6 Free Must-Have Apps for Pet Owners

Nowadays, caring for your pet has never been easier and more enjoyable. From finding a pet sitter and setting up play dates to handling medical emergencies and training your pet, there’s an app for that. Whether your looking to better fulfill your pets needs or find resources to help you with yours, these free pets apps have you covered.

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In this file photo, Bon the dog poses as an iPhone during the 17th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade October 28, 2007 in New York City.
The app helps pet owners identify and understand common household hazards, toxic and non-toxic plants, potentially harmful medications, as well as warm or cold weather hazards. It also provides crucial information about the severity of the problem and what steps you should take. The free app also comes with a Dogs and chocolate poison meter. Available for iOS and Android.
American Red Cross
Another comprehensive medical resource, the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App includes instructions for handling common emergencies, tools to find the closest vet or 24-hour animal hospital, behavioral help and a how-to for natural disasters. Available free for iOS and Android.
Courtesy Rover
Though often called the Airbnb of dog walking, Rover offers more than just pet sitting. The app also finds local dog walkers and check-in sitters to visit your pet during the day. Choose from a directory of rated walkers, who, according to Rover, are vetted before joining, and then track your dog’s walk and potty breaks on the mobile app. Available free for iOS and Android. And, if you don't mind being connected with a screened dog walker instead of choosing your own, check out Wag! for on-demand dog-walking services.
Courtesy BarkHappy
Does your dog need a pooch to play with? BarkHappy is a free, location-based app that helps pet parents set up doggy playdates. Dog owners can search for doggie playmates nearby, and find local dog-friendly events and meet-ups. Available free for iOS and Android.
The free ASPCA mobile app manages your pet’s health records, delivers breaking news about animal welfare, includes a step-by-step guide for finding a lost pet, and tells pet parents what to do to take care of pets in case of a natural disaster. Available for iOS and Android.
Nestle Purina Petcare Company
The Purina app offers dog owners of all breeds and sizes specialized mobile lessons in agility, dock diving, flying disc, obedience, running and strength training. The app is loaded with video training tutorials and an activity tracker to help set fitness and behavioral goals. Available free for iOS and Android.
Courtesy Bring Fido
Looking for a pet-friendly hotel? How about an awesome dog park, trail or beach? The Bring Fido app makes traveling with a pet easier. Find nearby attractions, upcoming dog events, and local resources such as dog walkers, groomers, sitters, veterinarians, and pet supply stores. Available free for iOS and Android.
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