The "pet wellness" revolution has changed the way we view our pets forever -- as members of the family. It has also changed how (and how often) we want to interact with them. According to the New York Times, as pet-owners become more willing to spend time with -- and money on -- their pets, digital device manufacturers are offering more and more gadgets that allow people and animals to be "together" virtually all the time:
Wearable pet activity trackers keep tabs on Bella's or Bear's exercise. Some go further, monitoring dogs' heart and respiratory rates and tracking locations in case they escape their homes...
[And] more wearable tech for pets is on the way. Already on sale is a collar device called Tagg that combines activity monitoring with location tracking to help recover lost pets. Voyce, an activity tracker available later this year, also monitors a dog's heart and respiratory rates.
In addition to activity monitors, webcams are also allowing people to interact with their pets from afar throughout the day. One device, called Dropcam, allows pet-owners to talk to their pets via a wireless security camera and microphone while they're away. But that's just the beginning for interactive gadgets: