Anti-Aging Supplements for Dogs

Anti-Aging Supplements for Dogs

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    Listen, no dog has ever lived long enough. As a veterinarian for over 30 years, I have seen both the joy of a puppy and the heartbreak of a loved pet passing.  This website is the ONLY veterinary site on the web devoted solely to one thing—helping your pet live longer. That’s my mission in life! 

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    What you need to know about dog longevity

    When considering anti-aging supplements for dogs, it’s important to understand some of the basics of dog longevity. The average lifespan for small dogs can be up to 12-14 years, while many larger breeds start to run into trouble by the time they turn six.  Here are a few important facts to know:

    • Dog lifespans are affected by numerous factors! Not just genetics, but diet  and environment, exercise and health care. Lots of layers to this onion, and our job is to tackle the layers we can.
    • Many dogs are predisposed to certain illnesses. Familiarize yourself with your dog’s breed to learn which diseases or ailments they might be the most susceptible to. If you are buying from a breeder, ask to see the medical records of both parents—what happened to them is a risk for your new best friend.
    • There are ways to extend your dog’s lifespan! Regular checkups, mental and physical stimulation, dental hygiene, and the right supplements can do wonders.

    Benefits provided by anti-aging supplements for dogs

    Every product we carry at HPLL will help your dog live a longer and happier life. From herbs used for generations to the science behind rapamycin, the new kid in town, every product has been proven safe and effective for your pet. 

    We offer the following anti-aging supplements for dogs: Rapamycin, Longevity Plus, VisBiome, NMN, Taurine, Acarbose, and Fisetin Vet. Each has its specific benefits for dogs, so let’s explore them!

    • Rapamycin is a prescription medicine that has a great number of health benefits for dogs: reducing pain, fighting cancer, reversing heart disease, and more. Although we don’t have all the answers yet, rapamycin appears to be the single best way to prolong not just lifespan, but also the general health of all mammals studied to date!
    • Curcumin is the active ingredient found in the natural spice turmeric. It helps combat aging by reducing both inflammation and cancer risk.  One capsule of our Longevity Plus supplement is the equivalent of 100 capsules of regular curcumin—wow!
    • VisBiome is a prescription-strength probiotic that supports gut health and the immune system, which can, in turn, help your pet live longer. Visbiome is simply the most potent probiotic available anywhere.
    • Fisetin is a plant extract that acts as a senolytic to help the body naturally get rid of aging and senescent cells before they can damage the other cells around them.
    • NMN is currently thought to be the most effective way to boost cellular levels of NAD+, and thus energy metabolism, in humans or pets. As we age, our NAD+ levels drop, and this is one mechanism thought responsible for aging.
    • Taurine is an essential amino acid that’s required for normal heart function.  Many current dog diets lack taurine, and this deficiency can cause fatal heart problems like cardiomyopathy. This is a cheap and safe supplement that fills one of the most serious gaps in your pet’s nutrition. 

    Acarbose is a drug that helps to reduce blood sugar levels, thus helping to reduce the risk of both diabetes and cancer. It’s one of just a few drugs that have been actually proven to increase lifespan in mammals by multiple study groups.

    FAQs about anti-aging for dogs

    There are many variables, but the most common is breed and size. Larger dogs tend to age more quickly than smaller dogs because of their genetics and greater stresses on their joints—orthopedic problems are one of the primary risks, which requires weight control and exercise. The dental problems so common in small dogs can reduce lifespan, too. Fortunately, there are several ways to help your pet’s longevity.

    At HPLL, our main goal is not only to slow the aging of your pet but also to make sure they remain healthy. The two strategies that work best for slowing aging are calorie restriction and prescription rapamycin. Typically, the less your dog eats, the longer they live (don’t tell your dog I said that). If you don’t want the hunger pangs and sad eyes, rapamycin offers the same benefits, but it also helps support heart health, fight cancer, and reduce inflammation.

    There are a number of companies and colleges working on this question, but at this time the only two drugs proven to extend lifespan in mammals are rapamycin and acarbose. These are both prescription drugs and so we can send them your way with either your veterinarian’s prescription or via a concierge consult with me. 

    We don’t have all the answers yet, but the Dog Aging Project has been figuring out the optimal dose for 10 years, and the Kaeberlein study out of UW shows its safety and its benefits in mammals: reduced inflammation and even a reversal of cardiomyopathy. Rapamycin has also been shown to kill cancer cells before they create a problem as well as help periodontal disease and slow age-related hearing loss. The best part is that it can be introduced to dogs at any age!

    At the very low doses of rapamycin we use, side effects are rare. We have treated over 400 dogs with rapamycin, and it appears to be very safe. In about 3% of dogs, we see GI upset—usually diarrhea, but occasionally vomiting. At the higher doses used in human cancer medicine, rapamycin has been shown both to suppress the immune system and also to increase blood sugar levels—though at low does, studies show it actually benefits the immune system.

    Yes, rapamycin is a prescription drug. Before sending it your way, we will need either your local veterinarian’s prescription (and I can help them with that if needed) or a concierge consult with me.  

    Of course! Anyone curious to know more can contact me directly at ktomandvm@gmail.com. You can reach out with questions about our medicines and supplements, their ingredients, or anything else related to the holistic care of your dog.

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