Activity monitoring collars for dogs and cats: Pete the Vet on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show

“Fitbits for dogs and cats” At the start of the New Year, many people pay more attention to personal fitness, and “Fitbit” type watches that monitor activity are now popular. In the animal world, activity monitors are new on the market, as collar devices worn around the neck. They are water resistant, with long lasting, rechargeable batteries, syncing automatically with smartphones via wifi or Bluetooth These innovative products are used for more than just record-keeping of distances covered. There are six main aspects to their use. They monitor physical activity, letting you know how much exercise is being carried out, including walking, running, playing and sleeping. Some products measure physiological parameters, including heart rate and body temperature. These can be useful for monitoring specific issues in pets, such as seizures, pregnancy (predicting the timing of whelping), pain relief after operations or in pets with arthritis, skin disease (measuring how often a pet itches themselves) and others. You can set activity goals. Automatic notifications can be set up on your smart phone, with reminders for medication, fluid intake, meal times and more. Some monitors use GPS location tracking, making it easier to measure distances, and keeping a record of the location of the animal. In a world where people worry about losing pets (or having them stolen), this can be very useful. Finally, if you know other people with … Continue reading Activity monitoring collars for dogs and cats: Pete the Vet on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show