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8 Apps Every Dog Parent Needs

Sandra is a veterinary assistant and has worked at various animal hospitals. She is a mother to a GSD, Siberian Husky and two cats.


In many ways, having a dog is like having a child. There will be times when you have to find a dog sitter, find hotels that accommodate your fur baby, set up playdates, and make sure they're properly trained. If an emergency situation were to arise, you want to know what to do if you can't get to a veterinarian right away.

Luckily, most of us have a smartphone and have access to the internet. No need to sweat it! These apps have you covered in a variety of situations.

1. Rover

Let's say you've brought your dog with you on a family trip but want to do something that isn't exactly considered pet-friendly. Maybe you have a last-minute work trip, or don't want to leave your dog alone while you go out and hang out with friends. Once you're in the app, you can choose how far you're likely to travel for boarding or search for a sitter nearby. Once you find a sitter, you can message them right in the app.

Decide between drop-in visits at your house, boarding at the sitter’s house, walks, or daycare. If you’re experienced with caring for animals, this is a great option to have as a side hustle and rake in some extra cash!

2. Bring Fido

If you like to travel with your fur baby and are not sure where to go, this app will help you find pet-friendly hotels, attractions, events, and restaurants near you. You also have access to reviews and hotel rate comparisons.

Now you can save time, and you won't have to scroll through a million google searches all day.

3. Barkhappy

This is a free app where you create a profile for you and your dog and discover other pups nearby. They also have an option where you can message other pet parents/dogs, host your own playdates, or search for dog-friendly events.

If your fur baby decides to go on a solo adventure, you can post a lost dog profile or see found dog updates as well.

4. Everydoggy

This app includes video lessons, tricks, games, and solutions to common doggy problems. When you first enter the app, they ask you a few simple questions and create a customized plan for you and your dog.

They offer a free 7-day trial, and after the trial, you pay $39.99 for the whole year.

Apps are a good way to keep medical records, phone numbers or have access to help whenever you need it.

Apps are a good way to keep medical records, phone numbers or have access to help whenever you need it.

5. Puppr

There is a free, monthly ($12.99), and yearly subscription ($99.99) to this app. They have a built-in clicker at the bottom, so there's no need to go out of your way and purchase one elsewhere.

When you use the free version, you are limited but still have access to the most basic commands and how-tos. This includes crate training, ear cleaning, and potty training. If you buy the subscription, you gain access to even more training videos and have the option of speaking to a dog trainer if you have additional questions.

If you’re looking for treats, crates, grooming supplies, toys, or cleaning products, Puppr has a supply shop where you can find most of your fur baby's daily essentials.

6. Petdesk

This is where you're able to set medication, appointment, and vaccination reminders, as well as keep veterinary, boarding, and grooming information all in one place. You can also search for the closest veterinary clinic and have emergency numbers on hand.

If you don't already have pet insurance, you can search for a provider in this app as well.

7. Ikibble

Ever wonder what your dog can and can't eat? After paying $0.99 upfront, this app gives you a list of foods that your pup can and can't have, along with explanations as to why they are or aren't so good for your fur baby.

8. Pet First Aid: American Red Cross

This app will help you in many scary situations (for dogs and cats). They touch on how to take vitals, what to do in situations such as electric shock, frostbite, choking, allergic reactions and so much more.

This one is an absolute must for pet owners. When your baby is in need of help, it's important to know the signs right away, and for you to be able to do what you need to do before they arrive to see the veterinarian

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.