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4 Must-Have Apps for Pet Parents

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Pet Safety? There’s an App for That 

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.

1.    Rover

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.

Key features:

  • 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.

Key features:

  • 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.

Key features:

  • 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.

Key features:

  • 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.

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Hilary Bird

Hilary Bird has been combining her fascination of interpersonal communication and the digital world for the past four years.

She is an avid writer for multiple tech and lifestyle publications, including VentureBeat and MediaPost. She is on a mission to understand how technology will continually reshape the way we communicate as human beings. 




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  • Comment Link Jill Rose Friday, 09 November 2018 01:00 posted by Jill Rose

    Please hire a PROFESSIONAL pet sitter via http://www.petsit.com and skip rover! Always hire a pet sitter or dog walker with experience, ongoing pet education, license, bonding, insurance and thorough background check- not the minimalist one rover does. For your pets safety and the security of your home hire a professional not someone unknown person looking to make a few extra bucks! Do your research! Cheaper is not better!

  • Comment Link yennijb Thursday, 08 November 2018 07:49 posted by yennijb

    I think it's disgusting and disappointing that you included Rover at all, let alone placed it at number 1. Ignoring all of the multitude of deaths, injuries and lost pets that have happened through Rover that they do nothing about. Also, there have been a multiple cases where the "background check" they are supposed to do failed, resulting in theft and destruction of property.

    Find a local pet sitter who's independently insured and operated, many have apps of their own. Check out Pet Care Professional organizations like The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International.

  • Comment Link Mary Watterson Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:04 posted by Mary Watterson

    Rover is a huge, Seattle tech company with millions in venture capital. They have signed Non-Disclosure Agreements with pet owners across the Country for alleged dog deaths, injuries and lost dogs - according to dog owners that have used them. They are being combatted online by groups starting up, such as Facebook Group: Rover Killed My Dog. A simple Google search will unearth dozens and dozens and dozens of complaints. These online pet care apps like Rover and WAG have tens of thousands of pet sitters and were just featured on our local TV news after a convicted felon was hired by an unsuspecting home owner - calling into question the veracity of heir claims of Background Checks - something professional, small business, LOCAL Pet Sitting Companies (and States who license them) have long suspected they don’t do. It takes, on average, real pet sitting companies 1-3 months to find people qualified enough to be on their care teams. Unlike these Tech Goliaths, professional pet sitting companies have talent searches, not open enrollment. In my opinion, Rover and WAG are corporate giants who care about one thing - making money - and their millions insulate them from suffering the market consequence that should result from what I believe is a terrible, irresponsible care model for pets.


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