If you travel around with your pet you may not know you have options for keeping their environment safe and comfortable in those instances when you have to leave them behind in your RV or at home.
The first and most important thing to remember is that you should never leave your pet in a vehicle for any length of time unless you have a temperature monitor to ensure the vehicle remains at a safe temperature for your pet.
If you’re looking for the best solution to monitor the temperature of your pet’s environment, whether in a vehicle or just in your home while you’re away it’s important to understand what features are most important in a pet temperature monitor.
Here are the top 8 features to look for in a pet temperature monitor in order to keep your pet comfortable and safe.
- Look for a dog monitor that monitors for both cold and heat. Many of the pet temperature monitors on the market measure only for cold or freezing temperatures. Sure, we always worry about keeping our pets warm in the winter, but it’s equally important to keep them safe from warm and hot temperatures. When the temps rise outside, they can rise even higher in a vehicle. Just like humans, pets can suffer from heatstroke. And just like humans, prolonged exposure to extremely hot temperatures can be fatal.
- Look for a device that alerts you when the temperature varies from pre-set limits. Especially when you’re traveling it’s easy to forget to check your pet’s temperature monitor. Having a device that will send a text message alert or an email to your mobile phone when temps get too hot or too cold, is the best way to keep your dog safe.
- Look for a dog monitor, that has an accompanying mobile application. While text and email alerts are sufficient to alert you when a problem arises, good pet monitors also offer the option of an associated mobile app so that you can monitor your pet in real-time. That way you can check the temperature where your pet is whenever you’d like, even if those temperature fluctuations aren’t critical.
- Choose a dog monitor that doesn’t rely on WiFi. If you’ve ever relied on WiFi connections on a mobile device while you’re traveling, you know how spotty and unreliable it can be. And if you’re traveling in an RV, chances are you’ll be in locations where WiFi isn’t even available. By choosing a device that relies on a cellular network, you’ll be sure that you can always keep tabs on your pet’s environment and you never have to worry about missing an alert text or email.
- Choose a device that is re-chargeable, battery operated, has a long battery life, and sends battery alerts. With a built-in battery that is properly charged, a device can monitor and send data for several days before running out of battery. You also want to choose a product that alerts you when the device is using battery, as well as when the battery is low. An on-battery alert will let you know if power is lost in your RV and a low-battery alert will tell you when the battery level gets low. That way you’ll never risk the battery in your device dying while you’re away.
- Look for a device with GPS capability. GPS can come in extremely handy when traveling to new or unfamiliar destinations. Coupled with a mobile app, a pet temperature monitor with GPS capability allows you to pinpoint the exact location of your RV in a hurry.
- Select a device that doesn’t tie you into a long contract. As much as we’d like to travel year-round, most of us aren’t able to do so. Make sure you select a pet temperature monitor that allows you to stop and start your service at any time. That way, you can use the service only when you need to.
- Choose a dog monitor or pet temperature monitor that works across U.S. borders. As an RV traveler you probably have or would like to visit cross borders to the north or south. Make sure to select a monitor that has an option for traveling across all of North America. Not all pet temperature monitors can promise reliable coverage in Canada and Mexico. It’s important to make sure that the monitor you select doesn’t limit your travel plans.
By using this checklist in your selection process, you can be confident you’re picking the best pet temperature monitor to keep your pet comfortable and safety while you’re away.