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Fit Fido: 10 Apps To Keep Pets Healthy
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Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 12:33:47 PM
Re: Fit Fido: 10 Apps To Keep Pets Healthy
Yes, I think some of these apps are a great way for pet owners, especially new pet owners who haven't had a pet before (or maybe had one type, say a cat, and have added another, like a dog, to the family). Of course, like any healthcare app, these are only suggestions. Sometimes the only way to get good answers is by taking your pet to the vet. However, I love that many medical-oriented apps advise on things like wrapping a bandage or other treatments we can do at home, saving money and time, and in many cases, the trauma of transporting a pet to the vet! (Our cats definitely hate the sight of the cat carrier and know what it means!)
Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 12:31:34 PM
Re: Virtual Whistle
Hey, that's awesome -- and thanks for the information, which I'm sure many other dog owners will appreciate. We have cats these days (too much travel for a dog), and they won't respond to a whistle, other than one will hide behind the couch!
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7/28/2014 | 5:17:24 PM
Veterinary Apps
Apps designed for veterinarians, not consumers, were pretty amazing. When you think about the multitude of species some vets treat, I'd think having an app on-hand to help would be extremely welcome -- and much faster than looking up answers in a book or even on a website. 
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7/28/2014 | 9:11:23 AM
Re: Waiting for the most useful app of all
The great thing about shelter adoptions today is all pets come equipped with chips. I know when we adopted Jasmine, her chip was programmed with our name and address. She's a pampered little house cat, but in the cases of sickos who mistreat animals, chips are one way law enforcement can at least track down owners to try and determine what happened to the cat or dog. Of course, chips don't protect these poor animals from being abused, but they can help punish those who hurt them.
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7/28/2014 | 9:09:03 AM
Re: Virtual Whistle
@mak63: I did see many of these apps tended to be for iOS although I tried to find a mix for both platforms. In a search on Google Play, I came across several dog-whistle apps. Being the owner of two cats and zero dogs (and being an iPhone family), I can't attest to how well any of them work but they all appear to have reviews on them. Here's the link: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=dog%20whistle 

They include: Dog Whistle Free - Four stars, 38K+ users --- Dog Whistle - Three stars, 3K+ users --- Dog Whistler - Three stars, 14K+ users. All are free
Alison_Diana
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7/28/2014 | 9:04:37 AM
Re: Waiting for the most useful app of all
Or anyone who attempts to dump their pet once it misbehaves or gets beyond the "cute" puppy/kitten stage...
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/28/2014 | 9:03:47 AM
Re: I can't help but wonder
That's a good question! But I figure if you're actually getting off the couch to walk Rover, then both you and your pooch are getting exercise. OTOH, if you merely attach one of these devices -- like the collar-tracker -- to your dog, open the back door and let him run around your yard while you watch the game on TV, then your puppy could well end up healthier than you!
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7/25/2014 | 5:17:22 PM
But is there an app for that?
I may download Cornell's app for helping your pet maintain a good weight. One of our cats is, let's say, pleasantly plump. She's also extremely loud when her bowl is half full (guess Rina views it as half empty). So I'd also have to download a noise-canceling app to drown out her plaintive wails and a virtual blindfold to avoid her green-eyed stare as she followed me around the house, mewling pitifully for more food.
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7/25/2014 | 5:08:55 PM
Re: gps tracking
I couldn't find one -- although some of the GPS vendors primarily targeting dogs claim their products are suitable for cats (these are the smaller devices that clip on collars). However, they don't meet all your criteria: All the ones I found did have a monthly fee. Your idea makes sense. When I owned indoor/outdoor cats (as opposed to our current indoor-only cats), a device like that would have been wonderful -- and avoided one lsemi-feral rescue cat who disappeared one day.
Thomas Claburn
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7/25/2014 | 5:05:18 PM
gps tracking
The one obvious device no one seems to has developed is a GPS tracking device for cats that's small enough not to be a burden but has enough battery power to run a transmitter, and doesn't require a monthly subscription fee.


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