Texting Dog Collars and Other Smart Tech for Pets

Texting Dog Collars and Other Smart Tech for Pets

Taryn Williford
Aug 20, 2012

Do you like to spoil your pet? You're not alone; Americans spend around $50 billion a year on their pets. So if you're inclined to splurge on one of these high-tech devices to keep your dog or cat happy, healthy and close to home, you're definitely in good company.

The dog collar that texts you if he's too hot.
If you worry about leaving your dog in the yard while you're away at work, this collar can give you peace of mind. Developed by the Toronto Humane Society, the Dog Caller collar is equipped with a thermistor that constantly measures your dog's temperature. If it gets too hot (at around 80°F or 26.7°C), a SIM card and coded chip will send a text message to your phone. Sold? We are too. The Dog Caller will be available in early 2013 for the totally affordable price of $20.

GPS devices to help you find your pets anytime, anywhere.
Have a fence escape artist at home? The SpotLite GPS Pet Locator attaches to your dog or cat's collar and gives you the instant ability to track their location 24/7 from your smart phone, tablet or computer. Furthermore, if you go online and set location SafeSpots for your pet, the SpotLite will send you a text or email letting you know if your pet has strayed outside your safe radius. Refurbished SpotLites are available online now (new SpotLites are currently out of stock) for $99.99.

A pet door that opens up only when your dog or cat approaches.
A dog door that's the best of both worlds. Whether you're concerned about raccoons or other unwanted intruders, this dog door stays locked to the world, but opens up when your pet approaches. Thanks to ultra-sonic communication between your pet's collar and this dog door, a fully automatic motor-driven panel will open up and let your pet through. Available at PetSmart for $299.99.

(Images: Gizmag, SpotLightGPS, PetSmart)

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