New figures released show American’s are spending more on their pets than ever before. Americans spent a record $55.8 billion on their pets in 2013, an industry trade group said, a figure that could increase to a whopping $60 billion this year.
Approximately 62 percent of U.S. households have pets. More than 46 percent own dogs and 38 percent own cats. Whichever kind of pet people choose to have, they are shelling out small fortunes on their furry loved ones. Americans spend money on anything from pet medication to birthday gifts and even gourmet food. Ten years ago, $34 million was spent on pet products alone. Today, that number has jumped to $58 million.
When 1,000 pet owners were asked if they would rather give up time with their smart phone for a month, or give up time with their pet, 67 percent said they’d rather lose time with their phone. qSample wanted to find out what pet owners are doing on their smart phones and which pet related apps are their favorite. The results revealed that pet owners are using apps to do everything from tracking their pet’s weight loss to diagnose health problems, and sometimes even as GPS trackers. We’ve made a list of ten of the most widely used pet apps below:
Tagg allows you to track where your dog is, as well as monitor its activity. It works as a GPS system that must be attached to their collar.
2. Dog Whistler.
The Dog Whistler app helps you train and teach your dog new tricks. You can choose the frequency and sound pattern, ranging from a tone to short beeps.
Doggy Datez is a social platform that allows dog owners and their pets to make friends with each other through the app. You can search for other users by gender, age, dog gender, breed, and dog age.
4. Clicker Training.
Clicker Training allows you to train your pet with the aid of a clicking sound. When your pet does something good you click the app and give your pet a treat. Your pet will soon associate good behavior leads to a click sound and a treat.
5. Pet Phone.
Pet Phone lets you keep track of vet appointments, medications, allergies and food preferences for each of your pets. The app can even be synced with your calendar so you can get reminders.
iCam allows you to see what your pet is up to in real-time, all of the time.
7. Dog Boogie.
Dog Boogie lets you share photos of your dog with other dog owners. Your pup even has the chance to be featured on the “top dogs” list.
Petoxins is an app created by the ASPCA that gives you a lengthy list of poisonous plants that could cause harm to your pets.
MapMyDogWalk allows you and your pup to get fit at the same time. You can log your walks and even track your calories.
Petcentric is a great guide for finding pet-friendly places and information. You can search pet-friendly lodging, parks and beaches, restaurants, pet services and general travel and event information.