Scientists have invented new medical collars, which will help identify health problems that pets suffer from, before they become life-threatening.
Two companies have come up with similar pet health collars, which allow owners to be informed if there are any changes in their favorite animal’s vital signs.
Petpace, a company located in Burlington, Massachusetts has invented a wearable pet gadget, which allows medical monitoring of heart rhythm and breath rate, and can also indicate fever or physical discomfort. Once an irregularity is identified, the pet owner is notified by phone, text or email.
A similar device that may interest pet owners is Voyce, designed by I4C Innovations Inc., from Chantilly Virginia. This collar also has a Voyce Pro version, which can be recommended by animal doctors for pets that are currently in recovery after a long-term illness or surgery.
The smart collar can be attached to dogs and cats weighing over 8 pounds, and it can monitor specific illnesses, as long as it is programmed in advance.
For instance, at the moment Kenneth Herring is testing PetPace to see if the gadget can help monitor his dog’s seizures. So far, the smart collar has been sending alerts when the pet’s legs were twitching, which mean that soon the collar may be used for other animals suffering from epilepsy.
The main shortcoming of these devices is related to their unpredictable battery life. Devices can stay in function for lengths of time varying from 2 days to 8 weeks, in direct proportion with the amount of data they record and deliver.
While the batteries are being recharged, the pets can’t keep the collar on, so they can no longer be monitored. This issue has led PetPace engineers not to include a GPS among the smart collar’s functions, so that battery power can be prolonged.
So far, PetPace collars have been tested successfully on thousands of dogs in the last 3 years. They can be purchased online at petpace.com for $150 each, with an additional monthly service plan costing $15.
Voyce has been launched in spring, and the professional version was unveiled in July. According to Emily Hartman, director of product management for I4C Innovations, over 100 veterinary clinics have agreed to use Voyce Pro. Pet owners can buy the device at voice.com at the price of $200, with a $10 monthly wellness plan.
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