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Chance, age 8
Chance
Age 8
Dr. Casey Talbot
Veterinarian
Extending healthy lifespan

Aging is the most significant modifiable risk factor for most degenerative and chronic diseases in adult dogs. Targeting the ways dogs age and decline over time may be one of the most effective and practical ways for veterinarians to increase the healthy lifespan of their canine patients.


At Loyal, our approach is to help dogs live longer and stay healthier as they age by targeting the underlying processes that lead to age-associated disease and disability. Our drugs aim to extend lifespan and quality of life by reducing incidence or severity of age-related diseases.

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A guide to our drugs in development
We're developing the first drugs for FDA approval* to extend healthy lifespan in dogs, with the first expected to launch under conditional approval in early 2025. We have three products in development to address canine aging.
*FDA approval not guaranteed
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LOY-002
For senior dogs

LOY-002 is intended for dogs aged 10 or older and weighing at least 14 lb. It aims to extend healthy lifespan by targeting age-associated metabolic dysfunction.

As dogs age their metabolic health declines, leading to disease and reduced lifespan. Our aim with LOY-002 is to preserve metabolic health, which we believe will delay the onset of age-associated disease and help maintain better function and quality of life.

We’ve launched a double-blinded, placebo-controlled efficacy study recruiting 1,000 senior dogs in partnership with 55 veterinary clinics across the country. Learn more about the STAY study.

LOY-002
LOY-003
For large dogs

LOY-001 and LOY-003 are intended for dogs weighing 40 lb or more, and target the over-expression of IGF-1, a hormone that we believe is associated with large dogs’ shorter lifespan relative to small dogs.

Large body size in dogs is correlated with shortened lifespan, so the larger a breed is, the shorter the average longevity of dogs in that breed. We believe that sustained higher levels of Growth Hormone and IGF-1 in larger dogs are partly responsible for shorter lifespan and the earlier development of age-associated disease and disability. Our aim for LOY-001 and LOY-003 is to address this overexpression in adult dogs with the aim of reducing age-associated diseases and extending healthy lifespan.

LOY-001 is a prescription long-acting injection, while LOY-003 is a prescription daily pill. Learn more about these products for large dogs.

Dr Ellen Ratcliff with Dr Casey Talbot
Dr Ellen Ratcliff
Dir, Clinical Development at Loyal
Dr. Casey Talbot
Veterinarian
Dr. Jessa Kocher, Veterinarian
Dr. Jessa Kocher
Veterinarian
LOY-002 milestones
Our dog longevity drugs LOY-001, LOY-002, and LOY-003 are all being developed under the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s expanded conditional approval (XCA) pathway. XCA is a new regulatory pathway that allows certain animal drugs to be conditionally approved based on: 
  • Full safety data
  • Full manufacturing data
  • Reasonable expectation of effectiveness
Learn more about XCA
Healthspan Study

In this study, we recruited dogs from across the United States from 2 to 18 years old, ranging from less than 15 to over 120 pounds. We analyzed 451 of these dogs to test how well the veterinary-assessed Canine Frailty Index and the owner-assessed Health-Related Quality of Life tool measured the effects of frailty and quality of life in both young and old dogs. Other endpoints included a thorough veterinary examination and blood marker measurements. This study has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Proof-of-concept

Laboratory studies were used to identify the optimal dose of LOY-002 for future studies. Then studies were run to assess the ability of LOY-002 to impact age-associated biomarkers and confirm the dose for use in pilot studies and the pivotal effectiveness study. These studies provided the information that supports our application for Reasonable Expectation of Effectiveness (RXE) for LOY-002.

Safety studies

The safety of LOY-002 in dogs has been evaluated in a number of laboratory studies and a pilot clinical study. Over 400 dogs have received this drug in laboratory studies, including longitudinal studies of up to a year. The clinical study was performed at general practice veterinary clinics, 62 dogs were treated with either LOY-002 or control product, and the results have been included in our FDA submissions.

Pilot studies

A pilot study — as the name suggests — is a smaller-scale study intended to test both the drug and the design and operational structure of the research. This was especially important in preparation for our STAY study, which is likely one of the largest veterinary clinical trials ever run!

Companion dog clinical study
In progress

The STAY study is our pivotal efficacy study designed to demonstrate lifespan extension in senior dogs treated with LOY-002, a daily pill that aims to extend healthy lifespan in senior dogs of all but the smallest sizes. After this study’s conclusion, the data will be submitted to the FDA to support full approval.

