5 Apps Every Pet Owner Must Have

Must-Have Apps For The Tech-Friendly Pet Owner

These days, there’s an app for just about everyone, including pet owners. Pet apps are loaded with many features that help you to safeguard your pets, stay organized and even save money. Best of all, many pet apps are free or low cost and are available for both Apple and Android devices. Here are five must-have apps for any pet owner.


Like many other dog lovers, you can’t bear the thought of leaving your canine companion behind for the next family vacation. Not to worry. BringFido gives you the lowdown on more than 25,000 pet-friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, campgrounds and long-term apartments in the U.S. and abroad. BringFido even will help you to book a room and confirm your reservation. The app also guarantees that you’ll find the lowest prices for pet-friendly hotels. And that’s not all. BringFido even lets you know about upcoming dog events and provides a list of walkers, groomers, sitters, vets and pet supply stores in your area. BringFido is free for both iOS and Android devices. Of course, if you’re looking for a place for your pup to stay, there’s always The Dog Stop’s caring dog boarding facilities.

Dog Monitor

Even dogs have separation anxiety. Fortunately, there’s an app that allows you to check on your dog when you’re away from home and reassure it that you aren’t far. With Dog Monitor, you can quickly turn any two devices into a dog monitor and receiver and observe your dog’s activity with a live video stream. There’s also a lot more to like about Dog Monitor. You can talk to your dog remotely whenever it gets anxious. You can also pre-record commands such as “sit” and “lay down.” The app even vibrates to alert you discretely when your dog is barking. Dog Monitor is available in Apple’s App Store for $4.99 and the Google Play Store for $5.99.

Pet First Aid by American Red Cross

If you’re dealing with an emergency pet situation and can’t get to the vet’s office right away, don’t panic. With Pet First Aid, you can quickly access expert veterinary advice from the palm of your hand. Pet First Aid offers interactive videos, images and text that could help you to save the life of your pet. You’ll find first aid steps for over twenty-five common pet situations, an early warning sign checker for preventative care, tips for administering medications, interactive quizzes and much more. The 99-cent app also locates the nearest emergency veterinary hospital and pet-friendly hotels. Pet First Aid can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.


Dogs and cats are always looking for something to nibble on, but many foods, flowers and other substances can be harmful for your pet to ingest. PupTox offers a list of more than 250 things that are toxic for your pets. The app also alerts you to symptoms of food poisoning. You can purchase PupTox for $0.99 at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Whistle Pet Tracker

A runaway dog or cat is every pet owner’s worst nightmare. Whistle Pet Tracker enables you to quickly locate your dog or cat if it wanders away from home. Simply attach a GPS tracker to your pet’s collar and follow their movements from the app on your smartphone or tablet. Whistle Pet Tracker also sends you an alert if your pet wanders outside of its “Whistle zone.” The app offers several other handy features. For example, you can track your pet’s daily activity and set up reminders about feeding or vet appointments. The app is free for Apple and Android devices. The GPS pet tracker costs $79.95, but that’s well worth the investment if you want peace of mind.