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Wearable Technology for Your Pets

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Wearable fitness trackers -- like the Fitbit or the Nike Fuel -- are all the rage among the health and fitness conscious.  Now some companies are getting ready to offer similar technology -- for animals.  
Jeff Noce is the president of I4C Innovations, a small company and the creator of Voyce. He says, "we essentially created a WebMD for dogs." The 6 ounce collar -- or "health band" -- includes 350 components that track a pet's sleep, restlessness, step count, and caloric burn -- just like the fitness bands owners may sport.
Noce says, "if you understand your dog both from a behavioral perspective, as well as from a physiological perspective, your relationship becomes much stronger, much sooner, and lasts for a longer period of time." 
The technology comes as spending on pets hits a record high -- more than 55 billion dollars in 2013 according to one industry survey.  The rapidly growing capabilities of smartphones and apps means owners can remind themselves to walk the dog, or even remotely keep tabs on a pup.

For example, Voyce allows you to check in on a pooch's activity from a mobile device -- and even keep a dog's medical history at hand. Voyce says it's technology will make it easier to flag potential health conditions.  It'll be available for bigger dogs this summer... And toy breeds and cats early next year.  
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