While technological advances like experimental imagery may soon help pets battle cancer, Tufts Veterinary Medicine reports, everyday high-tech dog gadgets can improve the life of any dog.
Developed by researchers at MIT and Lumicell, the new technology uses an experimental drug containing a fluorescent module which illuminates malignant cancer cells when exposed to infrared light. Currently able to detect malignant cells with 95 percent accuracy, the technology helps surgeons ensure that all malignant cells are gone after cancer tumors are removed. One recent experimental test on an 8-year-old rescue dog with a mammary gland lump delivered promising results, with the dog’s owner reporting the patient is acting 100 percent like her old self following surgery.
These kinds of technological advances help both dogs and their owners, but thankfully your dog doesn’t have to be fighting cancer for you to take advantage of high-tech dog gadgets.
In fact, three everyday high-tech dog gadgets can help pet owners keep their dogs safe and healthy.
High-tech dog gadgets: Security camera systems
Demand for high-tech security cameras to monitor pets is one of the fastest-growing areas of the pet technology industry, with the market expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 26.09 percent, Research and Markets estimates. Wireless technology combined with camera innovations are making it easier for pet owners to keep track of their pets. For instance, security systems provider Lorex makes high-resolution wireless security cameras that can be installed at any location inside or outside a home, and can be monitored remotely from any mobile device using their app. This type of wireless remote capability allows for pet owners to keep an eye on pets even when they’re away from home.
High-tech dog gadgets: Wearables
Another high-demand pet technology is GPS-powered pet wearables. GPS-enabled pet wearables help prevent pets from getting lost, and they can also help owners monitor their pets’ health. For instance, the Whistle 3 wearable tech pedigree can allow you to track your dog’s location as well as count how many steps your dog is taking every day, helping ensure that your pet gets enough exercise. Other wearables such as the Link AKC can let you know if the temperature is too hot or too cold for your dog. Meanwhile, wearables such as the WÜF let you keep in two-way audio contact with your dog.
High-tech dog gadgets: Automatic food dispensers
Another thriving pet technology is automatic and smart pet feeders that dispense food in assigned quantities at scheduled intervals. Automated pet food dispensers let you control how much your pet eats and how often. For instance, the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder allows you to schedule up to 12 meals a day for your pet, in quantities ranging from one-eighth of a cup to four cups. The feeder has an anti-jam conveyor system that can handle moist foods. If your pet is prone to eat too fast, you can set food to be distributed over 15 minutes to prevent gulping and choking. This type of feeder can help ensure that your pet follows their diet, and can also make it easier for you to feed your pet while you’re at work or on vacation.
Security camera systems, GPS-powered wearables and automated food dispensers are three of today’s most popular high-tech dog gadgets. These innovations help dog owners monitor their pets to make sure they get enough exercise and eat well, even if the owner is away from home.