Does 1 Human Year Equal 7 Dog Years? It’s Actually WAY More Complex

Of course, it doesn’t take much to pierce the myth of the 7:1 ratio. Just look at all the humans out there who are 119 to 140 years old. Oh. Wait. There aren’t any. But 17- to 20-year-old dogs? Plenty of them. 


So, what can take the place of that miscalculated ratio? Finally, some people are trying to figure it out. So far, they’ve figured out that it’s really complicated. 

The problem is that smaller dogs tend to live a lot longer than larger dogs. Say you have a Chihuahua and a Great Dane growing up together. Over the course of their lives, the Chihuahua is aging slower than the Great Dane.

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But smaller dogs also mature much faster than larger dogs. In fact, it might take two years for a large dog to reach full skeletal size. 

Consequently, in the first two years, that Chihuahua is aging faster than the Great Dane -- and then he starts aging slower. That means that after two years, the Chihuahua dog is "older" than the Great Dane, but after five years he becomes "younger." 

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Or so says Dr. Kate Creevy, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Georgia, who's been sorting all this out, according to the BBC. She's found that this aging weirdness is unique to dogs.

"It doesn't happen in any other animal," she said. "There isn't any other species which has ... the same degree of size diversity that dogs have. It's possible that by creating all of these diversely sized dogs that we unmasked this ageing phenomenon."

So how can we wrap all that up into a handy equation to tell how old our dogs are? It's tough. According to the story, if you want a broad average across all breeds, six dog years to one human year is a better guideline to use. 

But that changes wildly on the far ends of the spectrum. For example, a Bulldog will age an average of 13 years per human year, whereas for a Miniature Dachshund, it's just 4 years per human year.

As for where the 7:1 ratio came from, experts point to textbooks in the 1960s, which featured the ratio in math problems. No one, however, has come forward to take credit for it.

Via the BBC

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King of Mite Hill

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King of Mite Hill

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These tiny little flowers blossomed today and the red mites found them immediately. The mites are very small – pinhead size or maybe a little smaller. This was shot with a Raynox DCR 150 or 250 lens.

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little red spider (mite)

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Then I got out my camera so I could get a better look at the spiders. Even zooming in a bit, they still were sort of cute … but not so cute as before.

11 June 2008 – Just learned today these are mites.

A mite!

Image by Scott Barlow
View On Black. Gotta see this large! This is the girl that just emerged! Looks like I’ll need to take a mite count, and treat as necessary. What to treat with, you ask? Powdered sugar is one natural treatment. Then there are medicated strips that I can insert into the hive. The other treatment is a gas-type that is formic acid. If it were spring or summer, I’d break the mite cycle by killing the queen, or relocating her. Once this is done, eggs stop being laid in the hive, and the mites end up dying off quite naturally because they don’t have any larva cells to hide out in.

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Be Kind to Animal People Week

May 5-11 is the American Humane Association’s Be Kind to Animals Week.


Hopefully, we’re kind to animals every week, but it’s good to have a reminder every now and then, and maybe a reason to go out of your way to do that thing you’ve been putting off. In last year’s post I listed 5 ways to go about this, such as the shelter drive-by (still love this idea! I’m due for another trip!)

But for today’s post, I would like to discuss something that’s been nagging at the back of my brain for a long time. It has to do with some pretty strong divides in the animal community.

On one side, the rescue community.

On the other, the breeder/fancy community.

The blame game can and does get nasty, sometimes. And that breaks my heart.

I’ve seen many posts- some from very well placed people in the dog community- arguing that until all dogs find homes, no dog should be allowed to breed. I disagree. It’s gotten so bad that many people I know are scared to admit on their blogs that they purchased their dog from a respected breeder because they don’t want to have people tell them how they’ve just killed a shelter dog.

I’ve also seen posts from some in the breeder community insinuating that the animal rescue community = animal rights activists who want to eventually eliminate all pet ownership. Ingrid Newkirk does not get to define what animal welfare means. Most animal rescue people I know are a lot like breeders I know- their lives revolve around the animals they love.

Why do we allow ourselves to be defined by the extremes? I think the vast majority of people fall somewhere squarely in the middle of these extremes, with many crossing over; people who have both rescues and purchased purebreds. There are good reasons for both and very different aims.

With rare exceptions, we want the same thing: finding pets a lifelong home with the right family who values them.

It’s unfortunate that the game-changing people doing innovative work in the no-kill movement are so often dismissed as people with their heads in the clouds by those who confuse the animal welfare movement with animal rights.

