Business is booming in the pet industry, with annual U.S. spending tripling in the past twenty years from $17 billion in 1994 to $60 billion in 2014. People spend more on their pets than they do on video games, music, and movies combined. Why do people devote so much money to their pets? Many pet parents view their pets not just as companions, but also as members of the family, so it is only natural for them to spoil their loved ones.
In recent years, a number of innovative new gadgets have been released for these dedicated pet lovers, including video monitoring systems, automatic fetching machines and more.
Top Pet Gadgets for the Modern Pet Parent
There was a time when the most innovative piece of technology you could get for your pet was an automatic water fountain or an electric fence. More and more, people are starting to view and treat their pets like children, which has opened up an entirely new category of tech gadgets like these:
A canine answer to all the human fitness tracking apps, FitBark is like a heart rate or activity monitor for dogs. If your dog is overweight, or is a breed that is usually at risk of becoming overweight, adding some exercise to his routine is incredibly important. With the FitBark, you will be able to sync the device with your computer or smartphone to track your dog’s progress as he plays in the garden or at doggie day care while you are at the office.
This waterproof GPS tracking service allows you to keep track of your dog’s location. Gibi devices are designed to fit on most pet collars and harnesses. You can even sync the device to your smartphone or tablet and receive app alerts if your dog goes outside the “safe” zone that you set.
This device allows your dog to play fetch any time of day or night, with or without you. The dog simply drops a ball into the device and it projects the ball for your dog to chase. This device is a great option if you want to make sure that your dog stays busy while you are out of the house so he is not tempted to get into trouble.
This device enables you to keep an eye on your pet while you are not at home, much like a nanny-cam for children. You can access video footage from your mobile phone or smartwatch to see what your pets are up to when you are not around.
The Voyce device gathers vital health information from your dog, like resting heart rate, respiratory rate and calories burned, enabling you to monitor your dog’s activity from afar. It can also help to detect dangerous health conditions early on. In July 2015, the company released another program called Voyce Pro, which allows veterinarians to also monitor the health of their patients remotely.
These are just a few of the pet gadgets that have hit the market lately – there are many out there and even more in development. Our favorite upcoming one is:
This device is still in the works, but it is an interactive toy that turns feeding your pet into a game. CleverPet is a great way to provide mental stimulation for your pet and it will keep him occupied when you are not at home, so that he does not get into trouble or develop separation anxiety.
These gadgets are all fun ways to interact with your dog when you are far away or want to play a different kind of game, but remember: nothing beats a loving cuddle.
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