Dogs can be trained to detect all kinds of medical conditions, providing owners with greater independence. Barking, fetching and pawing are just three ways in which a dog can grasp its owner’s attention to reduce the risks of fatal hypoglycaemic attacks and other complications.
Scientists have recognised the ways in which these abilities could be used to cut healthcare costs, and one group of experts at Newcastle University has designed a collar to make every canine a lifesaver.
The device is carefully designed to monitor the mood of an animal. If the dog is reacting in an unusual manner, a carer will be alerted of the changes and assistance will be provided promptly.
The product’s inventors are aiming to introduce the technology to the public market at some point in the next 12 months, giving the families of vulnerable pet owners a chance to relax a little. Dr Cas Ladha, the lead researcher at Newcastle University, explained:
“With the sensor, you know when the dog is being walked, so the carers will know what the owner is up to without directly monitoring them.”
The collar is waterproof and is designed to detect changes using 17 actions, including sniffing, walking, laying, eating and barking. Information is collected for 30 days and can be downloaded to computer systems.
Scientists have approved the collar for use on 17 breeds and it is expected to make a major difference to the lives of people with conditions like early onset dementia.
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