Doggie Gadgets Make Life Easier for Fido and Owner

New dog leashes ease the pain for animals with hip and joint problems.

ByABC News via GMA logo
September 18, 2007, 3:36 PM

Sept. 19, 2007 — -- A new batch of gadgets and medications aims to keep your pet safe and healthy. Everything from GPS capabilities to leashes that help out doggies with hip problems, is available for your pet. Check out some of the items for your dog below.

Find out about the pets up for adoption featured today on "GMA" at the Humane Society of New York.

Product: PetsCell

This item doesn't hit stores until 2008, but anticipation is already building. The PetsCell attaches to your pet's collar and allows you to keep track of its whereabouts by remote control.

Program a virtual fence, and when the dog strays beyond it, the PetsCell will call your cell phone to alert you. It also allows you to call and talk to your pet, and if your buddy gets lost, the finder can use the PetsCell to call you and let you know where he is.

Product: Bottom's Up Leash

Price: $29.99

Forty-one million dogs in the country will suffer from hip problems like arthritis and hip displasia conditions that make using staircases and getting in and out of cars difficult for your pet.

Even the simple act of going to the bathroom becomes strenuous. But the Bottom's Up Leash will support your pup's rear end as he tries to get around. It's the first of its kind, and is sized for dogs weighing between 12 pounds to 125 pounds.

Leashes can cause dogs to cough, joke and gag, but now, a specially designed leash alleviates this problem by laying low across the breast bone instead of the neck.

The Gentle Leader Easy Walk Harness provides some extra leverage for control, with enough mobility to spare. You can jump the lead dance if your pup gets tangled between your legs. It's easy to put on your pooch, and is available for dogs of all weights and sizes.

The Wacky Walk'r fits like a conventional leash, but the lead is made of a rubber bandlike material. It allows some give when the dog pulls. It's enough to protect your pooch from choking but won't let him get out of your control.

Price: $13.99-$20.00

Add Coupler Price: $6.99-$10.00

In the country's 43 million doggie households, more than a third have two or more dogs. Walking more than one dog at a time can be a real task. So, a 10-year-old in Denver invented the Double Doggie Leads, after getting a school assignment to invent something.

His invention has a single lead that branches out into two separate leashes. It has a patented swivel yoke, an adjustable length lead and a comfort handle. There's even a coupler attachment.

Product: Cerenia

As many dog owners know, dogs can be prone to tummy upset, from traveling or munching on something in the garbage or on the ground. In fact, vomiting is one of the most common reasons dogs are taken to the vet.

Now, a new drug, Cerenia, is the first Food and Drug Administration-approved medication to treat and prevent vomiting in dogs. It comes in an injectable form for vets, and a tablet form for home.

When you're traveling, a once-a-day dose before you board the plane or climb into the car will keep your dog barf-free. Ask your vet if it's the right thing for your dog.