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specific marker of oxidative damage
■ 30 percent increase in C-reactive
protein (CRP). CRP levels will
rise in response to inflammation,
showing that aging dogs can suffer
from increased levels of inflammation.
■ 86 percent decrease in Heat Shock
Proteins (HSP70). HSP70 measures
the ability to respond to cellular
damage, and this study shows a
significant decrease in this ability as
Fighting age-related declines in
dogs' health with nutrition
"In a study conducted by
WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, Mars Petcare found that dogs
experience oxidative stress as they
age," Richard Butterwick, PhD, global
nutrition adviser at WALTHAM, said.
"Oxidative stress has been associated with numerous health conditions, including cognitive dysfunction.
While not scientifically conclusive,
there is some data suggesting that
supplementing antioxidants in pet food
may decrease oxidative stress. With
this possibility in mind, Mars Petcare
utilizes a variety of different antioxidants in its senior dog products such
as, vitamins E and C, beta-carotene,
lutein and taurine to help provide the
type of nutrition that we believe senior
Other pet food ingredients used
by Mars Petcare in senior dog foods
■ Antioxidants to help support the
■ High-quality protein sources to
help maintain muscle mass
■ Flavorful palatants to address the
less acute sense of taste of senior
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