LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — For many, pets are an extension of the family.
And watching pets age can be heart-wrenching.
Now there’s a new drug that might be able to stop time in its tracks and add years to your best friends’ life.
CBS2’s Elsa Ramon looks into the wonder drug.
Zoey is the Birch family’s 15-year-old Lab. She’s still pretty spry but they say she has slowed down considerably and shows distinct signs of old age.
“She takes an anti inflammatory each day and the equivalent of a doggie iIbuprofen,” says Liz Birch.
But now there’s a new drug. It’s called Rapamycin and it’s offering the possibility of adding years to a dog’s life.
“MyLab has seen pretty remarkable effects in terms of increasing lifespan and improving health during aging,” says Dr. Matt Kaeberlein, co-director of the Dog-Aging Project in Pittsburgh.
He’s overseeing a project studying the drug an its affects on dogs.
“We didn’t detect any significant side effects in the dogs that were getting the drugs so that’s great,” he said.
Rapamycin is primarily used an an anti-rejection drug for kidney transplants in humans. But large doses in people can have serious side effects.