Owning a pet can really change your life, and you want the best for your furry companion. You would do a lot for man’s best friend so why not arm yourself with all the tools you can to make you the best pet owner you can be. Some of these apps will help keep your loved one safe while others will help you find your new best friend. All of them are free and are guaranteed to make owning a pet easier.
The first step in any pet/owner relationship is finding the perfect companion for you. That is where Petfinder comes in. The app focuses on homeless pets who are looking for a second chance at life. Start by putting in your location, the kind of animal you’re looking for, size, gender and even general age. The app will bring up all the animals that match your search. Click on one to see photos, a short description and all the adoption information. Here you can share the animal profile, or like it to go back to it. Swipe through to quickly look at different pets until you find your new soulmate. It is incredibly easy and efficient to use.
- Make custom searches
- Favorite certain animals
- Get breed information
- Sometimes hard to find location
- Sometimes hard to find the exact breed you want
- Can’t apply to adopt through the app
2. Pet First Aid
A big part of being a responsible pet owner is keeping your friend safe and healthy, but it can be hard to know what to do in a crisis. Pet First Aid from the Red Cross is a comprehensive guide on what to do in an emergency. Go to the Learn tab to read about different health issues like Drowning or Frostbite. Read steps on what to do if your pet is exhibiting these signs. Then head over to Prepare to see what you should do in the event of an evacuation or lost pet. Add your pet’s records and vet information so you’ll always be prepared.
- Learn how to react during certain medical issues
- Find hotels that take pets in the event of an evacuation
- Read about what is normal for a pet
- Doesn’t have information on what to do if your pet is vomiting
- Doesn’t have search function
- Only has information on cats and dogs
You need to walk your dog a couple times a day to keep him healthy, but why not also keep yourself healthy? Download MapMyDogwalk to keep track of how far you go, where you went and how many calories you burned. Use GPS to map where you go and even use the route finder if you want to find a new path. Save your walks and try to go further or faster the next time. The app is a great way to keep you and your best friend healthy.
- Map your exact path
- See how many calories you burned
- Look up new routes
- Sometimes GPS doesn’t work
- Can be hard to save runs
- Sometimes doesn’t accurately calculate distance
Pets aren’t always fluffy and cuddly, sometimes they are colorful and wet. Fishlore is a place for fish lovers to unite and talk to each other. Learn and ask questions about fresh and saltwater fish, plants and equipment. Ask any question you want as well as jump in and join the conversation and answer things yourself. Look at photos, read descriptions and figure out the best kind of fish for you to have in your tank. Even lean about how to take care of the beautiful but complicated coral.
- Ability to ask and answer questions about anything fish
- Information about salt and freshwater fish
- Advice on anything you need
- Can be hard to navigate
- Graphics aren’t great
- Can take awhile to submit a question
The ASPCA has been fighting for animal rights for years and the app gives you pet advice as well as an opportunity to help homeless pets across the country. If you’re missing your pet, go to the Missing tab, say you’re missing your loved one and the app will give you ways to track her down. Go to the Disaster tab to learn about what to do in a natural disaster, where to put your pets and how to find food and fresh water. Add your pet’s medical records so you always have them in one place if you go to a new vet or hospital. Lastly, you can find ways to help the animals in your area or across the country.
- Find how to locate your missing pet
- Get emergency information in a disaster
- Upload pet records
- Microchip look up only includes numbers
- Can be difficult to navigate
- No way to report found animals