Wearable technology isn’t only for people these days! Your cat or dog can now be fitted out with;
- fitness tracking collars
- GPS trackers
- pet activity trackers
- other forms of smart collars!
If you love your own Fitbit, imagine adding that sort of tracking technology with a “Fitbit” for Fido. The industry of wearable pet technology can be categorized by technology type or by application.
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Technology Types of Pet Wearables
There are various types of technology available in pet wearables, including;
- other sensors
GPS for location tracking
You probably already use GPS tracking for the “human members” of your family. Many parents enable the GPS tracker on their teenagers’ cell phones, or even their cars, so they can see where they are from one hour to the next.
Instead of confirming that your child is in school, or seeing where they go on the weekend, you can tell at a glance:
- where your cat is in the neighborhood using cat GPS trackers.
- where your dog has gone if he escapes from the yard.
Whether you’re wondering where your outdoor cat wanders, or want to prevent the loss of a dog if he’s an escape artist out of your back yard, cat or dog GPS trackers can head off many problems. You don’t have to stand at the back door anymore, calling for your pets to come in at night; you can go straight to them and bring them home.
RFID stands for “Radio Frequency Identification,” and it is a type of Passive Integrated Transponder, or PIT. Essentially, the RFID is a microchip that gets implanted under your pet’s skin to identify the pet as yours.
The RFID can be read by;
- animal shelters
- animal control workers
- other professionals who have RFID scanners.
And it can contain a variety of information.
It can track for example the following data:
- your pet’s immunizations
- and contact information for you.
If your dog or cat gets lost, the RFID can be the key that gets him returned to you. You would get a phone call from animal control or a shelter, or even from a “Good Samaritan” who finds your pet and uses the technology to make sure he gets returned to you.
Your vet can implant the microchip with a simple injection under the skin. It doesn’t even require anesthetic, and you can be sure your pet can always be identified as yours, even if he loses a collar. You don’t have to depend on an external wearable when you opt for an RFID chip, except if you wish to control activity or exact location.
Pet wearables include sensors that specifically work in conjunction with the other two previously mentioned technologies and basically are temperature based sensors to monitor multiple health related bio-metric data during the activities.
- Sensors continuously collect information of your pet’s vital signs
- The sensors analyze the collected data and alerts you with first signs of any trouble
By using your smart phone, you can control your pet’s well-being and activity at all times to make sure your loved one is healthy and happy.
Applications of Pet Wearables
Pet wearables can also be categorized by their applications, or uses. With a variety of possible applications, some pet activity trackers can fill multiple functions—or you can choose smart collars for specific purposes.
Identification and Tracking
Perhaps the most common usage of smart collars is to track the whereabouts of your pet.
- Not only can identification help other people to return your pet to you when he strays, but it can also lead you straight to that wandering pet.
- With a glance at your smart phone, you can see exactly where your pet has gone.
- Whether your cat is hiding under the neighbor’s porch or your “Houdini” dog has escaped your fenced yard, you have only to look at an app on your phone to see where they have gone and go right to them.
A smart phone and a smart collar together are all you need to keep tabs on your pets. And if an animal control professional or helpful neighbor find your pet, it’s an easy matter for them to identify who he belongs to, and to contact you.
Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
Even human health care is now embracing RFID technology for medical uses, but this is an area where veterinarian medicine is ahead of human use. Vets have been using RFID technology for years to keep tabs on your pet’s medical history.
An RFID chip can serve as far more than a mere identification; it can store information about:
- your pet’s medical history
- past procedures
- and other vital information.
You don’t even have to keep records on your pet’s health anymore, and if your pet gets lost and brought to a vet or shelter, their health information is right there and available for the professionals who are handling him.
One dog owner found this particularly invaluable when her small diabetic dog got out of the yard. When he got scooped up by animal control and brought to the humane society, the professionals there were able not only to contact her to come get him, but were also able to look at his health history, check his blood sugar, and give him the insulin he needed during his short stay until she was able to pick him up.
Behavior Monitoring and Control
Bark collars are a popular example of smart collars that help monitor and modify dog behavior.
- If your dog barks incessantly when you leave the house and your neighbors complain, a bark collar can be the best answer to modify the problematic behavior.
- Bark collars work by detecting the vibration in your dog’s throat or the sound of his bark, which then triggers a stimulus that will deter the shock.
- The aversive stimulus can be anything from a mild electrical shock to a noise that irritates your dog, or even the scent of citronella.
None of these automatic responses will harm your dog, but they deter him from continuing to bark, because his barking brings on the response that he wants to avoid.
You can track and facilitate your dog or cat’s activity with a smart collar designed to do practically everything except read Fido’s mind. Paired with an app on your smart phone, these smart collars can include:
- light and temperature sensors
- food scanners
- geographical tracking
- even accelerometers.
- You can remotely turn on built in lights to help you see your dog in the dark.
- You can receive alerts if your dog leaves the area you designate.
- You can set calendar alerts for puppy play dates, veterinarian appointments, or other activities with your dog.
- You can even remotely adjust your home’s thermostat remotely if your pet gets too hot or too cold while you’re away. If your pet has to be home alone during the day, you can still be sure he is safe and comfortable.
With many of the same functions you enjoy on your own activity tracker, a smart collar can help you facilitate, observe, and adjust your pet’s environment or activity.
Safety and Security
Just as you might keep tabs on your kids’ locations when they’re away from home, you might want to be certain of your pets’ locations when you are away from them. Whether it’s an outdoor cat that wanders the neighborhood or a dog that might get out of your yard, you can be assured of their safety by using geo-tracking options on a smart collar.
- The most common feature of pet wearables is the function of geographic tracking.
- Dog GPS collars and cat GPS collars are relatively inexpensive, and they ensure that you never have to wonder where your pet has gone.
- Even owners who do not feel a need to track specific activities or exercise find it useful to know where their pets are from time to time.
You can save yourself the worry and hassle of searching for a pet, and you can simply look at your smart phone to find out where they are. Pet owners have used this app regularly to find lost pets, as well as regular monitoring to make sure their pets are where they are supposed to be.
With a wide selection of pet wearables on the market, you can choose one with the functions that appeal to you, in a design you love, and with a comfortable fit for your pet.
Whether you need to control a dog’s barking or track a cat’s whereabouts, or whether you want to monitor your pet’s activities and eating, you can find a smart collar that fits the bill. See our buyer’s guides to help you choose the best wearable for your pet.