8 Best Pet Apps Vets Want You to Know About

FitBark app screengrab
FitBark is like Fitbit... but for dogs!

Fitness Apps

Getting your pet exercised can be hard work and, much though it may promise, an app won’t make it any easier. It may, however, reduce that barrier to entry. If simply getting your butt off the sofa is helpful, an app may be just what you need.

MapMyDogwalk:This app works just like those running or walking apps to track your pace, distance, calories, etc. It's well designed and a joy to use (never crashed on me once). The only thing I dislike is the sell-y side of it, which tries to get me to use other apps it sponsors.

FitBark:Similar to the Fitbit, this monitor tracks your dog’s activity and sleep patterns. The monitor attaches to your dog’s collar (and it does contain a battery, so care should be taken that your dog doesn’t chew on it). With the app, you can set exercise goals and even compare your dog’s exercise level with similar dogs. Cool, right?

Keeping Track

Another useful category of apps includes the kind that helps you keep track of your pets. Some of these purport to help you find them when they’re lost, but these tend to be limited to making it easier for you to post alerts on social media (reference the above ASPCA app) or otherwise engage your local community (the HomeAgain microchip app does this, too).

A tracking app I can recommend is one I’ve actually used successfully...

Whistle GPS Pet Tracker:To be fair, this isn’t really an app that works all by itself. It requires a GPS device that hooks up to your pet’s collar. But it’s small, waterproof and does what it says it does: tracks your pet in real time right on your mobile device. But it’s not super-duper inexpensive.

Luckily, the Whistle app and device does double duty as a fitness tracker, much like the FitBark.

Video Monitoring

Need to watch your pets carefully? Video monitoring is easy through all kinds of apps. I use Dropcam for my hospital’s live camera feeds, but a better option for those who don’t want to invest in a couple of $199 video cameras might be...

This one works with a laptop or even a tablet, and has all kinds of pet-specific features. Those of you who worry about your diabetics, oldies or epileptics may want to consider this kind of app.

Health Monitoring

Again, I can recommendonlythe one product in this category I’ve actually used...

Voyce:Like the FitBark and the Whistle, this is a device as well as an app. It fits around your dog’s neck and sends you lots of information about your pet’s activity, heart rate and other vitals.

In fact, all of these apps are pretty impressive compared to my last pet app review. Let’s hope it doesn’t take years for me to offer you another update!

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