Get Smart! A Round-up of Pet Related Apps

Many of today’s popular smartphone apps are designed to streamline and simplify your life, and this trend definitely applies to pet parents as well. Check out the many types of apps available to find countless creative ways to make caring for your pets easier and more convenient.

Health and Safety – When it comes to questions about first-aid, poison control, exercise tracking, disaster preparedness and more, apps focused on health and safety offer reference guides and other tools to help you keep your pets safe and well. Popular apps include Pet First Aid from the American Red Cross, Animal Poison Control Center from ASPCA, and FitBark – like a FitBit for dogs.

Tracking – Using tracking technology (such as GPS, RF or Bluetooth) and a device for your pet to wear, these apps can help you locate your pets if they get lost. Plus, most come with a health tracking feature as well. In addition to FitBark, popular tracking apps are offered by Tractive, Garmin, Whistle and Apple.

Training – As responsible dog owners have figured out, good training is an ongoing process that helps solidify your relationship with your dog and create harmony in your home. There are apps to walk you through specific courses to supplement your training, such as Pupford and Puppr. Or you can find one-on-one video training through GoodPup. Need a clicker or dog whistle? Add the iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker app to your phone for training tools at the ready.

Lifestyle – When it comes to planning road trips and day trips, apps such as BringFido allow you to find pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, parks and more. To find the best deals on dog food, toys and more, look for apps from retailers like Chewy, a popular choice offering auto-ship arrangements so you never have to run out to buy dog food at the last minute.

These are just a few of the many pet-related apps available for your mobile device. Give them a try and let us know your favorites. After all, when it comes to being the world’s best pet parent … there’s an app for that!