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Press the Paws Button: 7 Top iPad Apps for Pet Owners

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Having a pet requires responsibility and dedication, with weekly tasks like veterinarian and grooming appointments, finding safe places for exercise, and acquiring pet supplies being only a few of the necessary duties pet owners find themselves trying to manage.

Organization can play a key role in staying on top of all animal-related activities and errands, and fortunately for pet lovers, there are many apps available to keep safety or personal information and schedules straight.


Below are 7 top iPad apps for animal owners:  


1. Pet Phone—

Available for iPhone as well as iPad, the Pet Phone app allows owners to keep track of multiple pets, with the ability to store detailed information about each pet, with a matching pet image.

Weight, microchip number, pet insurance information, medications, allergies and anything else you need to remember about animal friends can be tracked and stored in this app, as well as veterinarian information.


2. Petcentric—

Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Petcentric is exactly what it sounds like: an app for everything pet-related under the sun.

Petcentric Places gives users the ability to find pet-friendly restaurants, bars, stores and lodging, as well as locating animal shelters, dog parks, veterinarians, kennels, pet sitters and more.

This app also features pet videos, product recommendations, local events for pet owners and a photo gallery with interactive sharing, rating and comments.


3. Cat Doctor—

Created for iPhone and iPad by a cat doctor with over 30 years of experience, this app features extensive instructional HD videos that discuss issues and common procedures for cat owners.

The Cat Doctor app has 19 different topics including animal basics such as spaying, neutering, proper dental care, and grooming, as well as covering serious complications like parasites, arthritis and allergies.

If you have a cat and want to make sure to handle all medical maintenance matters, this app can help you keep your kitty healthy and happy.


4. The Pet Pal—

This app is a great addition to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch if you’re seeking a way to efficiently organize all the details of your different pets and their schedules into one convenient place.

The Pet Pal app also offers alerts to remind you of appointments, walking and feeding schedule input, and allows for storage of photos so you can manage galleries to show off your cute pet pals wherever you go.


5. Off Leash—

Especially if you live in a city where it can be difficult to find places for pups to run free and get exercise, the Off Leash app for iPhone and iPad can be a wonderfully useful addition to your collection.

With a database that includes over 600 U.S. dog parks, this app can locate the 5 closest pet-friendly places using GPS technology, and even allows users to submit data upon discovering new information.


6. Pet First Aid—

Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Pet First Aid is an important app for preparing animal owners to handle any medical emergencies that may arise. It’s unpleasant to think about any harm befalling our furry friends, but being prepared can give anyone peace.

With videos and illustrations to walk users through cat and dog injuries, as well as less urgent procedures like muzzling, giving medication, and proper bandaging or restraint techniques, the Pet First Aid app can help prevent animal injuries and illness, or tell owners what to when they are faced with such situations.


7. iKibble—

Although most animal experts recommend against giving animals human fare, there are actually many foods dogs can eat – as well as some that are surprisingly toxic.

With the iKibble app for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, pet owners can search particular foods to learn about the nutritional content, as well as making sure they’re safe.


Pets are worth every bit of the work, but with the assistance of the many apps available for pet owners, it’s easier than ever to handle the requirements of our animal pals. Give the apps above a try to make pet ownership a stress-free and fully enjoyable experience.

Happy Hounds, Happy Humans: 7 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

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Most animal shelters in America are permanently packed full of dogs and cats in need of homes, due to irresponsible owners who don’t spay or neuter their pets, overpopulation, neglect and abuse.

Because there are so many pets looking for people to love them, anyone seeking a dog has a large selection from which to choose, with only a small adoption fee to pay that generally covers all shots, and sometimes even spay or neuter costs.

This means there is definitely a dog out there for everyone, and it is entirely possible to find the perfect pup to suit any lifestyle, family, work or living situation.

Below are 7 reasons to consider adopting from a shelter, and how to find the best pet for you.


1. Shelter Dogs May Be Potty Trained—

The frustrating housebreaking phase that has owners of new puppies cleaning up messes can be completely avoided by adopting an adult or “teenage” (older puppy) dog from the shelter.

Mature dogs often already know the rules and won’t make messes on your floors when you bring them home if they’ve been previously taught to go outside to do their business.

If you adopt a pre-trained dog, somebody else has already done the dirty work for you, and you get to take home your new pet knowing you won’t be needing to invest in extra carpet cleaner.


2. Shelter Dogs Are Grateful—

Purebred animals brought from a reputable breeder’s home have experienced socializing and bonding, which is great, but they will miss this family time when taken to a new home after purchase. This phenomenon can result in a puppy that cries at night, keeping the entire house awake, much like a new human baby.

Shelter dogs, on the other hand, have been living in less-than-stellar conditions, often alone in cages on concrete, and will repay you for the “lush” new environment by acting content and happy to finally be in a warm, comfortable place.


3. Shelter Dogs Can Be Purebreds—

In addition to rescue groups that focus on fostering and placing particular purebred pups with people who love a certain breed, it is estimated that 25-30% animals currently in shelters are purebreds. (Source: PetRescue.com.)

So if you have a certain type of dog you adore, consider saving a lot of money and rescuing an animal that may have not been lucky enough to find a home, all while getting exactly the breed you desire.


4. You Will Be a Hero—

When you adopt a shelter pet, you don’t just save one life, you save two: because not only will you be giving your new dog the home they’ve been hoping for, you’ll free up a spot for another animal.

Adopting a shelter pet is an extremely responsible and kind act you can feel good about as you help reduce the number of animals euthanized every year due to lack of space or funding.


5. Mutts Might Be Healthier—

Many purebred animals have certain health risks associated with their breeds, generally caused when unskilled breeders at some point in the breed’s lineage ignore weaknesses in bloodlines while trying to achieve particular physical qualities.

Because their DNA comes from a larger variety of animals, mixed-breed animals are statistically less likely to have many of the health issues present in certain purebreds, making them a hardy and potentially money-saving choice in the long run.


6. Shelter Pets Are Tested—

Animal shelters and rescue organizations generally have a vet on-call or on-site to test all animals brought in for diseases, internal and external parasites, hereditary or genetic problems, temperament or personality issues, and more.

Because they aren’t trying to make money off of the animals, you are more likely to get a thorough and honest assessment of any shelter animal you’re considering adding to your family.

Shelters will also often treat animals for any health problems before placing them up for adoption, saving you money.


7. You Can Choose a Perfect Fit—

Depending on your family size, living arrangements and lifestyle, there are many dogs in shelters that will likely work for you.

For example, if you live in a smaller home or apartment, you may want to consider a smaller, calmer dog that doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Or if you spend most of your days at home, you can adopt a higher-energy/higher-maintenance dog than someone who works outside of the home 8 hours a day.


No matter what personality type you require, there are so many different kinds of dogs waiting in shelters that you’ll be able to find exactly what you need—especially if you adopt an older dog to avoid the “personality surprises” puppies can develop as they age.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), around 10 million pets wait in shelters ever year for rescue, and because there are so many animals, some of them never find their forever home. If you have decided to add a dog to your family, saving a pet from a shelter or recuse organization can be a wonderful way to make your life—and a potentially-forgotten dog’s life—much, much happier.