Make 2019 all about smart choices for not just yourself, but also your beloved pets. Aside from the same old annual resolutions—eat better, exercise out more often, work less (or more—depending on your priorities, etc.)—make 2019 the year that you and your pets live your absolute best lives. Now, that is not to say you aren’t doing just that already, but these new trends might inspire you to try something new.
Technology will be big again in 2019
Many pet parents are known to invest in technology for the health and safety of their furry family members. A majority of pet owners already microchip their pets. Many have also done DNA testing to determine allergies or potential health problems. Pet health continues to become a priority as owners become more aware of best health practices. This year will be known as the year for pet apps on mobile devices for pet health.
Think Fitbit for Pets
Products like FitBark attach to your dog’s collar. It monitors activity levels, quality of sleep, distance traveled, calories burned, and overall health and behavior 24/7. The best part of FitBark is it connects to your own health device. You can link it to your Fitbit, Apple Healthkit or Google Fit device (or just use your iOS or Android phone to track your steps) and chart progress side-by-side. Check out FitBark
HI-Tech Tracking with the Whistle
The Whistle doesn’t hook up to your health device, but it does do some pet activity monitoring. Its features are more focused on tracking your dog using a combination of cellular and GPS technology to give you the fastest and most accurate tracking nationwide. Unlike Bluetooth-only trackers which have a range of 50 feet, Whistle 3 will locate your pet down the street or 3,000 miles away! Check out Whistle.
DNA Testing for Dog (we will get to cats too)
While many products have been around for a while, many predict there will be an uptick in DNA testing for dogs and cats. Let’s start with the top two popular options for dogs. When deciding on DNA testing for your dog some are better at defining ancestry and breed while others are better at determining risk of diseases. Wisdom Panel is known for having the largest breed database (over 350 breeds). While Embark only has a database of 250, they test for over 165 diseases. With their comprehensive genetic testing, you can better plan for healthy aging with information on everything from genetic diseases to drug sensitivities. Keep your dog healthy longer by testing for genetic diseases that occur later in life including glaucoma, degenerative myelopathy, and dilated cardiomyopathy, three of the most common adult-onset diseases in dogs.
Cats can get DNA tests too!
The cat DNA testing industry is smaller and newer, but there are a couple of competitors out there that want to help you identify your cat breed. Basepaws is the newest DNA testing kit out there and can track potential health issues and determine ancestry. A neat feature of Basepaws is they will continually update you as they grow their database of health and ancestry markers. HomeDNA is the leader in Cat DNA and a little bit more spendy. For the extra bucks you get the results are faster and an interactive on line LifePlan to help with your cat’s lifetime health needs
Are you trendy?
Have you aleady owned or tried some of these products? The overall trend this year are tools providing insights to our pet’s health and that is being driven by technology and DNA testing. The health of your pets is always a trend at Gresham Animal Hospital.
Gresham Animal Hospital is equipped to provide the service and treatment your pet needs under one roof. Keep Gresham Animal Hospital in mind next time your dog or cat needs a checkup, shots, or vaccines. Give us a call at 503.666.1600 to schedule an appointment today.