Dogs have become part of our families; they travel with us on vacations, sleep in our beds, and often they are regarded as our four-legged children. The problem is that dogs age seven times faster than humans, and the sadness humans experience when they lose a canine friend can be devastating.
The question is how much would you pay to slow down the aging process of your dog? LifeVantage products, originally developed for humans to promote healthy living with scientific anti-oxidant products now has released LifeVantage -Canine Health, a daily supplement claiming to reduce "oxidated stress" which is an associated problem of aging.
According to the company's website, the product is:
"The first canine supplement formulated to combat oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation, Canine Health is the result of our collaboration with world-renowned pet product formulator William Barnett, DVM. Together we created a product specifically formulated and properly dosed for canine consumption -- a delicate balance that uses the same active ingredients as Protandim but also includes omega-3 fatty acids and collagen, making it like no other canine supplement on the market.
Canine Health’s unique formulation uses marine sources for omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and is an excellent source of DHA, which is virtually absent from canine diets."
Scientists agree that canines share similar genetic makeups when it comes to the aging process, and as humans practice preventative and proactive methods to stay healthy and feel young, why is it so difficult to imagine the same kind of therapy for dogs? If the process of aging includes chromosome changes and a breakdown of the immune system, why aren't dogs being given anti-oxidants to guard against the free radical reactions causing the aging process?
According to kens5.com, local veterinarians are skeptical of the product or how beneficial the product really is for extending the life of Fido, however they did admit some of the ingredients used are helpful for reducing arthritis symptoms.
The LifeVantage Canine Health pills cost $1.00 a pill and depending on the weight of Fido determines how many pills daily are recommended. (up to four pills a day for large breeds)
And talking about weight - that is the one thing all veterinarians and human doctors will agree on - stay lean and chances are you will live longer. And don't just think about dieting and thinning out when you reach 40 or Fido reaches 7 - staying slim throughout one's entire life seems to reduce the free radical reactions of aging.
"LifeVantage Canine Health could help preserve your relationship with the dog or dogs you love," states the company, and if longevity is generally regarded as 70% lifestyle and 30% genetics, how many pet parents will decide to give it a try?
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