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GoPro Fetch – Seeing from a Dog’s Point of View

GoPro FetchWe’ve seen a number of very cool videos capturing the world from a dog’s point of view and we wondered how did those owners mount the cameras on their dogs?

Well we’ve come across a product which will let you affix a camera to your dog. With the GoPro Fetch you can mount it to capture the world from your dog’s point of view.

The harness features two mounting locations for a variety of perspectives: the chest (for bone-chewing, digging and front-paw action) and your dog’s back (for over-the-head shots of running, jumping and play). Quick release bases make attaching and removing the camera easy.

GoPro Fetch Harness

The GoPro Fetch harness is made of washable, water-friendly material so your dog can swim, play and get dirty without a worry. The soft, padded construction, including at all adjustment points, keeps your dog comfortable.

Fully adjustable to fit small, medium and large breed dogs from 15 to 120 lbs (7 to 54 kg). If desired, the chest mount is removable to accommodate smaller dogs.

This video does a great job of explaining the product:

The Dog DNA Test – What Breeds Make Up Your Dog?

Dog DNA testIf you are one of those heroes that went to the pound or animal shelter to adopt your dog, you might be wondering – what breeds is my dog made out of? Maybe you’re just curious or perhaps you want to identify any potential health issues or disease predispositions based on their breed mix?

What we were surprised to learn is that your dog’s physical appearance is largely controlled by a small number of genes. These genes can have both recessive and dominant variants and the variants that are present determine the visible effect on physical traits seen.

As a result the presence of various breed signatures does not guarantee that the dog will look like all detected breeds. The wonder of genetic inheritance can be seen as much in dogs as it can in people. So what you see perhaps is not what you actually have…

Since you can’t totally guess your dogs breed ancestry based on looks, we researched some great DNA testing options for you. [Read more…]

Automatic Dog Doors – So Only Your Dog Goes In & Out

Dog DoorsFor all those lucky dogs that have backyards, balconies and terraces, there’s a tech innovation for dog doors. Normal dog doors let your pet in and out of the house, but also give access to other pets to come in and out of your home. This clearly opens some security issues. Now you can get an electronic dog door, which only opens for your dog and automatically locks once he passes through the dog door.

How Does It Work?

The PetSafe dog door “SmartKey” attaches on your dog’s collar and has a range that is adjustable up to 3 feet. The SmartDoor reads a unique signal from the SmartKey on your dog’s collar and triggers the flap to unlock. After your dog passes through, the dog door will relock again automatically. When the SmartDoor no longer senses your dog’s SmartKey, the flap automatically locks back into place. Animals without the SmartKey are not able to enter. You may have a total of 5 SmartKeys in use at one time. In addition to the automatic mode, you can also manually set the dog door to “locked” or “unlocked.”

The pet door itself has a Plexiglas flap, and is tapered to create a tighter, energy efficient seal.  The two layer polycarbonate door is weather resistant and prevents discoloration from the elements. It’s also offered in two sizes: small and large.

Hip Replacement Surgery for Dogs

Hip replacement surgery for dogsDoes your dog have have hip dysplasia or other hip related problems with pain? Hip replacement surgery might be an option to consider to improve your dog’s life. It’s possible to have the damaged parts of the joint replaced with a prosthesis, just like with human hip replacement surgery. What a great solution option to help out our dogs in pain or reduced mobility get back to improved health!

The surgery involves removing the diseased diseased femoral head in the hip joint and socket (acetabulum) and replacing them with an artificial ball and socket joint. Each component of the artificial hip is made of cobalt chrome stainless steel or titanium and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (plastic cup). The new prosthetic components are designed to allow the joint to move the same way as a normal hip. As with human hip implants, there are cemented and cementless total hip implants available.

hip replacement surgery for dogsThe goal of surgery is to return your pet to a pain-free, mechanically sound, normal hip function. Generally, dogs are found to be more comfortable and have an improved quality of life. Many owners report that their pet can do things they have not done since they were a puppy. Apparently post-surgery most dogs experience an increase in muscle mass, improved hip motion, and increased activity levels. The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center claims that some “mean” dogs have even developed a pleasant personality when the pain was eliminated from their hip(s). “We have found that 95% of the hips that have been replace by surgeons at OSU return to normal function or near normal function. More than 95% of owners feel that their dog’s quality of life is improved or markedly improved.”

According to the Animal Medical Center, independent clinical studies show that 96% of pets who undergo total hip replacement surgery will return to full, normal function, typically within 6-10 weeks following surgery. In fact, they can walk on their new hip immediately following surgery.

Here’s a video about the procedure from the Animal Medical Center: