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Apps for Dog Lovers
Teach your pup a trick or find an off leash park with your iPhone or iTouch.
The Diagnostic Imaging Atlas app shows pet lovers illustrations fit for a veterinary textbook.

As the Apple commercial suggests, there really does seem to be an “app” for just about everything. These applications can be used with the Apple iPhone or iTouch iPod. Many are even offered for free. 

You can download any of these apps by going to the Apple iTunes store through your computer, iPhone, or iTouch. Here are the canine highlights that received high reviews from users.

Clicker (free) – Never leave home without your clicker. This app makes the click sound at the touch of a button so you never miss a training opportunity.

Pet First Aid ($2.99) – Be prepared in the event of an emergency with videos and step-by-step instructions on pet first aid and other health topics. The content was written by an American Red Cross pet first aid instructor.

Dog Tricks & Bark Machine ($0.99) – Lugging around a training book is so last year. This app provides portable step-by-step directions with photos to train tricks, solve behavior problems, and play games with your pup.

Off Leash (free) – Ensure your dogs are never without a spot to stretch their legs with Off Leash, an app that locates the five closest dog parks. You can search by your current location with your iPhone’s Locate Me feature or by zip code. Currently, the app is limited to the United States but there are plans to expand to other countries in the coming months. The database is updated every 2-3 weeks.

Pet Notebook ($2.99) – Always have your dog’s most important information handy. The Pet Notebook provides record keeping for registration and health data.

Diagnostic Imaging Atlas (free) – Designed for veterinarians to educate their clients, this app is valuable for any pet lover. Diagnostic Imaging Atlas (DIA) features medical illustrations of dog and cat illnesses and health problems.

Have you used any of these programs before?  Makes me have serious iPhone envy!

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Ella | July 6 2009 |

I have used DIA... but it's more educational than practical in terms of the application itself. There are graphics of the internal organs healthy vs. diseased; however, there is no diagnosis, symptom, or treatment information. Not sure about the Pet First Aid app, may give it a try! Thanks for the info :)

Submitted by erin | July 12 2009 |

OH MY GOODNESS!! I don't have an iphone but I really really want one now! Those are some wonderful applications. Imagine having a clicker whenever you needed one! I seem to always forget my at home. I also really like the application that allows you to have all your dogs important information with you all the time. What a great idea!

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