How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care

How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care

People love their pets. This simple fact can be gleaned from bumper stickers, enthusiastic dog owners at the park, and the numerous pet-focused events that take place regularly in major cities across the country. The pet industry is a large entity, generating over 66 billion dollars in sales in the United States last year. As home technology has advanced, the pet industry has been following on its heels to develop pet products with new tech. Today, home technology is helping pet care by providing gadgets for scheduling feeding times for pets, to quickly locate pet care, to track pet activity, and more.

How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care
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With the growing domination of smartphones and tablets, numerous apps have been developed to help pet owners care for, train, and interact with their pets. There are even apps designed specifically for pets to use. Apps are often focused on dogs or cats but can have more general appeal depending on your pet’s personality and interests.

Busy dog owners can benefit from apps that connect them to pet care services, such as dog walkers or people who can board dogs at their houses while the owners are away. One of the top apps for care services is Wag, an app that is described by many reviewers as being like Uber for dogs. Owners can request a walk, and they will be matched with a nearby dog walker who can take their pet on a fun outing. For owners who want to help other animals with their dogs, the WoofTrax app tracks dog walks and donates to an animal-related cause of the owner’s choice.

Cat owners aren’t left out of the app market. Numerous apps exist to provide fun games that cats can play on smart devices. Not all cats can be enticed to play with a touchscreen, but those that can find the games intriguing. The Cat Clicker Training app gives tips for training these notoriously difficult to train pets.

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Pet Safety

People who work away from home for most of the day often worry about their pets while they are away. A common solution for this fear is to use security cameras to keep an eye on their pets from a computer of a smart device. Home technology is helping pet care by providing systems specifically designed for this purpose, but any home security system that provides remote access to video feed can serve just fine. Pet-specific systems often provide additional features, such as ways to interact with the pets through voice or remote activated toys and treat dispensers. Some people appreciate having these features as a way to let their pets know that they are thinking about them. Others prefer to leave their pets to their daily routines, and just check in now and then to make sure that there is nothing wrong.


Another thing that may cause pet owners concern is the idea that their pets will be bored or lonely without them. Products designed to address this worry include PlayDate, Petcube, and various collar cams that people can equip with their pet. Petcube and PlayDate allow owners to access the device from anywhere and play with their pets through laser pointers, treats, and remote-operated chase toys. Collar cams give a pet’s perspective on their world and may grant new insight on what individual pets are most interested in around their homes or yards.

Not every pet tech device will be right for every pet or every owner. You know your pet best and can select pet tech options that you think would be most suited for them. With the right technology applied the right way, it’s possible to achieve a new dimension of interaction and fun with your pets.


“How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care”

Guest Author: Paisley Hansen (see Bio below)


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12 thoughts on “How Home Technology is Helping Pet Care”

  1. You want your pets to have the best care and that starts at home. Knowing how to assess and address an injury or illness between when it happens and when you can get them to a vet can save your pet’s life.

  2. Jeanne, I am going subscribe to your blog. I am not aware of this, but through your blog now I come to know. Will recommend mentioned apps to my friends even. Thanks. Good Work !! Appreciate it !!

  3. There is a new wonderful and exciting world opening up before us at present, and this is the world of pet gadgets. I find it somewhat surprising that this has taken so long to happen – people spend a lot of money on their pets and would be willing pay dearly for the latest toys or gadgets that bring pleasure to their pets. Sure, pets love the simple things in life – dogs get excited at the site of a simple tennis ball. But, there is a whole range of other more exciting products out there waiting to be discovered. And this world isn’t just focussed on the pets themselves – there are also many products focussed on owners that make owning a pet much easier and resolve many of the problems that pet owners encounter on a daily basis. Unless you know where to look I think you would be surprised at just what is available out there.

  4. Next time you write about pets and technology, you should check out PupPod. It’s a smartphone connected, multi-level puzzle toy for dogs that gets harder as a dog gets smarter.

  5. Hi, you have a useful blog showing me what kind of technology I should use with my pet dog, Kyra. I have subscribed to your newsletter.

    I wanted to buy her an automatic food feeder but I find that what she needs is affection and it is something machines can’t replace.

    I love running, is there any good apps and gadgets that you recommend so that she could run with me? Thanks! 🙂


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