PetPace Smart Collar Used in New Canine Epilepsy Study
Living with a dog that suffers with epilepsy is a rough and often scary reality. During his seizures, your dog may lose consciousness and fall over, his muscles will contract erratically, he’ll drool and may even urinate and defecate. Because of this, pet parents may be afraid to leave their furry child by himself – nothing could be worse for your pooch than going through all of this alone.
PetPace aims to change the way we approach epilepsy in dogs. They have developed a wearable tech gadget, this time to gather information on dogs with epilepsy using a collar. This collar monitors the dog’s vital signs and activity before, during, and after an epileptic seizure. As part of the PetPace Canine Epilepsy Study, this collar will measure a range of physiological and behavior attributes. The information collected is part of a large, international, multi-center clinical study to address seizure activity visibility gaps.
Managing epilepsy in dogs is difficult because how often dogs have seizures is mostly unknown for two reasons. One, because the dogs aren’t under constant supervision so pet parents can’t really know and two, because dogs can’t talk and tell you they’ve had “X” amount of seizures today. Because of this, it’s difficult to prescribe a personalized treatment without detailed knowledge of the seizure activity.
These information-gathering collars will help researchers understand epilepsy in dogs. It is common to see changes in temperature, activity patterns, body posture, respiratory rate, pulse and heart rate variability during, before and after a seizure. The collar is designed to measure these parameters in real time so researchers are able to give a detailed analysis of the information collected by the smart collar.
Veterinary neurology specialists from private specialty hospitals and universities from the U.S, Canada, U.K., and Israel are collaborating to create the first-ever database of bio-metric information about dogs with epilepsy using this non-invasive technology.
Although PetPace does not explicitly say so, we can only hope that by gathering this information, specialists are able to identify the warning signs of a seizure in epileptic dogs and mass produce a specialized dog collar. The next step would be to find a way to notify pet parents of their pet’s seizures (and we’re just guessing here) via a phone application. But getting the collar to dogs that suffer from seizures is the most important step, as it will track and store important medical information. In turn, this info would be passed along to your dog’s veterinarian, who would be able to treat the condition.
We’ll keep you posted on developments regarding the PetPace Canine Epilepsy Study.
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