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PetFiler has been created and developed together with the University of Helsinki. By using PetFiler, you support the research they do to help and benefit animals. Part of the subscription fee goes directly to their research work.
You can read more about their work here.
Measuring A Dog's Pain
Dogs cannot tell about their pain like we humans do. The HCPI pain index for dogs is designed for monitoring and tracking possible pain, and evaluating general health and well-being of the dog. HCPI stands for Helsinki Chronic Pain Index. It is continuously developed by the University of Helsinki veterinarians. The HCPI is “a valid, reliable, and responsive tool for assessment of response to treatment”.
Notice Any Pain Early
Filling out the HCPI questionnaire few times a year enables dog owners to notice pain and illness that emerges slowly. It helps to prevent chronic illnesses by catching things early.
Monitor the Progression of Pain
Helsinki Chronic Pain Index, HCPI, is a tool for monitoring your dog’s aging and following the progression of pain. With HCPI it is easy to see the effects of pain medication and make corrections if needed. By starting to track your dog’s well-being with the pain index while the dog is still a puppy, you gain a valuable vantage point to the dog’s health throughout its life span.
For Pets of All Ages
For Little Ones
PetFiler creates a history of pet’s health and well-being. The earlier you start tracking your pet’s health, the easier it will be to notice changes and evaluate their severity.
Additionally, features such as weight tracking help to make sure that the puppy or kitten is growing at an expected rate, and vaccination reminders protect them from preventable diseases.
During the pet’s active adult life storing all the health and training information in one place becomes valuable. In PetFiler, the information is easily available anywhere you go.
Should your pet be completely healthy, data about their life continues to accumulate and can be used for diagnosing problems later on in their life.
Those who train or participate in exhibitions or other sports will find the training diary and awards cabinet useful in charting their progress.
The aging of a pet might require new adjustments in their lifestyle. Their diet might need adjusting for weight and nutrition monitoring purposes and the pet might have ongoing medications.
Even as a healthy pet ages, it is important to be able to spot any changes in their body and behaviour that may be indicative of a bigger problem.
Spotting the onset of any slowly emerging pain becomes easier with PetFiler.
Vaccinations Protect All Pets
Your pet’s vaccinations affect the health of all pets around you. When a sufficiently high proportion of animals are immune to a contagious disease, the immunity creates a resistance to the spread of the disease and prevents others from being infected. This is called herd immunity.
Keeping pet’s vaccinations up to date is also important for taking part in different pet events and exhibitions or going to spas and travelling, many of which require the pet to be vaccinated.
The same applies to parasite prevention. Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, such as fleas and ticks, intestinal parasites and heartworm disease. Many of these can also infect people, so it is important to not let them expire.
By keeping your pet’s vaccinations and parasite prevention up to date, you protect them from a multitude of diseases and protect other animals and humans as well.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Weight tells a lot about your pet’s health. By striving to keep your pet’s weight within the recommended parametres, you can protect your pet from adverse effects of overweight and underweight. While household pets are more likely to suffer from eating too much, if your pet starts to lose weight for no apparent reason it may signal a serious illness.
Overweight can subject your pet to:
- problems with the musculoskeletal system (e.g. osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease)
- overall reduced quality of life
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