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Becoming a first-time dog owner is exciting! After all, you and your furry friend have countless walks and adventures ahead of you. In the flurry of getting a new pup, it’s important to make sure you have all the tools you need to keep your new friend in great health.
You’ll Need A Smartphone
On top of procuring a strong leash, comfy bed, and the best food for your new buddy, be sure that you also have a smartphone with quick and reliable internet access that is compatible with the latest pet-related apps. In case you’re due for an upgrade, here are a couple to consider.
iPhone 11 Pro
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro offers a triple-lens, wide-angle camera and large display, so you can catch stunning photos and videos of your new pup. The iPhone 11 Pro is fast, so you can access the apps you need to order dog food and supplies, get some training help, or take care of a pet health emergency. What’s more, the phone offers an extended battery life, so you don’t have to worry about charging your phone during an outing with your pet.
Android Galaxy S10
For an equally helpful mobile option, consider the Samsung Galaxy S10+. The Galaxy S10+ boasts a large touchscreen display and multi-lens camera, so you capture all your pet’s milestones. This phone provides a smooth transition between WiFi networks, so you can access your important pet apps any time.
Whichever model or brand you want, you can easily find savings and deals on a new phone and a new plan to match your needs so you’ll be ready to load up on apps. For everything from tracking activity to monitoring what your dog eats to health concerns, we found the top apps for first-time dog owners!
Stay On the Up and Up
The ScritchSpot app is an excellent tool for tracking your pet’s habits. Cision notes this app allows you to organize and schedule potty breaks, walks, feedings, and playtime with a click. The app is available to multiple users, so everyone in the household can contribute to your pet’s training and care.
Pet Monitor App by Annie
If you’re on a busy schedule, or you plan to be away from the house for a while, the Pet Monitor App by Annie is your friend! The app allows you to keep an eye on your dog while you’re away and even includes an option to speak to him via a speaker.
All About Food
For the best in pet food and supplies, check out the CHEWY app. CHEWY offers high-quality food and other pet supplies at reasonable prices. Set up a subscription, and they will arrange for your choice of food to be delivered to your door regularly. CHEWY is also a great place to get your important heartworm and flea and tick treatments.
Many dog owners find it irresistible to share with their best furry pal. Although some foods may be okay to share with your dog in small amounts, there are lots of “people foods” that can make your dog sick. Rather than risk it, Prahran Veterinary Hospital suggests the iKibble app for an easy-to-reference list of foods and their potential effects on your pet.
A Healthy Pup Is a Happy Pup
Animal Poison by ASPCA
Even with the best of intentions, you may not always catch your dog before he gets into a harmful substance. It can also be hard to determine whether you need to make an emergency run to the vet. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) app is an excellent reference for these situations. The app offers a searchable database of substances that may exist in your home or the surrounding environment, and advice on treatment in the event that your pet is exposed.
PetCoach by PetCo
Having a sick or injured pet can be frightening, especially if it is in a time or place where you can’t get to your vet immediately. Luckily, PetCo has created an app, PetCoach, that offers free 24/7 medical advice for your pet. In addition, you can schedule a vet visit and track your pet’s medical records.
With all of these great apps on the market, you are sure to have everything you need to be the perfect pet parent! From health basics to connecting with your dog when you’re out, there is something to meet every situation. Be sure you have the info you need at your fingertips!