A pet isn’t simply a belonging. They are family members. They are companions. They are sources of affection, fun, and comfort. Some even contribute to the well being of their owners and households as working or service animals.
As pet owners, it is our responsibility to ensure that our pets are happy, that they feel safe, and that their physical and emotional needs are met. Good food, a comfortable place to sleep, affection, and medical care are the building blocks of this. To build on this and keep beloved animals even happier, there are several apps and gadgets just for pet lovers.
Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker
The Whistle 3 is part location tracker and part fitness wearable for your pet. As long as they are wearing the device, you can track their location using any connected device. The device also allows you to keep track of your pet’s activity levels each day. This means you’ll know whether or not Rover needs a night of rest or an extra long walk.
Petzi Treat Cam
The Petzi Treat Cam is a camera that mounts on a wall in your home and also interfaces with your smartphone. Pet owners who are away frequently or have pets with separation anxiety can use their phones to peek in on their pets, speak to them, capture snaps of them, and distribute treats. Owners are comforted by ensuring their pets are safe. The pets benefit from hearing their owner’s voice.
Power Pet Automatic Door
Doggy and kitty doors are certainly convenient. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks with traditional models. They’re drafty and could pose a security risk. It’s important to remember that if a pet can get through a space, so can an unwelcome critter. The power pet door features an ultrasonic sensor that only opens the door when a pet approaches it wearing a special device on its collar.
The GoBone is billed as the world’s first ‘smartbone’. The GoBone interfaces with an app on your smartphone. This means you can interact with your dog by controlling the toy’s movements while you are in the room, and while you are away. When you’re too busy to engage, the device will keep your pet entertained through a variety of movements that encourage dogs to chase, chew, and play. There’s even a place to store snacks for your dog to retrieve.
Car problems, a family emergency, a late night at work are all things that can keep you from home. This can really throw off a pet’s feeding schedule. The Pintofeed is an automatic pet feeder that allows you to distribute a predetermined serving of food to your pet. What a great solution for a college student stuck at the library working on their dissertation online. Unlike other automatic feeders that simply release more food as the bowl empties, the Pintofeed only releases food on your command.
If you’re a parent to an older cat or a cat with health problems, monitoring litter box visits, and weight is very important. The Tailio is a device that sits under the litter box and does just that. Knowing this information, and being able to check for changes or irregularities can be key in early detection and diagnosis. This includes diseases such as kidney disease, UTI, cancer, and diabetes.
GoGo Dog Pals
The combination of an energetic dog and a speedy remote control car can be loads of fun. That is until the dog actually catches up with the toy and wreaks havoc on it. The GoGo dog pal is an RC vehicle that dogs can chase, catch, and chew. The toy features a durable outer shell that is made for chewing and other rough treatment.
One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel
High energy breeds of cat need exercise just as much as their doggy counterparts. The One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel provides for that needs while allowing cats to remain safely indoors. This gadget is perfect for restless or overweight felines. The exercise wheel is designed for safety and gives the cat enough running room that they feel as if they are covering flat ground.
Pet First Aid App
The Pet First Aid App was developed by the Red Cross. It helps pet owners provide for any emergency first aid needs their pet may have when they are unable to access a veterinarian. This is extremely useful at the moment as Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma impact pet lovers across the southern United States and fires plague the western parts of the country. This app is available on both Android and Google devices, and can literally be a lifesaver.
Pet Care And Technology: A Great Combination
The apps and gadgets here meet a variety of needs. In some cases, they are simply a source of fun and entertainment. It all goes to show that when technology meets compassion and innovation pets can benefit as much as people.