PetPace, the provider of an innovative IoT collar for remote real-time monitoring and analysis of pet vital signs and activity, today released the findings of a new medical case study. The feline enucleation case study, available for download here, documents in detail how the PetPace collar enabled clinical staff to monitor pain and recovery of a cat after a major eye surgery, while reducing stressful handling.
Ben, a 10-year-old, 6-kilogram neutered male indoor Domestic Long Hair cat, was brought to Fergus Veterinary Hospital in Fergus, ON, Canada, with a severe eye injury. His left eye was protruding from its socket, ruptured, blinded and damaged beyond repair.
The exact cause of Ben’s injury remains unknown. The eye, unlike skin or muscle tissue, cannot regenerate and repair. For this reason, as well as the pain associated with this condition, such cases often result in an enucleation, surgical removal of the eye. Though not rare in veterinary medicine, enucleation surgeries have to be treated quickly and efficiently to prevent further pain and complications.
Dr. Rae Worden, the owner of Fergus Veterinary Hospital, admitted Ben and performed the enucleation. In addition to the eye problem, Ben was found to be suffering from a number of other medical conditions. He was treated with intravenous fluids, antibiotics, analgesics and topical eye drops. To more closely monitor the cat’s recovery and pain level, Dr. Worden placed a PetPace collar on Ben.
Cats are notoriously difficult to handle and examine in a hospital setting, especially after trauma like an eye injury. Pain assessment is also challenging because of the reticent nature of cats. The PetPace collar, used before and after surgery, helps the clinician assess the feline patient’s condition. PetPace provides clinically-valuable data at high frequency and resolution, while actually minimizing patient handling and staff workload.
The PetPace collar clearly and accurately documented Ben’s clinical course and positive outcome. Ben’s case once again highlights the clinical value of the PetPace collar for intensive in-hospital and at-home monitoring and pain assessment for feline patients.
By way of example, the PetPace collar documented how the cat’s pulse values improved over the course of his hospitalization, which coincided with his clinical improvement and recovery. HRV (Heart Rate Variability), a marker for pain, also showed improvement. Finally, the collar measured an increase in activity level on Day 2 of hospitalization. All of these attributes, taken together, indicate an improved pain level and successful recovery from a serious injury.
Dr. Asaf Dagan, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine and Feline practice), and PetPace’s Chief Veterinarian, noted, “This case is further evidence that the data and reports provided by PetPace help clinicians manage medical cases, assess pain, and monitor response to treatment. No other wearable technology for pets can provide such deep, comprehensive, and real-time data for clinicians or pet owners.”
Dr. Rae Worden, owner of Fergus Veterinary Hospital in Fergus, ON, added, “As part of our commitment to cutting-edge, high-quality medicine and with an emphasis on pain management, we use PetPace technology to provide better care for our patients. Using the smart collars for post-op monitoring of recovery and pain level is a valuable new service, which has been very well received by our clients.”
PetPace was founded in 2012 to bring peace of mind to pet owners and prevent unnecessary pain and suffering for dogs and cats through improved pet health and quality of life. PetPace specializes in the remote monitoring of pet vital signs by utilizing advanced analytical methods and alerting models. The company’s low power, wireless collar is fitted with an array of sensors that report abnormal vital signs within established physiological and behavioral parameters. Once an abnormal sign or behavior is detected, a sophisticated cloud-based analytical engine evaluates the signs and if needed, sends an immediate alert regarding any suspected condition. This allows the owner or the vet to take preemptive action to protect the pet’s health. For more information about PetPace real-time pet health monitoring, visit http://PetPace.com.