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NC State Veterinarian Leads Research To Delay The Aging Process In Dogs

Groundbreaking Research at NC State Aims to Extend the Lifespan of Dogs:

RALEIGH — In a pioneering initiative at North Carolina State University, researchers are delving deep into the science of aging in dogs, with the ultimate goal of allowing our furry companions to grace our lives for a longer duration. The research, which commenced in 2018, is not only in the advanced stages of its first clinical trial but has also exhibited promising signs of success.

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The heartwarming bond between a dog and its owner is beautifully exemplified by Evan Blount, who has shared his life with his dog, Post, for nine years. Describing their inseparable bond, Blount mentions, “He’s with me all the time. Often referred to him as my shadow. If I move out of the room, he’s in the next room with me.”

However, the harsh reality is that no dog lives forever. This poignant truth is what drives Dr. Natasha Olby at NC State. She is fervently working towards granting dog enthusiasts a bit more time with their cherished pets. “When I see the ravages of aging in the clinic every day as a veterinarian, we tend to shy away from very complicated cases that have multiple problems.

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This becomes more intriguing to research,” Dr. Olby remarks. The crux of Dr. Olby’s research revolves around discerning if certain supplements can decelerate the aging process in dogs. The objective is not just to prolong their life but to ensure that their cognitive abilities remain intact, and their senses and mobility are preserved. “We know that we can quantify many of these changes safely. We didn’t want to cause any harm, but in addition, dogs actually really enjoy it. So it’s quite positive for them,” Dr. Olby adds.

The study involves 70 dogs, with one group being administered the supplement and the other receiving a placebo. The results, expected in December, are eagerly anticipated by the team. Dr. Olby expresses her excitement and apprehension, “If you see a big effect, always like, is that going to be the placebo or is it going to be what we’re testing?”

While the research won’t render our dogs immortal, it holds the potential to offer us more quality moments with them. For dog owners like Blount, such an outcome is invaluable. “Not only is it probably good for the dogs, but it’s probably good for humans as well. If we can have these guys a little longer, it’s excellent,” Blount opines.

The team, led by Dr. Olby, will meticulously review the study results post-December. They remain optimistic that much of their research can be translated to benefit not just our canine friends but perhaps humans as well.

Source: WRAL News, Raleigh.

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