Whistle is the fitness monitor for man's best friend

Shawn Knight

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Connected fitness devices like the Nike FuelBand and Fitbit are on the fast track to changing how people monitor their health, but what about man’s best friend? Fret not, as there’s a comparable device in the works for Scruffy as...

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9Nails

Posts: 1,215   +177
My dog is becoming a Tamagachi!

Kidding aside, as long as this thing isn't Chihuahua neck crushing gianormous, that does make it sound like there's some attractive benefits to him wearing this.
 

cliffordcooley

Posts: 12,696   +6,055
Sheesh!

$100 for something that monitors, what you should be able to see with your own eyes. You shouldn't have to spend a great deal of time with your pet, to know if it is active or infested with flees/ticks. Anyone that can't see these signs with their own eyes, don't deserve to have an animal.

Purchasing such trinkets, allow for continuing to ignore signs of negligence. If owners are not in the habit of spending time with their pet, how is this device going to change anything?
 

Skidmarksdeluxe

Posts: 8,645   +3,289
Sheesh!

$100 for something that monitors, what you should be able to see with your own eyes. You shouldn't have to spend a great deal of time with your pet, to know if it is active or infested with flees/ticks. Anyone that can't see these signs with their own eyes, don't deserve to have an animal.

Purchasing such trinkets, allow for continuing to ignore signs of negligence. If owners are not in the habit of spending time with their pet, how is this device going to change anything?
I couldn't agree more.
 

TJGeezer

Posts: 385   +10
Sheesh!

$100 for something that monitors, what you should be able to see with your own eyes. You shouldn't have to spend a great deal of time with your pet, to know if it is active or infested with flees/ticks. Anyone that can't see these signs with their own eyes, don't deserve to have an animal.

Purchasing such trinkets, allow for continuing to ignore signs of negligence. If owners are not in the habit of spending time with their pet, how is this device going to change anything?

Really? Any responsible pet owner would see a significant change in activity level while they're away at work, or detect subtle changes like reduced activity due to early-stage heart worms? Human doctors like to maintain a history of their patients for the same reasons this device's data might be useful to a vet - it establishes a baseline. It seems silly to install a monitor at this price for a pet animal, but I wouldn't deny the potential utility of such a database for a veterinarian or for an owner too busy to notice such changes in the family dog until it might be too late for treatment.