The FitBark Health Index (currently in beta) is a first of a kind, ambitious, proprietary metric that attempts to give you an indication of how healthy your dog is. The primary elements it analyzes include:
- Recent activity and sleep patterns (vs. typical patterns)
- Typical activity and sleep patterns (vs. similar dogs)
Here are a couple of examples of two extreme cases:
- A dog who is not sick and typically places at the top of the curve vs. similar dogs will display a health index higher than 90%
- A dog who is now sick and typically places at the bottom of the curve vs. similar dogs will display a health index lower than 30-40%
The FitBark Health Index is the culmination of our conversations with hundreds of veterinarians and pet healthcare professionals over the past few years. It is by no means perfect or comprehensive, but we believe it’s a first scientifically sound attempt at creating a metric that keeps you honest about the health of your dog and, most importantly, alerts you to symptoms before they become obvious – or before it’s too late.
Please note that the Health Index won’t show if your dog’s profile is not at least 3 days old, or if your dog hasn’t worn his FitBark for more than a few hours in the past few days.