If you’re a first-time dog owner, you want to give your furry friend the best life possible. Dogs are much like children in that they will rely on you for basic needs like food and water. This brings a level of responsibility that can be daunting if you’ve never had a pet before. Don’t stress: There are many digital-age tools available to help mold you into the best dog owner possible. Read on for an overview of some of the handy technologies you can use to keep your dog healthy and happy.

 

Make Necessary Upgrades

 

When you think of the supplies you need for your new pet, you probably think of products like a leash, bowl, comfy bed, and food. A smartphone likely isn’t the first item to come to mind. However, this piece of technology can help you as a dog owner in many ways. Pet-related apps provide valuable resources and information. Make sure your device is compatible with your favorite apps and that you have a fast internet connection. If your internet service is lagging, now is the time to upgrade to a service that will allow you to run your apps without interruption or slow download speeds.

 

 

Pawprint

 

Regular visits to the veterinarian are an essential part of any pet’s care plan. Easy access to their medical records ensures that you have all the information you need to give to healthcare professionals during checkups or in case of emergencies. With the Pawprint app, you simply enter your pet’s details, wait while their records are fetched, and then have a digital copy of the paperwork sent directly to providers like animal hospitals. You can also set recurring reminders for health-related alerts, like when your dog needs its flea medication.

 

Healthy Paws

 

Pet medical care isn’t always cheap. The Healthy Paws mobile app helps you monitor your spending by letting you take a picture of your invoices and submit them for fast and easy processing. Set up your pet insurance with them and then download the app to your phone or tablet. You can then submit a claim from anywhere in the world, review policy details, check the status of claims, and update billing information.

 

Annie Pet Monitor

 

You can’t spend all day, every day with your new dog. When you leave the house, Annie Pet Monitor lets you keep an eye on what they’re up to. Once the video technology is set up, you can watch your pet from work. A limitless number of devices can be hooked up, so your entire family can participate. The unlimited reach means you can even take a peek when you’re across the world on vacation; you just need a Wi-Fi, 3G, or LTE network. You can even communicate with your pet using a mic button so that they never feel alone.

 

iKibble

 

Many new dog owners don’t realize that canines can’t eat all of the same food as humans. Chocolate is toxic for your four-legged friend, for example, and can cause serious symptoms like high blood pressure, seizures, and even death if ingested. iKibble protects their health by letting them know what you can and can’t feed them.

 

These tools will help you manage your dog’s care and assure they lead the longest life possible. It’s a favor that they will return: According to AARP, studies show that dog ownership increases longevity. Make your time with your furry friend even more enjoyable by capitalizing off the advantages of smartphone technology.

 

Special thanks to our guest blogger, Jessica Brody from Our Best Friends , who authored this article.

 

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