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Top 5 IPhone Apps For Pet Owners

bandai-smartpet-iphone-pet-dog-2For many people, a household pet is more than a companion; it’s a member of the family. Thus, people assume the same responsibilities with their pets they would when dealing with any close friend or family member. Owners monitor their pet’s health by taking it to the vet, and they oversee the animal’s diet and ensure it is receiving the proper amount of nutrition. These are hefty responsibilities, and like many things in modern life, technology can be a useful tool.

Take the mobile revolution and rise in popularity of mobile apps, for example. There are countless subsets of mobile apps geared for all types of purposes, including caring for a pet. There are so many of these options, in point of fact, that it becomes necessary to whittle down the list to only the cream of the crop.

So with that in mind, here are some of the best iPhone apps for pet owners.

Dog Whistle – free

Who would have thought the iPhone would turn out to be a capable dog trainer? But with Dog Whistle, that’s exactly the role the handheld assumes. This straightforward app provides a digital dog whistle and the user selects the appropriate frequency from a number of options. The user then simply presses the “Play” button and the training can commence.

PetsBook — $0.99

Monitoring the health of a pet is a big responsibility, which is way many users could use a helping hand. With PetsBook, pet owners can keep track of vet appointments, vaccinations and records all through an sleek interface. Not only that, but users can upload photos of their pet, create profiles and write stories next to the photo about their favorite four-legged friend. Pet owners can even make vet appointments directly through the app.

iKibble — $0.99

Those who want to give their pet food that provides the utmost in nutrition would do well to install this app on their iPhone. iKibble is a comprehensive database of pet food that allows user to search by different categories, including pet type. This app even provides detailed nutritional and product info for those pets that have special dietary requirements. It can even provide a list of tasty treats for those pets that have been particularly “good boys.”

Pet First Aid — $3.99

It’s never fun dealing with a pet’s health concerns, but with Pet First Aid, owners get comprehensive info in the form of detailed tutorials and video illustrations that guide regarding how to administer first aid to a pet. The app covers everything from common injuries to giving meds to even performing CPR.

My Pets – Ask the Vets — $19.99

Those concerned with their pet’s health and who would like direct access to real-world advice from actual vets should find this app very helpful. It does have a hefty price tag, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to put to rest any serious health concerns regarding a pet the moment those concerns present themselves.

In the world of mobile apps, there are new options available seemingly every day. And indeed, there will likely be more pet-based apps on the market in the near future. Regardless, these options won’t lose their relevancy anytime soon and should provide pet owners with all the assistance they need regarding their smaller, less human members of the family.

Scott Johnson is a tech blogger who writes on behalf of companies such as Protectyourbubble.com smartphone insurer, a popular brand who insures gadgets that people can’t live without.

It’s Raw! Is the Raw Pet Food Diet Really Worth the Cost?

Raw Pet FoodThe raw food diet is a big trend in weight loss and healthy living in people. That diet is now being brought over to our pet community. This is bringing up a lot of discussion on the benefits of feeding our pets raw pet food.

The Argument

The arguments in support of the diets claim that it is overall a healthier way for your dog to live. The food is more natural, ie. organic. It leads to healthier weight, shinier coats, fewer skin problems, fewer allergies, fewer ear infections, less plaque and tartar on teeth, and a longer living pet.

Feeding your pet raw pet food leads to fewer trips to the vet, especially later in life, and promotes a happier more natural dog. Natural meaning they are closer to nature and their ancestral roots.

The Counter Argument

Cost. This is the biggest argument against raw pet food. The cost of the food is sometimes 10x more than standard pet food. The supporters of the diet are not primarily suggesting you make your own raw pet food, rather they are selling raw pet food in pet supply stores. Their pet food has a larger diversity in ingredients including duck, lamb and goats milk.

Of course, switching to high quality dry dog food will also result in less plaque and tarter. Quality pet food overall will lead to fewer skin problems, allergies, ear infections and promote longevity. Will one result in more of these things? That is yet to be seen.

