People love their pets. It’s a fact. We talk to them, and spoil them with tasty treats, comfy beds, many toys and grooming products. Most of us treat them like they’re our own children.
It’s because of this that manufacturers have come up with all kinds of inventions to help us keep track of their whereabouts and general safety, and be able to find our furry, family members if they ever got lost. And now, manufacturers have started selling collars that can help us also keep track of their health.
A new type of collars have found themselves on the market and the special thing about them is that they’re not just designed to be fashionable or to allow you to write a name and phone number on their backs, but they actually make sure that your pet is in good health condition. They monitor animals for pain levels, fever status, heart rate and respiration.
Appropriately dubbed “PetPace”, the medical collars originate from Burlington, Massachusetts, and work by sending dog owners and cat owners a notice via phone, text or email when and if they detect irregularities in their pet’s vital signs, body temperature and other sources of information.
Another model is dubbed “Voyce”. These medical collars are manufactured by I4C Innovations Inc and originate from Chantilly, Virginia. They track pretty much the same information as the PetPace, except they also have a variant, Voyce Pro, that veterinarians can prescribe to pets who are recovering from a surgery or a long-term illness.
What’s more, both PetPace and Voyce have a program that allows pet owners to monitor for the specific illness of a pet. And both models are design to be used by dogs and cats that weigh at least eight (8) pounds.
While these medical collars have proven to be efficient, their respective manufacturers are still testing certain features. For instance, Kenneth Herring from outside Detroit is currently taking part in a PetPace program.
He was asked to put one of the company’s medical collars on Jack, his five (5) year old dog, in order to help PetPace researchers asses how effective the product is when it comes to detecting canine epilepsy.
Herring gave a statement informing that Jack kneels over on one side, drools and sometimes even loses consciousness when he’s having a seizure. The collar has so far been able to pick up on Jack’s twitching limbs followed by a lack of motion, and trigger an alert based on these symptoms.
But PetPace want to use the information that their product has gathered from Jack and use it to improve the collar’s function and tailor it for other canine patients with epilepsy.
Michelle Saltzman from Massachusetts can also attest to the efficiency of the PetPace collars. She uses one to monitor her 10 year old beagle, Lucas.
She adopted Lucas back in October 2014 and was initially worried about leaving him home alone because he has a heart murmur, and also suffers from fainting spells. But PetPace makes it easy for Saltzman to keep an eye on her beloved pet when she’s at work.
The PetPace collars have been on the market for three (3) years now, while the Voyce collars came out earlier this year – an initial model designed for pet owner first hit markets in the spring, and a more advanced model (Voyce Pro) designed for veterinarians first hit markets in July.
PetPace collars can be bough for $150 from petpace.com, while Voyce collars can be bough for $200 from voyce.com
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