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Teva and the world’s largest maker of animal crossing platforms are developing a new type of platform for pet owners, one that’s designed to provide comfort for both humans and pets.
Teva Platform, a collaboration between Teva Inc. and a number of animal rescue organizations, will provide an easy way for pets to escape from the confines of their cage and walk to a secure location, including a veterinarian’s office, when a dog or cat needs to be removed from the enclosure.
The platform, which is designed to be worn on both feet and worn on the ankle, is meant to be a natural alternative to the traditional platform, where the animal must be restrained by a harness or tether, and a collar.
“The platform allows owners to have an extra level of comfort when transporting their animals,” said Dr. Sreenivasa Thakur, the CEO of the Animal Crossing Platform Collaborative, in a statement.
“A platform that is comfortable and easy to wear on both ankles, allowing the pet to escape and be safely transported to a veterinarian can also reduce the risk of injury to the animal and the animal’s owner.”
According to the company, the platform is designed with a soft-core mesh that has been designed to hold up to 20kg of pressure, while providing an environment that is both comfortable and secure.
It also includes sensors that measure pressure, temperature, and pressure compliance to the platform, as well as an onboard accelerometer that can automatically adjust to keep pets in place.
“With this platform, pet owners are able to take their pets on a safe, easy and rewarding journey without the need for tethers, caging, and any other obstacles in their lives,” said Teva’s Sreenivasan Srinivasan, adding that it is “an excellent alternative to a traditional tethering system, which can lead to a significant increase in injury to pets.”
The platform will be available for the public in the United States beginning in March, according to Teva.
It will also be available in Europe and the Middle East, and will be rolled out to other countries around the world, the company said.
The company has been working on the platform since the early 2000s, but is only now coming into focus, said Mr. Thakru, who was an early investor in the company.
The collaboration with the animal rescue groups and pet rescue organizations has been instrumental in the development of the platform and it is expected to be ready for general release in spring 2019.
Mr. Thackur said that the company is working closely with its pet rescue partners to help them develop and refine the platform.
“They are very proud of this product and we are very happy with the outcome,” he said.
“We’re really excited to bring this to the market and provide it to the public.”