A Pedometer For Your Pet

A Pedometer For Your Pet

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

As important as our weight is to us, equally important to many is the size of our pet. While both cute and cuddly, sometimes without warning our dogs and cats start packing on the pounds!

Fortunately, there's a product that can help your pet and their battle with the bulge.

Pedometers really come in handy when we're trying to watch our weight, measuring every step we take, as well as the number of calories we burn.

One can only imagine how useful this kind of device might be for those of us, but it can be useful for your pets, too, particularly if you have a cat that's a little too skinny or a dog that likes to snack on just a few too many treats.

So we gave the Pet Tracker a try!

It retails for about $100 and goes on very much like a pedometer, fitting around your pet's collar instead of his leg, wrist or paw!

Yet, there are some noted differences, according to doctor Amy Farcus, a clinical nutritionist at the University of Pennsylvania's school of veterinary medicine.

"It has a technology built into it that is an accelerometer. It's a device that measures movement," Farcus explains.

In other words, it lets you know if Fido is up and at ‘em when we're away or just finding his way to the couch.

"It's able to detect motion in some directions. Pets can be active by jumping and playing and spinning, not necessarily moving forward and so the accelerometer technology captures that kind of activity," Farcus continues.

Which experts say, can help us gauge the amount of time our pet spends being active, as well as the intensity of the activity and when they need to do more.

But unlike a pedometer, what the doctor says the Pet tracker doesn't do is keep tabs on the number of calories your pet is consuming.

Knowing how much your pet is eating can be really valuable, so don't forget to monitor that too!

"I think it can be a useful tool, but in general, I think it's safe to assume if you're not home playing with your dog, he's not being active. Even if pets have a big, backyard to play in, pet owners may think they're outside playing, but many pets really are not."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Video: Shooting Outside Grocery Store Sends Bystanders Fleeing

    Video: Shooting Outside Grocery Store Sends Bystanders Fleeing

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:39:56 GMT
    Police have released surveillance video of a daylight shooting that left a 21-year-old man wounded five times, and they're seeking the public's help to identify him.
    Police have released surveillance video of a daylight shooting that left a 21-year-old man wounded five times, and they're seeking the public's help to identify him.
  • Police Search For Missing Whitman Park Woman

    Police Search For Missing Whitman Park Woman

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:32:08 GMT
    Carmen Garcia,52, last seen leaving her home on the 1300 block of Morton Street (Camden County Police)Carmen Garcia,52, last seen leaving her home on the 1300 block of Morton Street (Camden County Police)
    Camden Police are searching for a missing woman from Whitman Park.
    Camden Police are searching for a missing woman from Whitman Park.
  • Tip Leads To Marijuana Bust Inside Havertown Residence

    Tip Leads To Marijuana Bust Inside Havertown Residence

    Tip Leads To Marijuana Bust Inside Havertown Residence

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:39:59 GMT
    Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.
    Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.
    Haverford Police have arrested a local doctor and his daughter accused of growing and distributing marijuana inside their home.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices