For 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.