University of California researchers glean new information about the aging process in dogs
Every pet parent is concerned about aging. After all, loving a furry family member always comes with a bittersweet pill at the end. If only our pets could live as long as we did, we’d save ourselves a lot of heartache. But the painful reality is that pets age much faster than humans, and their lifespans are much shorter than ours.
Researchers at the University of California’s School of Medicine recently discovered a more accurate way to calculate just how old our dogs really are in human years. The old standby rule of thumb—multiplying your dog’s age by seven—didn’t really accurately quantify the canine aging process. After all, a 9-month old dog can bear puppies, while a five year old child is just starting kindergarten!
Dogs age in a nonlinear manner
So just what did those researchers learn? Dogs age in a nonlinear manner, which essentially means that they age very quickly in the first years of their life, and then their aging process slows down. So a one-year-old dog equates to a 30-year-old human, while 4 years in a dog’s life equals about 50 years for a human. If you’ve got a scientific calculator handy, it’s 16 times the natural log of dog years equals plus 31. If your math skills aren’t really up for that sort of challenge, just take a look at the graphic below from the published research in Cell Systems Journal.
You can also listen to the folks from NPR’s All Things Considered chat about the new canine math!
Effects of aging on dogs
Knowing more about how fast dogs age doesn’t change the fact that at the end of the curve, things can get rough. Aging wreaks havoc on all the body’s systems, whether you’re a human or a dog. Inflammatory processes in the body begin to pick up speed, causing pain and stiffness in the joints. Osteoarthritis is extremely common in dogs, especially large breed dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs with previous injuries. Conditions such as Lyme disease that affect the joints can also exacerbate arthritis issues.
Signs that your dog’s age is catching up with them
According to the AKC, there are 7 signs that your dog is feeling his age:
- Stiffness, lameness, or difficulty getting up
- Reluctance to run, jump, or play
- Weight gain
- Irritability or changes in behavior
- Pain when petted or touched
- Difficulty urinating or defecating, or having accidents in the house
- Declining muscle mass over the limbs and spine
Can CBD help your aging dog?
The FDA maintains strict guidelines for companies selling CBD, and they prevent us from making health claims. We can tell you, however, about results from our customer surveys, which tell us that approximately 27% of the pet parents who buy ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ purchase it for a pet with age-related issues (primarily mobility issues such as pain and stiffness). We can also tell you how CBD works – by binding with the cannabinoid receptors that naturally occur in almost all mammals to inhibit the transfer of pain signals along neurological pathways. You can learn more about that process by watching The Endocannabinoid System Explained.
And finally, we can share direct quotes from grateful pet parents, who write us every day to update us on their pups’ progress:
As a biostatistician, I am very skeptical of all the media hype about CBD as a magical cure for pretty much everything under the sun, but I tried it for my senior dog out of desperation….Within three days she was rough-housing with her brother, chasing rabbits, and eating with gusto – something she hadn’t done for over a year. At 13, she’s once again enjoying her life and I’m grateful for every single pain-free day the CBD gives her. – Jan
My wife and I have noticed such a positive difference in our senior dachshund. He has IVDD (disc degeneration) and we have been managing it conservatively with physical therapy and the Assisi loop. Our little guy definitely sleeps like a rock now, and is acting like a puppy!….Thank you for your product! – Cory
This product has been amazing for our 14-year-old dog. She is playing fetch and bounding through snow like she’s half her age. -Stacey
ABSC Organics is committed to helping our beloved pets age in comfort
We’ve recently sponsored a clinical trial at Colorado State University to provide research data on the relationship between osteoarthritis and CBD use in dogs. Results from that trial should be published soon. A similar trial at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine showed that dogs who were treated with CBD showed a significant improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms. And the success stories keep rolling in from folks who hate to the see their senior pets suffer.
We’re clinically trialed, rigorously tested, and trusted by the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation. Got an aging pet who doesn’t move well anymore? Consider giving ABSC Pure Organic CBD Oil™ a try!