After five years of research, we are nearing the end of an important stage for Vaika. Throughout this period, we have collected a wealth of knowledge by studying the immune system, physical health, and cognitive abilities of our canine participants. This summer, we concluded the data collection phase and started disbanding the dog colony. However, all of our elderly dogs will continue to receive care. We have successfully found adoptive homes for approximately 20 dogs, while the others are embarking on a geriatric feeding trial with another group.
Our research team utilized a variety of methods to gather data, including blood tests, vaccination records, and play-based tests such as problem-solving games and treadmill exercises. Our goal is to use this information to gain a better understanding of the aging process in dogs and explore potential treatments that could extend their lifespan and improve their quality of life.
As we move into the next phase of our research, we will analyze the extensive amount of data we have collected to uncover new insights and develop potential interventions. It will demand considerable effort, and we expect to start releasing the outcome of our analysis within the next year. We will keep you updated on our progress through future publications, which will be highlighted on our website.
Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more updates!