CVS and Walgreens are launching an app in the coming weeks that lets customers look up their pet’s name and photograph it, and see it on the map.
The virtual pet feature will be available to consumers in the U.S. and Canada, and will be offered in select cities and towns in the United Kingdom and Australia, according to a press release.
The app allows users to search for their pet by name, date of birth, breed, and more, as well as visit a pet shop, pet doctor or veterinarian, or pet adoption agency.
CVS will also offer online adoption opportunities and meet-and-greets, and provide users with pet-friendly shopping recommendations.
“This app is a unique opportunity to help our customers and pets live healthier lives,” said Michael Cusimano, CEO of CVS Health.
“By allowing them to find and view their pets’ information online, we are also able to provide our customers with a more personalized shopping experience.”CVS Health is among the first health care companies to announce the availability of a virtual pet app, and is the first to offer the feature in the world.
Last year, the company began selling virtual pet products through its own website and online app.
“When you visit a CVS, Walgreen or PetSmart location, we can show you the pet that you’re looking for, the veterinarian’s appointment times, the hours and more,” said Dr. Paul C. Cusino, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring the pet experience to the digital platform and provide our patients with the tools they need to make the right health decisions.”
Virtual pet products have been gaining traction among pet owners.
In January, the pet-focused online retailer Amazon launched a virtual cat app that allows users the ability to purchase and save pets from various cat breeders, and then share the images and video of the pets they’ve purchased with their friends.
Last month, a virtual dog app called Catz.com was launched.
The company also offers the ability for users to order pet food online, check their pets health status and more.
In addition to virtual pet services, CVS has partnered with pet adoption agencies and pet doctors to offer virtual pet care.
In February, the chain partnered with American Humane to launch an online app to let customers see and view photos of adoptable pets, and have the adoption process with the pets live and interact with the people involved.