Most pet owners treat their furry friend like a family member, so it only makes sense that manufacturers would start selling devices that can monitor their health and notify us when something’s wrong.
The main problem with having a dog or a cat is that they don’t speak our language so it’s a lot harder to help them when they get lost or sick. Companies have long answered the first need by coming up with GPS chips and GPS collars that make it easy for pet owners to reunite with their furry friends when and if they get lost.
And now, we can all breath a sigh of relief as we have a couple of companies to choose between when it comes to monitoring our pet’s health. Both of them make medical collars that work by checking the pet’s pain levels, heart rate, fever status and respiration.
The first model is called “PetPace”. It’s manufactured by PetPace and originates from Burlington, Massachusetts. The collars check the animal’s body temperature, vital signs and other sources of information, and send the owner an alert via email, text or phone, when / if they detect any irregularities in their pet.
The second model is called “Voyce”. It’s manufactured by I4C Innovations Inc and originates from Chantilly, Virginia. They track the excat same information as the PetPace collars, except they’re a little newer and come with a more professional variant targeted at veterinarians rather than the average pet owner – Voyce Pro.
Vets can prescribe Voyce Pro to pets when they’re recovering from a long-term illness or a surgery. The device has been well received by the community as there are over 100 animal hospitals that have agreed top use Voyce Pro.
Both of these medical collars also allow pet owners to program them to keep an eye on the symptoms of a specific illness that their pet has. And they are both meant to be used on cats and dogs that have a weight of at least eight (8) pounds.
The collards have already proven their value, but their manufacturers are still looking for ways to improve them. For example, Kenneth Herring in outside Detroit is presently participating in one of PetPace’s research programs.
He’s put PetPace collar around Jack’s neck. Jack is his 5 year old dog and has been diagnosed with canine epilepsy. PetPace is interested in testing how good their collar is at detecting the condition. Their goal is to use the information from Jack and improve the function of the collar, to make it even better at monitoring the condition.
But the collar has already been of great help to Herring as it sent him an alert every time Jack twitched his limbs, then stopped moving.
Michelle Saltzman in Massachusetts also had great things to say about the PetPace collars. She put one of them on Lucas, her 10 year old beagle who she adopted in October 2014. At first she was concerned about leaving Lucas home alone as he suffers from heart murmur, and also has fainting spells. But the PetPace collar allows her to know that the dog is ok when she’s not with him.
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