22:34 05 May 2017
With a growing number of lost and stolen pets, more and more pet owners are investing in smart gadgets to keep track of their feline and canine companions. For Rhonda Vandermeer, a dog breeder from North Carolina, having a smart dog collar with built-in GPS tracking means no more worrying about her pet ever going missing.
Talking about her dog Boz, she said: "He's always let off his lead and if he sees a squirrel, he's off, and I'm afraid he's going to keep running and we won't get him back,"
The Link AKC collar sends her notification if Boz has strayed beyond the boundaries she’s set. It also keeps track of how much exercise Boz has been doing.
"It's great for when I'm away and I can see how much exercise he does and what level of activity he's receiving a day," says Ms Vandermeer.
Abhishek Sharma, analyst at market research firm Technavio, said: "People think of their pets as a part of their family and with tech adoption growing, it makes perfect sense to innovate in this area,"
Sharma added: "With the increasing awareness about pet health, owners around the world are more willing to spend on various types of tech to keep their pets safe,"