Purdue Professor Helping Dogs Live Longer Lives

Audrey Ruple, a veterinary epidemiologist and assistant professor of One Health Epidemiology in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, with Bitzer, a Great Dane. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca McElhoe) (Photo provided)

In West Lafayette, Purdue University Professor Audrey Ruple continues her efforts to help dogs live longer lives as part of the national Dog Aging Project. Currently, the Dog Aging Project has nearly 30,000 dogs – 727 from Indiana – whose owners have completed full enrollment, including completing the questionnaire and uploading complete veterinary medical records. The top five locations for Indiana-registered participants are Indianapolis (Marion County), Lafayette (Tippecanoe County), Bloomington (Monroe County), Muncie (Delaware County) and Fort Wayne (Allen County). The top five breeds registered from Indiana are golden retriever, Labrador retriever, German shepherd, dachshund and beagle. Purdue says organizers are hoping to get additional dog breeds to make the study more whole.

Here is a link to the full story and more information about the Dog Aging Project: https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2021/Q2/can-dogs-live-longer.html  .