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A Pedometer For Your Pet

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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."

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