- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On June 22, 2016
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Guest post by Amber Kingsley
Technology seems to be everywhere nowadays, it’s obviously omnipresent in our handheld devices and smartphones, but it’s also playing a bigger role when it comes to the health and welfare of our beloved four-legged friends.
When it comes to walking our dogs regularly, this important routine is vitally important to help them reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese. According to statistics, 54% of canines in America are considered to be in this danger zone.
Just like their human counterparts, animals are at risk from a number of different health concerns when it comes to their activity levels. Since animals often can’t control how much they eat or when they exercise or work out, it’s up to us as their owners and caregivers to ensure they’re getting active and eating healthy.
Eye Spy With My Camera Eye
One of the risks associated with ensuring our pets are healthy is the fact that we often have no idea what they’re doing while we’re away. But with the installation of today’s modern surveillance cameras coupled with a live security system, we can check in our pets in real time from almost anywhere at anytime.
But you may be asking yourself, how does checking in on them from work help with exercise since they’re probably sleeping all day? Enter more of today’s technology and you can purchase them exercise equipment, like fetch machines and other interactive toys they can enjoy in your absence. You can then see if they’re actually using the device and adjust their exercise routine accordingly.
Uber For Dogs vs. Walk Tracking
There have been many recent reports of different dog walking apps that offer something that’s being called “Uber for dogs,” where nearby, available walkers are located to exercise your pet. While this might make finding a sitter or walker for your canine companion easier, how can you really ensure quality care?
With Walk My Dog Toronto’s walk tracker reports, you’ll know exactly what’s going on with your pet while you’re away. They send you an email message with a map detailing the route along with photos and a personalized note. Plus, you meet the company during a meet and greet before coming on board, so you always know who’s walking your dog.
Apps For Pet Lovers
While the phrase “there’s an app for that” is losing momentum, sales and downloads of these applications are still going strong. Here are three popular apps that are free for the taking online:
- Pet First Aid (iOS) – (Android): Brought to you by the fine folks at the American Red Cross, this app puts pet first aid at your fingertips. There’s helpful veterinarian advice and locations of the nearest animal doctor in case of an emergency along with many other helpful features.
- My Pet Reminders (iOS) – (Android): Keep track of all your pet’s important needs, appointments, exercise routines, medications, feeding times and receive a reminder so you won’t miss anything on their schedule.
- Map My Dog Walk (iOS) – (Android): Similar to Walk My Dog Toronto’s walk tracker, keep tabs on distances you travel with your pet, speed travelled, time spent, calories burned and other walking-related functions.
Make the most of today’s technology when it comes to you and your canine companion. Keeping them happier and healthier is easier than ever when we’re living in today’s digital age.
Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer who has donated countless hours supporting her local shelters in Santa Monica. Her focus with writing is on pet-related food, health, and training.
Walk My Dog Toronto offers dog-walking services in downtown Toronto. With easy online booking, we walk your dog while you are busy or at work. We give your dog love, socialization, and exercise, and we keep in touch with you every step of the way with our walk tracker.