GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Most pet owners consider their pet to be a part of the family.
While most of us rely on smartphones to navigate the aspects of our day to day lives, that doesn't mean out pets should be left behind.
Smartphones can help with everything from finding a new pet, to keeping the safe and healthy after they become a part of the family.
Brent Nelson, a Verizon Wireless app expert visited KARE 11 Sunrise with his dog Kinley, to talk about some helps apps for you and your furry friends.
Petfinder By Phunware, Inc -- Browse adoptable pets in your area or nationwide. The app allows the ability to search pets by breed, age, gender and size. (Free for iPhone)
Pet Names + by Schatzisoft -- Choose from over 3,000 pet names with this free app. Browse by pet type, name popularity or alphabetically. You're not even limited to cats and dogs - There are names for lizards, spiders and many more. (Free for iPhone)
Petcentric by Nestle Purina Petcare co -- Find pet friendly hotels, restaurants and bars in your area and locate local vets, dog parks, pet stores, animal shelters, pet sitters, kennels, groomers and more. You can also view and upload pet photos, watch pet videos and read pet related articles. (Free for iPhone and Android)
iKibble Free by Llamaface -- This free app is extremely useful if you like to give your dog "people food." Search the extensive database to find out which foods are okay for your dog to eat and which are not. You can even find recipes for dishes you can share with your dog. (Free for iPhone)
Petometer By Triad Retail Media -- This app helps keep you and your dog in shape. You can track routes and view a history of your previous walks. The app also allows you to set reminders of when to take your dog out again, and has a list of recommended dog exercises. (Free for iPhone and Android)
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