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Medicines to prolong the lives of large dogs might soon be available



Bismarck, North Dakota – Many would stop at nothing to prolong the lives of their animal companions. Particularly large dogs typically live shorter lives. There may be some hope if you would like to spend more time with your pet.

The FDA approved Loyal’s application to proceed with the development of LOY-001, an injectable that may prolong your relationship with your partner by a year or two.

Typically, a dog’s longevity decreases with size. You’ll get roughly eight to twelve years out of a lot of huge dog breeds. What if you could administer a vaccination to your dog every three to six months that would give them an extra year or two of healthy life?

Although Aaron Nelson, the owner of the dog Dileano, wants him around for as long as possible, he believes that medicine like the one Loyal is producing is dangerous.

“It’s a little nerve-wracking not knowing what the effects could be, so I would want to look into that, just know a little bit more about the science about it. But again, the longer you can have man’s best friend around, the better,” Nelson said.

According to Loyal, the injection targets a growth hormone in dogs that speeds up their aging process.

However, according to state veterinarian Dr. Ethan Andress, you may need to wait a while to receive the treatment for your dog.

“Well, I think we’re just going to have patience and wait for it to go through its trial process because it’s hard to know whether this is going to be the cure or whether there will be side effects related to it. So we’ll have to wait until they get through that process,” Andress said.

Following conditional FDA approval, Loyal stated that it plans to begin marketing LOY-001 in 2026. They must demonstrate the drug’s safety and efficacy before they can do that.

There are other groups investigating techniques to prolong dogs’ lives, such as the Dog Aging Project.

Two other products are under development by Loyal, one of which aims to extend the life of smaller dogs.