Next step w/ Zoe
I was contacted by the Dog Aging Project this morning (U of Washington Vet center) who made sure that I understood what was needed from me and from Zoe and linked to forms signing.
I've already had to read all the background and take a test to ensure I understood it. Then I had the phone call to be sure I understood and had no questions. They are really well organized and it shows. It is nice to work with professionals.
Next is a DNA test (23 and Zoe). Then a cardiology screening at Texas A&M end of September. If her heart can take it we begin the study. Pills for a year and two follow on years of reporting during which time she wears a monitor collar that transmits real time data via wireless. I think they are monitoring her activity level.
She gets two check ups a year and money towards medical care if something happens that requires it. But they have successfully given this drug to a smaller sample before and no issues so I don't expect any. 50/50 chance she'll have the placebo anyway. We won't know that until after the year is up.
All very cool.