The best apps for your pet


On October 4 we pamper our pets, but passionate owners know that it is actually animal day more or less every day. Keeping a dog, cat, rabbit or parakeet is a big responsibility. Creative developers come up with all kinds of smart apps to help pet owners care for their pet brood. We list the best apps for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android.

New owners have the time, because in this digital age all the necessary information can be found on the web for free. In addition, smart apps regularly appear in the App and Play Store that offer more customization in the field of animal care. Unfortunately, these applications are difficult to find. As soon as you search for ‘pet’, ‘dog’ or ‘cat’ in the application stores mentioned, it is mainly games that emerge. So it is important that you enter the exact name of an application. All the apps mentioned in this article are available for iOS and Android.

You can arrange a pet sitter yourself with these gadgets

Everything for your pet

PetsApp serves as an informative reference for owners of dogs, cats, birds and rodents. In addition, you can also keep all kinds of data about your animal and set reminders. After installation, create a new profile and add the details of your pet (s). For a dog, PetsApp asks about breed, coat type, nutrition, insurance policy and chip number. In addition, you provide all kinds of information about health, such as weight and used remedies against fleas and ticks, without obligation. Conveniently, the app keeps track of the weight in a graph. Also indicate when you would like to receive reminders for the vet check-up and the administration of medication. The app even includes a built-in search engine to find drug information leaflets online. PetsApp shows the nearest veterinarians, so you will never be short of an address. Some practices even allow you to make video calls, with a doctor observing your pet through the camera. That saves a lot of travel stress for your dog or cat. Afterwards you pay via iDeal for the online consultation. This comprehensive helper also includes information about medical care, grooming salons, pet stores, dog schools and popular walking areas.

After adding a pet photo, fill in the full profile.

Joint exhaust rounds

Take a different tour and discover beautiful exhaust areas in the area.

Dog owners regularly meet other owners on the street, which may lead to nice contacts. DoggyDating makes it even easier to walk around with other dog lovers. After registration you can see which loose-run areas are popular in the area. View at DoggyDates when and where other owners go for a walk. Through Participate join an outlet group. Of course it is also possible to create a walk yourself and to enthuse other dog owners about this. The function is also useful DoggyAlert. If your dog unexpectedly ran away, you can report it. Within a radius of ten kilometers, other members of the DoggyDating app will receive an alarm message, so that you increase the chance of being caught. Ask other owners for further advice and add dog owners from your area as a digital friend.

Baby monitor for dogs

Is your dog or puppy playing the weirdest antics in your absence? Or is there separation anxiety? Keep with the app Dog Monitor keep an eye out. For this you need two mobile devices. Leave one smartphone (or tablet) at home, while you can keep an eye on things remotely with the second smartphone. For example, hear when the dog is barking and reassure your four-legged friend with spoken messages. When the camera is properly aimed, you can even watch live. In the App Store this application costs 5.49 euros, while in the Play Store you pay 6.49 euros.

Dog training

Hardly anything is more annoying than a dog that barely listens. It is therefore very important to train puppies well from an early age and to strengthen the mutual bond. There are all kinds of apps for this, but Dogo is by far the best known. After you have created a profile, you first answer all kinds of questions about your dog. State the age and determine what you want to teach the four-legged friend. You can choose from learning tricks, improving the speed and opening the door. Also indicate if the dog pulls a lot on the leash or does not show up after calling the name. The app then compiles an appropriate training program. That’s how the course exists Obedience out of 25 skills and New dog out of 42 skills. The intention is that you take one lesson per day. To improve the knowledge level of the owners, each lesson also contains a short quiz. It is nice that the practical lessons consist of short instructions with clear illustrations. Afterwards, determine how well your dog performed the assignment. Nice is that you can also get in touch with other Dogo members. Invite acquaintances if necessary. Dogo is Dutch-speaking and has an attractive design. The use of this app is free for the first week, but after that the lessons cost about ten euros per month or one hundred euros per year.

Current dog news

If you like to try out new exhaust tours, then it is smart to record them. That way you can follow the same route again later. Download the English app for this Tractive Dog Walk (iOS) or Dog Walk – Track your dogs (Android). Although the names differ, these applications come from the same developer. Once you have registered, you indicate that you want to take a walk. The app uses the GPS chip of your smartphone for route registration. So give the app access to the location services of the mobile device. You take photos without obligation during the walk, so that you can review images of the route at a later time. If desired, owners indicate at which locations their dog has gone to the bathroom, although we do not see the point of this. A more useful option is that you can share the route live with people you know. The person in question will receive a link on which the route can be followed. You can also share the route data afterwards. Afterwards, see how long you have walked and what distance you have covered. With this app dog owners build an overview of beautiful walking tours.

Allow the Dog Walk app to use the GPS signal via your smartphone.

Track pets

A missing cat or dog is a nightmare for every animal lover. Are you ever afraid of that? There are GPS trackers that continuously determine the location of your pet. With the help of a mobile app you can find out the current position of your four-legged friend. Tractive specializes in such products. This Austrian company develops waterproof GPS trackers that owners can attach to the collar of a dog or cat. The app will alert you when your pet leaves the area marked by you, such as your backyard or residential area. A Tractive GPS tracker costs around 50 euros and contains a rechargeable battery. You also need a subscription. For example, a two-year basic subscription costs 3.75 euros per month. Besides Tractive, there are other providers of GPS trackers for pets, such as Invoxia and Weenect.

Provide first aid

For a bite wound, carefully trim the hair around the injury and then apply a disinfectant.

The well-known food brand Royal Canin has been managing a first aid app for cats and dogs for many years. Useful in case owners need to act quickly in an emergency. For example, what do you do when there is an unexpected collision, or if the animal suddenly becomes short of breath? First Aid for Cats and Dogs contains step-by-step instructions for dozens of doomsday scenarios, so you can quickly provide the right help. The app also takes your own safety into account, so that a fearful pet in pain does not bite you unexpectedly. Most subjects have clear pictures of the actions. From the app you can also search for the nearest vet or, if necessary, call an emergency service directly.

App the Vet

In case of medical problems, you can request advice from a specialist directly via the WhatsApp App de Vet service. Send a message to 06-2626.9966 and preferably also add a video or photo of the (injured) pet. This service tries to provide an appropriate answer within an hour. At the end of a meeting, the specialist asks for a donation. You then pay this via a payment request. For more information, go to www.appdedierenarts.nl.

Monitor aquarium

Owners of a fresh or saltwater aquarium benefit greatly from it Aquarimate. This English-language app costs 10.99 euros once. You can enter all kinds of water values, after which you keep track of the developments in water quality in a graph. Consider, among other things, the values ​​for phosphate (po4), nitrite (no2), nitrate (no3) and acidity (ph). Especially when keeping sensitive fish species, it is important to carefully monitor the water quality. Also set reminders so that you don’t forget maintenance chores, feeding times and water changes. Finally, Aquarimate also contains an extensive database of fish and plant species.

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