Monitor Your Dog’s Health With His Collar

PetPace has designed a "smart collar” that monitors your dog’s vital signs.

By Cari Jorgensen | Posted: August 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. PST

There are a growing number of healthcare trackers for humans, including pedometers, personal blood pressure machines and various websites and apps.

Coinciding with the rising interest in our personal health is the rising interest in our dogs’ health.

We keep our dogs’ medical records in convenient binders or file cabinets. We walk them, feed them healthy food and sometimes we even put them on a treadmill. (My vet told me to do this with my high-energy blue pit bull. He stood on it and let it roll him right off, looked at it and then walked away. Apparently he preferred running back and forth in the backyard when he wasn’t being taken for a walk.)

We sense when our dogs are sick. But there aren’t always signs our dogs are ill.

PetPace has designed a "smart collar.” The collar, which your dog wears just as he would a regular collar, monitors his vital signs and compares your dog’s pulse rate, respiration and temperature against his breed. If his numbers are too high or too low, an alert is sent to you as well as your veterinarian.


Petpace Collar 

The collar is a health monitor your dog wears around her neck. It’s linked to a health profile you keep for your dog online.

Not only does it track her vital signs, but you’ll also know when she’s moving, what positions she’s in (sitting, standing or lying down – it can even tell if she’s on her right or left side), how many calories she’s burned and if she’s eating or drinking.

The collar comes in three sizes and is not suitable for dogs under eight pounds.

"It seems like it could be useful, but it’s a lot of money to spend on a collar,” says dog owner Kirra MacDonald.

The collars cost $150, plus $180 for the annual subscription.

Personally, I know quite a few people who feel that dogs are an equal part of the family and as such any amount is worth their health and care. The collar could be quite beneficial to those worried about their dogs, especially if the dog is of senior age and/or already has known health issues.

What do you think of this "smart collar”? Would you get one for your dog?

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