There are two underrated smartphone apps for dog owners that are incredibly worth downloading today if you’re a seasoned dog parent or new to dog parenthood.
More often than not, our pets aren’t necessarily always at home when an emergency happens. They can quickly get injured or sick when out for a walk, at the dog park, or on a road trip. Medical emergencies don’t always happen when we are minutes within a veterinary hospital or near a phone to make a call and get timely advice. This is why pet parents need to know how to take action to give their dogs the best chance of a successful recovery and sometimes survival.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 1 out of 4 pets is more likely to survive a medical emergency if just one pet first aid technique is performed. This doesn’t necessarily mean only Pet CPR or the Heimlich if your dog is choking; sometimes, it could be bandaging a wound to prevent excess bleeding or knowing what symptoms to look out for.
As a dog mom, I know that a pet medical emergency can happen at any given moment. Sometimes, getting your dog help as quickly as possible could mean saving your dog’s life or losing them forever.
This blog is about two smartphone apps for dog owners that can help pet parents during any pet medical emergency.
Two Must Have Smartphone Apps for Dog Owners
AMERICAN RED CROSS: PET FIRST AID APP
The Pet First Aid mobile app by the American Red Cross is a pet parents’ portable guide to pet first aid for dogs and cats. When your dog has a major or minor medical emergency, and you find yourself needing to take action, this smartphone app gives you step-by-step instructions on what to do to render first aid to your pet. This smartphone app for dog owners also provides tips and guidance on Pet Fire Safety, Travel Safety, etc.
The Pet First Aid smartphone app has video demonstrations on emergency pet first aid procedures, like CPR. However, I have a bit of a disclaimer regarding the demonstration videos. In the videos, actual animals are used by people to demonstrate pet first aid techniques. So depending on the topic, the video might make you a little squeamish or hard to watch. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
The Pet First Aid smartphone app also offers quizzes on pet first aid topics to test your knowledge and is free to download for iOS Apple and Google Play Android users.
Pet First Aid App: American Red Cross
ASPCA: ANIMAL POISON APP
The “Animal Poison” app by the ASPCA is basically the Poison Control Center for Pets. If your pup ate something they weren’t supposed to, then this is the “go-to” pet parent app.
Choose between various scenarios, depending on what your dog got into, select the item, see the toxicity level range, know what symptoms to look out for or what symptoms your dog may currently be displaying, and what actions you need to take.
This dog smartphone app is only available for iOS Apple users and can be downloaded for free. Unfortunately, the app was discontinued for Google Play Android users.
Animal Poison App: ASPCA
Note that neither apps nor websites replace getting veterinary help for your pet after a medical emergency. These apps give dog owners the ability to step in as a “first responder” to help stabilize their pets to get them to the nearest pet emergency hospital.
ALWAYS call the nearest emergency veterinary hospital for further guidance on whether or not you need to bring your dog in.
Dog parents need to be prepared and ready for any pet medical emergency. I highly recommend browsing through the apps and getting familiar with the first aid steps or potential poisons, so you’re not caught off guard when an emergency happens.