How an Activity Tracker Can Help Senior Pets

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Older pets need special care and attention, especially if they suffer from certain conditions or ailments. An activity tracker can help senior pets in a variety of ways, to keep your senior pet safe and to give owners piece of mind. Here are some common situations where an pet activity tracker may help you and your senior pet. 

As pets age, many senior pets become more fearful and anxious. Fireworks, new surroundings, crowds or just confusion situations can cause older pets to freak out and run away to escape the situation. An activity tracker can help you to locate your senior pet in the event that they get spooked and take off. A GPS tracker can help you pinpoint exactly where your lost dog or cat is, and help you retrieve them quickly and easily. 

In addition, many older dogs and cats suffer from vision and hearing loss, which could prevent them from seeing where they are going or hearing you or following your commands. With a GPS tracker you don’t need to rely on your dog or cat’s ability to find their way back to you, since you can track them anywhere they go. A GPS or activity tracker can help prevent your pet from coming into harm’s way because you are able to more quickly locate and retrieve them if they do get lost. 

Older pets can also develop cognitive dysfunction or other health issues that may alter their activity or sleep behavior. An activity tracker allows you to see if your dog or cat’s sleep patterns or movements are changing when they are sleeping, which could indicate a trip to the vet may be warranted. 

Senior pets who are overweight can ease the pain of arthritis or move easier if they shed some extra weight. With an activity tracker, you can set daily activity goals for your dog or cat and help them reach those goals and stay motivated along the way. 

What to look for in an activity tracker:

When selecting an activity or GPS tracker for your senior dog or cat, be sure to look for features such as:

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Power saving mode

In addition, be sure your tracker makes it possible to:

  • Track your dog or cat anytime
  • Set up a virtual fence and get notifications if they leave your desired perimeter
  • Monitor your dog or cat’s activity levels and see how much sleep and physical activity your pet gets, and set activity goals
  • Find your dog or cat more easily if they are lost

Senior dogs and cats have special needs and require constant monitoring and supervision. A GPS or activity tracker allows you to be with them and monitor them, to ensure they stay safe in all situations. Should you decide that a pet tracker is something to consider, please visit our sponsor, Tractive GPS for more information on a tracker for your senior pet. 

Written in collaboration with Tractive GPS Content Marketing Manager, Chelsea Workman. 

We do not endorse or promote any products on our website. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult with your vet before treating health issues to rule out medical issues that should be diagnosed and treated by your vet before making any changes. 

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