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Pet Temperature Monitor Roundup – Keep Pets Safe from the Heat

For people traveling with pets, a pet temperature monitor can make all the difference to keep pets safe from the heat!

Whether you’re planning a solo road trip with your furry travel buddy, or traveling across the country in your RV, there will be times when you simply cannot bring your pet with you. When those moments arise, having a device to monitor your pet’s environment and alert you if the temperature exceeds the limit, is priceless.

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Which Device Is Best For You?

The trouble with purchasing a pet temperature monitor is figuring out which device will work best for you! There are a number of options available, and researching each one is time consuming.

To make it easier for you, we asked the manufacturers of the most popular remote temperature monitors to let us to put them to the test. We’ve compared their functionality, ease of use, and costs. You’ll find all the details below, along with the products we’re using to keep Ty and Buster safe.

Pet Temperature Monitor Roundup

AnimAlarm

The AnimAlarm costs $270 for base station and one remote sensor, plus data subscription

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature and low battery
  • Flexible subscription options (Annual at $80/year, 6 months at $60, and Month-to-Month at $25/month), or add the device to your own data plan by obtaining a SIM card from your cellular carrier
  • Alerts sent via text and email to an unlimited number of people 
  • Sends additional alerts every 2 minutes until conditions return to acceptable levels
  • Quick set up with online dashboard
  • Uses the gsm technology, allowing the device to switch between the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States, depending on which has the stronger signal
  • Base plugs into wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Base will operate on backup battery for 24 hours or longer
  • Battery-operated wireless remote sensor has a battery life of 12-18 months
  • Up to five sensors can be monitored by the base (additional sensors are $45 each)
  • Cellular signal strength indicator provided
  • Updates every 3 minutes and once per minute when temperature is outside designated range
  • Comes with a decal for vehicle stating a pet temperature monitor is in use
  • Use worldwide

Things to consider:

  • There is no notification for loss of cellular connection. However, you can ‘poll’ the device by text or check the online dashboard to view the temperatures and the times and dates they were recorded.

Blink Indoor Home Security Camera

The Blink Home Security Camera costs $80 (one camera + synch unit), additional cameras $70

While the Blink Indoor Home Security Camera‘s primary function is not temperature monitoring, the cameras have a built-in temperature sensor and the ability to send in-app notifications if the temperature exceeds a selected range. They also provide additional features that may appeal to our readers.

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, motion detection, low battery, loss of power, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via in-app push notifications to any device logged into the app
  • Quick set up with app
  • App has a clean design and is easy to use
  • Synch unit plugs into wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Cameras are wireless and battery-operated with an expected 2-year battery life
  • Multiple cameras will connect to the synch unit, but must be within range
  • Use anywhere your Wifi router connects to the internet
  • Provides current photos and videos, allowing you to visually monitor your pets
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Things to consider:

  • Does not send additional alerts if temperature does not return to acceptable levels
  • In-app pop-up notifications are the only type of alert available and are easy to miss
  • Sends the initial disruption of power or wifi alert 30 minutes after loss of connection
  • Monitors temperature every 15 minutes; displays most recent temperature on the app, but not the time it was recorded
  • Temperature sensor tracks ambient temperature with a 5 to 10 deg. variance, which is less accurate than other products tested
  • Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet

Govee Wi-Fi Thermo-Hygrometer

The Govee Wi-Fi Thermo-Hygrometer costs $70

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends audio and visual alerts via in-app push notifications to any device logged into the app 
  • Wi-fi signal strength and battery indicator provided
  • Very quick set up
  • App has a clean design and is very easy to use
  • Battery-operated monitor with an expected battery life of 1 year is mountable on a desktop or wall
  • Records temperature every two seconds, logs data every minute, and uploads data to the app every 10 minutes. 
  • If needed, temperature and humidity reading can be recalibrated for additional accuracy
  • Use anywhere your WiFi router connects to the internet

Things to consider:

  • Does not send additional alerts if temperature does not return to acceptable levels
  • Temperature alerts are not sent if the monitor loses power or the wifi connection is interrupted, but an alert is sent if the device is disconnected from wifi
  • Text and email alerts are not currently available
  • Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet

 

MarCELL Cellular Connected Temperature Humidity Power Alarm

 

