If there’s an app for everything, why isn’t there one to make that often-stressful trip with your adorable, furry pet smooth sailing? Now there is one…. in fact, many.
It’s the rare traveler these days who leaves home without a smartphone to guide him along the journey. You have your favorite apps for finding food, accommodation, and even for journaling your experiences — whether in words or nostalgically-filtered instagrams. So, why not download a few of these useful pet-focused apps to make you and your four-legged friends better travel companions.
Here are reviews of my favorite discoveries in the pet app marketplace.
Pet First Aid ($3.99)
Pet First Aid is one app that you certainly won’t regret downloading when your pet starts pooping on the hotel pillows. With access to a database of health-related articles, step-by-step illustrations, and videos, you’re only a tap away from mastering any travel emergency involving your four-legged friend. From the American Red Cross.
This useful app has a comprehensive list of hundreds of pet-friendly hotels, parks, beaches, bars, restaurants and so much more! Using the GPS on your phone, the app searches for nearby facilities where you and Fluffy can both go exploring. You can also add your own entries, peruse cute pet videos, and read the latest pet news all within this (free!) app – definitely worth the few seconds it takes to download. Produced by Purina.
On the road and can’t find your dog’s normal brand of food? Want to know if that leftover room service beef teriyaki is ok to feed your pooch? Does your pet crave the culinary delights of travel as much as you do? Then search iKibble’s directory of meats, dairy, produce and grains to see if what’s edible for man is also edible for man’s best friend. You can even use the app to create your own meals. See the iKibble video from producer Llamaface.
Pet Acoustics ($1.99)
If people are comforted by certain sounds – ocean waves, rainfall, forest animals – then why shouldn’t animals be? Pet Acoustics plays music specifically created for the “hearing sensitivities” of your dog, cat, or even horse. Does your pet get agitated in the car? Upset when left alone in a hotel room? Anxious in unfamiliar environments? Well, Pet Acoustic’s tunes are carefully crafted to play at the right frequency, volume and rhythm to keep your pet calm under any circumstance.
Have you ever tried getting that perfect photo of your pooch in the beautiful countryside – but he was just too busy chasing butterflies? With PetSnap, your pet will finally pay attention to the camera. With over 30 different sounds to attract your pet’s attention, PetSnap will take a burst of photos in sequence while your pet’s adorable face is pointed at the camera. You can even add frames and upload your pet’s pics instantly to Facebook (see the Petsnap team’s album online) or Twitter.
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