There’s a boom in pet consumer technology such as wearable 24/7 pet monitoring, and new premium digital services promising to enhance your pet’s life and make pet ownership easier. But how will they really help your puppy live a better, safer and healthier life?
1. Telehealth for virtual vet check-ins
There’s a growing support for telemedicine in the human space, so it’s natural that adopters want it for their ‘fur’ family members too.
Telehealth gives pet owners real-time access to real Australian vets which means easy access to regular, high quality care for our pets.
Now you can enhance your pet’s wellness (nutrition, body condition, training, behaviour, emotional happiness etc) from your mobile and chat through symptoms, concerns and even monitor your pet’s health from home.
Vetchat is available from 6.00am–11.00 pm, where you can arrange an instant chat with a professional vet. It’s a convenient, personalised and pet-first approach, because by helping our pets much sooner, we can do more for them than ever before.
2. Microchipping to keep them safe
It might not be anything new, but this now-necessary device just goes to show how critical tech products can be in keeping your pet safe and sound. This e-identification device means that if little Bella goes for an adventure, you’re more likely to be reunited. Microchips can be scanned by Vets, pet shelters and local councils to get your buddy back home.
The most important action here is to keep your details updated so that no matter where they are—they can easily be reunited straight to you. An incorrect phone number or address can mean a there’s big time lag before being reunited. Sadly, some pups with microchips and incorrect details never find their homes.
3. Wearable 24/7 pet monitoring for boosted fitness
According to a 2005 study by the University of Sydney and the RSPCA, one third of dogs were recorded as being overweight. What can often be brushed off as ‘puppy fat’, or ‘spoiling them’, it’s a serious concern for your pup’s health.
Like a FitBit for pets, there are several good exercise devices on the market to help owners keep better tabs on their fur baby’s fitness. You can find simple pedometers which attached to the collar, or integrated systems that connect to an app on your phone. These apps can also provide tailored targets based on age, breed and weight.
Always speak to your pet’s most trusted advisor—a vet—to ensure your pet is on the right exercise regime and nutritional program.
4. Pet monitoring cameras for daily check-ins
Anything can happen during those eight plus hours that you’re away from home every day. But there’s good news—you can set up an at-home camera to keep tabs on your little one, without the price tag of CCTV. Pet cameras come in all shapes and sizes, and you can access live footage from your phone or tablet while you’re on the go.
Pet cameras with microphone access can also give your pets that vital throughout-the-day connection. Your puppy doesn’t understand that you have to leave everyday for work, and a simple check-in on your lunch break can do a world of good for curbing loneliness.
In addition, this monitoring means you’ll easily see any unfavourable puppy behaviours early on, and can get a vet-endorsed plan in action to keep your puppy happy, before these early behaviours further develop.