Pet care hasn’t been limited to looking in books for quite some time, thanks to the internet. Now, technology has gone a step further with the creation of many helpful pet care apps that can provide answers to burning medical questions, find pet sitters for you, and much more. Let’s take a look at six of the very best pet care apps in case you want assistance raising Fido or Fluffy.
Pet First Aid By the American Red Cross
This $0.99 app from the Red Cross is unsurprisingly ideal when emergencies occur. It helps you find the nearest vet hospital, determine if your puppy’s behavior is normal or cause for concern, and deal with allergic reactions, bleeding, and more.
If you’re tired of scooping up your dog’s waste, or sick of inconsiderate neighbors who seem incapable of picking up after their canines, this app is what you want. Pooper is an app that locates people to come and pick up waste, whether it’s on the sidewalk, lawn, or elsewhere. It’s similar to Uber in that you open the app and pinpoint where your animal has done its business. It’s also similar in that you obviously pay for the service. There’s no waiting for the ‘scooper’ to show up; you can simply vacate the premise and go on with your day. The app has reportedly received tons of signups for both customers and employees already.
This free app makes it easy to talk to a vet, pet trainer, or other pet professional when you require advice. For example, if your dog is looking heavier than usual, use the app to send a photo of the animal to a pet nutritionist and find out what kind of diet plan you need to implement.
Want to know just how much exercise your pooch is getting? MapMyDogWalk is the doggy version of MapMyRun. Keep track of how much your dog is working out—though you might be reluctant to find out that long jog/walk you just embarked on was only half a mile. The app is free.
Walkio might be the ultimate pet-sitting app. It’s similar to Uber in that all pet sitters must undergo background checks. The app takes care of administrative dog walking work, such as scheduling and appointments, payments, and the exchanging of keys through lock boxes. And the chat feature makes it easy for pet owners and sitters to communicate about appointment times, including when the dog will be brought home.
iKibble Free is the app that helps you figure out what the heck your dog just ate. Canines don’t exactly use discretion when it comes to eating things they find on the floor or anywhere else. So, if you want to look up what Rover just consumed, and how healthy it is or isn’t, this app is for you.