As the healthcare industry continues to advance into the digital era, it’s only natural that the same transformation occurs in the pet health industry. From smart health monitoring platforms to wearable devices, owners are now able to track almost every aspect of their pet’s health. Smart pet technology helps make the invisible, visible so that we can provide better care for pets. By using technology to learn about pets, we can detect health changes, follow pets' health over time, and see the impacts of nutrition which can deepen our understanding of relationships between nutrition and health.
Smart pet technology helps make the invisible, visible so that we can provide better care for pets.
Many of us are familiar with smart watch wearable devices, which have been around for years. These devices can be used to monitor and track our own health data, including our activity, sleep, and heart rate. In recent years, similar technology has been adapted for use in pets. Collar-worn wearable devices can be used to track our pet’s movements, including their activity, sleep, and sleep quality. By monitoring health behaviors, we can measure the signs of conditions like dermatitis, and see how behaviors like scratching change in response to food.
Quantifying behaviors like scratching or shaking using smart pet technology may help us recognize skin conditions so that owners can intervene early with proper diet changes such as specialized food from companies like Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Smart technologies can provide data 24/7 even when the pet parent is not home and even provide a more complete picture of a pet’s health for veterinarians.
Many companies are working tirelessly to improve the capabilities of this industry. Here are 7 pet tech startups developing cutting-edge smart pet technology.
Pet Tech Startups
Pet Wireless is an IoT startup that has developed a health monitoring platform for pet owners and veterinarians, called Tailio. Tailio helps pets live longer, healthier lives, helps veterinarians provide better patient care and increase revenue, and brings pet owners peace of mind. Tailio consists of non-wearable pet-friendly connected sensing devices, cloud-based data analytics and a mobile app.
Dinbeat is a medical device manufacturing company that specializes in providing a wearable device. The device tracks the most important vital signs of a pet's from a remote wireless monitor and receives an alert to cloud software and push notifications through a software application platform.
PitPat is the UK’s most recognized dog wellness brand, offering the top-rated and best-selling dog activity monitor and app-based management of exercise and weight. Based in Cambridge, their multidisciplinary team of vets, technologists and dog-lovers is on a mission to get the nation’s dogs fit and healthy. They deliver our services to dog owners directly and through partnerships with leading pet insurers, food brands, and others.
Obe’s digital wellness platform makes it easier for veterinarians and pet parents to keep their dogs and cats healthier and happier, for longer. Real-time, accurate consumption data allows better health and nutrition decisions to help with preventative care and early diagnosis of potential problems, long before the problems are acute.
Mella Pet Care builds accessible technology and diagnostic products for vets and pet parents to better understand and keep track of pet health, starting with a smartphone-enabled, AI-assisted, non-rectal thermometer. They built a non-rectal and non-invasive smart thermometer allowing for axillary temperature measurement in <10 seconds that pairs with a mobile and smartwatch app. In addition, this pairs with patient management systems (PMS), including Covetrus, which represents 90% of the market, so the vet does not have to think about or write down the temperature during examination.
Scollar is a full-stack open platform, equipped to manage every aspect of animal care for every breed of animal, from cats to cattle. It consists of three tightly integrated technologies: a modular smart collar, a mobile app and a data cloud service. Scollar will reshape the future of animal management by enabling countless animal care requirements to be managed through a single device. The masses of data collected in the Scollar data cloud will be a catalyst for algorithm development that offers a complete, portable picture of an animal’s health.
PlayDate is building a video-based pet monitoring system to keep dogs and cats happy and healthy throughout their lives. They’ve built a robotic, camera-enabled smart ball that pet owners can control using their mobile devices allowing them to play with their pets remotely. To accompany the smart ball, they are also building software services that capture data about pet health and behavior. This solves much-needed problems in the pet care space such as early health detection, automated training, and exercise.
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