Essential Summer Apps for Pets

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For most people an animal is more than just a pet, they’re a part of the family. They’re our protectors when we’re lonely, our best friends when we’re sad and some of the best reminders of what’s truly important when life starts to get you down – let’s be honest, it’s hard not to laugh when you’re being smothered with kisses because they haven’t seen you for a whole ten minutes. They take care of us, so we need to be sure we’re doing our best to take care of them. Here is list of a few apps and reminders to keep your furry little family members happy during these next few hot summer months.


$4.99 for iOS and Android

Albeit a bit steep in price, this highly featured app makes it worth your buck by allowing you to remotely monitor up to 12 live video and audio webcam feeds from your device over WiFi or EDGE/3G/4G/LTE. It’s able to function as a baby monitor, nanny cam, security camera or pet cam in case you’re curious what your pets are up to while you’re away and want to check up on them throughout the day.


Pet First Aid: Red Cross

$3.99 for iOS and $2.99 for Android

It can be scary if your four-legged friend suddenly starts acting out of the ordinary. You’re not sure if they’re just having an off day or if you should take them to the vet. Animal anatomy functions different from our own and this can make it difficult to tell when something is really wrong, unless you have a good amount of experience with animals. Pet First Aid provides detailed articles, videos and illustrations for every kind of medical emergency you can think of and it also allows you to save vital medical information for all of your pets. With it you can easily record all of their vaccinations, identifications, veterinarian contact info, medications, etc. Plus it lets you track and graph your pet’s weight and create notes after every vet visit.

pet first aid

Pet Minder

Free for iOS

It’s difficult to always remember everything you have to do on your list. Although you can always include any pet reminders in your notes, Pet Minder is great if you’re looking for a more comprehensive way of keeping track of everything. It allows you to schedule reminders and events such as vaccinations, grooming, training appointments, play dates and it even provides information for products and tools available for your furry family member.

pet minder


Dog Vacay

Free for iOS

Going on vacation can always be tough when you have a pet to think about. If you don’t have a friend or family member available to look after them, then you’re looking at paying a good amount to kennel them up – and for some pet owners that can be costly and uncomfortable! DogVacay is a site where you can search vetted, insured dog sitters who will send daily photo updates right to your smartphone.



Free for iOS and Android

For the most part I think it’s safe to say that owners usually know where their pets are at all times. However, in the event that he or she happens to wander off or get lost, Tagg will easily allow you to track them down. It’s also great if you’re going somewhere where you’d like to let them off the leash and roam free but don’t want to worry about them if you’re in a large area – say out camping. It’s simply a tag that you purchase from the site and attach to your animal’s collar, it then syncs to your device so you can monitor their activity or find them quickly using an advanced GPS system with wireless tracking technology.


Other tips to keep in mind:

  1. If you’re worried about keeping track of your dog while out on camping trips where you won’t have any service, another great solution is to get a glowing dog collar so you won’t have any trouble keeping an eye on them after dark! This one from Glowdoggie is great!
  2. Keeping your phone protected from your canine is important to think about too! The Defender Series is great if you’re looking for great overall protection, while the Preserver Series will protect your device from any slobber, should your furry friend ever manage to get a hold of it.
  3. Most importantly, be sure to always have adequate water and shade for your animals where ever you go to help keep them cool from the intense summer heat. Having their coat trimmed can also assist in helping to prevent over-heating. If you’re out hiking, make sure to not allow them to drink too much from ponds and streams where there could be hosts to bacteria that could potentially harm them or upset their stomachs.

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Jacquelyn Rickard

Jacquelyn Rickard

Wanderer. Animal lover. Foodie. Photographer. Amateur do-it-yourselfer and cook--it’s hard to say what I obsess over the most. I love challenges and learning new things. Born and raised in Colorado, other than the 2 years I spent getting in touch with my Filipino roots. I love good beer, adventures and doing anything outdoors. When I’m not obsessing on something, at work or off getting lost somewhere, you can probably find me barbecuing with friends or family, working in my garden or curled up on the couch with a movie and a glass of wine.

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