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Best Android apps for pet lovers


Published onApril 30, 2012

There’s no denying that no (wo)man is an island. But, sometimes we don’t want another human being to keep us company. That’s why there’s the saying, a dog is a (wo)man’s best friend. You don’t have to have a dog, of course. There’s a whole score of other pet companions you could have with you.

Some prefer cats, others birds, another group of pet lovers prefer rodents. Then you’ve got reptiles and sometimes even horses and pigs. There’s no limit to what type of animal bets friend you could have and with how everything’s quickly developing, you wouldn’t want your furry companions to be left out.

A number of apps geared towards pets and pet lovers have cropped up in the Google Play Store, so we’ve put together some of the must-haves for pet owners. This is by no means a definitive list but it should give you some ideas on how to let your pets stay fit and how to monitor and manage their health.

If you’ve got a pet and you want to show it off to the whole world, download Rate My Pets for your Android device today. Once you upload a picture of your pet, other Rate My Pets users will be able to view the picture and, just as it says on the tin, rate your pet.

Be creative and dress up your pets to make them extra cute and get more votes.  Upload as many photos as you like to show the world just how irresistible your pet is and make people green with envy. Fawn over other people’s pets, too, and make sure to vote on how cute their pet’s picture is.

You don’t have to be a pet owner to enjoy just how adorable these little critters are, but we highly suspect you’ll be longing for a cat, dog, or bird of your own once you’re done rating pet pictures. To get started on looking at pets from all over the world and rating how cute they are, download Rate My Pets for your Android device now.

If you’re not quite yet done fawning over pets, and you’d like to know about dogs, Dog Breeds lets you access hundreds of dog breeds and images right from your Android device. It’s super handy for when you’re on a walk and you see someone walking her or his dog.

If you’re not comfortable asking pet owners what breed their dogs are — you might not have been the first one to ask and the owner might be annoyed with all the questions — simply look it up on Dog Breeds.

You might be looking for a dog of your own, perhaps, and knowing what breed would best suit your personality is a first step. Access Dog Breeds on your Android device and start searching. The content of this app is based on the social network site, a place for dog owners to create pet profiles and upload pet pictures for both adult dogs and puppies.

You’ve rated pets, and you’ve looked up dog breeds, but you’re still not done with pets because now you want one of your own. There’s an app for that. You can find your new best friend using Fido Pet Adoptions for your Android device.

Conveniently find pets in your area by searching over 30,000 pets in the U.S. and Canada that you can adopt today. Some of Fido Pet Adoption’s search categories include dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, and pigs. If you’re set on a specific pet but you’re not sure about the other bits, you can filter your results by animal type, breed, age, size, and/or gender.

You’ll need to give the app a few permissions for it to function properly. By allowing it to access your Internet connection and your network state, you’ll be able to access the external API and to retrieve pet information. Give it permission to your external storage so it can write images to a local cache to speed things up.

Most importantly, if you’ve found the pet you want, give Fido Pet Adoptions permission to make calls so you can call the animal shelter right from within the app. Download Fido Pet Adoptions to your Android device to bring home your new best friend today.

Don’t you just wish there was a way to communicate with your pet? As they say, there’s an app for that. Well, not really. But, it may get you started on forming a connection with your pet.

Launch the app, hold it up to your pet, and Animal Translator will translate whatever your pet’s saying to human language. Sort of.

Though communication between you and your pet may be better off through body language and eye contact, Animal Translator may bring you a few good chuckles. Not to mention that it’ll be great to use whenever April Fool’s comes around.

The app gives you two drop down menus to effectively translate whatever your animal is saying to a language you can understand.

Originally starring as Google U.K.’s April Fool’s Day Joke, the Animal Translator app promises to recognize and transcribe words and phrases that are common to an animal species. It effectively works as a gullibility detector, too.

Though it sounds vaguely like that show years back, Pet Master isn’t an app about taming wild beasts. It’s an organizer app that’ll help you keep tabs on your pet’s health. You can use Pet Master Free to track your pet’s personal details like their birthday, registration, microchip, their type, and breed. You can even track your pet’s weight and see how big it’s grown over the months.

Pet Master also allows you to track your pet’s medications, as well as your pet’s allergies. Add your pet’s appointments with the vet to make sure you’ll never miss a visit. Pet Master lets you store pet related contacts as well, such as the contact details of your vet, groomers, walkers, sitters, or trainers and you can associate these contacts to your pet’s appointments.

