Dogs are always ready to give their lives for us
Watching them age and become frail feels like a terrible injustice. Losing them is a tremendous pain, leaving scars on our souls. The aim of the Vaika project is to give our dogs a chance to stay with us longer.
We're searching for the antiaging treatment for dogs
We are a group of scientists and veterinarians in New York State. Our fascination with dogs led us to team up and begin research in an attempt to prolong their lives. Our program is called Vaika, in honor of the first dog that took part in our research.
We provide a happy retirement for sled dogs at a specialized facility where we utilize the most sophisticated medical approaches to aging prevention and treatment.
Our dogs live unleashed
We have recruited 100 retired sled dogs that could no longer race from kennels across the United States, and placed them in a spacious home designed specifically for Vaika with a large playground where dogs can freely run. Our dogs live under state-of-the-art veterinary care provided by faculty from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
Important! Our dogs are not used as experimental animals
for human drug development
They are treated with the standards of safety as healthy but old humans.
All treatments have been clinically tested on people and are absolutely safe.
We aim to slow down their aging
We thoroughly analyze multiple parameters of the natural aging process in our dogs, like what is done with elderly humans. We never impose any stress on our dogs: periodic vaccination and blood tests as the only invasive procedures used. In order to make conclusions about their physical and cognitive health, we use play-based tests including problem-solving games and treadmill exercise.
In addition to giving our dogs happy retirement and detailed observation, we also aim to slow down their aging and reduce the risk of cancer using antiviral therapy and immunostimulatory treatments. We only choose those drugs and procedures that cause no distress and could be safely applied to humans.