It’s amazing to see how much the taking care of a dog has changed from a technological perspective. Sure, some activities are timeless but there are definitely parts of dog care that have changed quite a bit due to the march of technology. If you’re looking at the fields of grooming and healthcare, for example, you’ll quickly see the mark that new technologies have made. Fortunately, these changes really have begun to help dog owners to not only care for their dogs more effectively, but also to ensure that their dogs live longer and healthier lives. Just looking at a few of these technologies can help you to understand how big of an impact they have on dogs and their owners.
Clippers and Grooming Devices
If you’ve ever groomed a dog before, you know that the tools you use can make all the difference insofar as your dog’s experience is concerned. One of the major hurdles that has had to be overcome is the clippers themselves, as both clippers designed for humans and for dogs have a tendency to do everything that dogs hate. Not only are they loud and prone to vibrations, but they can heat up in a way that causes dogs a great deal of discomfort.
Some of the best modern grooming tools have done a fantastic job of eliminating those problems. There are now clippers that run more quietly, that won’t vibrate, and that even have special designs so they don’t run quite as hot as older clippers. What this means for your dog is that not only will he or she end up getting a better haircut, but that the entire process is far less frightening than it might have been in years past.
Parasite Control and Baths
Another big change in the world of dog care has been the development of more anti-parasitic treatments. This is definitely one of those things that’s managed to march along quietly behind the scenes, and even now most dog owners won’t notice that there’s been any changes. In reality, though, it’s far easier to find a good treatment for your dog that will not only help you to get rid of fleas, ticks, and other parasites, but that will do so while really minimizing the risk to your dog’s health at the same time.
Much of these big technological leaps have also been applied to items that seem as simple as dog shampoo. While shampooing your dog is really hard to think of as a high-tech process, the truth is that most dog shampoos today do a lot more than just get your dog’s fur clean. These shampoos are now formulated to help moisturize your dog’s skin, to strengthen his or her hair follicles, and in many cases to even help repel parasites. Thanks to some clever chemical engineering, giving your dog a bath can actually be a part of helping him or her to live a longer and happier life.
Dog Food and Nutrition
Some of the biggest jumps in the world of dog health have been in the ways that we feed our dogs. Dog nutrition was not originally a very precise science, with most of the goals going towards making sure that dogs felt full and wouldn’t continually beg for food. One of the most important things to realize about dog nutrition is that even the cheapest mass-produced dog food is much healthier than anything that was on the shelves twenty-five years ago, with most foods increasing significantly in quality over that time span.
Some of the dog foods that are available right now are incredibly well-designed. These foods will not only help your dog to feel full, but they take care of all of his or her nutritional needs. There are foods that are full of special vitamins and minerals to support muscle growth or bone health, while other foods might be designed to help your dog with allergies or even to deal with certain types of health problems. You can even buy food for puppies that is designed to promote brain growth and health, giving your pup a head start when it comes to living a healthier life.
Genetic Testing and Illnesses
Finally, the very ways in which we look at a dog’s health have changed thanks to relatively easy and reliable genetic testing. Though the most reliable forms of genetic testing are still done in a vet offices and can take a significant amount of time, it’s easy enough to get an at-home kit that will tell you much more about your dog’s background the conditions to which he or she might be prone in the future. Knowing what to expect out of your dog’s health is a good way to make sure that you and your vet can create a program to help him or her to avoid long-term problems.
This kind of testing has also really helped vets to figure out better ways to treat dogs. Being able to look at a dog’s background to determine the likelihood of a condition has not only cut down on unnecessary invasive testing, but it gives vest a much better place at which they can start treatment. This, in turn, means the ability to catch major problems more quickly and to help dogs to recover from conditions that might once have been fatal. It’s amazing to see how just one simple test can make a difference in a dog’s life.
Technology and the Future
It’s honestly amazing to think about how far dog technology has come in recent years. It is also very easy to imagine a future where some of the biggest advances in tech become even more commonplace as new materials and production methods make them easier for the average person to access. No matter what else happens, though, it’s nice to see that the big advances in technology that have done so much for humans have also been repurposed to give dogs better lives.