If you see a dog while you are out and about and are baffled about its breed, you could ask the owner. Or you could fire up Perfect Dog and tap "Identify." The feature goes through a checklist to determine whether the dog is large or skinny, pointy-nosed, bigheaded, fluffy, or smooth. Press "Go" to see the narrowed breed list.
The toughest thing about Perfect Dog is the relentless stream of advertising, including full-screen pop-ups. Yuck. The free iPhone version of this app (upgrade for 99 cents) is listed as coming from Preposterous Media L.L.C.; the free Android version credits Dog Tag L.L.C.
To shop for a pet, try the free eBay Classified Pets app for Apple devices and search locally for cats, dogs, pythons, chinchillas, or anything else.
If you already have a pet and an iPhone, get the free Pet Nanny by Quigy L.L.C. Use this app to save details on your pet's health and diet; you also can keep a diary whose entries you can send along to Facebook friends, Twitter followers, or e-mail contacts.
The health section on the app has tags for listing vet information and medications. Separately, you can set up lists of events or appointments to be reminded of, pet sitters, and even the tricks your precious has learned.
If your cat's up a tree, you may need to call the fire department. But for most any pet health issue, the Purina Pet Health app will, among other things, use your phone's location feature to find the nearest animal hospital.
Tap "Find pet fun" on Pet Health to locate nearby dog parks. The app is free from Nestle Purina Petcare Co. for Android and Apple devices.
There's a blog on the app, along with areas to enter details about your dogs and cats, add pictures, list vet and groomer appointments, and get reminders. A tip section explains basics of pet first aid, training, and health.
Contact Reid Kanaley at 215-854-5114, firstname.lastname@example.org or @ReidKan on Twitter.