7 Pet Apps You Need to Know About

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From exercise monitoring and health tracking to pet-friendly place-finders and social pet networks, check out these must-have pet apps.

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Pet’s Diary (iOS, Android) allows you to keep track of all your pet responsibilities in one place. Set up reminders about feeding times, medications, vet visits, grooming, walks, and more so you never forget. Just create a profile for each pet — whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or other pet — and start adding tasks! You can select a preset task from a variety of categories (food, veterinary care, shopping) or create your own.

Puppr (iOS, Android) comes with everything you need to teach your dog new tricks, including step-by-step instructions with photos and videos. The app also includes a built-in clicker, progress tracking, and a handy FAQ. With over 50 tricks to choose from, your pup can learn a variety of tricks — from basic (sit, stay, down) to advanced (hooped arms, figure eight, handstand). Plus, you can set up daily push notifications so you’ll always be reminded when it’s training time. While the app is free to download and comes with a dozen tricks, the premium version unlocks all the lessons and allows you to chat live with a dog trainer.

BringFido (iOS, Android) features a comprehensive list of pet-friendly places — from hotels and restaurants to events and attractions — with reviews and photos from other users. Filters let you narrow down by price, dog size, and rating so you can find the perfect accommodation for you and your pooch.

Rover (iOS, Android) has you covered if you need a dog walker or pet sitter. Easily locate walkers and sitters in your area, review their ratings, and schedule through the app. Your pet’s caretaker will keep you in the loop with messages and photo updates so you can keep tabs on your furry friend.

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BarkHappy (iOS, Android) locates other dogs in your area so you can schedule playdates. Just create a profile for your pup and use the in-app messaging to connect with other dog owners nearby. You can also create your own group playdates, report lost or found dogs, and find dog-friendly events, restaurants, bars, and more.

Pet First Aid (iOS, Android) from the American Red Cross is the ideal app to have on hand for emergencies. It includes instructions on how to handle common pet emergencies, like bleeding, bite wounds, and allergic reactions. It also features videos, an animal hospital locator, and interactive quizzes. Plus, you can store your veterinarian’s contact info in the app, so everything you need will be right at your fingertips if you’re ever faced with a pet emergency.

FitBark (iOS, Android) is like a FitBit for pets! The app is paired with an activity monitor (sold separately) that your dog or cat wears on his collar. Use it to monitor your pet’s activity and sleep habits, set goals, and pair with your own health tracker to compare your activity to your pet’s. You can even get in on some friendly competition by earning BarkPoints to climb the Top Dog Board against other users.