GERONTOLOGY: AN INSIDE OUT PERSPECTIVE

Companion Animal Nutrition Summit (CAN) 2018

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Gerontology – nutrition as a key to healthy aging

Senior pets form a large and growing population, so veterinarians are more motivated than ever to increase their knowledge about how best to improve health and longevity for these long-term companions.

The influential factors in aging, from the microscopic to the macroscopic level, were discussed during this year’s event, with topics ranging from the role of the mitochondria, to the impact of minerals and fatty acids, to the importance of dietary protein intake.

In addition to these presentations by outside experts, ongoing research by Purina in gerontology and nutritional science has identified opportunities to support older pets, and sustain the human-animal bond.

This website hosts a range of exclusive scientific content on the topic of gerontology, including interviews with internationally renowned experts, articles and video presentations, with a practical summary of the research to take away and apply in practice, helping veterinarians to provide effective care for older pets.

 

Watch this video for insights into how pet owners view their senior pets
How to best maintain health and improve longevity
How to best maintain health and improve longevity
QUICK CLIPS

Quick clips from CAN 2018 lectures will introduce you to new ideas.
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Vitamin D and PLE 

Karin Allenspach
DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA

Mitochondria matter more than you imagine

Michelangelo Campanella
Pharm D, PhD, MRPharmS, PGCAP, FHEA, FRSB

Find out what "Fluffy" really eats

Julie A. Churchill
DVM, PhD, DACVN

Can gut bacteria help pets age with grace?

Gail Czarnecki-Maulden
PhD

Carbohydrates and cancer

Glenna E. Mauldin
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), DACVN

The "skinny" on old cats

David A. Williams
MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM, DECVIM-CA

Studies in Gerontology
STUDIES IN GERONTOLOGY
Aging at a cellular level
Aging at a cellular level

Research is revealing how nutrition can impact aging at the molecular level, from mitochondrial turnover to gene expression. Some of these studies need you!

Lean body mass in health and longevity
Lean body mass in health and longevity

Both pets and people experience age-related weight loss, and this puts them both at higher risk for age-related diseases and mortality. Human studies may improve understanding about how to prevent this loss in dogs and cats... and vice versa.

Emerging evidence in nutrient-sensitive conditions of aging pets
Emerging evidence in nutrient-sensitive conditions of aging pets

New research shows there's so much more to pet nutrition than calories and carbs.

New insights into getting older
New insights into getting older — an exclusive article

An overview of recent research into the complex mechanisms of biological aging and approaches to improving health along with lifespan.

THE INSIDE STORY — EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE EXPERTS

Scientists share how their research results could show up in your exam room.

Julie A. Churchill

DVM, PhD, DACVN

Michelangelo Campanella

Pharm D. PhD, MRPharmS, PGCAP, FHEA, FRSB

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