Who says you have to completely eliminate technology from your pet’s care? You don’t. While putting your cat in front of your tablet and encouraging her to play Candy Crush Saga does not count as playing with your cat, you can still make your mobile device useful. Download pet apps to make caring for your pet easier and more enjoyable. Not sure which ones you need? Start by considering these 15 useful pet apps.

1. Pet Phone ($2.99)

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Manage all of your pets’ details from one simple app. With Pet Phone, you can create profiles for multiple pets detailing their vet appointments, medications and allergies, weight history, and more. The variety of customizable features make this a convenient and easy-to-use app.

2. Tagg (Free with Tagg Tracker)

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Working alongside the Tagg pet tracking system, the Tagg app makes it easy to track where you pet is if he or she gets out of the house. Start by purchasing the Tagg GPS tracker, which starts at $99 and attaches to your pet’s collar. Use the app to view your pet’s location and get directions on how to get to him or her. You’ll also receive notifications if your pet gets out so that you can attend to the situation immediately. Aside from finding your lost pet, the app also uses GPS to track your pet’s activity levels to help make the best decisions about your pet’s health.

3. BringFido (Free)

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Brought to you by BringFido.com, a leading expert in pet-friendly travel, the BringFido app helps you find pet-friendly hotels, beaches, parks, and more when traveling. You can even use the resources to find local pet-friendly restaurants and events in your home town. Narrow your choices to discover hotels that don’t charge an extra fee for pets. While the app is built for dog owners, it’s still a great resource for people with other types of pets.

4. PupTox ($0.99)

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Have you ever wondered what types of plants in and around your home are toxic to your pets? Or maybe you’ve wondered what you can feed them without them getting sick. Now you don’t have to worry so much. With the PupTox app, you’ll receive a directory of over 250 items toxic to cats and dogs. This helps you decide what flowers to plant, if it’s okay to share your leftovers, and if you should contact the vet when your pet eats something you’re unsure of.

5. Spending on My Dog ($0.99)

If you’re one for staying on budget, Spending on My Dog can help. While it’s designed to help you track what you spend on your pup, it’s a useful tool for tracking any pet spendings. Keep track of where you money is going through various categories, view your spending habits in easy-to-read charts, and even export your data to other money management software programs.

6. Pet Names + (Free)

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If you have a tough time coming up with names for your pets, Pet Names + presents thousands of names. Narrow down the choices alphabetically, by pet type, or by popularity. You can even track and order your favorites to make picking the perfect name for your furry friend simple.

7. PetSnap ($1.99)

If you’re like other pet owners who love snapping shots of their pets but can’t ever seem to get a good one, PetSnap is a simple solution. The app is equipped with 32 different sounds to get your pet’s attention when taking a photo. After you capture a clear shot, you can use photo styling tools to make the picture even more special.

8. Pet First Aid: for Your Dog, Cat, Puppy, or Kitten ($3.99)

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Investing in an app that could save your animal’s life is money well-spent. This pet first aid app can help you figure out what’s wrong with your pet before rushing to the animal hospital. Is your pet’s behavior mild, or do you need to rush him to the vet now? This app aims to solve these issues. You’ll even get access to resources like articles and videos that teach you how to care for a your pet in certain situations, such as when choking. You can also record your pet’s medical information so you have it on-hand when you go to the vet.

9. Pets Next Door (Free)

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If you’re a true animal lover and a social media enthusiast, then this app is perfect for you. Create a profile for your pet, upload cute pictures, and browse other local pets and those around the world. Join groups, and even enter your pet in a contest (like which pet is the cutest!). Even if you don’t have a pet, you can use the app to browse silly pet pictures and read stories about pets in your neighborhood.

10. Fido Pet Adoptions (Free)

When you go on the search for a furry friend, let Fido Pet Adoptions lead the way. This app features over 300,000 pet listings in the U.S. and Canada at any given time. Search through numerous categories, including cats, dogs, reptiles, small animals, barn animals, and more. Narrow your search even farther by specifying a breed, color, size, and gender. Contact the seller or shelter from the app, and then share your choice with your friends!

11. The Pet Pal (Free)

The Pet Pal is a one-stop app for managing everything pet related. Among its extensive list of tools, you can create profiles for any type of pet and enter birth dates, feeding and walking schedules, vet appointments, and events. When you hire a pet sitter, simply share your pet’s profile via email. You can also use the app to search for nearby pet stores, vet clinics, and more. Even take note of insurance information and contact details for vets, pet sitters, and shelters.

12. Pet Minder (Free)

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Everything about your pet’s care just got a whole lot easier. With the Pet Minder app, you can set up reminders for play dates, appointments, vaccinations, walks, and more. You’ll also gain quick access to training videos and resources and information detailing the best pet products like GPS collars, pet proofing options, and more.

13. Pet Acoustics ($1.99)

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When your pet is feeling anxious, soothe his or her nerves with relaxing music. The Pet Acoustics app comes with a variety of tunes to help your pet feel safe and calm when on the ride to the vet, in a thunderstorm, or during a grooming session. The music is specifically designed for your pet’s ears.

14. Petometer (Free)

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Boost your and your pet’s health by tracking your exercise sessions with Petometer. Use the app to track your walk history, set reminders, and discover recommended exercises. While this app is designed for dog owners, it’s a useful tool for any pet owner who takes their animal out for walks. Have multiple pets? No problem. Set up a profile for each one of them.

15. Pocket Pup (Free)

If you’re an animal lover but don’t yet have a furry friend to call your own, adopt a virtual puppy with Pocket Pup. This is a great game for kids, allowing them to name, train, and play with their puppy. You can also complete challenges and listen to stories. This is a fun game that also teaches you about raising a dog, so it’s worth trying out before you decide to adopt one for real. If you’re not interested in dogs, try similar virtual pet games like My Horse or My Virtual Cat.

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