Sales in wearable technology for pets are expected to escalate to around $2.6 billion in the next 10 years. GPS monitors, cameras and activity/health trackers are popular wearable pet devices on the market that use app technology to obtain real-time updates on several devices.
‘Lost Pet’ posters should become obsolete with the multitude of GPS collar attachments available for cats and dogs. As well as location detection, all-in-one trackers may include such features as an activity tracker, a speaker/microphone, activity analysis so you can see how much exercise your dog’s getting and which activities are favored by your dog, pre-defined sounds that teach your dog commands – such as ‘come back’ – in the event your dog strays too far away and a temperature sensor to detect overheating.
Wearable cameras capture what your roaming pet is doing. Attach your GoPro camera to your dog’s chest or back with the GoPro dog harness or attach other pet cams to your pet’s collar. Some cameras will even stream directly or post to your favorite social networks.
If you want to monitor only pet health and fitness, those types of devices are available as well. Many of these devices are cloud based and allow sharing with the pet’s veterinarian. Compare your dog’s level of activity and fitness to other dogs, receive statistics of possible health problems, monitor changes in your pet’s activity levels and customize healthy goals based on the age, breed and weight of your dog. Some allow you to check symptoms, receive medical advice, and store medical records in the cloud. You may also be able to measure body temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, activity level and calories burned.
Wearable technology for pets provides peace of mind by allowing you to know where your pets are and what they have been doing. Pet health problems can be caught before noticeable symptoms appear so you can get medical attention for them much sooner.