How To Calculate Your Dogs Age In Human Years

How To Calculate Your Dogs Age In Human Years

Are you wondering how old your dog is in human years? Knowing how old your dog is in human years can help you understand what activities and care they may need based on their age. Puppies are known for being energetic and playful, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an “older” side too. Knowing the age of your dog in human years can also help you keep track of their maturity level as they grow older. This article will explain everything you need to know about calculating the age of your dog in human years, including a calculator below, to do it yourself.

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 The age of your dog in human years can help you understand how your dog might be feeling based on their age. If your dog is 8 years old, they may be experiencing joint pain due to arthritis just like a human in their 60s might.

In the past, a dog’s age in human years was often calculated by multiplying the dog’s age in years by 7. For example, if you have an adult dog that is 3 years old, you would multiply 3 by 7 to get 21 years of age. Therefore, your 3-year-old adult dog is 21 years old in human years.

 

Scientist have developed a revised approach to determining a dog's age based on the chemical modifications to a creature's DNA over a lifetime. This creates an epigenetic clock - a biochemical test that can be used to measure age.


The researchers found that this function showed strong agreement between the approximate times at which dogs and humans experience common physiological milestones during both development and lifetime aging, such as when infants, juveniles, and adolescents reach different stages. This translates into a seven-week-old pup equaling that of a nine-month-old child - by the time deciduous teeth erupt in both pups and babies. They did find that dogs and humans do have similar age-related methylation of certain genomic regions, especially during aging in both species.

 

 

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The new formula for a dog’s age requires a little more math than multiplying by seven. The minimum age is 1. You multiply the natural logarithm of a dog's age by 16, then add 31 [human_age = 16ln(dog_age) + 31].

According to the formula, a year 1 year old dog is the equivalent of a 31 year old human, and a 2 year old dog is the equivalent of a 42 year old human, an 11 year jump. Things slow down after that. A 5 year old dog is the equivalent of a 57 year old human, and a 6-year-old dog is the equivalent of 60 year old person. Only a 3 year jump. The clock slows even more as they age more.

This makes sense when you think about a 1 year old dog (human age 31) is independent, can breed and raise the puppies, perform and learn complex task and survive on their own. With the old calculation, would a 7 year dog (human age 7) be able to do the same, physically or mentally?   

While the traditional calculation of a dog's age in human years is still widely used, the new epigenetic clock formula provides a more accurate way to determine a dog's age. This information can be helpful when it comes to managing your dog's health and wellbeing, specifically when it comes to their diet and exercise routine as well as veterinary care.

Have you calculated your dog's age in human years using the new equation? Use the calculator below.

 

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