A Dog Year Isn't Seven Human Years & Pets Might Be 'Older' Than You Think

You’ve probably heard before that a dog year is equivalent to seven human years…well, it turns out that is false!

Scientists found that pets might be “older” than we think. A new study shows that changes to a dogs DNA happen where their genes are switched on and off, but not modified.

They studied 100 Labrador retrievers and found that puppies age faster, but as they grow older the rate of aging slows down compared to humans.

So for example, a dog who's one-years old would have a human age of about 30 and by the age of four, the dog would have a human age of 54. Jump ahead to the age of 14, and they would be similar to a person in their mid-seventies.

Crazy, right?!

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