PetPace, the provider of an innovative IoT collar for remote real-time monitoring and analysis of pet vital signs and activity, today released the findings of a new medical case study. The case study, available for download here, documents in detail how the PetPace collar provided remote, noninvasive fever monitoring for a two-year-old Doberman Pinscher with Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a common but potentially life-threatening infection, caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium that is transmitted by ticks. Though most affected dogs respond favorably to antibiotic treatment, some may develop potentially fatal kidney failure. Close monitoring of vitals, including temperature and activity, is important in the first days of treatment to ensure positive response to treatment and detect potential complications.
Following initiation of antibiotic treatment, the patient, named Shana, was sent home with a PetPace collar to monitor her vital signs. The PetPace collar enabled caretakers to remotely and noninvasively monitor her core body temperature on a minute-by-minute basis, and showed that she did not develop a fever while at home (see graph below). In addition, PetPace measured Shana’s activity level, which showed improvement, and other physiological attributes including pulse rate, respiratory rate, and Heart Rate Variability (HRV). All Shana’s vitals remained stable throughout the monitoring period, correlating with the clinical assessment of a positive response to treatment.
As Shana’s case demonstrates, PetPace’s wearable technology allows, for the first time in veterinary medicine, continuous, remote, noninvasive and reliable monitoring of patient core body temperature. This improves patient care in the hospital setting or at home, while freeing both pets and caretakers from the need for frequent and unpleasant rectal measurements. Since temperature data collection is done noninvasively, temperature can be monitored continuously, providing early detection of fever – an essential pet health indicator.
“The PetPace smart collar is the first device that can detect fever noninvasively, remotely, and in real-time” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, a specialist in canine and feline medicine and surgery, and PetPace’s Chief Veterinarian. “Clinical studies show that it is accurate and reliable, and it frees pet owners and caretakers from the unpleasant task of frequent rectal temperature measurements.”
Dr. Frank Marchell, Shana’s veterinarian and owner of Piscataqua Animal Hospital in Kittery, Maine, added, “The PetPace collar enables me to provide my clients with quality medical care, as well as the peace of mind of knowing how my patients are doing even after they leave the hospital.”
“Thanks to the PetPace collar I could let Shana rest and not keep waking her up to check her vitals. While I wish I did not need to find out about this disease, I am so happy to have had this technology to use,” said Robin Rubin, Shana’s owner, a certified dog trainer and owner of Mannerly Mutts Dog Training in Maine.
PetPace was founded in 2012 to bring peace of mind to pet owners and prevent unnecessary pain and suffering for dogs and cats through improved pet health and quality of life. PetPace specializes in the remote monitoring of pet vital signs by utilizing advanced analytical methods and alerting models. The company’s low power, wireless collar is fitted with an array of sensors that report abnormal vital signs within established physiological and behavioral parameters. Once an abnormal sign or behavior is detected, a sophisticated Cloud-based analytical engine evaluates the signs and if needed, sends an immediate alert regarding any suspected condition. This allows the owner or the vet to take pre-emptive action to protect the pet’s health. For more information about PetPace real-time pet health monitoring, visit http://PetPace.com/