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15 Useful Apps Every Pet Lover Needs To Have

15 Useful Apps Every Pet Lover Needs To Have

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)

Pet Phone

    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.

                                Featured photo credit: KristinaDregana via flickr.com

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                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                Joe’s Goals

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                                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                  Daytum

                                    Daytum

                                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                    Excel or Numbers

                                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                      Evernote

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                                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                        Access or Bento

                                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                          Conclusion

                                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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