From tracking our sleep and steps, to watching videos compiled from footage from our brand new drone, we all love a little technology in our lives. But what about our pets?

Sit back as we fill you in on some of the latest and greatest gadgets on the market, designed to improve the life of you and your pet. We think you'll agree, you need them in your life... now!

1. The Fit Bark

A small device, developed in collaboration with more than 45 veterinary professionals and research institutions, the Fit Bark attaches to your pet's collar and monitors activity levels, quality of sleep, distance travelled, calories burned and overall health and behaviour, 24/7! Best of all, (after all, if you're interested in tracking your pet's activity levels, it's likely you're already tracking your own), the FitBark links up with your FitBit, Apple Healthkit or Google Fit device, so you can chart your progress alongside your pet's! Of course, as it's designed to be worn by your canine companion, the FitBark loves water just as much as they do (it's waterproof), and comes with a battery life of 3.5 dog years (or six months to you and I).

2. Pet Chatz

Let's face it, there's nothing new about web cam technology. These days we can all log in to our home device and see what's going on when we're not there. But what if there was a device that allowed your pet to call YOU? Introducing Paw Call from Pet Chatz - a paw-sized accessory that triggers a call to your mobile device when activated by your pet, or functions as a game device when set to Game Mode. Paw Call works along side the Pet Chatz device, which fits onto any electrical unit in your home. A chew-resistant unit, Pet Chatz has been designed to be entirely safe for your pet, and even dispenses treats on your command.



3. Dyson Groom

Come the end of a grooming session, your dog may be clean and fur-free, but more than likely you and the room will be covered in hair! The Dyson Groom is designed to remove hair directly from your dog, before i's shed around the home, and suck it straight into your vacuum, with no need to clean up afterwards.

Of course, the pet-loving designers at Dyson have also engineered the Dyson Groom to ensure the groom is fuss free for your pet - removing loose hair in fewer strokes, ensuring grooming is faster and more comfortable.

4. The PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self Cleaning Cat Litter Tray

It sounds too good to be true, but the PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self Cleaning Cat Litter Tray does exactly what it says on the tin! Simply plug it in, and the automatic rake system will sweep waste into a covered compartment 20 minutes after your cat's used the litter box. How does it know? Because of the fitted sensors, of course!

But that's not all, a privacy hood gives cats the intimacy they need while keeping the litter properly contained, and an adjustable rake delay allows owners to choose the rake sweep 5, 10, or 20 minutes after the cat has used the litter box. Did we mention a health counter tracks the frequency of the cats litter box usage to help monitor their health?

5. Nerf Dog Stomper Ball Launcher

If your dog loves to play fetch, but your throw isn't all that, invest in a Nerf Dog Stomper Ball  Launcher and launch your balls up to 30 metres at the stomp of a foot! You'll have your hands free to praise your dog when they return, tennis ball in mouth.