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Pet Tech Industry News

Vetted Shuts Down

Vetted Petcare, a Los Angeles-based pet health company shut down last week. The company provided veterinarians for in-home care and also delivered video triage, Vetted had received $3.3 million in seed funding in 2017.  After receiving the money, the company purchased...

Cuss Collar Translates Barks into Curses

The Cuss Collar is a new dog collar that translates a dog's barks into curse words. For each bark, the device will emit a cuss word, like the f-bomb, bullshit, or similar. The $60 collar is so popular that it is sold out. The company behind Cuss Collar, novelty...

Pet Plate Closes $9 million Series A

Pet food startups continue to rake in the capital. Pet Plate, a NY-based pet food subscription service, secured $9 million in series A funding. The round was led by DFE Capital Management and 301 INC, the venture capital arm of General Mills. To date, Pet Plate has...

RIP Mousr

Pet tech is tough. Mousr, an app-controlled robotic cat toy that boasted it could see and react to a cat's movements just like real prey, has been discontinued. Petronics (also know as Sprite Robotics), the Illinois company that created Mousr, funded the product on...

Furbo Sued for Patent Infringement

Tomofun, the manufacturer of the popular Furbo pet camera, has been sued for allegedly infringing on a patent for an interactive pet camera. The lawsuit was brought by DoggyPhone LLC, a Bellevue, Washington company, that claims it has a patent for an enhanced system...

TeleVet scores $2 million

The telehealth market is heating up. Austin-based TeleVet received $2 million in a seed funding round. Televet makes a communications platform that allows vets to talk to customers by text, voice or video chat. It markets the platform to veterinarians, so that they...

Litter Robot Secures $31 Million

AutoPets, the manufacturer of the Litter Robot smart cat litter box received $31 million in equity financing from Chicago-based Pondera Holdings. The capital infusion will be used to fuel expansion and to provide a payout to its founders, Brad and Jim Baxter.  Brad...

What Happened to BlogPaws?

BlogPaws is (was?) an event for bloggers who focus on the pet industry. I went several years ago when it was in Denver and found it pretty interesting.  About 300 writers, compelling speakers, a small tradeshow and a few dozen dogs and cats wandering around a hotel...