Winter 2015

This App Tracks Pet Care

Using technology to help stem pet obesity

Cummings School student Loren Sri-Jayantha lived with three people, three cats, two red-footed tortoises and a geriatric bearded dragon reptile last year. “With a house full of veterinary students, you’d think all the pets would receive top-of-the-line care. Instead, we’d unintentionally overfeed them sometimes,” he says. One adorable, 20-pound orange tabby would routinely con several meals from his multiple caretakers.

Cat food in a bowlTo make sure the menagerie stuck to their recommended diets, Sri-Jayantha, V17, enlisted two software engineers, his older brother, Darren, and Alejandro Ciniglio, to help him develop PetSync, an app that coordinates and tracks veterinary visits and routine pet care—including a feeding schedule for animals in households with multiple caretakers.

The app can help pet owners prevent obesity, a serious disease, Sri-Jayantha says. “Pet obesity is a people problem. Animals aren’t providing themselves with too much food,” he says, “but if a Lab ends up with a ton of food in its bowl, it’s going to eat it all without stopping to think about how it’s going to look in a bathing suit.”

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