More than 74% of U.S. households have a pet, according to the AVMA, and technological advancements have made it possible for pets to "communicate" with owners via automatically generated e-mails or tweets filled with data on their whereabouts, eating and exercise habits, and more. The products may provide information useful to veterinarians such as seizure activity or indicators of pain. Such consumer-targeted products have also led to the development of systems that could be used to remotely direct search-and-rescue animals and other working dogs.

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