Our Favorite Smartphone Apps for Pet Lovers
When it comes to our pets, it really doesn’t take much to keep them happy. Your basic food and water, some walks and lots of love—that’s all they really seem to ask for. Having said that, it never hurts to have a little back up, especially when we have a health question, a grooming concern … or even if we’re just wondering how we can calm our pets down when they’re upset or riled up.
Along those lines, here are our 10 favorite phone apps for pet-lovers. So whether you own an android or are holding out for the new iPhone 5, you’re one click away on your smartphone from becoming an even more awesome pet-owner—if that’s possible.
PetVet & Pet First Aid
As any pet owner will know, it can be scary when our pets get injured and we aren’t sure how to fix it. That’s where Pet First Aid comes in. This reference provides information about treating cuts and bruises, as well as if your pet should choke or need CPR. The videos and step-by-step illustrations make the directions really easy to follow. Petside's own PetVet app also helps you diagnose animals under the weather right at home.
This organizing app helps you keeps tabs on everything related to your pet’s health. Use Pet Master to track Fido’s personal information, like his birthday, registration, microchip info, weight and breed. You’ll also find it easy to store your pet’s vet information, medications and allergy information in the app, along with records of any of his upcoming vet appointments so you never miss one.
Let’s be honest—it’s extremely tough to avoid giving our furry friends some table scraps from time-to-time. Luckily, with the iKibble app, you’ll never have to worry again which foods are good or bad for your dog to eat. The app stores information on hundreds of different foods, and allows you to browse by category or search for a specific item.
There’s almost nothing scarier than the moment you realize your pet is missing (except, maybe, the moment you find out your pet is injured, but we got you covered on that one with our first app above). Download iFindToto to your phone, and you can upload photos of your missing BFF, as well as scan photos of found pets to see if yours is in there.
iLocate Pet Grooming
Word of mouth is always best, of course, but if that’s not working out for ya, try out the iLocate Pet Grooming app, which allows you to find a pet grooming service in your neighborhood and contact them … all in one touch.
Your dog will really love you for this app. Download OffLeash and you’ll be able to find the nearest off-leash park from a list including more than 600 U.S. dog parks. What are you waiting for? Get playing!
Housebreaking isn’t easy … but it’s a little bit easier when you have this app. Download iPottyTrain to help track and schedule your pet’s potty routines, as well as to document your pet's food and potty routines so you can keep an eye out for patterns and help set up routines to avoid accidents.
Download the Dog Whistler app to start having some fun with your pooch. You can use it to help train your dog with new tricks, or you can just use it to play. Either way, this app brings the old-school dog whistle into the technological age, allowing you to select from multiple patterns, or even creating your own.
Pets hear sounds differently than humans do (as is made known by the Dog Whistler app above). That’s why your dog or cat will love the Pet Acoustics app. Download it to start playing music that was created specifically with dogs and cats in mind, mostly to calm and relax them.
Dog Tricks & Bark Machine
Looking for new dog trick ideas? Look no farther than the Dog Tricks & Bark Machine app, which compiles some of the best photos and instructions from popular training books. The bark machine soundboard is an added perk for a little extra doggie fun.
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