Interactive Playtime: 7 Must-Have Apps for Pet Owners

Posted by Amber King

Earn the title of Pet Parent of the Year with help from these mobile apps.

There are apps out there that can translate languages, map your runs, and there's even an app that will remind you where you parked your car--in a pirate voice.

With so many useful phone apps--and some not so useful ones--it's no surprise that there are a number of apps specifically targeted toward pet owners. Most are designed by pet owners for pet owners, and they'll seriously change the way you care for Fido.

Here are seven of the best apps all pet owners will appreciate.

1. PawParks.nyc

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You use technology and social media to connect with friends, so why shouldn't your dog do the same? Dog owners in the NYC area use PawParks.nyc to keep their pooches in contact with their furry friends.

All  you have to do is create a profile for your pup, check in to your favorite park, and let the app tell your "PawPals" that you're waiting for them to come join you. The app also allows users to set up "PawDates" so your pup can meet up with his bestie whenever he wants.

2. ResQWalk

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Going on a walk is your dog's favorite part of the day (and probably yours too), and with the ResQWalk app, your daily walks will benefit more than just you and your dog.

ResQWalk is a mobile app that donates money to animal shelters every time you sign in and go for a walk. Every week, the app announces a donation pool. In order for a specific shelter to receive donations from the pool, it needs dog walkers to check-in to the app, put on their walking shoes, and head out the door.

You're going on a walk anyway, so why not change the lives of a few homeless animals while you're at it?

MapMyDogWalk is another similar app, but more fitness-oriented.

3. PetSnap

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Browse the Instagram or Facebook page of any pet owner, and all you'll really be doing is clicking through pictures of their pets. We all love sharing pictures of our fur-children, but they don't always make the most photogenic subjects. They never stay still and simply refuse to look at the camera.

But PetSnap is your answer to taking purrfectly adorable pictures of your pet every time. The app uses 32 different sounds to attract your pet's attention. You might as well warn your friends now, an influx of pet selfies are on their way.

4. Pocket Pond

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Interactive play is the key to keeping your cat's natural instincts alive. Cats love to chase and hunt, and Pocket Pond is a mobile app that brings the thrill of the outdoors to your indoor kitty.

The app allows human users to design their own pond and take care of the fish, and their feline friends show off their hunting prowess. This interactive app provides hours of fun for both cats and humans.

5. Twindog

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Twindog is the first social app designed to connect pet owners and dog lovers. Whether you're looking for friendship, a new love interest, or want to socialize your pooch, this Tinder-like app makes it easy to meet-up with like-minded pet parents.

The best part is, there's no awkwardness! Your shared passion for dogs is an immediate ice-breaker. With Twindog, both you and your pup will never have to go to the dog park for play dates alone again. Available on Google Play and iTunes.

6. DogVacay

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While we'd all prefer to take our pets with us everywhere we go, that's not always possible. When you leave for business or vacation, you need to know that your dog is being well taken care of during your absence.

DogVacay is your solution. DogVacay makes it possible for traveling pet owners to quickly find reliable pet sitting services from qualified caretakers. The app allows users to check out credentials, schedule meet-and-greets, and make reservations. You can rest your paws knowing your pooch is in good hands.

Rover is another must-have app that compiles reliable dog sitters in your area.

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7. Bring Fido

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If you want to bring Fido along on your trip, the Bring Fido app will help you find pet-friendly hotels and restaurants on your way. This is one of the best dog apps and it really comes in handy on road trips!

Pet parenting isn't always easy. But clearing up storage space on your phone for these pet-friendly apps will make your job a little simpler. We're living in the age of the smartphone, and it's time to let your pets take advantage of it.

Do you have any of these apps? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Interactive Playtime: 7 Must-Have Apps for Pet Owners