PetPace debuts $150 ‘smart collar’ for monitoring pet health

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Beta Boston / By Kyle Alspach

Today, a Burlington company is introducing a collar for pet dogs and cats that monitors their health and sends out alerts when there’s a cause for concern.

The PetPace collar costs $150 and the accompanying monitoring service runs $15 a month. Alerts can be sent to the pet owners as well as veterinarians. It is available first in Massachusetts and Florida, and can be purchased through the PetPace e-commerce site.

The collar monitors vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration. It also monitors activity patterns, pain, and other physiological and behavior patterns.

“This is the first system that can actually let the pet talk to us,” said Avi Menkes, co-founder and chief executive of PetPace.

After the customer orders the collar online, PetPace will contact the customer’s veterinarian to provide education about the system and set them up to receive its alerts. Veterinarians receive part of the revenue from the monitoring service, according to PetPace.

Along with being available for purchase online, the PetPace collar is also available at BluePearl animal hospitals, including the hospital in Waltham.

PetPace, which was founded in Israel in 2012 and continues to maintain an office there, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from investors including Kormeli of Burlington, the investment firm of Emptoris founder Avner Schneur.