Trying to figure out your dog's age in human years? Multiplying by seven isn't accurate, a new study says.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and other leading health institutions across the country have now debunked that common belief. Some say the seven-year myth began circulating decades ago, maybe even earlier, but its origin is largely a mystery.
The real equation is a little more complicated, according to the peer-reviewed study published in Cell SystemsJuly 2.
And the results show that, when dogs are young, especially within their first 5 years, they age even more rapidly than humans.
(Scott Tom's dog LucyMoo pictured)