Perfect Apps for Pet Lovers

Tablet App Recommendations

After posting about new baby apps, a few pet-loving friends have asked for similar recommendations for their "fur babies." While picturing hirsute infants is chuckle-inducing, I knew pet owners can be as serious as newborn parents about keeping their 4-legged family members safe and sound...

iPad

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The Pets Diary: Although the name sounds like a daily journal for the musings of your pet, this app is designed to store records of important events like vet visits and vaccinations. The best thing about it though has to be that it supports backup through iTunes, as well as an email option should you need to share this info with another family member. Free, $.99

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iPetCare: In addition to being an app that stores health information like vaccines, this app also let you log information about your cat or dog like weight, sterilisation, diet, ID tags, and DOB. It's the most complete pet information log app that I've seen, and I imagine it's an invaluable resource, especially when your pet is being cared for by someone other than yourself. $4.99

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VetCare Consult HD: Out of all of the apps I looked at during the course of creating this roundup, this one was my favourite. I think it appealed to my childhood desire to be a vet and my innate curiosity about how things work which I'm happy I never grew out of. Designed for vets, but great for anyone curious about the physiology of their pets, VetCare Consult contains beautiful 3D models of animal anatomy as well as animations showing different conditions. I wish I knew about this app when a friend's dog was diagnosed with a heart condition he had trouble understanding, as I'm sure the visual aid would have really helped him to understand what was going on with his dog. Free

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Android
My Pet Diary: Similar to the other pet logging apps that were previously mentioned, My Pet Diary for Android phones also lets you include a photo gallery inside of the diary portion as well as a video. Free, $1.49

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Pet First Aid: Definitely one of the most useful apps in this category, the animal medical app provides practical, helpful information about what to do in different emergency situations for your dog or cat. While not much to write home about in the design department, there is plenty of information included this app that could save the life of your dog or cat. $2.99

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Certified Veterinary Assistant: Like the VetCare app for iPad, this app is useful for more than people who are vets or are studying to be them and is a helpful one to have around for any one who seeks to learn more about the health of their pet. Of course if you are studying to be a vet, then this app is doubly helpful as it also includes quizzes. $2.89

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Windows 8
Pet Diaries: While certainly one of the most colourful pet app options for Windows 8, this app leans more to the diary end of things giving you a place to journal about your pet. Photos are also supported in each diary entry and the app also contains space to store appointments for your pet. $1.49

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Dog's Paradise: This simple app is all about giving you a place to learn how to care for your new dog. Although I don't personally care for the design of the app (oh the caps lock and the font...), I can imagine this app would be a useful destination for Windows 8 users who are new dog owners. Free

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Petocracy: The idea behind this app (and community) is simple, give pet owners a way to get useful answers to their pet care and health questions from trusted sources. Definitely the most useful app for pet owners in the Windows Store, the articles and videos are well researched and are on topics pet owners will find useful like the digging habits of dogs and cat coughs. Don't have a Windows 8 device? Do not despair, this information is also available at their site. Free

Note: Sadly like with some other tablet app roundups, the pickings are beyond slim in the Android category at the moment. I was unable to find a single app in any of these categories that was formatted for Android tablets. All Android inclusions in this roundup are formatted for the phones.

Pet owners, do you have any tablet apps that you find particularly helpful in caring for your pet?

(Top Image: Joelle Alcaidinho, all others as linked above)

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