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Article posted: 12/16/2012 5:00 AM

Even Fido and Fluffy can get high-tech gifts

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A holiday present for Fido or Fluffy used to be an extra table scrap or a new squeeze toy. But as with gifts for their human counterparts, pet presents are becoming increasingly high-tech.

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A Pet-O-Meter Pet Pedometer is made for working out with your pet. Shaped like a dog bone, the device has an LCD display that counts steps, calculates distance and tracks calories.

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A Motion Activated Pet Bowl comes with a built-in sensor that detects when a pet is near and automatically slides the doors open so the pet can eat.

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A woman uses a BISSELL Total Floors Pet Vacuum that features a crevice tool port to suction pet hair away from walls where it accumulates without reaching or bending.

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A holiday present for Fido or Fluffy used to be an extra table scrap or a new squeeze toy. But as with gifts for their human counterparts, pet presents are becoming increasingly high-tech. Like presents for young children who lack the dexterity to enjoy their new playthings, pet gifts are usually for the human who owns the pet. Allie Robino of Austin, Texas, bought a dog treat maker for her 8-year-old rescue mutt Bentley, but it'll be her baking the biscuits -- not Bentley.
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    • A holiday present for Fido or Fluffy used to be an extra table scrap or a new squeeze toy. But as with gifts for their human counterparts, pet presents are becoming increasingly high-tech.
    •  A Pet-O-Meter Pet Pedometer is made for working out with your pet. Shaped like a dog bone, the device has an LCD display that counts steps, calculates distance and tracks calories.
    •  A Motion Activated Pet Bowl comes with a built-in sensor that detects when a pet is near and automatically slides the doors open so the pet can eat.
    •   A woman uses a BISSELL Total Floors Pet Vacuum that features a crevice tool port to suction pet hair away from walls where it accumulates without reaching or bending.
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