Curious to hear a customer’s perspective on owning a Petzi Treat Cam? One of our loyal customers details her experience of using the Petzi Treat Cam for practical (and fun) purposes! If you’re trying to convince yourself or someone in your household to buy a Petzi Treat Cam or why they’d even want to one, here are some of the reasons why.
From Janna, a Petzi Customer
Most people can think of the fun reasons to why owning a Petzi Treat Cam is awesome. We enjoy being able to see them and interact with them while we’re away, and love giving our dog treats! And what’s not heartwarming about seeing your dog excitedly running towards the PTC and waiting for his or her treat? However, not many people have focused on how the Petzi Treat Cam can have very solid practical and safety uses as well.
One of the first things I thought of doing when we bought a Petzi Treat Cam was using it to dispense our dog Toby’s medication. Right after we bought the treat cam, I was inadvertently trapped at work for a double shift when my relief called in sick. I agonized for hours about missing Toby’s medication and not being able to do anything about it.
Toby had an infection and was being treated with oral antibiotic tablets. While it is usually fairly simple to get him to scarf down the appropriate doses once they’re disguised in a pill pocket, there was literally nothing I could do from work to give the pills to him.
The next day, as an experiment, I deliberately left the reservoir half empty and buried a pill pocket with his medicine in among the remaining treats. Around the time I was supposed to dose him, I activated the camera and treat dispenser several times. It made Toby’s day, and when I got home and checked the area carefully, the pill pocket was gone from the reservoir and was nowhere to be found on the floor! Toby had gotten his medication, even if he hadn’t known about it.
This is not something I would recommend for all dogs, as I know several turn their noses up at pill pockets, however, if you’ve got a dog who will eagerly eat anything that the Petzi Treat Cam spits out, it’s definitely a method to consider. Speaking as a former veterinary assistant, I would advise you that it is not a good idea to put more than one dose in the Petzi Treat Cam. You can’t control when they come out, so it’s best to be safe!
Monitoring Injured Pets
Another way to use the camera would be to monitor your injured or ill pets. If you confine your pet to one area and place the Petzi Treat Cam strategically and have it directly pointing at them, you can periodically monitor your pet’s condition throughout the day.
Monitoring Your Pet Sitter
Using the Petzi Treat Cam as a monitoring device is also great for when you’re on vacation and have left your pet with a sitter. I haven’t had a chance to try this with Toby and Sage the Cockatoo yet, but I’m looking forward to it when we head to Japan in May.
If you are having your pets stay at someone else’s place while you are away, the size of the Petzi Treat Cam is small enough to make it easily transportable. Just send it along with your pet to the pet sitter’s. Make sure you keep time zones in mind before treating your pet while on vacation. You wouldn’t want to inadvertently wake your pet sitter at two in the morning with the tell-tale chime and the excited pet that results!
(Note from Petzi: You can also turn off the auto-jingle when you start a new session.)
Monitoring Other Pets That Can’t Be Dispensed Treats
While I can’t use the Petzi Treat Cam to dispense any treats for Sage (the cockatoo) yet (she has already made one attempt at destroying the camera and has a troubling habit of attempting to chew on power cords), she has responded very well to hearing my voice periodically through the day.
I have no doubt that the Petzi Treat Cam could easily be used to interact with smaller and less destructive birds. Imagine being able to treat your cockatiel or lovebird to their favorite types of pellets or seeds while you’re away from home?
I hope you enjoyed reading my journey and experience with my Petzi Treat Cam and consider some of these neat and practical uses for your pet!