There are tons of AI tools pet parents and vets will use in the coming year to improve pet care. We asked Alexandre Douzet, CEO of Pumpkin Pet Insurance, to tell us where he sees AI taking us in 2024. He said that while wearable tech like smart collars (including the Halo collar backed by Cesar Millan) are already booming in popularity, smartphones are truly a pet parent’s most powerful AI tool.
According to Douzet, many pet parents are turning to VetGPT to help diagnose ailments. He added that vet telehealth options will also continue to trend upwards because they are convenient, especially in non-emergencies. “Virtual vet visits can also save pet parents thousands of dollars over the years, especially when coupled with pet insurance that can cover fees for both in-person and virtual vet visits,” Douzet said.
In terms of in-home AI gadgets, you’ll see interactive play and training items like Companion, which, unfortunately, has a waitlist until 2025, and health monitoring tools like Petivity, which works with simple litter boxes to track cat bathroom habits.
“It’s important to stress that AI is a tool that can make veterinary care more efficient, but it cannot replace the expertise of veterinarians,” Douzet said. That means don’t skip your pet’s annual exam. VetGPT can’t draw your pet’s blood or check for early signs of gingivitis.