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Published on June 4th, 2015 | by Vet Pets


In 2050, You Might be Feeding Your Dog by Plugging Him Into the Wall

Pet health concerns

Magazine The Week‘s recent headline raises a startling question; “Will your pets be robotic in 2050?”

At first glance it may seem like the normal overestimation of future capabilities; despite all the flying cars Millennials may have predicted back in kindergarten, most of us are still cruising around on the ground. The argument, however, does make some interesting points about how robotic pets will become increasingly important in a cramped world, with the world population predicted to hit 9.6 billion by 2050.

Several years ago, Sony released a now discontinued robotic dog named “Aibo.” Multiple studies on how humans interacted with Aibo indicated that, while patients are not “fooled” into thinking the robot is a “real dog,” many of the benefits of human/pet interaction — the companionship, relaxation, etc. — carried over.

While the average pet in a large home may continue to be a living, breathing animal, The Week notes that robotic animals can be especially useful in nursing homes, where the elderly can greatly benefit from pet interaction yet often lack the ability, space, or permissions to take care of an actual pet that must be fed, cleaned, walked, and so on. This might become especially important considering the elderly population is expected to increase rapidly over the next 30 years, growing from about 600 million individuals in 2000 to an anticipated 2 billion in 2050.

In 2015, most people are not thinking about how to convert their Labrador into a robot. However, even today, technology is increasingly important in the way we relate to our pets. More and more people are turning to veterinary advice they can find online, communicating to real vets through apps — this is known as “veterinary telemedicine.”

While not all pet wellness care can take place online, veterinarian apps accessible through phones and computers can help fill gaps in care. Instead of rushing to the vet emergency room when Fido swallows something suspicious, owners can instead quickly consult a web veterinarian so that they know whether urgent care is necessary, or whether their pup is merely due for a tummy ache.

Do you think robots will be popular as pets in 30 years? Would you use a veterinarian app to get care help for your pet? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Everyone has to struggle with dragging their pet into the vets’ office! I have had my dog for over ten years and it has not become an easier process to get him to go into see the vet. My dog prefers to stay as far away from a vets office as possible, which seems to be the case for many children and even adults when it comes to seeing their doctor (even if it is for an annual check-up). I was inspired by pet websites and magazines, which is why I founded this blog! I’m Veronica Petersen, a pet lover, owner and enthusiast. My blog shares my favorite tips and tricks that will help you when you are taking care of your dog, cat, bird, etc. You deserve to be a well-educated and a happy pet owner, so my blog hopes to help you on your journey! I’ll provide you with wicked information for when you are with your pet at home, in vet offices, or even in pet stores.

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