I have two dogs myself and every time I leave my house with the dogs unattended, I always wonder what they are doing and how they are. Of course, you can get a cheap GSP tracker from Amazon or use RFID tracker like Panasonic Seekit to track your pet’s location, however, they don’t give you a visual feed of what they are doing.
If you are like me who just wonders or someone to leave your pets alone, here are some of the best pet monitoring apps for Android and iOS. Though you don’t need a dedicated camera or other proprietary devices, do keep in mind that you need to have two smartphones to work with below apps. One device to act as a camera and the other is your own smartphone that receives the data.
Best Pet Monitoring Apps
1. Pet Monitor VIGI
Pet Monitor VIGI is a very popular iOS app that is also available for Android to monitor your awesome and favorite furry creatures. What makes Pet Monitor VIGI special is that whenever your pet(s) is barking, howling, and causing any sort of ruckus due to separation anxiety, the app will send you instant notifications to your smartphone. You can respond to the notifications and comfort your pet with your words via the app.
Not only the app can send you notifications on sound, but it can also send notification on motion detections. This feature is quite useful if don’t want your pet to wander into a room or a certain place. Additionally, Pet Monitor VIGI can automatically record and even snap photos as and when required. If you want to, you can live stream the whole thing to see what your pet is doing in the real time.
Other features of the app include support for Apple Watch, family sharing, streaming and communication via the internet, and activity log to see a historical view of your pet behavior.
If you are looking for a fully featured pet monitoring app that both sends notifications and allows your record and stream video, then do try Pet Monitor VIGI.
Price: Pet Monitor VIGI is a premium app that costs you a one-time purchase of $4.99. There are no ads in the app.
2. Dog Monitor
Dog Monitor is another hugely popular app among pet lovers to monitor and keep track of their furry pals. Though the app name specifically says “Dog”, you can use it monitor almost any pet, yes even cats. Dog Monitor work with unlimited reach. i.e., it is not limited to your local network, you can connect the app over the internet to monitor your pet on your smartphone or tablet. One of the unique things about Dog Monitor is its ability to record commands ahead of the time. This makes it possible for you to command or entertain your pet remotely. For instance, if your dog is going into your bedroom, you can make the device say appropriate command to stop your pet from entering the forbidden realm.
Also, the app can send alerts and notification when your pet makes any sort of sounds like barks and howls. Additionally, you can live stream and record anything and everything to keep a log. The other good thing about Dog Monitor is that there is no registration required to use the app. Just install the app on your devices and you are good to go.
Price: Dog Monitor is a paid app that costs you a one-time purchase of $4.99 both on iOS and Android. Of course, being a paid app, there are no ads or upsell notifications to deal with.
3. Dog Monitor & Pet Cam by Annie
Dog Monitor and Pet Can by Annie a relatively new app that has all the features you’ll ever need to better monitor your pet. Just like the above apps, Pet Can by Annie works over the internet using Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G network and will not limit you to the local network. Using Pet Cam by Annie you can record your dog activities and even live stream as and when needed. Of course, if the app hears and noise, like barking or howling from your pet the app, will send you an instant notification. You can use that notification to open the app to view what your pet is doing and even talk to it using your device’s microphone.
One of the things I really like about this app is that it allows you to configure the options in such a way that the app won’t send unnecessary notifications for littlest of sounds. Other interesting features of the include low battery notifications and the ability to multiple pets to monitor and multiple owners so that you share the burden of monitoring your pet with other members of your family.
Price: Dog Monitor and Pet Cam by Annie is a premium app that costs around $5. However, you can download the app for free and try it out for 30 minutes before buying the app.
PetCam is a relatively new app with very few installs. However, unlike the above apps, PetCam not only supports both iOS and Android but also supports Windows and MacOS with native applications. The app has all the basic features like live video streaming, ability to photos, and send notifications when your pet is making a sound. While live streaming, you can talk to your pet and sooth it if it is not behaving or suffering from separation anxiety. Compared to other apps, what makes PetCam unique is that it lets you switch between high resolution and low resolution on the fly when needed. This is particularly useful to save data and/or to save the storage space.
All in all, PetCam is a neat app. If you are looking for an app that supports both desktop and mobile platforms, then do give it a try.
Price: PetCam is a premium app that works based on the subscription model. The app costs you $2.49 per month or $25.99 per year. However, unlike PetCam by Annie, this app gives you a healthy 7-day free trial to fully try out the app and its features.
Pet monitoring doesn’t necessarily mean fancy pants live stream and recording, it also means the ability to track and monitor your pet’s activities and health. That is where 11pets can help you with. 11pets can keep track of almost anything regarding your pet like its food, medical history, vaccination dates, weight, height, temperature, symptoms when facing any health problems, grooming requirements, bathing, documents, allergies, lab tests, internal and external deworming, etc.
Simply put, for any pet owner, 11pets is a must have app to properly keep track of your pet’s activities, habits, and health.
Price: 11pets in free. Has no ads and in-app purchases.
Which is the best pet monitoring apps?
Hope that helps. If you want a full-fledged app that can monitor your dog which you are away or at work, then try Pet Monitor VIGI or Dog Monitor. If you are looking for keep track and monitor your pet’s health and other needs, then you should give 11pets a try.
If you think I missed any of your favorite pet monitoring apps then do comment below and share them with me.