I think most pet parents know that there are a variety of different ways that technology can help them with their pets. You can get everything from microchips to tracker collars, automatic feeders and pet cameras. I’ve tried a variety of different pet technology with varying results. I never thought I’d encounter a time with technology saves the day for me, though.
We woke up the other morning to find that Bunny really was not feeling well. When you’re the parent of a senior dog, you worry a lot more about little aches and pains. I strongly suspect and hope that the weather has really made her arthritis flare up, or that she pulled a muscle or something like that. We refilled her Rimadyl prescription and made sure that she had as many comfy beds on the floor to choose from as possible. The most cushy one we set up in the middle of the living room, right under the Christmas tree and we made sure she was all settled in and comfortable there before we left.
I debated about staying home with her, but it’s a bad time of year to miss work if I can avoid it. I made the tough decision to go ahead and go to work. That is where technology really saved me this time. I have used the Petcube to check in on the girls in the past, and even to prove who caused certain mischief in our home, but this time it was different. I was able to check in all day on Bunny and see that she was okay. She spent the day resting quietly under the Christmas tree and I saw her get up and turn around a few times. There really is nothing as reassuring as being able to look in and see that your dog is okay when you need to.
For now, she’s resting comfortably and we’re watching her to see how she’s doing. If we need to take her in to visit the vet, we will, but we are hoping that some rest and TLC will do the trick. We’ll be relying on technology to help us monitor how she’s doing when we can’t be there with her. I’m already seeing a little bit of improvement from her, so we have our fingers crossed that things will continue to stay on the right track.