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You keep an eye on your weight and make sure you take 10,000 steps a day. Some of you monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar levels regularly. Most of us listen to our bodies and keep an eye out for any troubling symptom. You consider Sparky, Shadow, Rover, or Socks as a member of the family, so you want to watch over his health as well. It is now easy with the range of sophisticated and sensitive pet tech devices available in the market. Here are 8 of these, in no particular order:

1. WhistleGPS

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The brain behind Whistle is the same man who had the idea for the FitBit Flex. So you know what to expect from this pet tracker: powerful wearable technology that delivers fast and accurate results.

The WhistleGPS activity tracker tracks your pet’s activities and rest patterns and his whereabouts when you are away and sends the data to your smartphone. But you just don’t get dumped with a mass of jumbled data. The powerful WhistleGPS app compares the data to previous records, to what is normal for his breed and an animal of his weight, and against any fitness goal you may have set beforehand, and presents the results in an easy-to-understand format. So you always know what your pet is up to even when he is out of sight.

2. FitBark

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The FitBark not only lets you track your pet’s steps and his sleep patterns but also compare the data to those available from previous recordings. The powerful algorithms also compare your pooch’s scores to baseline numbers that is normal for his breed. This minefield of information lets you keep track of your pet’s health and also helps the vet make accurate diagnoses. The FitBark has Bluetooth connectivity and can sync wirelessly to your smartphone.

The companion app lets you journal your pet’s health stats and share these. You can assign pet duties to various family members, and they can log into the app to record the status. With the whole family chipping in to care of Rover or Socks, you can be sure that he will be fed, walked, taken to the vet, or the groomer on time.

3. GoPro Fetch

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GoPro manufactures high-definition action camcorders suitable for rugged action photography. That’s for humans. Do you know they have also come up with video cameras for your canine companion?

The GoPro Fetch camera can be strapped on Boxer’s chest to capture the world from his point of view. Now watch where he goes and what he sniffs at and digs into. Like all GoPro products, the Fetch is also built sturdily, so be assured it will withstand Boxer rolling on the ground and frolicking in mud and water.

GoPro Fetch not only gives you fascinating glimpses of how your pet sees the world but also keeps you in the know about the places he frequents. For instance, you might want to build a fence around the thorny rose bush if the GoPro Fetch shows your pet sniffing around there.

4. Trackimo

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The Trackimo Universal is not just another GPS tracker; it is a real problem-solver. The Chihuahua or the frisky kitten owner knows how frustrating it is to try and fit a standard-sized GPS tracker device around the teeny-tiny neck of his four-legged companion. The Trackimo Universal device measures only 45mm x 18mm x 40mm. It is also lightweight and is perfect for small animals. It is also waterproof, so it is ideal for pets who like to romp around in mud and water.

5. Motorola Scout 5000

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The Motorola Scout500 is the FitBit Flex of Sparky and Shadow. This smart pet tech device is a collar that packs in a pedometer, GPS tracker, geo-fencer, a camera that captures high-res 720p images, a microphone, and a speaker.

The Scout500 from Motorola is a godsend to individuals concerned about their pets’ obesity. The pedometer keeps track of your pet’s activities throughout the day, so you know if you have to go out for more frequent walks. With its in-built WiFi and 3G connectivity, it can connect to your smart device. You can not only see your pet in action or in deep slumber but also hear his woof or meow. You can even speak to him—soothe or shout at him depending on how he behaves.

6. Tractive Motion

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The Tractive Motion is not just any other fitness tracker for your pet; it is the perplexed pet owner’s answer to how much workout to give to his obese pet. This GPS-enabled device not only tracks your pet’s steps but also lets you set daily workout targets based on the data displayed on the app. Pet Points lets you keep track of the goals, so you always know if Fido is getting his daily quota of exercise. The Tractive Motion has Bluetooth connectivity, a design improvement over its predecessors.

7. Petcube

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The pet owner knows the agony of leaving his furry friend alone for long hours when he has to go away to work. Not all pets adjust well to separation. Some refuse food and mope in the corner (poor Fluffy), some others turn aggressive and go on a destruction spree (Fido overturns things and Boots shreds apart the curtains). The Petcube comes as the answer to these pet owners’ prayers.

This nifty device has been designed keeping in mind house-bound pets. It is a remote wireless camera that lets you keep a tab on your pet’s activities when you are not home via a wide-angle 138-degree camera that streams high-res 720p pictures. The device also contains a two-way speaker and microphone. Your pet can now enjoy your company—hear you coo to him or say a few stern words when you see him moping or being naughty—even when you are not around.

You can even remotely play with your cat with this device. Petcube has a built-in laser that you can control from your smart device. This will keep Boots busy (and happy).

8. Voyce

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With its array of features and accuracy, the Voyce can give any Jawbone, Garmin, or FitBit a stiff run for its money. Apart from tracking paw steps, the Voyce also records calories burned, heart and respiratory rates, and rest patterns. What is more, its powerful algorithms analyze biometric data to calculate what your pet needs to be fit and healthy and offer tips accordingly. You can also set goals and measure Sparky’s progress against them. The Voyce can sync wirelessly to your smart device. This device comes in a range of sizes to fit almost any dog or cat, from a Chihuahua or a small cat to an English Mastiff or a Newfoundland with its 32-inch neck.

The plethora of sophisticated pet tech devices lets you take care of your beloved animal companion and keep him active, healthy, and happy.

 

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