Welcome to the pet age where high tech meets high touch. Here are a few meriting your attention as professional pet owners:
TAGG – The Pet Tracker; Now Whistle – The Pet Tracker
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only about 20 percent of lost dogs are returned to their owners. Hoping to better those percentages is the makers of
TAGG, a pet tracker (now Whistle) that uses Global Positioning System and wireless technology to keep tabs on pets 24-7. This lightweight device looks like a wristwatch and attaches securely to a pet’s collar.
It works on all smart phones, iPods, iPads and Mac and PC Windows-based computers and can even monitor a pet’s daily activity levels. TAGG (Whistle) fits pets who weigh at least 10 pounds and costs $79.95, which includes all hardware. Each additional month is anywhere from $6.95-$9.95 and there are discounts for additional pets. Learn more by visiting www.whistle.com.
Pet Tech PetSaver App
With the push of a button and the swipe of your finger, you can obtain instant access to your pet’s medical records, locate the nearest emergency veterinary hospital and even receive
audio step-by-step instructions on how to treat arterial bleeding on your dog if you are miles away from a veterinary clinic. All of this and more is available on the Pet Tech PetSaver App for $3.99, about the price of a small latte at your favorite coffee shop.
This app can be downloaded using an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Window 7 and Android phones. It is divided into six main menus for dogs and cats: caring for your pet, CPR and first aid, snout-to-tail assessment, poisonous items, essentials and dental care. You can easily input your pet’s health records, create a missing cat poster, download photos of your pet, create a file that reminds you of the medications and the doses your pet needs, and scroll through an alphabetical list of poisonous plants with photos for easy identification. Learn more by visiting www.pettech.net.
Designed for iPads or iPhones, this app from LifeLearn, Inc. gives you access to your pet’s vital data 24-7, even when you are traveling. It enables you to create a complete profile of each
pet, including photos, age, weight, medications, favorite toys and even identifying his BFF (best furry friend). The app’s log keeps track of vet appointments and stores your pet’s health records. When on the road, you can locate the nearest veterinary clinic in seconds and receive contact info and driving directions.
In addition, you can immediately report a missing pet, and browse lost pet sites to try to contact the owner of a missing pet you found. This app costs $1.99 and can be downloaded on iTunes.
By Sarah Zumhofe