Pet apps make clutter-free gifts for owners

Pet apps make clutter-free gifts for owners

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Employee Yoko Mitsuyama of Japan's computer maker Fujitsu holds her dog 'Ace' who is wearing the company's 'Wandant', a device developed to maintain a dog's health, at a press conference in Tokyo on November 27, 2012. The device records a dog's activity level and other data such as number of steps taken, signs of shivering and external temperature which pet owners can access via a cloud service on their smartphones or personal computers to provide to health care services, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)


Posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Apps aren't just for people anymore. Here is a roundup of popular pet apps for mobile devices. The cost of apps ranges from free to a few dollars.


   For the iPhone, iPod or iPad:

   -- Dog Park Finder Plus, a list of more than 6,000 dog parks and beaches in North America. Also lists 12,000 dog-friendly restaurants.

   -- Find Pet Friendly Hotels, a list of over 10,000 pet-friendly hotels, along with weight limits, pet fees, dog parks and more.

   -- Fido Factor, a mobile guide to dog-friendly locations.

   -- Pet Poison Help, a quick list of poisons, what to do and how to get help.

   -- Pet First Aid: for Your Dog, Cat, Puppy, or Kitten, a collection of videos and detailed instructions on what to do when caring for a pet.

   -- Petfinder Mobile, the app of the popular pet-search website that includes more than 370,000 animals from 14,000 adoption groups. They will be releasing an Android app soon.

   -- RSPCA My Pet, collection of information on how to care for animals from chinchillas to rats.

   -- Picture-A-Pet SFSPCA, an adoption site connected to the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

   -- PetAdopt HD is a adoption site run by the North Shore Animal League America.

   -- Lost Petz, allows people who have lost or been separated from their pets to issue an alert to others in the vicinity.

   -- Game for Kittens, a chase-a-laser iPad game for cats and kittens.


   For the Android, which are sold through Google Play. Most range from free to a few dollars.

   -- PetWise Mobile, a wealth of medical information for pets.

   -- VetFinder, search engine for veterinarians and animal hospitals near you.

   -- PetSaver, collection of care information for pets, such as pet CPR and first aid.

   -- Petcentric, a guide to pet-friendly places.

   -- Tropical Fish Guide Pocket Ed., the original Android pocket reference for freshwater tropical fish and plants.

   -- Puppy Training, a guide for training a puppy.

   -- Pet First Aid, information on emergency care.