The handy smartphone applications that every dog parent should know about.

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Pet First Aid

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This free app from the American Red Cross gives veterinary advice for pet emergencies like how to treat a wound, tips on creating at-home first aid kits, and the locations of nearby pet-care facilities.

Bring Fido

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Vacationing with your beloved pup is a whole lot easier with this free app, which details 200,000 pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and attractions across the 50 states and in more than 100 countries.

iKibble

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If you've ever wondered, Can I feed this to my dog?, this 99-cent app is for you. It lists hundreds of human foods with explanations for why your dog can or can't consume them. Grapes are a no-no, but berries are A-OK!

APCC Mobile App

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Did you know that some of the products deemed safe for your house might be toxic for your pup? This free app from the ASPCA names 300-plus potentially hazardous substances for dogs, cats, birds, and even horses.

Pawscout

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The smarter pet tag ($20) connects to an app on your phone, so you can track your dog's whereabouts, set up a virtual fence to notify you when he strays from your property, and alert nearby users if your pet ever goes missing.

Bark Happy

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Looking for a playdate for your pupper? This free location-based app connects dog owners in your area, lists dog-friendly events nearby, and allows you to schedule both private and public playdates for your dog and his furry friends.

FitBark

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Think of it as FitBit for your doggo: The platform syncs with a device clipped onto your pet's collar and monitors their daily activity, quality of sleep, distance traveled, and overall health.