Fido Is How Old?

As usual a little FYI for my readers…..

This is for all those dog companions out there…..I have always heard that one dog year is equal to 7 human years…..but is that accurate?

My entire life there has been a dog that guarded the property, was my best friend and was a valued member of my family…..and I wish that everyone of them was still here with me….I could not ask for better friends.

Enough about me…..

Some research has been done on the question of “dog years”…..using a Labradors……

As the dog days of summer approach, it’s time to confirm, once and for all, how old your dog really is in human years. University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers have nuzzled their way into this age-old inquiry, digging into the canine and human genomes to create a more accurate graph of your dog’s age in human years. You can see it here:

[Image: courtesy of University of California San Diego School of Medicine]

Fido is older than you think! To create this helpful graph, the researchers studied the genomes of 105 Labrador retrievers and traced the methylation patterns in the retriever and human genomes, which provide clues to a genome’s age. They found that dogs and humans age at vastly differing rates at certain points in their lifespans.

“A nine-month-old dog can have puppies, so we already know that the 1:7 ratio wasn’t an accurate measure of age,” noted professor of medicine Trey Ideker in the study.

But in later life, after age 7, dogs’ aging slows significantly. So while a 1-year-old dog is roughly equivalent to a 30-year-old human, a 9-year-old dog is just north of 65 in human years, according to the chart. (Note that the graph is based on Labrador retrievers—some breeds live longer or shorter.)

The researchers have aspirations beyond helping you realize that your dog is “older” than you thought: Their study articulates a new formula for epigenetically determining the age of a cell, tissue, or organism, the first that is transferable across species, with many possible applications, such as pinpointing the age of adopted dogs or measuring the efficacy of anti-aging interventions.

(Fast Company)

Canines are also being used (possibly) to detect the Covid-19 virus…..

Researchers in Germany have found that army sniffer dogs can discern between samples from coronavirus-infected and healthy patients. So high is the level of accuracy, they hope this can be used in real-life scenarios.

Scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover have found that trained sniffer dogs could be used to detect COVID-19 in human samples with a relatively high rate of accuracy, a study published on Thursday revealed.

Eight sniffer dogs from the German Bundeswehr were trained for only a weekto distinguish between the mucus and saliva of patients infected with coronavirus and non-infected individuals.

The dogs were then presented with positive and negative samples on a random basis by a machine.

https://www.dw.com/en/german-sniffer-dogs-show-promise-at-detecting-coronavirus/a-54300863

This is my heart these days……

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And this is “Lil Man”  Sue’s heart…..

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BTW the snake was taught a lesson.

He is too cool for school…..

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Learn Stuff!

Be Well…..Be Safe……enjoy your Sunday.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

6 thoughts on “Fido Is How Old?

  1. I had read about the change in the estmation of dog years, and that was confirmed this year by our Vet. When Ollie was 8, the Vet told me that equated to around 74 years old in human years, not 56. He smiled and said, “That makes Ollie older than you”.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. So cute pictures. Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job Man,Keep it up.

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