PetChatz and DOGTV Support University Study to Measure the Stress of Dogs in Shelters
PetChatz and DOGTV are collaborating with the Center for Shelter Dogs at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University on a 12-month study of dogs in two New England animal shelters to determine if the presence of dog-oriented video can improve the welfare and quality of life of these dogs.
Yes, there’s a market for video-chatting with your dog
In 2014, after raising nearly $2.5 million, Burnsville-based Anser Innovation brought the first version of PetChatz to market with a test launch. As a device on the cutting edge of contemporary obsessiveness, it allowed pet owners to remote video-chat with their furry family members and also dispense treats and emit scents from virtually anywhere with an Internet connection.
America’s Pets By the Numbers: How Much We Spend on Our Animal Friends
If you’ve ever walked down the pet aisle at a big supermarket you’ve gotten a sense of the scale of America’s pet industry. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), total pet industry expenditures reached $60.59 billion in 2015. That’s up from $58.04 billion in 2014. Let’s take a closer look at the economics of the pet industry and how much the average American spends on the family pet.
Has your pet called you lately? Your dog or cat will soon be able to do just that with the forthcoming launch of the PetChatz® HD PawCall™ accessory, a landmark technology that lets pets initiate two-way video chats with the press of a button placed on your household's floor.