Seven must-have apps for pet owners


Nowadays, caring for your pet has never been easier and more enjoyable. 

From finding a pet sitter and setting up play dates to handling medical emergencies and training your pet, there’s an app for that. 

Whether your looking to better fulfill your pets needs or find resources to help you with yours, these free pets apps have you covered:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center App

The app helps pet owners identify and understand common household hazards, toxic and non-toxic plants, potentially harmful medications, as well as warm or cold weather hazards. It also provides crucial information about the severity of the problem and what steps you should take. The free app also comes with a Dogs and chocolate poison meter. Available for iOS and Android.

Pet First Aid By American Red Cross App

Another comprehensive medical resource, the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App includes instructions for handling common emergencies, tools to find the closest vet or 24-hour animal hospital, behavioral help and a how-to for natural disasters. Available free for iOS and Android.

Rover App

Though often called the Airbnb of dog walking, Rover offers more than just pet sitting. The app also finds local dog walkers and check-in sitters to visit your pet during the day. Choose from a directory of rated walkers, who, according to Rover, are vetted before joining, and then track your dog’s walk and potty breaks on the mobile app. Available free for iOS and Android. And, if you don’t mind being connected with a screened dog walker instead of choosing your own, check out Wag! for on-demand dog-walking services.

Bring Fido App

Looking for a pet-friendly hotel? How about an awesome dog park, trail or beach? The Bring Fido app makes traveling with a pet easier. Find nearby attractions, upcoming dog events, and local resources such as dog walkers, groomers, sitters, veterinarians, and pet supply stores. Available free for iOS and Android.

Doggy Datez App

Doggy Datez is like Tinder for dog walkers — sort of. The app helps you find furry friends near you to set up playdates for your canine companion. Dog owners can search for doggie playmates, narrowing down choices by a dog’s age, sex, breed and activity level. Available free for iOS and Android.

ASPCA Pet Safety App

The free ASPCA mobile app manages your pet’s health records, delivers breaking news about animal welfare, includes a step-by-step guide for finding a lost pet, and tells pet parents what to do to take care of pets in case of a natural disaster. Available for iOS and Android.

P5 Dog Training App

The Purina app offers dog owners of all breeds and sizes specialized mobile lessons in agility, dock diving, flying disc, obedience, running and strength training. The app is loaded with video training tutorials and an activity tracker to help set fitness and behavioral goals. Available free for iOS and Android.

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