petMD Symptom Checker app for iPhone and iPad

4.4 ( 2564 ratings )
Lifestyle Medical
Developer: PetMD, LLC
Current version: 3.0, last update: 1 year ago
First release : 28 May 2009
App size: 10.1 Mb

Want to know why your dog is scratching? Or perhaps why your cat is sneezing?
The petMD pet Symptom Checker allows you to easily search over 2,500 dog and cat health articles based on the symptoms your pet is experiencing.
Why is my pet scratching so much? How do I recognize skin conditions? What are roundworms and how do I treat them in my dog? Does my dog have kennel cough?
Find Answers to these questions and hundreds of others relating to your dog or cats health.
All articles are written and approved by veterinarians. Each article contains a detailed description explaining the condition, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, the best treatment options combined with living and management of the condition, and prevention, if applicable.
And though every petMD article referenced on the Symptom Checker app is written and approved by veterinarians, it should not replace your own veterinarian. The petMD Symptom Checker is meant as a guide to help you understand conditions that may be affecting your pet. Always visit your veterinarian regularly to care for your pet’s health.

Pros and cons of petMD Symptom Checker app for iPhone and iPad

petMD Symptom Checker app good for

See what I did there? Anyways, wow what an amazing compilation of symptoms! This is incredibly helpful, especially when on vacation and not near a computer, like when I am camping/hiking/rock climbing/base jumping/shark diving/hang gliding/volcano surfing. In all seriousness, this is a great mobile tool to find out what may be ailing my dog quickly, and it is much appreciated! Thanks for making this!! Love it!
This app has been my go to tool when my little girl isnt acting like herself. This had put my mind to rest to help me figure out possibilities of what could be going on with her. I love this app and it is really helping me to learn more about being a first time pet parent. Thank you for creating!!
App works great. No crashing issues. Easy to use and helpful in determining when to call the Vet.
Being a pet parent, I tend to always worry about my dog Ruby. Anytime I see something wrong with her, I need to look it up right away to make sure I shouldnt take her to the vet. Thanks to petMD, I can now set my mind at ease. Within a few seconds, I have the answers I need to know as to whether or not Ruby is okay. It also saves me a trip to the vet! Thanks for making my life easier petMD!
This is a powerful reference for my senior dogs health. I have a 16-year old Shiba Inu who survived a stroke last Summer and have been using this app ever since. It works beautifully on my iPad in both 1x and 2x sizes, pulling up content that was written by Veterinarians and is relevant to the behavior I see my dog exhibiting. The quality and relevance of the articles is the best Ive seen anywhere for Pet parents like me, and I recommend it highly for anyone who wants to keep their finger on the pulse of their pets health before turning to the Vet. Thanks petMD!
This app is awesome to have on the go. If you have any questions about your dog/cat, this is the go to app. Its informational, helpful, and handy to have. Tons of articles to keep you informed! Love PetMD!

Some bad moments

Come on guys!! You can update the ones for humans, but not for the animals??
The description says that its supposed to work for cat AND dog symptoms, yet every time I launch it, it crashes. If this is supposed to be for both types of pets, why is it called a dog symptom finder? Also, no app like this just for cats!
I wish this app combined symptoms with behavior and issues with parts of the body. For example- what if my pet was acting lethargic and had vomiting? It seems you could narrow in on an issue if you didnt have to choose one OR the other.
Only gives you a few options for symptoms your dog may be experiencing.
I was wondering why my dog had some slight discharge from his eye, thank god this app let me know he was bitten by a Mexican lizard. Now I need to figure our when he was visiting Mexico without me!
I was hoping for an app similar to web m.d. but this not like it at all. Rather than give you descriptions of conditions, or conditions based on symptoms, you are given a list of articles to look though to determine what may apply. Not what I was expecting or hoping for.