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The Chip That Lets You Know if Your Dog is Healthy

Israeli startup Oggii offers a $30 product that monitors your dog’s movements to measure its overall health

By: Karin Kloosterman

Published: December 30th, 2013 in Business » Israel

“After we break the ice, we can bark,” says Yonatan Dror, CEO of a new Israeli pet chip monitor company called Oggii. This would sound like a weird proposition if Dror hadn’t first developed a company that attempted to decode the secret language of dogs.

After securing financing from a pet-loving “angel” friend of his, and delving into the idea, speaking Dog proved more challenging that Dror thought. So he moved to another language: decoding movement patterns in dogs to determine if they are healthy.

You can’t take blood pressure or heart rate as reliable indicators of canine health, Dror tells ISRAEL21c. His company Oggii (previously Oggway), uses a chip and patented algorithms to correlate pet movements with possible problems such as ticks, skin allergies, seizures, arthritis, poor joints, brain damage and even ear infections, which account for 30 percent of all visits to the vet. Pet owners receive action alerts like “diet” or “go to the vet.”

“Using algorithms, we are detecting a variety of patterns like dog walking, running, sleeping, drinking, playing and so on. We also look at head shaking and many patterns that we analyze over months,” Dror explains.

His seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Anna, is now testing out the pilot Oggii chip, expected to go commercial in about two months.

Saves money and pet suffering

There are some conditions, such as heartworm or cancer, that Oggii can’t detect directly, but it can alert a pet owner that something is wrong. “Cancer usually manifests in movement and lower activity levels,” says Dror.

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