Pets cannot speak for themselves which makes them even more vulnerable to diseases and other affections. Fortunately, a new dog collar monitors our four-legged friend’s health condition letting owners know when they should intervene or not.
The new monitoring technology was first provided by PetPace, a company that first started producing pet collars three years ago. Veterinarians have acknowledged its efficiency based on the experiments they have conducted so far.
Some dog owners are constantly using PetPace’s dog collars to monitor their health condition, especially those who have adopted sick pets. Such is the case of Michelle Saltzman from Bedford, Massachusetts, who purchased the collar for her 10-year-old beagle. The four-legged companion suffers from heart murmur and fainting spells. Consequently, Saltzman has to keep a close eye on his evolution.
Kenneth Herring from Detroit is another user of dog collars. She subscribed to the testing period because her 5-year-old dog was diagnosed with epilepsy. She has stated that the collar has been very effective in notifying her whenever the pet went into an epileptic seizure.
According to the producer, the dog collar monitors the heart pulse, the breaths and the fever of the wordless patient. The gadget lets owners know when the dog is in pain. Notifications are sent via email, phone calls or texts, so owners could leave their dogs unsupervised when they are not at home.
Another useful function is the ability to program the collar to track the dog’s particular illnesses. The owner can thus receive specific data and can better determine the dog’s response to a treatment, for instance. The collar may be used on all cats and dogs that weigh at least 8 pounds.
There are some limitations, however, and developers hope they can correct them in the near future. The battery life of the dog collar usually lasts several days, but this interval gets significantly diminished, depending on the monitored information.
Michelle Saltzman, for instance, had to program the collar to perform frequent health checkups. Consequently, she has to recharge the collar every two days and the recharge takes approximately 2 hours. Developers did not provide the dog collar with GPS tracking precisely because they did not want the service to shorten the battery life.
Many more companies have followed in the footsteps of PetPace. Voyce started directing their attention to wordless patients in spring 2015. In July, they released a professional version for veterinarians.
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