Anti-Aging Tips for Pets. Help Your Four-legged Pals Prosper So They Remain Ready to Play for Years to Come
Pets are living longer thanks to advances in veterinary care, so extending their healthy years is more important than ever. To do so, work to improve their “healthspan”. “that’s the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of aging,” according to Matt R Keaberlein, PhD, professor of pathology at the Univerisity of Washington, Seattle and co-founder of the Dog Again Project (dogagingproject.com).
“Our pets experience nearly all f the same effects of aging that we do,” Kaeberlein says. But exactly how fast or slow animals age depends on their breed, size and individual circumstances. Cats are considered “mature” at 7, senior at 11, and geriatric at 15. In dogs it’s more variable, and small dogs age more slowly than bigger ones.
Understanding those variables is what the Dog Aging Project is all about. “Our goal is to maximize ehalthpspn by directly targeting the mechanisms of again and preventing the progression of age-related diseases,” Kaeberlein says.