Smart collar tells owners how pet is feeling
Collar has been launched in the US and will be available in the UK next year
A smart collar has been launched which allows cats and dogs to "tell" their owners how they feel, say manufacturers.
The collar will allow owners to keep a constant track of the pulse rate of their dogs and cats and build a "personalised health profile" of their pets. It will even track the number of calories they burn.
"After three years of research and development, I am very happy and proud to be launching this innovative remote monitoring device," says Dr Asaf Dagan, DVM, DABVP, and chief veterinary scientist at PetPace, the firm behind the monitor.
"This collar will enable pets, for the first time, to ‘tell' us how they feel".
PetPace, says it will also help to detect whether a pet is in pain by assessing physiological and behavioural signs. Software built into the collar analyses the information in the context of a pet's history and criteria specific to its breed.
Pet owners can set up text message and email notifications alerting them and their vet to any "abnormalities" or "suspicious trends".
The tech collar has an array of sensors that non-invasively, continuously and automatically monitor vital signs of dogs and cats (TPR - Temperature, Pulse and Respiration), activity patterns, positions, calories, pain, heart rate variability and other physiologic and behaviour parameters relevant to pets health and well-being.
Additional features include the ability to build a personalised health profile for a pet and enable comparisons with other similar dogs or cats. It also monitors pets' daily activity goals; calories burned; and provide periodical health reports.
"Most importantly, our smart collar will allow veterinarians to provide better medicine and better service to their patients while sealing the bond with the pet owners," said Dagan.
The monitor has been launched in the US following three years of research and development, at a sale price of $150, in addition to a monthly service charge. It will go on sale in the UK next year.