Could This New Drug Help Our Best Friends Live Longer? These Dogs Say Yes!
Thirteen-year-old Momo’s life should be close to over, but thanks to an anti-aging drug, the adorable pomsky is running around and playing with more vigor than dogs a third of his age.
The drug, called rapamycin, was originally developed as a cancer treatment for humans, but after discovering that it extended the lives of mice by up to 60 percent, researchers decided to test it out on dogs.
The effects have been astonishing. Before beginning a rapamycin regimen six months ago, Momo could only be active for about ten minutes before he needed to rest. Now he can run for over an hour without getting worn out!
Don’t believe me? Just watch him in action.
Momo’s brother, Sherman, has also reaped the benefits of this miracle drug.
The two became candidates for rapamycin after they were abandoned with their groomer on Christmas Eve in 2010. The business owner, Paola Anderson, happily became the duo’s new mom, but it wasn’t long before Sherman fell ill and had a stroke. Anderson was told that without surgery, Sherman would only live for another two weeks.
Incredibly, this is Sherman today. Anderson refused the surgery and instead contacted the Aging Dog Project. Sherman became a test subject for rapamycin, which improved his health drastically within days.
If scientists can add years to your dog’s life, could they do the same for you?
More studies need to be carried out to know for sure, but Dr. Monica Mita said, “The rapamycin story is one of the most surprising, enticing, satisfying, and unique stories in the history of medicine. The end is not near.”
The future is now. Sign me up!