The Best Apple Apps for Successfully Navigating the Challenges of Pet Parenthood

As of 2023, 66% of U.S. households, or 86.9 million homes own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. With pet ownership having increased dramatically over the past three decades, the pet owners of today have a variety of options when it comes to navigating the ups and downs of pet ownership with the help of technology. For challenges like watching over Fido remotely or finding a pet sitter on the fly, even keeping pet health information organized can be achieved through a variety of applications found on the Apple app store.  

Cutting Out The Guesswork With BringFido

Going on a vacation is a fantastic way to relax and get away from it all. However, those who wish to bring Fido along may encounter a variety of challenges — including finding pet-friendly accommodation. In fact, 37% of dog owners have actually skipped vacation in order to stay with their dog, according to a 2018 report from Rover. The iOS app for BringFido, however, aims to change that, by serving as a resource for dog owners looking for the best hotels, attractions, and even restaurants that welcome pets. In-app filters work to find hotels that allow multiple dogs, and can even help in finding those that don’t charge a pet fee. Not only can this cut out the guesswork of planning a pet-friendly getaway, but can seriously cut down on the stress involved with the solution of using one resource.

Never Left In The Lurch Again

When it comes to the challenges of pet ownership, 26% of dog owners identified finding care for their pup when traveling or going to work as the biggest challenge associated with dog ownership. With the iOS app for Rover, however, getting help on busy days can be made quick and easy. Rover makes finding personalized pet care simple, whether you need a dog walker or pet sitter. When searching for a service, you’ll be shown local sitters and dog walkers that are most likely to be a great match for you, your dog, and your budget, according to their website. “Browse profiles, read reviews, and meet in person before you book to confirm they’re a good fit for your dog.” Regarding qualifications, it’s important to note that every dog walker’s profile is reviewed and approved by Rover’s in-house team of ‘Sitter Success’ experts, and it’s further noted that general sitter background checks are also offered for extra peace of mind.

 For stressful life events like moving, cutting down on stress as a pet parent can be made simple. For example, if you have to tie up some loose ends on moving day, using Rover can help you out by setting up a dog walking, pet sitting (which can take place at your home or the sitter’s), or even a full day of care. Pet sitting apps like Rover can even help out once you’ve moved into your new home during the adjustment period. While minimizing stress while moving for your pup can be done by maintaining a trusted routine, socializing your dog is an important part of acclimating to their new surroundings. This should ideally take place under controlled conditions (on-leash), highlighting the value in getting help from a dog walker. As such, this can present a great option for those who may be navigating a new job and who want to keep Fido socialized and active as you both adjust to the relocation.

An Easier Way To Stay Organized

Organization is a must for pet parents, especially when it comes to the important stuff like health information. When it comes to keeping track of everything, iOS apps like Cat Buddy and DogLog can be of great help. Cat Buddy – My Cat File and First Aid, according to Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital, helps track your furry friend’s weight, medications, vaccinations, allergies, and additional information — as well as records kitty milestones and allows you to add pictures. DogLog, on the other hand, helps dog owners track pet health in addition to coordinating daily pet-related tasks. DogLog can also help remind everyone when Fido needs his medicine or needs to go to the vet, highlighting the value of such applications for health needs. Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital also highlights PetFetch, another app that works to keep organization at the forefront of pet parenting. With the PetFetch organizer, pet parents can keep track of a wide variety of information — including medication notifications, vets, local services, photos, appointments, reminders, vaccinations, weight graphs, IDs, and more.

The Bottom Line

Pet ownership is a rewarding and enjoyable experience, though it does come with a few challenges. With a variety of apps catering to such challenges found on the Apple app store, there’s no question that you’ll find what you’re looking for — whether you’re in need of a comprehensive way to keep track of pet information or a dog walker to help you out when running late at the office.

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Jacqueline Cowell

Working as a motoring writer gave Jacqueline Cowell the chance to put her past experience as a mechanic to good use, once she became a mother and decided to stay at home with her two young children. She now puts together pieces for a range of different motoring websites, but in her free time restores classic vehicles with her husband. She is also a regular contributor to Apple Tech Talk.

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