There was a new device introduced to the marketplace announced earlier this month that connects to a dog’s collar to measure key health indicators including activity and rest. The product is made by Whistle Labs, Inc. based in San Francisco, California.
Information collected from Whistle devices can be shared by pet owners with their veterinarians and will be accessible to researchers around the world. The intent is to create the largest comparative database on real-world daily activity that can be used to extend the lifespan of every dog.
“Whistle started from our love of dogs. We’re introducing a window into their lives, creating a way for owners and vets to take a preventative approach to our pets’ health,” said Ben Jacobs, CEO and co-founder of Whistle. “To provide the best care requires information on day-to-day needs and long-term trends, which until now have never been available.”
The Whistle intelligent monitoring system features a sleek, wireless device that attaches directly to a dog’s collar and a mobile application that allows pet owners to know when their dog is walking, playing or resting. Whistle provides recommendations to optimize the health of dogs based on breed, age and weight. Pet owners are alerted to key developments or changes in behavior in order to share information with their family veterinarians.
“Across everything we build, our focus is providing a layer of sophisticated analytics to make sense of crucial data,” said Steven Eidelman, head of product and co-founder of Whistle. “Integrating that intelligence with a simple, fun user experience enriches the pet-owner relationship and offers a new form of communication for owners and vets.”
According to the company’s press announcement, Whistle has established relationships with leading academic institutions, including University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center, in order to conduct studies employing Whistle’s devices and data.
The company has also established an advisory council of veterinarians across the country, from private practitioners to cardiology professors, who collaborate and communicate with the broader medical and research community.
All Whistle devices connect to a database that is intended to establish a definitive set of standards on dog health. This information will open essential insights in veterinary research that could impact pet healthcare and the option for preventative care for animals.
For more information and to order a device, please visit the company’s website at www.whistle.com
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