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Heart drug can extend dogs’ lives, but careful breeding would extend them even more

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A recent study by the British Royal Veterinary College has shown that the heart drug pimobendan is effective at delaying heart failure in dogs. This breakthrough could add an average of at least one whole healthy year to a dog’s life. Heart disease in dogs could also be largely prevented by careful selective breeding.

Key Takeaways:

  • The details, of course, add subtlety and complexity to the headline: only dogs with a specific issue will enjoy a longer life from early treatment.
  • This is not an elixir that can extend the life of every dog, or even every dog with general heart disease.
  • The trial was a textbook example of well designed research: the subjects were 360 dogs with heart disease in 11 different countries on four different continents.

“The trial was a textbook example of well designed research: the subjects were 360 dogs with heart disease in 11 different countries on four different continents.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pets/news-features/heart-drug-can-extend-dogs-lives-but-careful-breeding-would-exte/

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