That’s not all, Pet Master also lets you keep pictures of your beloved pet all in one place. Pet Master Free is the free, ad-supported, one-month trial of Pet Master. If you find organizing your pet’s information handy using Pet Master Free, consider purchasing the paid version.

A pedometer for pets, you say? Petometer is a must-have for any dog owner or dog walker. Walking your dog daily is vital to its health and allows it to expend its pent up energy.

Petometer allows you to keep you and your dog in great shape by tracking how much you’ve walked and for how long using Google Maps. Every time you start and stop your walk, you’ll hear a dog-barking sound. You can keep a history of all your walks to track your progress. If you’re busy, Petometer allows you to set up a reminder for when it’s time to take your dog out again.  The reminder can be synced with your phone’s calendar. Petometer also provides you a list of recommended exercises for you and your dog.

You can add up to 6 different dogs to your Pet Profile, and upload a photo for each dog. If you want to encourage other dog owners to take their own dogs out for a walk with Petometer, share your walk with a customized post to Facebook.

Originally available on iOS, the Dog Whistler app will be your other new best friend. In training your dog, Dog Whistler is indispensable, as it’ll help you get your pet under control. You’ll be able to call your dog with a press of this app on your Android device.

You’ll need to tweak it to your dog’s specific hearing range, though, and you’ll have to associate Dog Whistler to your dog’s favorite treat. If your dog’s running around the house or making a racket, use Dog Whistler to quiet it down.

According to some reviews, Dog Whistler isn’t just useful for dogs. You can tweak it so cats can hear it, as well. Your human ears may hurt when you use Dog Whistler, however, as it’s designed for a range of hearing that isn’t ours. If your Android device has great speakers, some users have reported to make their dog stop yapping from over a block away. Dog Whistler can be downloaded to your Android device for free but is ad-supported.

If you’ve never owned a pet, teaching your dog new tricks can be something frustrating. You definitely can’t expect your dog to learn what you’re teaching it overnight but with repetition, reinforcement, and a lot of patience, your dog will be rolling over at your command in a few days.

52 Dog Tricks, just as its name says, is an app that’ll help guide you through teaching your dog new tricks in 52 weeks. For the first week, you’ll be learning how to train your dog to respond to a clicker. Tapping on the week and title brings up another window which gives you the steps to follow.

After your first week, move on to teaching your dog its name, and in week three, you can teach your dog to touch. In no time, you’ll be working through the dog trick basics of sit, down, stand, release, come, stay, and–most importantly–heel for when your dog gets rowdy.

The best part is, 52 Dog Tricks gives you pointers on how to keep the tricks and their associations with certain stimuli like treats and a strong clicker. Your dog won’t ever forget that a click means a treat and that’s why it should behave.

Pets are unfortunately getting themselves into all sorts of trouble. Sometimes it’ll be an accident or other times it’ll be their curiosity that’ll get them eating food they shouldn’t. You can call the vet to ask for help but if your pet has a tummy ache in the middle of the night and you can’t sleep soundly, there’s Pet First Aid.

This app is loaded with detailed videos and step-by-step instructions, so you’ll know exactly what to do in case of an emergency. Some of these videos include how to restrain your animal, muzzling, CPR, bandaging, and more. The best part is that you won’t need to rely on an Internet connection to access these videos because they’re bundled right in the application.

If you’re worried about your cat’s allergies, consult Pet First Aid to find a way to stop your cat from hurting itself. Get Pet First Aid for your Android mobile device today and always be prepared for when your pet will have an accident.

What’s cuter than looking at pet pictures? Reading their stories, of course. Pets do the cutest things sometimes and usually these things happen when they’re not within camera range. If you can’t capture their cutest moment and you can’t make them repeat it for video footage, then the next best thing is to relay the story through Pets Next Door.

Create a profile for your pet and tell your story. Other Pets Next Door readers can find your story through the app. You’ll be surprised at the things other animals in your vicinity and around the world are up to. Reading stories of other pets may also help pet owners bond with their best friend or learn new tricks to spice up everyday interactions. Reading their stories is a sure way of warming your heart, and if you don’t have a pet yet, then you’ll surely be tempted to get one of your own. Get Pets Next Door today for your Android device and fawn cute pet stories.

For pet owners and aspiring ones, we hope that you found something on this list for you and your pet. If you’ve got a favorite pet lovers’ app that we didn’t cover, please share it with us in the comments section and help out your fellow pet lovers.

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