The MAR-500 MarCELL Temperature Monitor costs $199, plus data subscription

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, and loss of power
  • Flexible data subscription options (Annual at $179/year, Month-to-Month at $24.95 with reactivation fee of $29 waived if the unit is active 4 months per year)
  • Sends alerts via text, email, and phone to up to nine recipients
  • Sends additional alerts every 30 minutes if conditions do not return to acceptable levels
  • Quick set up with app
  • Uses the Verizon cellular network (units utilizing the AT&T network are available through sensoredlife.com)
  • Cell connection indicator light on the device, and signal strength indicator in the app
  • Plugs into wall outlet; adaptor available for USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Operates on backup battery for up to 30 hours
  • Devices available through sensoredlife.com can be used in Canada, but not in Mexico

Things to consider:

  • Will not work in areas not covered by Verizon or AT&T
  • There is no notification for loss of cellular connection
  • The device monitors the environment every 10 seconds, and alerts are sent immediately if readings exceed the set range. However, information is only posted online once every 8 hours, so the temperature reported in the app can be up to 8 hours old. To view current conditions, updates can be purchased for 25 cents (sold in packages of 8 for $2).
  • Changes to the preferred temperature or humidity range settings don’t take effect until the next data upload, which could be up to 8 hours
  • While functional, the app would benefit from a fresh design

 

Proteus AMBIO Temperature/Humidity Sensor

The Proteus AMBIO Temperature/Humidity Sensor costs $99

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, loss of power, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via text and email to multiple recipients
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, you set how often the device resends alerts
  • Quick set up using online dashboard
  • Plugs into a regular wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Monitors temperature once per minute and displays current data immediately on the online dashboard
  • Use anywhere your WiFi router connects to the internet

Things to consider: 

  • No battery backup, so does not work if your 12V outlet is not live when your vehicle is turned off
  • Sends initial alert for disruption of power or wifi 10 minutes after loss of connection
  • An app would be more convenient, but a web browser is functional for navigating to the online dashboard
  • The device must be reset after connecting to a different Wifi network
  • Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

RV Pet Safety Pet Temperature Monitor

The RV Pet Safety N5 Pet Temperature Monitor costs $169 and includes 3-month cellular subscription (data subscription fees apply after first year)

 Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, low battery, and loss of cellular connection
  • Flexible subscription options (Annual at $120/year, or Month-to-Month at $15/month with a $5 deactivation/reactivation fee.)
  • In-app notifications and alerts sent via text and email to up to 5 people 
  • Sends additional alerts every 10 minutes if conditions do not return to acceptable levels
  • Quick set up with app
  • The app has a clean design and is easy to use
  • Uses the AT&T and T-Mobile cellular networks (Verizon 4G unit now available)
  • Cellular signal strength indicator provided in the app
  • Plugs into wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Operates on backup battery for up to 24 – 48 hours
  • Comes with rearview mirror hanger for vehicle stating a pet temperature monitor is in use
  • Use in the US and Canada, but not in Mexico

Things to consider:

  • Does not work in places not covered by AT&T or T-Mobile
  • In-app customer support response time is slow

 

RV Whisper Monitor Station

 

The RV Whisper Monitor costs $199

Details:

  • Monitors RV temperature and humidity, battery voltage, and battery temperature
  • Alerts for RV temperature and battery voltage
  • Purchase price includes 12 months of support, which covers technical service, software updates, and email and text message services over customer-provided WiFi internet access.
  • After the first year, software updates, technical support, remote monitoring, and email and text alert services can be purchased for $42 per year.
  • Sends alerts via text and email to multiple recipients
  • If conditions do not return to acceptable levels, sends alerts every five minutes until acknowledged
  • Quick set up using online dashboard
  • Plugs into a regular wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Monitors temperature every five minutes and displays current data immediately on the online dashboard
  • Use anywhere your WiFi router connects to the internet

Things to consider: 

  • No battery backup, so does not work if your 12V outlet is not live when your vehicle is turned off
  • Supports up to 20 total sensors, including sensors for propane tank levels, surge protectors that monitor AC volts, amps, watts and KWH; battery monitor for logging battery volts, amps, amp-hours and state of charge; door open/close sensors from RV Whisper; and water leak sensors from RV Whisper
  • An app would be more convenient, but a web browser is functional for navigating to the online dashboard
  • Cannot be used on all guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

