Skin infections and allergies are common medical issues that can be painful for dogs and frustrating for pet owners. Because of how common skin and coat issues are, and because of the impact on quality of life, we’ve been hard at work figuring out how to interpret your dog’s scratching and itching patterns with the goal of empowering you with information about your dog’s skin health. We're currently testing the technology with our Beta testers, and look forward to being a valuable tool for all Whistle dogs and their humans in the near future. This blog is all about how we got here.
Banfield released their 2019 State of Pet Health report this month with a focus on: “Osteoarthritis, When Age is Not to Blame”. We’re excited to share some of the insights that the team here has contributed to the report, particularly the insight that activity can diminish the risk of obesity. This contribution turns out to be an important link in the chain as weight gain is one of the leading contributors to the vicious cycle that traps dogs in osteoarthritis. Keeping dogs in a healthy weight range with the right mix of diet and exercise, owners can help reduce the risk of their dog’s dealing with osteoarthritis.
Regular physical activity is an important habit to get or stay in shape, but exercise can look very different from one person to the next. While our bodies do a good job of telling us how hard to push ourselves, pet owners don’t receive this critical feedback when making decisions about their dog’s activity routine. Pet Insight Project creates a unique opportunity to provide pet owners with clearer, data-based guidance about their dogs’ activity requirements. We uncovered some previously unseen links between activity and obesity in dogs.
Has your off-the-wall puppy traded chasing squirrels for watching passing cars as she matured? We asked project participants how active they thought their dog was before starting the project and measuring activity with Whistle. In this post, we explore differences between owners’ perception of what dogs do and what their Whistle FITs actually say - helping us understand the life of our dogs when we’re away.