As more and more people care for dogs as a family member and more than just a pet, it is no surprise that gadgets with technology to monitor our furry friend’s health is in order. Previous inventions include a bark translator called the “BowLingual,” and “Wandant,” a pendant linked to the web that monitors a dog’s stress level, footsteps and temperature. Petline Co. has developed a new addition to that list which monitors the heatstroke risk of man’s best friend.
The device is stored with a database developed in cooperation with veterinarians that analyzes the risk of dogs suffering from heatstroke. Petline spokesman Chiaki Kasuga noted, “The level of heat and humidity that can trigger heatstroke is different between humans and dogs.” This prompted the firm to come up with the heatstroke monitor that can be placed on a dog’s leash or inside their cage, and alerts pet owners with buzzing sounds and blinking lights. The level of risks is divided in four categories, ranging from “caution” to “hazardous,” which should help lessen risks. Dogs are more prone to summer heat because only their paws have sweat glands, which are essential for releasing body heat.
Petline’s current location played a role in the development of the gadget. In August 2007, Tajimi, Giju Prefecture, where the company is found, had a 40.9 degrees temperature. It was a record high in Japan at the time. “Taking safety measures is very important because by the time dogs are visibly in pain, things are already serious,” said Kasuga
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