The diet has not been around long enough to conclusively say that it leads to fewer trips to the vet or that it has long term health benefits. What has been shown is that their is a significantly higher presence of E-Coli and Salmonella in raw pet food.

The argument that your pet lives longer on raw food is being countered by the fact that wolves, who only live on a raw food diet, only live an average of 6 years.

Ultimately the raw pet food diet is a costly alternative to a traditional dog food diet. Will it lead to a healthier dog? Maybe, but the jury is still out.

Left Over Valentines Chocolate? Effects Of Chocolate On Animals

dog_1After chocolate holidays like Valentines Day you may be tempted to share your left over chocolate with your favorite furry friend. But if you want to make your cat or dog your Valentine, it is best to keep the chocolate to yourself. If you suspect that your dog or cat has chocolate poisoning make sure to contact your vet right away.


Your pet may really love the taste and flavor of chocolates, but never let him have any. Chocolates are made from the roasted seeds of cocoa, which contains chemicals like caffeine and theobromine that are toxic to animals. If ingested, these two substances can cause several medical problems and might prove lethal for your pets. Chocolate can be risky for most animals like horses, dogs, cats and parrots since they’re unable to metabolize the chemicals effectively. Consumption of theobromine can result in poisoning and even death in certain animals.

Dogs are the most susceptible to chocolate poisoning because of their habit of rapid consumption. Also, theobromine can last up to more than 24 hours in a dog’s bloodstream. Cats are also vulnerable to chocolate poisoning for the similar reason dogs are. But cats commonly are not willing to eat chocolate, since they do not have ‘sweet’ taste receptors. Horses can take in a lot more theobromine than canines, regardless of how toxic it’s, because of their higher weight. In past times, theobromine has been utilized to improve a horse’s overall performance, and that’s why it’s prohibited in horse-racing.

Symptoms Of Chocolate Poisoning In Animals

In adequate amounts, the theobromine present in chocolate is dangerous to animals. If animals or pets are fed chocolate, the theobromine may possibly remain in the blood circulation for approximately 20 hrs.

Vomiting and diarrhea occur 3 to 5 hours after consumption, and chocolate in the throw-up may perhaps be obvious. Central nervous system stimulation triggers tremors, hyperactivity and seizures. The heart-rate becomes rapid and abnormal. Excessive urination might result from the “diuretic” action of the chocolate.

Further signs include firmness, excitement, seizures, and excessive response to light and noise. Urine may contain blood and the gums of the pet may turn into bluish hue after few hours of chocolate intake. Heart failure, coma, and death can also happen.

How To Treat Chocolate Poisoning

There is only a little you can do for your pet, especially in the home, to treat the poisoning of theobromine once it is mixed with the bloodstream. Therefore, the general treatments are usually ways to stop the ingested theobromine from getting in to the blood stream.

These include:

1. Induce vomiting instantly, which will help remove most of the chocolate.

2. After that, make your pet to eat a small quantity of activated charcoal, which can bind completely to the theobromine and retain it from getting into the circulatory system.

3. Try to get your pet to drink as much water as it can to keep hydrated.

4. At the veterinarian, specific drugs may be used to help the pet make it through, like anti-convulsants, which can help if the pet has seizures.

Make sure to call your vet if your dog shows signs of chocolate poisoning.

While a very little amount of chocolate would possibly not harm some pets, it is safest to avoid feeding it to them in any way. Remember to keep your chocolate, sweets, chocolate coated goodies and cakes safely far away from your pets. The most effective medicine in this case is prevention; An oz. of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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This article was written by Chocolate by Genevie – an online service that delivers artisan gift chocolates by mail. Genevie is a UK Chocolatier based in Edinburgh with a passion for cocoa and blogging. You can view some of the creations from Chocolate by Genevie on Pinterest.

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