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Top 6 Pet Apps


These days it’s possible to find out virtually anything you need to know via your smartphone or tablet – and that goes for pet information, too. Here’s a round-up of the best apps to help keep your pet fit, healthy and happy. 

petMD Symptom Checker 

By petMD

Cost: Free

Want to know why your dog is scratching? Or perhaps why your cat is sneezing? The petMD Symptom Checker app allows you to search more than 2500 dog and cat health articles, based on the symptoms your pet is experiencing, from popular website petMD.com. All articles are written by experienced veterinarians.

Don’t forget, though, that online advice, even from vets, should not be used in place of treatment by your dog’s own veterinarian. If in doubt, always take your dog to the vet.

Paw Tracks 

By Trip20

Cost: Free

This great family app enables you to log the details of every walk you take with your canine companion and even record every, ahem, call of nature while you’re out and about (handy for toilet training). You can add different people as ‘caretakers’ and instantly share information about your dog with them. You can even plot your walk routes via GPS and calculate the distance so you know how much ground you’ve covered.

Dog Medical Agenda 

By Da Pont

Cost: $6.99

Ever paid your dog’s vet a visit and been asked, “When was Rover last wormed? Is his flea and tick prevention up to date?” If questions like this have you drawing a blank or racing home to rifle through mounds of paperwork, you need this app. Dog Medical Agenda allows you to store everything from test results and surgeries to allergic reactions and microchip data, so you’ll never be left scratching your head over your furry friend’s important health information.
The same company has also developed the Pets Medical Agenda app, which covers both dogs and cats.

PetCoach 

By Notorious

Cost: Free

With a stable of experienced vets, qualified trainers and other pet experts, PetCoach allows dog and cat owners to get reliable advice direct from the people who know. The app allows users to post pet health, fitness and behaviour questions in a forum and receive quick feedback.

As always, however, the advice provided via the app should not replace treatment by your pet’s own vet.

Dog Buddy Free – My Dog File

By Maxwell Software

Cost: Free

A one-stop shop for all of your canine companion’s essential health and fitness info, Dog Buddy Free allows you to keep track of developmental milestones, record weight, prescribed medications and allergies, set vaccination reminders and store your vet’s contact details. It also features first aid tips and lets you upload pictures of your pooch and even write a doggy diary.

Couch to 5K – Running App 

By Active Network, LLC

Cost: $2.99

Technically, this popular how-to-run app is for humans, not dogs – but pooches make fantastic running companions, and jogging will certainly keep Rover fit and healthy. The nine-week plan comprises three 30-minute runs each week and will ultimately have you and your pooch running 5 kilometres nonstop. Its user-friendly, bite-size format is the perfect introduction to running for both two-legged and four-legged joggers. There’s a follow-on 5K to 10K program, too.
Consult your dog’s vet before beginning the program. Remember that veterinarians don’t recommend high-impact exercise such as distance running for dogs younger than 12 months as it may cause damage to still-forming bone growth plates.