According to a recent study, over half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, and PetPace wants pet owners to know their options this Pet Obesity Awareness Day

BURLINGTON, Mass. – Wednesday is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and experts from PetPace, an innovative health monitoring smart collar for dogs and cats, especially those that are sick, aging or obese, want pet owners to take action.

Since 2007, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has measured obesity of pets and last year found that more than 58 percent of cats and nearly 54 percent of dogs in the U.S. were overweight or obese. Of the dogs and cats listed in the survey, more than 30 percent of cats and 20 percent of dogs were described as obese.

“These results are very troubling, especially since obesity in pets is mostly preventable with diet and exercise, and because obesity is a leading cause of health issues,” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, chief veterinarian of PetPace. “Thankfully, PetPace’s smart collar can help pet owners identify activity patterns and calculate calorie expenditures, allowing them to make educated decisions on how to improve their pet’s overall health in consultation with their family veterinarian.”

Like humans, overweight pets are at a higher risk for developing disease and chronic health problems. These include diabetes, mobility issues, heart disease, decreased liver function, increased risk of cancer and more.

“We encourage pet owners to talk to their veterinarian about a proper diet and to use PetPace to monitor their pet’s activity to make sure they are getting the proper amount of exercise,” Dagan said.

The company has been recognized by pet owners and veterinary professionals for its unique contribution to saving pet lives, streamlining pet healthcare at home and in the clinic, and improving the overall quality of life for dogs and cats. In another recent survey, four out of five veterinarians recommend a health monitoring collar like PetPace for older or sick pets.

The PetPace collar is a smart, non-invasive, sensor-rich wearable technology, which is especially useful for older pets, sick pets and pets that are at-risk for health issues, which includes overweight and obese pets.

PetPace continuously monitors a range of physiological and behavioral attributes including temperature, pulse, respiration, activity positions, heart rate variability (HRV), calories and more. The system also includes a cloud-based engine for close observation, analysis, timely detection, and alerting of medical and behavioral problems in dogs and cats.

On Wednesday, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention will begin conducting their 10th annual study. Veterinarians are encouraged to participate and can do so by visiting petobesityprevention.org.

About PetPace:

PetPace was founded in 2012 to bring peace of mind to pet owners and prevent unnecessary pain and suffering for dogs and cats through improved pet health and quality of life. PetPace specializes in the remote monitoring of pet vital signs by utilizing advanced analytical methods and alerting models. The company’s low power, wireless collar is fitted with an array of sensors that report abnormal vital signs within established physiological and behavioral parameters. Once an abnormal sign or behavior is detected, a sophisticated cloud-based analytical engine evaluates the signs and, if needed, sends an immediate alert regarding any suspected condition. This allows the owner or the vet to take preemptive action to protect the pet’s health. For more information about PetPace real-time pet health monitoring, visit http://PetPace.com.

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