SensorPush Wireless Thermometer plus Wifi Gateway

 

The SensorPush Wireless Thermometer costs $50 for each sensor plus $100 for the G1 Wifi Gateway

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature and humidity
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via in-app push notifications to any device logged into the app (logins are unlimited)
  • Sends additional alerts every 10 minutes if conditions do not return to acceptable levels
  • Setting up the gateway plus two sensors took 15-20 minutes
  • The app has a clean design and is fairly easy to use
  • The gateway plugs into a wall outlet or USB power port in a 12V outlet
  • Battery-operated wireless remote sensors have a 1-year or more expected battery life
  • Unlimited sensors can be connected to the gateway (additional sensors cost $50 each)
  • Updates once per minute and displays current data immediately on the app
  • Use anywhere your WiFi router connects to the internet

Things to consider:

  • Does not send alerts if the gateway loses power or the wifi connection is interrupted
  • Text and email alerts are not currently available
  • Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

Temp Stick Wireless Temperature Sensor

The TempStick Wireless Temperature Sensor costs $169

Details:

  • Alerts for temperature, humidity, battery level, and loss of wifi connection
  • No monthly/annual service fees
  • Sends alerts via text and email to multiple recipients
  • Sends additional alerts every 5 minutes if conditions do not return to acceptable levels
  • Quick set up with online dashboard or app
  • Battery-operated (2 AA batteries) with an expected batter life of 6-12 months depending on settings
  • Both the app and online dashboard have a clean design and are easy to use
  • Use anywhere your WiFi router connects to the internet

Things to consider: 

  • Updates once every 15 minutes and displays most recent data in the app and on the online dashboard
  • The device must be reset after connecting to a different Wifi network
  • Cannot be used on guest wifi networks (like those in RV parks) or tethered using a mobile-enabled device like a phone or tablet.

What Are We Using?

After all the analysis, we’ve decided to use the Proteus AMBIO Temperature/Humidity Sensor to monitor the temperature in our motorhome. This option is the best for us because the 12V outlets in our Winnebago work even when the RV’s not running. Therefore, the lack of battery backup on this unit doesn’t impact us. Also, we already have a souped-up cellular setup that gets great reception in most places. We expect our internet connectivity to be as good or better than the cellular-enabled temperature monitors.

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We also like that the Proteus monitor records the temperature once per minute, which means we’d be alerted quickly if the dogs were in danger. Finally, it sends alerts not only for temperature, but for loss of power and loss of wifi connection, so we won’t have to keep one eye on our phones wondering if the monitor is working properly. I also appreciate that it sends reminder alerts until the temperatures return to normal. And, to top it off, we won’t have another monthly bill!

Another Layer of Safety

After our testing, we also added two Blink Indoor Security Cameras to the motorhome. While their temperature monitoring functionality didn’t win us over, I love being able to quickly see a snapshot or video of Ty and Buster while we’re away. It’s a super-convenient way to be able to check on the dogs whenever we’re out.

 

Are you aware of another pet temperature monitor that you’d like us to test? Leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to get one and include it!

 

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  • Kathy Sayre says:

    I am looking for a car temp monitor. We travel a lot and sometimes need to take our Zoey with us. We usually leave the car running with the a/c on, doors locked to go in a restaurant once trip. I would feel better having a real time temp monitor as an added layer of protection. Is there such a thing out there?

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Kathy! Any of the monitors in this post that use a cellular connection would work in the car. These will send alerts to your phone if the temperature in the car goes outside the range you set. I hope that helps!

      Safe travels!

  • Megan says:

    Have you had an opportunity to test the temperature monitoring provided by LinkAKC collars?

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Hi Megan! I haven’t had a chance to test the LinkAKC collar yet, but I’ve reached out to the company. I’ll be sure to let you know if they’re willing to participate. Thanks so much for your note!

  • Diane says:

    Yes. RVWhisper. Does a lot more that temperature in your RV. See RVWhisper.com

    • Amy at GoPetFriendly.com says:

      Thanks so much for letting me know, Diane. I’ll look into it and see if I can get a unit to test!

  • Sarah Rose says:

    Oh man, I had no idea these even existed. Thanks for the tips!

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