Do you consider your pet to be family? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, pet ownership is on the rise among millennials. Currently, about 75% of Americans in their 30s own a dog, while over 50% own a cat. The reasons for this increased focus on four-legged companionship differ depending on the individual. However, as many millennials delay marriage and parenthood (or forgo them altogether), pets have become a top priority.
If you count yourself as a millennial with a spoiled fur baby of your own, use these apps to keep them safe and happy.
Your pet is special, but they can’t go everywhere with you. When you need a sitter, you want to choose someone trustworthy. Luckily, Rover connects owners with the best pet sitters at the touch of a button. When friends and family are unavailable, Rover’s qualified, reliable, and pet-loving sitters are just a tap away.
To find a sitter, simply enter the dates you need and set the search radius to find people in your area.
- Tracks check-ins and walks with GPS
- Provides summaries of each visit with personal notes and updates from the sitter (including photos) via “Rover Cards”
- Insures each sit through the Rover Guarantee
The app itself is free to download. When you find a sitter you like and book an appointment, you pay a small service fee of about 7% on top of the sitter’s posted rate.
2. Dog Monitor
Sometimes, your pet will need to stay home alone. Whether you’re at work or running a few errands, you want peace of mind that your pooch or feline friend is safe.
Dog Monitor provides that reassurance. It lets you connect almost any two tablets or phones as two-way pet monitors. And don’t let the name fool you; it works with any pet—not just dogs.
- Helps new pet parents test how long they can leave their fuzzy companion alone
- Assists in training pets with separation anxiety
- Complements a regular security process to protect both home and pets during owner absence
The app is $4.99 on iOS and $5.99 on Android.
3. Pet First Aid
The Pet First Aid app by the American Red Cross is a first aid guide for pet owners. Access vet-quality information about pet emergencies with videos, quizzes, and step-by-step advice.
- Locates nearest emergency animal hospital or pet-friendly hotel
- Provides an early-warning symptom checker for preventive care
- Stores vet’s phone number for quick contact during emergencies
- Gives advice on administering meds, managing behavior, and responding to natural disasters with a pet
The app is free on iOS and Android. You can also text “GETPET” to 90999.
4. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
While your chocolate lab may think they can eat anything, you know better. The ASPCA’s APCC app helps you quickly identify substances that could be harmful to your pet.
The app can help you identify more than 300 potential threats, from plants to household items, and it also offers suggestions for how to handle those issues should the need arise.
- Includes searchable database listing medications, household products, and seasonal toxins
- Determines potential severity using poison calculators
- Contacts the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center with one-touch speed dialing
The app is free to download and use, but be aware that a call to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center could come with a $65 price tag.
Remember: a safe pet is a happy pet. Use these apps to help protect your four-legged family anytime, anywhere. Even if your pet hasn’t mastered apps just yet, they’ll thank you.