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3 apps that let you play with your pets even when you're away

3 apps that let you play with your pets even when you're away
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All pet owners know that painful feeling of having to leave your furry friend at home while you go to work or even out for just an hour or two.

Although we like to talk about how much our pets miss us when we’re gone, the truth is that we miss them just as much, if not more.

If you’ve ever been sitting at work wishing you could call up your companion to see how they’re doing, these three apps are perfect for you and your furry best friend.

1. Furbo Dog Camera

The Furbo Dog Camera is a smart camera that works with both iPhones and Android phones. It has several features that let you keep tabs on your dogs and interact with them when you’re not home.

Created by Tomofun, Furbo’s HD camera with night vision mode lets you check in on and talk to your dog any time from your phone. It also features a bark alert that lets you know when your dog is making a lot of noise, so you can reach out and calm him or her down.

Furbo also has a treat dispenser, so you can give your dog a snack during the day or keep up with training your pet even when you’re not home. You can also record video from the device, so you can capture any especially noteworthy moments and share them on social media.

The Furbo app is available as a free download for both Apple and Android users. However, you will need to purchase the camera for it to work. The camera will be officially released in September, but you can pre-order yours now for $200. That's $50 less than the price it will be once it hits shelves.

2. Petnet

In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to keep track of whether you’re giving your pets the right amount of food to keep them happy and healthy. Petnet’s smart solutions keep track of that for you and can even take over feeding responsibilities.

If you need to feed your pet at certain times each day, the SmartFeeder (Amazon, $119) is the solution for you. It can hold up to seven pounds of food that it dispenses throughout the day based on your pet’s weight, age, activity level and feeding schedule. It will even send you alerts every time your pet gets fed.

If your pet is more of a grazer, check out the SmartBowl (Amazon, $50). You simply fill up the bowl, and it will alert you when food is getting low. It’s also an easy way to keep track of how much your pet is eating. Plus, both the SmartFeeder and SmartBowl integrate with other smart home products like Amazon’s Alexa or Nest.

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