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Doggy apps for pet owners

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Best apps for dogs and their techie owners

Much like our furry counterparts, technology is always by our side. We wouldn’t dare leave home without our smartphones; the same rule should apply to our four-legged friends. While we can’t bring our best friends with us everywhere, the latest apps allow us to keep Fido top of mind on every occasion. Whether you’re a true techie or not, you’ll want to get dialed in to the best apps that are specifically designed with pet lovers in mind.

Best apps for dogs and their techie ownersPet First Aid

If your pet needed it, would you know how to properly perform CPR on him? As wonderful as our vets are, it seems emergencies tend to happen outside of office hours. You're not alone, and that's why there's an app for that. Pet First Aid app ($3 for Android, $4 for iPhone) is specifically designed to keep you better prepared for worst-case scenarios. It provides loads of useful medical information at your fingertips, with detailed videos and guided illustrations of "how to's" for most emergency situations. Additionally, you can keep records of your pets' medical information, veterinary contacts and more for quick and easy look-up.

Best apps for dogs and their techie ownersDogbook

You love posting pictures of your fur-babies on Facebook, so why not let them have a profile of their own? With Dogbook, you can share photos, comments and insights about your favorite four-legged friend with dog lovers like you; Fido can even request friendship with Fluffy from the dog park! Let your dogs' personality shine by listing their favorite treats, activities and places to go. This free app requires nothing more than a Facebook profile to start.

Best apps for dogs and their techie ownersFido Factor

No more excuses for leaving Rover home alone. The FidoFactor app provides a mobile guide to all pet-friendly locations near you. Whether you're going out for coffee, a stroll at the park or even to the beach, this app will find the nearest locations that will happily cater to canine customers so that your pooch can join you just about anywhere you go. Some cities offer more pet-friendly locations than others, so when possible, always do your research before leaving the house to make sure your pet is welcome.

Best apps for dogs and their techie ownersPet Acoustics

The Petacoustics app is music to your pets' ears -- literally. This app supports the ability to turn your pets' mood from restless to relaxed with music. Petacoustics plays on pets' amazingly sensitive hearing by creating soothing music designed just for pets. The frequency, volume and rhythm of each song give your pet a sense of comfort and safety to promote a peaceful environment. This is a must-have for pets with separation anxiety or young dogs with excess energy levels.

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