RXE technical section complete
In progress

Receiving a Reasonable Expectation of Effectiveness (RXE) technical section complete would mean that from our data, the FDA believes that LOY-002 is likely to be effective for dog lifespan extension in the real world.

TAS technical section complete
In progress

The Target Animal Safety (TAS) technical section is an FDA submission that will present all safety information on the drug, and the FDA determines whether the drug is safe for the proposed use.

CMC technical section complete
In progress

The Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) technical section is an FDA submission that will demonstrate that LOY-002 can be manufactured consistently and safely, meeting all quality standards.

Conditional FDA approval
In progress

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s expanded conditional approval process allows companies to bring certain products to patients while conducting longer effectiveness studies, specifically when the product meets an important unmet need. This helps us get treatment as early as possible to older dogs who need it most. To receive conditional approval, the product must meet the same rigorous safety and manufacturing standards as drugs that are fully approved.

Available in market (estimated 2025)
In progress

If the FDA CVM grants conditional approval for LOY-002, veterinarians will be able to prescribe the drug to qualified dogs as soon as early 2025 while the STAY study continues to gather the lifespan data required for full approval.

Dr. Tanner, veterinarian with dog Archer, age 5
Archer
Age 5
Dr. Tanner Leon
Veterinarian
Resources for
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Product resources
Product brief for veterinary professionals
Prescribing information
Coming later this year
Resources for your practice
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Resources for dog owners
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Publications
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
April, 2024

McKenzie B, Peloquin M, Tovar A, Graves JL, Ratcliff E, Tucker K, Vo K, Greenwood K, Halioua-Haubold CL, Juarez-Salinas D. Feeding dogs a high-fat diet induces metabolic changes similar to natural aging, including dyslipidemia, hyperinsulinemia, and peripheral insulin resistance. AVMA. 2024 Apr 15. (published online ahead of print 2024).
GeroScience
February, 2023

Chen FL, Ullal TV, Graves JL, Ratcliff ER, Naka A, McKenzie B, Carttar TA, Super KM, Austriaco J, Weber SY, Vaughn J, LaCroix-Fralish ML. Evaluating instruments for assessing healthspan: a multi-center cross-sectional study on health-related quality of life (HRQL) and frailty in the companion dog. GeroScience. 2023 Feb 13.
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
June, 2022

McKenzie BA, Chen FL, LaCroix-Fralish ML. The phenotype of aging in the dog: how aging impacts the health and well-being of dogs and their caregivers. AVMA. 2022 Jun 1;260(9):963-70.
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
June, 2022

McKenzie BA. Comparative veterinary geroscience: mechanism of molecular, cellular, and tissue aging in humans, laboratory animal models, and companion dogs and cats. AJVR. 2022 Jun 1;83(6).
Frontiers
April, 2022

McKenzie BA, Chen FL, Gruen ME, Olby NJ. Canine Geriatric Syndrome: A Framework for Advancing Research in Veterinary Geroscience. Front. Vet. Sci. 2022 April 21;9:853743.
Frontiers
September, 2021

