PetPace: Milo and Otis enter the quantified life

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Wearable tech has seamlessly integrated itself into the human-sphere in the first world, so it is no surprise that the next step is to quantify the lives of our furry friends. FitBits and FuelBands help humankind monitor their own health and habits to identify what could be improved and tweaked, and we barely bat an eyelash when we see a friend wearing a clip or bracelet. PetPace is a collar for cats and dogs that can help us learn more about our pets’ habits and find potential ailments sooner, entering them into the quantified living sphere that we have created for ourselves.
Our pets want us to know that they are always there for us, always putting on brave faces. Their instinct is to hide any signs of weakness, so owners can’t always read symptoms to find if anything is wrong until something has progressed to a more advanced, harder to treat state. But the PetPace technology is available now in two states, and if successful, will expand to more markets. “After years of research, I am so happy and proud to be launching this great pet health product in Florida and Massachusetts,” says Dr. Asaf Dagan, Chief Veterinary Scientist with PetPace. “This collar will enable pets, for the first time, to ‘tell’ us how they feel.” Dagan’s credentials include being a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in canine and feline medicine. Dagan also is certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. PetPace has miniature sensors attached to the collar, seamlessly and noninvasively, to automatically and continually monitor vital signs, activity patterns, positions and other physiologic and behavioral parameters.  The information is processed in real time, taking into account the history and breed-specific criteria set for the pet through PetPace’s Big Data propriety software. That new line of communication could help us, the humans in our pets’ lives, be able to get them the medical attention they need sooner, providing a longer and more comfortable life for our best friends. (We’re all tough guys until our 200-pound mastiff-“puppy” gets sick or hurt. Then, all bets are off.) According to the website, the collar continuously monitors temperature, pulse, respiration, activity, positions and more. As with human-oriented wearable tech, the device syncs up to either a computer or a smartphone app, and can be monitored anytime during the day through the app interface. The collar is shockproof, carries an IP-67 rating (totally protected against dust and protected between 15cm and 1m of water), and is ruggedized for the outdoor adventures that Milo and Otis like to take together. The battery lasts for over 6 weeks per charge, and comes in three different sizes that can fit pets over 8 pounds. It has a single button, and LED indicators. Once it is synced up to a device, it will flow updates to the master of how his Rex is feeling, how much pets are moving (or napping), and can even be synced up to a participating veterinarian’s office so that they can take a peek at Fido’s activities and any concerning changes in health. Microchipping has already been integrated into many of our pet plans, as a means of identifying them should they ever stray into the wrong yard or county. Now, pet health monitoring that uses a continuous flow of information from easily integrated and existing technology could help change the way we look at health care for pets. For more information about PetPace, you can visit the company’s website here.