It’s also unfortunate that the people who work tirelessly to keep their breed healthy, who grill potential owners up one side and down the other to make sure this is the right home, take the blame for all the irresponsible backyard breeders and for-profit puppy mills as the cause of so many ills by those who refuse to differentiate the many ways one might purchase a pet.

We have so much to learn from each other based on our own experiences. Being open minded has put me at a table with AKC leadership at a dog show one day, and sitting with Mike Arms the next learning about the way effective marketing saves lives.

So this is what I ask of you this week, because it really will improve the lives of animals: Be Kind to Animal Lovers, no matter what kind of animal lover they are. I know you will probably never agree on whether someone is a pet parent or a pet owner. I get it. As a vet, I see posts from both groups complaining about how clueless we are. But even if you don’t agree on some things or most things, you may gain a new perspective.

When it comes to making animals’ lives better, we are all in this together.

I’d love for the comment section to be your list of people with a strong voice that you admire. Hopefully I can find some new people to learn from. :)

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Sweet Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Retriever puppy


Adorable Golden Retriever puppy Bam Bam, waiting patiently to go for a walkie with his mammie! Favorite snack: peanut butter

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Hi, I love you, yep

Yesterday, I went on a field trip with my daughter’s class as a chaperone. I was reminded, yet again, of why I became a veterinarian. The teacher is an angel on earth and I do not, for one second, think I could do what she does.

I watched one nine year old dissolve into an inconsolable heap of tears because she lost during a game of Red Rover. I watched another child, who was walking barefoot on the park grass, get called over by her mother and told to apply hand sanitizer to her feet at once. At least 3 boys came near to destroying some ancient archaeological artifact or another. It was chaos.

On the way home, my daughter showed me a poem she had written for school. Apparently part of the grading involved being critiqued by a classmate (blue). And my daughter, being MY daughter after all, had to have the last word.



And dangit, I want to cry but I also laughed my head off because I KNOW she wrote that response with the exact same eye-rolly sigh that I use. SO my kid, in so many ways.

Being a mother to humans is a confusing and often frightening endeavor that often leaves me feeling either inadequate, elated, or exhausted. It’s a sine curve with an amplitude of a million, which is why on Mothers Day so many of us buy a flower arrangement with the vague disquieting sense of guilt that “this doesn’t even begin to cover it.”

Being a pet mom is so much simpler, at least the way I do it. They eat, they go outside, we hang out, no one gets called by the principal. They are a stabilizing force in a world that’s always trying to destabilize you. I came home after that exhausting day, collapsed (barefoot) on the lawn, and let Brody console me with doggy kisses (with his probably gross tongue.) It’s a little more straightforward: Hi, I love you, yep. And for that, I am so grateful. I’m grateful for both experiences, actually; each so different and it makes me appreciate the other all the more.

They love us in their own special way.

They love us in their own special way.

May your highs be every higher and your lows, well, not so bad, and through it all a pet to call your own and make you glad.

-Old Irish Proverb I just made up

Up and Away, by the amazing Brittney Lee

May moms of all shapes, sizes and types have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Pet Sitting in Forbes Magazine

It’s always nice to have pet sitting get the attention of a highly respected magazine.  There was an interesting article on pet sitting recently posted on Forbes website.  It starts out with an interesting fact about how much people will spend on pet products and services  each year: $ 55 billion.  There are some general ideas on different occupations you could try if you like working with pets.  Aside from pet sitting, you could also offer services as a dog trainer or animal masseuse.  Some pet sitters may offer those services already, although an animal masseuse can require a good deal of training.  One problem with the information is that it says there are not any special skills required for cat sitting or dog walking.  While this may be technically true, it is highly recommended to have training in pet first aid.

You can read the article at Forbes.  You can also read about animal massages here.

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Dog In The Snow

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Dog In The Snow

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Loved the calm of this dog walking around in -10C. His color matches the backgound objects…

Dog in camera

Image by Boston Public Library
File name: 08_06_000920

Title: Dog in camera

Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer)

Date created: 1917 – 1934 (approximate)

Physical description: 1 negative : glass, black & white ; 4 x 5 in.

Genre: Glass negatives

Subjects: Dogs

Notes: Title from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.; Date supplied by cataloger.

Collection: Leslie Jones Collection

Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department

Rights: Copyright © Leslie Jones.

Preferred citation: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

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Ozzy moves so fast his feet don’t even touch the ground. He’s a new breed of dog: Hovermute!

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