Oh boy, do we have something exciting in store for you today! It's no secret that the key to a long day of hiking and fetch is a good night's sleep. How else would our dogs restore all their energy to keep up with all the activities?
Today we are announcing the release of the first ever sleep tracker for dogs. Millions of dog parents nationwide can now make critical decisions for their pet’s health based on their sleeping and resting patterns.
By leveraging a combination of hardware and software, Fi monitors dogs’ usual downtime behaviors, from nightly sleep to nap time during the day and informs users of any deviation from other dogs on Fi’s network across the United States.
Why Is Sleep Tracking So Important?
Just like for humans, sleep is critical for dogs’ health and serves as a strong indicator of new health issues. With Fi’s combination of location, sleep and fitness tracking, owners can instantly identify red flags around their pet’s health — like a sudden decrease in activity or interrupted sleep pattern — and make important, early health decisions for their dog.
“Sleep is incredibly important for dogs and an early indicator of issues, such as if your dog is getting up throughout the night to drink more,” said Dr. Jeff Werber, Fi Veterinary Consultant and Emmy award-winning veterinarian. “Owners can’t notice because they’re asleep, but now Fi can ring the alarm bell should the need arise.”
"We are excited to move into holistic health tracking that empowers dog parents to take the best possible care of their pets,” said Jonathan Bensamoun, Founder and CEO of Fi. “If your dog is tired, it can’t tell you, so Fi will. Fi can answer critical questions like, ‘Is my pet sleeping the right way?’ or ‘Did its activity levels decrease lately?’ long before more serious issues have time to develop.”
Dog Sleep Facts:
- Did you know that dogs sleep 12-14 hours per day?! Puppies and senior dogs sleep even longer - up to 20 hours per day!
- Just like us, our dogs dream! You've probably noticed your dog twitching in their sleep - probably dreaming of chasing some squirrels.
- Your dog's breed can effect how much they sleep per day - for example, if you have a large breed dog like a Great Dane or Newfoundland, they'll sleep longer!
- Have you ever noticed that dog's have this crazy ability to wake up fast and are immediately alert and ready to go? This is because dogs spend less time in "deep sleep" than humans do... their ancestors had to be ready to run from danger if needed! Now this neat ability ensures that they never miss a treat or an opportunity to go outside.
This incredible new feature is now available to use in the Fi app - If you have a Series 2 Fi collar, just update your app!