Chen FL, Zimmermann M, Hekman JP, Lord KA, Logan B, Russenberger J, et al. Advancing Genetic Selection and Behavioral Genomics of Working Dogs Through Collaborative Science. Front. Vet. Sci. 2021 Sept 6;8:662429.
Meet our vet team
Our team of veterinary professionals brings the clinical expertise and perspective of vets, vets techs, and pet parents to all aspects of research and product development at Loyal. We work tirelessly to honor the needs of other professionals in the field.
Dr. Brennen McKenzie
Director, Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Brennen McKenzie
MA, MSc, VMD
Dr. Ellen Ratcliff
Director, Clinical Development
Dr. Ellen Ratcliff
DVM
Dr. Mary Harrison
Veterinary Ambassador
Dr. Mary Harrison
MA, VetMB, MRCVS
Dr. Venkata Adapala
Director, Clinical Operations
Dr. Venkata Adapala
MS, DVM
Laurel Yruretagoyena
Clinical Development Project Manager
Laurel Yruretagoyena
LVT
Brandon Waldron
Clinical Research Associate
Brandon Waldron
Tennery Carttar
Clinical Operations Manager
Tennery Carttar
Ashleigh Wenz
Clinical Research Associate
Ashleigh Wenz
Laura Sandoval
Veterinary Operations Project Associate
Laura Sandoval
MS, CVA
Davis Crews
Clinical Research Associate
Davis Crews
Say hello at these events
AVMA Convention 2-24
June 22-24, 2024
Austin, Texas
Meet us at Booth 141, and attend our CE session at AVMA.
PacVet 2024
July 11-12, 2024
San Francisco, California
Dr. McKenzie is hosting six CE sessions on small animal medicine.
Southwest Veterinary Symposium
September 26-28, 2024
Fort Worth, Texas
We’ll be at Booth 1042, or join us for our upcoming CE session.
Fetch West
December 6-8, 2024
Long Beach, California
VMX
January 2025
Orlando, Florida
WVC
February, 2025
Las Vegas, Nevada
Reach out to our team
vets@loyalfordogs.com
Q&A
What are the potential benefits of your drugs?
The goal for all our programs is to develop FDA-approved drugs that extend healthy lifespan in dogs. By targeting specific pathways that lead to metabolic dysfunction, we believe we can delay age-associated disease and disability and give companion dogs substantially more time with good health, physical function, and quality of life. The STAY study and our other ambitious clinical trials will provide much more detail about the impacts of our drugs on health and lifespan.
What safety data do you have for your drugs?

For LOY-002, we have extensive data in over 400 dogs, including longitudinal studies of up to a year, and a pilot field study. We’ll be able to share this data as we get closer to launch.

For LOY-001 and LOY-003, we will submit full safety data as part of our application for expanded conditional approval (XCA). We’ll be able to disclose this data as we get closer to launching each product.

What are the active pharmaceutical ingredients in your drugs?
Because our products are still in development, the drugs and their exact mechanisms of action necessarily remain confidential. We’ll release these details — along with safety and efficacy data — as we get closer to launching each product.
Do your drugs treat specific cancers or other age-related diseases?
Our goal is to develop medications that preserve health and broadly delay or prevent age-associated disease, rather than focusing on treating specific diseases after they have already developed.
What about younger or smaller dogs?
We expect to support the following populations with our drugs:
  • For LOY-002, dogs 10 years and older and between 14 and 179 pounds
  • For LOY-001 and LOY-003, dogs 7 years and older and at least 40 pounds

Clinical studies are designed to measure effectiveness among a target population, and for our lifespan extension drugs this means choosing a population that’s most likely to benefit over the duration of the study. If approved, our drugs will be labeled for use in the same populations studied in the clinical efficacy trials.

Our goal is to help as many dogs as possible, and we hope to pursue additional research to expand access to a broader population in the future.

Do dogs need to be healthy when taking your drugs?
We expect dogs with many pre-existing conditions will be able to take our drugs and benefit from them, but any specific guidelines will be based on the results of our clinical and safety studies.
How does LOY-002 work and what are the benefits?

LOY-002 aims to extend healthy lifespan by targeting age-associated metabolic dysfunction.

As dogs age their metabolic health declines, leading to disease and reduced lifespan. Our aim with LOY-002 is to preserve metabolic health, which we believe will delay the onset of age-associated disease and help maintain better function and quality of life.

How do LOY-001 and LOY-003 work and what are the benefits?

LOY-001 and LOY-003 target the over-expression of IGF-1, a hormone that is associated with large dogs’ shorter lifespan relative to small dogs.

We believe that sustained higher levels of Growth Hormone and IGF-1 in large dogs are partly responsible for their shorter lifespan and the earlier development of age-associated disease and disability. Our goal for LOY-001 and LOY-003 is to address this overexpression in adult dogs with the aim of reducing age-associated diseases and extending healthy lifespan.

Why develop both an injection and daily pill to treat overexpression of growth hormone in large dogs?

Our goal is to offer a range of options to suit the needs of veterinarians and dog owners.

A long-acting injection offers convenience and improved compliance, while a daily pill may be preferred by some owners.

Can I join the STAY study as a participating clinic?

We’ll be recruiting for our future studies soon. If you’re interested in being an investigator for our future clinical trials, send Dr. Mary Harrison a note at mary@loyalfordogs.com

Where can I learn more about Loyal's products?

At Loyal, we believe in transparency. We're currently in the FDA approval process, so we're limited on what we can share. As we (hopefully!) get closer to conditional approval, we can disclose more about our technical data and studies supporting safety and efficacy.

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