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Iver and Sailor
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May 05, 2016 at 21:26
• David
(Washington)

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Okay, here's the news on extending your dogs life.

University of Washington researchers are studying

a drug called rapamycin which is currently FDA approved

to prevent organ transplant rejection.

The UW researchers tried the drug on mice first

and found the lives of the mice was extended.

So they tried dogs, next and discovered instant results.

The drug immediately causes the dog to act younger and more playful.

The researchers are saying rapamycin will extend a dogs life by as much as 50%.

Unfortunately right now the University needs 5 more years to test the drug

and present the findings to the FDA to allow veterinarians to prescribe the drug.

The University of Washington needs 5 years to expand the study nation wide

and for that they need money.

Unfortunately by the time the drug is okayed for use in dogs

I don't think Sailor will be alive anymore

but I will certainly put my next Westie on the drug.


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Gracie aka White Bullet
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May 06, 2016 at 06:14
• Ellen
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As much as I hope Gracie could live as long as we do, I would feel remiss giving my pet this. First, it's an antibiotic. Overuse of these comes with it's own can of worms and is it fair to the dog? I'm not much for messing with nature and I come with an extensive background in molecular cell biology and DNA. Some things are better left alone.

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Casey
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May 06, 2016 at 14:54
• Theo
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David, thank you for the enthusiastic post, I often get excited about 'discoveries' like this one before I research the issues.  Ellen, thank you for your expertise and reminding us to do our homework.  As they don't have statistics on possible side effects or damage of long term use of this stuff could cause to an animal, I'd avoid it until there are well documented studies.

Our old Max was getting very arthritic, so our vet put him on Medicam, a dose of 6 drops per day in his food. After a few days he was starting to run again and soon was behaving like a young pup at the age of 14. Dad and I were ecstatic!!  Unfortunately, they didn't know that it would harm the renal system and he died of kidney failure a year later.

With my other Westie Sara, when she started getting arthritis, I'd give her 3 drops in her food for two days and stop until she showed she was in pain again, usually a few weeks later. She did very well and three years later died of Congested Heart Failure. As a rescue we never knew her true age but vet thought around 17 when she crossed the Bridge.

David, you and I and many others need to realize that you can't believe all you read on the net. Take Monsanto, developers of Agent Orange, for example, who claim that Glyphosate (in Roundup) is harmless even though the WHO have found it to be a carcinogen. 

Don't worry David, I often jump the gun too on stuff I read.
hugs, Theo


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Iver and Sailor
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May 06, 2016 at 15:01
• David
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This wasn't from the net
It was a video story on our local CBS affiliate KIRO 7
complete with interviews with parents of the 12 pups in the study
and interviews with the two researchers involved
There is also a website I posted above for you to
read and get your own information.
I can only conclude that this is a true and accurate story.

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Casey
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May 06, 2016 at 16:13
• Theo
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News reporters can be just as bad, but maybe you are right, I will go and check out the article and see what conclusion I come up with.  

I would trust Ellen though, and would need to do a lot of research before I'd use it. As they said 5 years before it would be passed and I doubt that I would still be around by then LOL

Nothing wrong at all about posting about news like this David,  we would all love to have our puppers for twice the time ;)  and it also gives us something to discuss which is always a good thing.

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NimbySue
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May 06, 2016 at 17:11
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I could do with something like that David,after tomorrows over....Have been pressure washing all the barns at the farm the last 2 days...warm weather but me in waterproofs!!..sweltering and covered in pig poo and food and ...the other!!LOL...Hugs to you and Sailor Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxx

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Diana
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May 06, 2016 at 20:15
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Sounds good in theory but from my experience with my girls and my Rotti boy even though it was devastating to lose them their time had definitely come and to keep them even a minute longer would have been selfish on my part, they deserved to be at peace. I loved every moment I spent with them and will treasure my memories of them forever. My Hannah never did well with medication, Kelsi fared a little better.

I will always wish they lived forever.

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Caesar and Murphy Latham
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May 06, 2016 at 20:58
• Louise
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Very interesting David!  We will see what happens.  Louise, Caesar and Angel Murphy

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Moshe and Levi
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May 08, 2016 at 17:48
• Yoka
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It sounds almost to good to be true David.
I guess all of us are hoping it is true .

Maybe they will find out something that they can live longer but it will need years of research. I don't think Levi will be around that long but as long as he is in good health that is the most important.
Hope you are doing well David?
Take care!!!

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Iver and Sailor
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May 08, 2016 at 21:06
• David
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I am doing very well, thank you.
I pray for you and Richard every day.


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