CHICAGO – Experts from PetPace, the leading manufacturer of health monitoring smart collars for cats and dogs, are warning pet owners of the dangers that rising summer temperatures can have on their beloved pet and how the PetPace smart collar can help.
According to Dr. Asaf Dagan, the chief veterinarian of PetPace, people should understand the unique physical limitations of their pets. Leaving pets outside for long periods of time, engaging them in strenuous physical activity or leaving pets alone in a car can all be severely detrimental during hot days.
Every dog or cat regardless of physical fitness, age, size, or breed can suffer from heat related illness. Heat related death of a pet is completely preventable if identified quickly, and products like PetPace’s smart collars can alert pet owners of the condition before it becomes fatal.
PetPace’s smart collar performs similar to human health monitors like Garmin’s activity trackers and Apple Watch. The device is able to track vital signs like body temperature, pulse, respiration and other measurements like activity levels, body posture, heart rate variability and calorie expenditure. While PetPace is great for any dog or cat, the technology is especially useful for pets that are older, sick or at an increased risk for developing disease.
“Most pet owners are aware of the danger summer heat can have on the health of their dog, however it can be challenging to quickly identify the development of conditions associated with heat stroke in pets,” said Dagan. “PetPace monitors your pet’s health continuously and can alert you at the first sign of a problem.”
The normal body temperatures for dogs range between 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, while cats body temperatures average between 99.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Pet owners who do not utilize a health-monitoring device for their dog or cat should watch for signs of heat stroke that include the following, but aren’t limited to:
- Frequent Vomiting
- Excessive panting and/or distressed breathing
- Excessive thirst
- Increased heart rate
- Weakness and/or fatigue
- Thickened saliva
If your pet displays any of these signs, try to help cool them down by moving them to a cooler environment, provide fresh drinking water and consult your veterinarian immediately. If professional veterinary care is not immediately available, you can also use fans and air conditioning, and place cool (not ice cold) water-soaked towels on the pet. Do NOT place the dog in an icy cold tub, as too rapid cooling may be detrimental.
Lastly, according to Dagan, pet owners should always make sure their pets have access to plenty of water, especially during the summer heat and limit long walks or strenuous activity to the cooler hours of the day.
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 preemptive action to protect the pet’s health. For more information about PetPace real-time pet health monitoring, visit http://PetPace.com.