by: Carol Bryant
As BlogPaws is celebrating senior pets month throughout August, imagine our surprise (and glee) when recently contacted by internationally known pet and animal expert, Warren Eckstein.
Warren hosts his own syndicated radio show, "The Pet Show With Warren Eckstein," which is heard on top-rated WOR Radio in New York and is syndicated in scores of markets nationwide, in addition to Canada. He also hosts a similar program on top-rated Smart Talk KRLA 870am Radio in Los Angeles. As a pet therapist, Warren dispenses pet behavior and psychology advice during his call-in shows. Consequently, he's been nicknamed "The Dr. Phil of Pets."
So with a passion for pets, especially adoptive and senior pets, Eckstein gives BlogPaws the down low on his favorite apps, how he makes them work in his life, and why he recommends them to pet bloggers and the BlogPaws community. Here’s what he had to say:
Who amongst us is living with their cell phone? As a pet blogger, I know I use my cell phone to check email, cruise through social media, and with the sea of apps out there: I use them to make my life easier. However, there are so many apps to be found, and here are 5 that Eckstein recommends and uses:
IP Cam: “I do a lot of traveling, driving back and forth between California and Arizona,” he says. I like to check up on my dogs and what they are doing. The IP Cam gives me this capability. I feel comfortable being able to check on them.” Available in a free version called IP Cam Lite and a Pro version for $3.99.
Kathleen Dunleavy, of Sprint, says the is very heavy in terms of data usage and one of advantages of Sprint is the unlimited data programs, so she chooses that.
Pet First Aid: Eckstein likes this app for its ease of use, as he consider himself “not the most technological person in the world.” One of the biggest fears he hears from his radio show listeners is fear of their dog or cat choking, getting into something poisonous, and needing emergent help. If seconds are critical, having an app with info life emergency procedures, videos, details, and step-by-step of what to do can save a pet’s life. $3.99.
VetFinder: Imagine being in an unfamiliar area and your pet needs emergent care: Using GPS technology, VETFINDER locates your position and finds vets and vet hospitals near you. Search features include experts and specialists, payment methods, treatment options, and hours of practice. FREE.
DOGTV Player: With the recent launch of DOGTV, of which Eckstein is a founder, he likes the ability of this app to play on his tablet device and keep his pets calm while he travels. As a pet expert on NBC’s Today Show for a dozen years, Eckstein has seen and heard his share of travel terror stories. FREE.
“Very often, pets are excited, anxious, and nervous in a car,” he says. “Seeing the different aspects of DOGTV and being able to hear calming sounds are benefits of this app.”
PetFinder app: A cause near and dear to his heart, adoptive pets are a click away with this app from PetFinder. Search adoptable pets at local shelters and rescue groups, check out 370,000+ adoptable pets from nearly 14,000 shelters and rescue groups across North America. FREE.
For more about Warren Eckstein, visit ThePetShow.com.
Got a favorite pet-related app? Let us know.