Everyday Technology that Can Help Your Pets

Everyday Technology that Can Help Your Pets

Sonia Zjawinski
Mar 24, 2010

We've noticed when it comes to pet gizmos, it's very rare to find a true gem that's more than just a novelty item. There are though, a few gadgets that were made for one job that have proven to be helpful with keeping tabs on our pets' behavior and health.

Dr. Patty Khuly is a Miami-based vet who writes a wonderful blog that gives pet owners an insider's view on pet health. In one post, Dr Khuly explains how webcams and video cameras can help pet owner's deal with problem behaviors or capture medical mysteries that never seem to be duplicated once you step inside the vets office.

Dr. Khuly's tips include, using a pet cam, originally made to watch your dog sleeping on the couch while you're at work to find out which one of your cats can't resist whizzing on the rug. The doc suggests, Panasonic's PetCam (pictured below) since it has a built in motion sensor that tells the camera when to start filming and when to go into stand-by mode. If you like Dr. Khuly's petcam tip, you can easily recreate the same scenario with any motion activated camera, or by pairing a webcam and motion sensor with UGOlog.

For conditions that happen sporadically and can't be repeated at the vet's, Dr. Khuly suggests using a video camera to document them as they happen. You can then email the footage to your vet so they can see just what's happening. They may be able to deduce what's wrong.

Are there any ways you guys use technology to keep track of your pets behaviors and health?

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