- Pro: Adjustable Volume For Pet Comfort
- Pro: Designed specifically for Pets with Large Ears (or Grandpa)
- Pro: Can Remember Up to 32 Previous Readings
- Cons: Getting a Complacent Pet
iSnow’s No Contact Pet Thermometer is Designed For Ease and Animals
If you’re not a pet owner, then it’s easy to forget that pets can become victim to ailing viruses and bacteria. So for those animal lovers, its nice to know that we can monitor our animals symptoms, to help improve their condition. Let’s be honest. When our pet is feeling down, then we’re certainly not feeling any better either.
The Benefits of iSnow’s Pet Thermometer
The biggest feature that this pet thermometer has to offer it’s non contact. Non contact thermometers use infrared technology to detect the thermal radiation from an organism. So although this infrared thermometer is advertised for pets, it can also be used on people and other objects.
But just because this thermometer can be shared with the family pet, doesn’t mean the family dog has the same internal temperature. According to the American Kennel Club, dogs have an internal temperature between 101° to 102.5°. So don’t panic if you don’t see 98°. And actually, you should panic if you do see 98° because that means your dog isn’t feeling very well.
But although you can technically use this thermometer with the family pet, it was designed with your dog in mind. Which is evident by some of the features.
Most thermal thermometers have the option to turn down the sound. But iSnow’s noninvasive pet thermometer can easily turn the sound off. Considering how sensitive a dog is to noise, this can be especially critical for any ailing pooch. Just for the sake of comparison, a human can typically hear a frequency range of 64-23,000 Hz. This has served us pretty well. But a dog can hear much higher pitched noises (cue in the dog whistle), with their hearing abilities ranging from 67-45,000 hz. So there’s a pretty drastic difference. So if the beeping noise is mildly irritating for you, as a human. Know that for a dog, that irritation is nearly doubled.
But with any pet, the most challenging feature is getting your pet to sit still. So it might be in your best interest to take his or her temperature while he or she is sleeping. And iSnow’s non-invasive thermal thermometer is built with functions that allow you to pounce on your dog unsuspectingly. Just like he wouldn’t do if her were sneaking up on a flock of geese.
With a soft backlight, iSnow’s non contact pet thermometer can be used while your pet is trying to sleep in the middle of the night. So you won’t have to disturb Roxy while he dreams of chasing bunnies and burying dog bones. Just get the infrared reading so that you can begin the healing process for your sweet pet.
Now for the Inconvenient Features…
Now, the jury’s still out. But for a product that’s only received 3 out of 5 stars, there’s probably some issues. And one of the biggest issues seems to be inconsistent readings.
One user reported that his dog should have been dead, based on the readings he was receiving. Another user was reporting vastly varying temperature readings, leaving her lost with how to tend to her dog.
But let’s not lose site of the task at hand; we’re trying to get the temperature reading of an animal, probably covered in thick fur, who may not be sitting still. And with iSnow’s no contact thermometer, the instructions specifically command that you get your readings from inside the animal’s ears. Do you know what the inside of a dog’s ear looks like?
Between all the hair and dirt and wax, it’s going to be hard to get a clear shot of the ear canal. But that’s where the infrared thermometer needs to be used. It’ll grab the internal temperature, which is deflected from the thermal radiation, without the need of shoving a probe thermometer up Roxy’s butt. So I’m sure we’re in agreement that we’d rather find a way to make the ear thermometer work.
But back to the reports of inconsistencies, and back to the inside of this dog’s ear. Do you think we’re dealing with human error? Or equipment error? it’s really difficult to tell, considering that infrared thermometers don’t come with the reputation for being incredibly reliable. That’s not to imply they are unreliable. I certainly use an infrared no contact thermometer for my pets and children. But I do this knowing that I would like to avoid the need to use a probe thermometer.
So What’s the Thermometer Verdict?
Even though those irritating, pesky, ungrateful, dimwitted Amazon shoppers can’t be bothered with the details, it’s important to point out that there is a very likely chance that the misfires are a result from user error.
But should the user error be considered with each user? I mean, after all, getting the temperature of a dog is difficult in it’s own means. So there’s something to say about the inherit difficulty with the task at hand. And if it’s the task at hand that’s causing the troubles, I think we’r’e a little cruel to condemn this product as defective or inaccurate.
But again, the verdict’s still out. I had enough positive effects that I’d happily recommend this product to my grandmother. But I’d also warn my grandmother that even though this may make the objective easier, it might compromise with accuracy. But that accuracy is due to the inherit difficulty of taking the temperature of a dog.