A South Devon vet has pioneered a smartphone app to keep pet owners on the ball.
Jonathan Carr, partner at Teignview Veterinary Group, which has practices in Dawlish, Teignmouth, Chelston and Torquay, is behind the Animal Organiser. It enables pet owners to store important reminders for their animal's welfare and also share photos and favourite dog walking routes.
Mr Carr said the app, which was developed on the firm's behalf by Apple-approved app developer Createanet, aimed to support both the responsibilities and pleasures that come with owning a pet.
The tool, which is free to download for all pet-lovers no matter which vet they are registered with, stores basic information such as vaccination records, health history, chip numbers and appointment reminders.
As well as default reminders for vaccination appointments, the app enables the owner to set up bespoke reminders at different times of day to ensure medications are administered correctly at home.
The information is protected with a PIN code, but the idea is for this to be shared among family members, to ensure that each has the information necessary to care for a pet on long-term medication.
Future upgrades to the app will include more specialised modules for diabetes and epilepsy.
Details of your local vet can also be uploaded, so that they can be contacted in an emergency at the touch of a button. Users can also set up email, text and phone details to contact their vet for routine appointments.
Animal Organiser also allows owners to plot their favourite walks with maps and then share amongst family and friends along with pictures and video clips and even a facility to enter pets' birthdays.
Mr Carr said: "I wanted to put a bit of fun into it. As a practice, we always like to offer something different and extra for our clients and their animals. We realised just how useful Animal Organiser would be to them."
The organiser also includes a lost and found function where owners can post details and photos of missing pets, which can be viewed by all app users.
Mr Carr said: "This is especially useful for veterinary practices, who all have lists of animals lost or found in their area.
"In the past, that information was probably in someone's diary, but now it's possible to post these animals onto the app and increase their visibility and hopefully get the pets swiftly reunited with their owners."
Kevin King, director of Torquay-based Createanet, which developed the app in iPhone and Android versions, said: "We really enjoyed working with Jonathan on this project. I'm already using it myself on our family dog."