Study: Your 1 Yr Old Dog Isn’t 7 In Human Yrs
NOPE, EVERY DOG YEAR ISN'T EQUAL TO 7 HUMAN YEARS, RESEARCHERS NOW SAY
(CNN) – How old is your dog?
You know, in human years?
You’ve probably heard every year for a dog is seven in so-called ‘human years.’
So your one year old dog would be seven, right? Wrong.
At least according to a new study.
Scientists behind a study that came out in the journal ‘Cell Systems’ say the answer is simple. Dogs and humans just don’t age at the same rate.
Researchers tracked molecular changes in the DNA of Labrador Retrievers and came up a with a new formula for you to use on fluffy.
So a one-year-old dog actually compares to a 30-year-old human and a four-year-old dog is more like a 52-year-old.
Then when dogs turn seven, the rate they age starts decreasing.
Ok, so it’s not a quick an easy formula to use on your own furry friend, but scientists say it’s more accurate.
Now they’re planning to study other dog breeds.
In the long run; besides just having cool info on your pup, the goal is to help vets make more informed decisions in terms of diagnosing and treating man and woman’s best friend.