Today, technology has affected every part of our lives, so naturally, we also use it to improve our relationships with our pets. Tech can boost pets’ safety, health, and happiness and make ownership much easier for everyone. So if you want to provide a few smart tech advancements for your pet, here are all the ways technology has influenced the pet care industry and pet ownership:
Better fitness and health
As pet owners, we all want our furry companions to be as healthy and happy as possible so they can stay with us for a long time. With new smart tech, this can be easily achieved! Gadgets like PitPat and FitBark, which are practical fitness trackers for dogs, can track your pet’s activity levels and determine whether your pet is meeting its daily activity requirements.
Next, we have smart feeding tools, like Obe ProBowl. This type of bowl determines the right amount of food for your pet based on their breed, size, age, weight, and activity. Also, there are innovative water bowls that motivate your pets to drink more water. For instance, many dogs and cats are not interested in their water bowls and drink only when truly thirsty. To balance out their water intake, you can invest in a water fountain bowl that is playful and always fresh. Some models come with filters attached, so you can be sure your pet is getting only the cleanest and freshest water. Looking at these products, we can see how owners are taking their pet’s health seriously, even starting to mirror human fitness and health habits and applying them to pet care, which is very easy with technology.
Security for pets and your home
You might want to take your pet with you whenever you leave the house, but that’s not always possible. So when your pet needs to stay alone at home, you can rely on tech to keep them and your possessions safe. For instance, there are special pet webcams that give you an insight into what your pet is doing. Two-way audio and treat dispensers also allow you to communicate with them, ease their separation anxiety and make them feel loved and entertained with treats.
Technology that improves pet safety is very common and in some places, even mandatory. For instance, microchips are easy trackers that get inserted into the pet’s neck (it’s a pain-free procedure) and allows services to scan the pet and return it to the owner. This is a great advancement that can save many pet lives. Together with chips, you can also provide your pet with a smart pet tag which can be filled with contact information and scanned with any phone. If your pet wanders off and stumbles into some good people, they can quickly return your pet to you without involving vets and authorities.
More fun for pets and owners
Pets need to have a lot of activity, both mental and physical, in order to stay healthy and happy. And sometimes, you just might not have enough time to provide your pet with ample stimulation. Luckily, this is where smart toys come in! Smart toys can be controlled automatically or allow you to control them remotely. The movement will keep your pet engaged and allow them to spend energy and exercise their brains instead of being bored and destructive. Smart toys also have different movement and sound options, depending on which one best engages your pet.
Easy connection with pet services
Often forgotten, yet certainly, one of the most useful advancements to the pet care industry is the ability for customers to connect quickly and easily with pet-care providers. Thanks to tech, pet owners and professionals can find each other in a matter of seconds. For instance, apps like Rover match pet owners with available pet sitters in the area (with great success, it’s important to add). Through tech, owners can find good vets and new pet stores, find out about their pet’s needs, get helpful advice, and even save their pet’s life. There are great tutorials online that talk about pet CPR, best health care tips for dogs, and emergency procedures you can always look up in case of an accident.
It’s obvious that tech has crept into every part of human lives and improved our lives. Naturally, we didn’t forget to include our pets as well! The examples of tech improvements above are just some of the many ways tech has affected the way we care for our animal companions. Expect to get more and more smart technology in the pet care industry that will turn all of us into super pet owners!