Pet Apps From First Aid to Fitness

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Whether you have one pet or a menagerie, keeping track of their current medications, vaccination due dates, and other health information is, well, no walk in the park. A host of health apps have made it easier to remember to give heartworm preventives, apply flea and tick control, or schedule wellness visits, according to Jim Dobies, DVM, veterinarian and president of UrgentVet in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tampa, Florida.

“If [apps] help pet parents track and remember their pets’ wellness care, I’m all for it,” he says. He advises pet owners to consider these four pet health apps.

Pet First Aid: The American Red Cross created an app for dog and cat owners with videos and illustrations featuring instructions for handling pet emergencies like burns, falls, and seizures. It also provides the locations of pet-friendly hotels in case you need to seek shelter during a natural disaster. “If you have to evacuate, the information is tremendously useful,” Dobies says.

Animal Poison Control Center: “Dogs eat everything,” Dobies says. Thanks to a searchable database, this ASPCA-created app allows you to determine whether the slice of pizza or bouquet of daisies your dog, cat, or bird ate is cause for concern. The app provides details on more than 300 common toxins from medications to garden pesticides.

FitBark: If your pet is getting a little too pudgy, the FitBark app might help. “A lot of pets don’t get enough exercise,” says Dobies. The app, connected to an activity monitor, tracks how much exercise your pet gets and helps you monitor changes in mobility.

VitusVet: Access your pet’s entire medical history in a single app. Dobies likes that it tracks medication reminders so pet parents never miss a dose of heartworm preventive or flea and tick control. You can also share vaccination records with boarding facilities, the groomer, or veterinarians at after-hours clinics who need information about medications and treatments.

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