Tomorrow is National Dog Day! We take the whole “man’s best friend” thing pretty seriously here at eBags, where “Fido Friday” is one of our most strictly observed company policies. In fact, when I sent a companywide email hoping for a meager handful of puppy pics to include in this post, I received so many that I had to make a collage!
If you have all the feels about your own dog, you’ll want to check out this roundup of travel apps—each one designed to make your favorite wingman (or woman) more comfortable on the road.
1. BringFido iOS
Whether you’re traveling across the country or tooling around town, the free iOS app BringFido is a must-have resource for finding dog-friendly digs around the world—giving you the ability to research and book more than 25,000 airlines, hotels, vacation rentals, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches and parks in more than 150 countries.
The app gives you access to an exhaustive list of its partners’ pet policies, along with guest reviews and a brief description of services and amenities available to both two and four-legged guests. There’s even an in-app resource that enables you to confer with a dog-friendly travel expert, via phone or email, if need be.
2. iKibble iOS /Google Play
So. You *thought* you packed extra helpings of your pup’s grain-free lamb and kale kibble—but you’ve run out, and there’s nothing remotely related at the local supermarket. You’d rather share YOUR food than subject her to store-bought unknowns. That’s where iKibble comes in!
Use this free, comprehensive canine nutrition app to see which meats, dairy, produce, grains, fruits, nuts and other consumables are suitable. Search the database to find healthy foods and avoid potential toxins…and, if you’re really motivated, the app will even walk you through how to prepare a from-scratch meal.
3. Red Cross Pet First Aid iOS / Google Play
Nobody wants to think about performing first aid on their furry friends. But when you’re traveling—and especially if you’ll be in the outdoors, away from accessible veterinary services—this app can be a literal lifesaver.
This free service offers basic first aid instructions for both dogs and cats, including step-by-step instructions on how to deal with allergic reactions, breathing problems, burns, drowning, electric shock and frostbite, along with other pet health problems you might encounter.
It also gives you the facts you need to determine what’s normal for your pet (temperature, heart rate, etc.) so you’ll be able to quickly assess whether they’re in trouble. All very good to know, at home or on the road.
4. VetFinder iOS / Google Play
More stuff you don’t want to think about: vet visits on vacation. But if preparation fosters peace of mind, this free international app should be a no-brainer.
VetFinder goes beyond the basic Google search by allowing you to refine your results by both species and veterinary specialty, while providing other basic information like hours, accessibility, languages spoken and credit card policy.
VetFinder leverages user-submitted data from other pet owners when possible, which means you may not get a full profile of each clinic—but you will get the kind of details you need to choose a provider.
5. Dog Vacay iOS / Google Play
Being a responsible dog owner sometimes means leaving your pooch behind—but thanks to DogVacay, you can take a vacation that blends dog-friendly stuff with humans-only activities.
This free app connects you to more than 30,000 professionally vetted pet sitters around the country, so you can book coverage for your furry friend while you’re away from your regular doggy support system.
Once you’ve created an account, you can quickly search sitters all over the country who will watch your dog at their place or even your hotel room. Payment is secure through the app, and a Concierge team is available 24/7 to deal with any issues that might arise.
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While pursuing her graduate degree in Creative Writing at CU Boulder, Staci took a part-time job crafting trip itineraries for an extreme travel company—and so embarked upon an adventure that continues to this day. In the ensuing two decades, her passion for journey and destination alike took her everywhere from the Far East (backpacking in Cambodia) to the Wild West (wrangling horses in Colorado). Work and family permitting, Staci is devoted to her ongoing quest to find the perfect taco and the perfect point break. Fair warning: if she finds them in the same place, she’s probably not coming back.