for both people and their pets. So, Dr. Kaeberlein and his wife Tammi began the Dog Aging Project, its goal: increase the lifespan of man's best friend.

Rose Bigham's dog Rascal has been a participant of the project. Rascal has received low doses of rapamycin, a compound used to prevent organ transplant rejection in people. Focusing on Rascal's cognitive function, life span, reduced cancer rates and cardiac function, Rose believes her dog has benefited from the treatment.

If you would like to get your dog involved visit: www.dogagingproject.com


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