pettech

I was interested to read an article recently written in the Guardian newspaper about wearable tech for pets. It is no surprise that our obsession with fitness bands has spilled over into the animal world - I would love to know how active my dog is when I am out of the house! From the 'Fitbark' to the 'PitPat' and 'Whistle', fitness trackers for dogs are giving us insights into our pets activity and health. 

This technology is something I have been exploring, considering its use by superyacht animals – as both a tracker and as a complementary tool in remote veterinary care. The latest devices can relay essential information back to vet, owner or carer about the health and wellbeing of animals. Not only does this mean that accurate information about an pet is easily and quickly accessible from any distance, it could mean that any problems could potentially detected and treated faster, making a 'fitness' device an essential tool in remote veterinary medicine. This is ideally suited to superyacht animals, who often rely on a level of remote veterinary care. particularly when yachts are cruising in remote locations or for long periods. Starla is currently the guinea pig for these technologies in the SVS camp and based on what we find it could well be rolled out to all superyacht pets being looked after by us. 
 
With pet technology I think we are only just getting warmed up, and figures published in the aforementioned article agree, with the industry of wearable pet tech predicted by a source to be worth $2.3 billion by 2022. True, not every product released is going to be useful (pet to human translators leave me unconvinced with most things animals want to ‘say’ already picked up by their attuned owners), and no device will ever be able to replace direct veterinary care and an owners own knowledge of their animals health and wellbeing, but they can definitely complement them. The future of pet tech is bright, and I look forward to seeing the release of more and more sophisticated devices, with superyacht pets being animals that really reap the benefit.

cruisingthemed

With the Mediterranean cruising season upon us, many yachts will be sailing to Europe to enjoy the French Riviera and the rest of the Med's stunning coastline. This means that it is time to think about the requirements for animals that will be joining their owners onboard for all or part of the season.

Import requirements still exist for Europe and there is some variability between countries in these regulations. So for yachts travelling to the Med, please get in touch with Superyacht Veterinary Service to talk about import requirements, and the support options we offer.

If you aren't heading to the Med, don't forget we offer support worldwide, and that many countries have far more complicated import regulations than those we are lucky enough to have in Europe. So for smooth sailing with pets in the Caribbean, Pacific and those intrepid sailors going even further, contact us

petfirstaid

(Human) first aid training is a basic requirement for crew on a superyacht, but have you ever considered what would happen if faced with an animal emergency, rare as they are? When at sea, some simple skills can make the world of difference in such a situation, and veterinary first aid is something SVS can provide training for. Essential skills include recognising ‘normal’, assessing vitals, being able to report accurately to a vet about the pet’s condition, and keeping them as safe and calm as possible until help arrives. We can talk you through the essentials of a pet first aid kit and the prevention and treatment of common ailments you might come across with seafaring dogs and cats. Contact us for more information. 

londonboatshow

A visit to the London Boat Show proved a positive start to the year this January. It was great to see the British Marine industry come together and show the world what it can offer. SVS spoke to several marinas at the show, all of whom said they regularly have visitors bringing pets with them, particularly on superyachts. Often people are surprised by the need for Superyacht Veterinary Service, but this feedback from marinas demonstrates what already SVS knows - that there is an ever growing demand for our support as taking your pets with you becomes the new normal.

svsfeatures

The exclusive magazine, Riviera Insider included an amazing feature about Superyacht Veterinary Service in their Monaco edition. It is always exciting for us to talk about the work we do here at the SVS headquarters, and this was no different. I hope that the interview with Riviera Insider will encourage owners to bring their pets along when cruising – knowing that other people are doing it to, and the appropriate support exists for them at every point in their journey. It was published in both their English and German language publications, but if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can find the full article here.
 
We also did another little feature with Superyacht Content, as part of their blog covering the do’s and don’t of having pets on board, which you can read by clicking here.