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    26 Pet Products That’ll Prevent Problems Before They Happen

    Keep their teeth plaque free, their food fresh and safe, and toys stowed and organized with these helpful pet must-haves. Only the best for your furry friends.

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    1. A set of pet toothbrushes featuring three sides so you can tackle their teeth at all angles. Their breath will be less stinky and wayyyyy more tolerable. Now each pup can have their own toothbrush and you can prevent them from having to get teeth pulled at the vet.


    Promising review: "First of all, this was a great value since you get two. Secondly, it works better for dogs like mine who are medium-sized and don't have a huge mouth. We were having a hard time getting to my dog's back teeth with the brush we had which was too big. The way this brush is constructed definitely makes it easier to do a more thorough cleaning than conventionally shaped brushes will." —Gerardine Cizmar

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.98.

    2. Or a pack of Greenies pumpkin spice dental dog treats, because it's PSL season and your pup needs to get in on the action too! But in all seriousness, these treats will help keep their teeth clean with their toothbrush design (see ya, plaque and tartar) and they're easy to digest so you won't have to worry about them getting the runs.

    Greenies pumpkin spice flavor dental treats

    Promising review: "My dogs loved these. They love the entire line of Greenies but the different flavors every once in a while change it up and they get even more excited. I would recommend any of the flavors even if you don't like the sound of them because I have not seen my two picky eaters ever refuse a flavored Greenie. Great product." —Madre

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in teenie, petite, regular and large dog breeds).

    3. And this cat option in an oven-roasted chicken flavor they're sure to love, and so will you with how clean they'll keep their teeth. They're purrrrrr-fect.

    feline greenies

    Promising review: "I have a 10-year-old Maine Coon cat who has bad teeth. A few have even fallen out with his age. I was worried these would be too hard for him to eat, but boy was I wrong! He gobbles these right up with no hesitation and he has loved every flavor of them, too. His breath and teeth, as a result, have GREATLY improved so significantly. I used to smell his breath from 5 feet away and now he'll be in my lap and I can't smell it at all!" —tinkerbelle123

    Get it from Petsmart for $18.99

    4. A dog toys basket to keep all of their playtime faves in one organized spot. Multiple dogs means multiple toys, and anyone who has dogs knows that feeling of stepping on a rogue bone and seeing your life flash before your eyes. Get this basket, you'll thank yourself later.

    dog toys basket

    Promising review: "I like the decoration style and simplicity this dog toy basket provides. I find it durable and spacious enough for several toys and bones. My dog likes the drag it into the living room and dump the whole thing out. She likes that she can easily move it around. I like that I can have it be in an easily accessible place that doesn’t distract from the rest of the room. I would purchase again." —Eileen Daniels

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    5. A food storage tower for keeping their food fresh and organized whenever they need a refill! This will also prevent any unwanted critters getting into the kibble. This has two different compartments so if they have different dietary needs then their food can be separated!

    Promising review: "Still using it after three years, it’s holding up well and very useful. Doesn’t take up too much room. It fits the space we have. Good value for the price. We have a large dog (and a cat) It stores about one large bag of dog food: a 28-lb bag if we use both drawers. The scoop it comes with sucks but doesn’t matter. we just use a cup. The drawers are not 100% airtight but the holes are small. It’s so easy to access the drawers. My 3-year-old kid is a pro at using them and enjoys feeding the pets." —K

    Get it from Amazon for $95.18.

    6. A wall-mounted organizer that can hold leashes, treats, travel water dishes, harnesses, and more. Forgo the chaos of trying to find their walking must-haves inside that jumbled junk drawer of yours.


    Promising review: "It's the perfect fit for my dog's stuff. Sturdy and well built, small enough not to take up unnecessary space, large enough to hold everything I need to take my dog out." —KrissytheFoxx

    Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

    7. Or this customizable double dog leash holder to keep their respective leashes organized and separated so when it's time to head out for your morning stroll you know whose is whose.

    double personalized dog leash holder

    PlayfulPawsDesigns is a small business based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and offers a handful of pet accessories like bandanas and snuffle mats (AKA a mat that goes under their water dish).

    Promising review: "She was very responsive and we worked together to get the right-looking dogs. I cried tears of happiness when I got my order and this is going to make my dear friend cry because she’s going to love it so much!!" —Melody Kelly

    Get it from PlayfulPawsDesigns on Etsy for $25.

    8. A two-in-one pet seat and carrier to stay in place and keep them safe on long drives. Once you reach your destination, you can transport them inside of it as a carrier bag. This will eliminate your need for an overabundance of gear.


    Promising review: "I bought this for my pug to keep her safe and limit the hair distribution in my new car. I was debating between a more open car seat but decided to try this. It is easy to use and doubles as a carrier. My pug can stick her head out which made her happy and limited the hair getting all over the place. My pug is about 20 lbs and it was a good fit." —Ritaboop

    Get it from Chewy for $24.50.

    9. An itch relief spray for cats and dogs to keep handy for moments when their skin is irritated and they can't stop scratching. You'll be super prepared with its oatmeal formula that's calming and hydrating.

    skout's honor probiotic itch relief spray
    Skout's Honor

    Skout's Honor is a small-business based in California that specializes in pet products from cleaning aids to training solutions.

    Promising review: "My 2.5-year-old Westie has allergies 🤧 and I am not sure to what BUT this spray is like MAGIC on her. She will be right in the middle of licking like crazy. I get the bottle and shake it and she jumps up on the towel and lays down so I can spray her. She has NEVER done that!!! I also ordered the shampoo sampler and it worked great too. Today I placed an order for the two-in-one shampoo and a couple of other items. I am so glad I found this product!!!

    Get it from Skout's Honor for $14.99.

    10. A reversible sofa cover that's also water resistant so you can protect your furniture from pet fur, dandruff, germs, and those who like to chew on the cushions... If you love having them on the couch to cuddle with you but don't want to tango with them potentially wrecking your furniture, then grab this cover.,

    Promising review: "So first off, super shocked at how soft it is! I thought it was gonna be kinda rough or like a weird material. So love that! Second, fits my couch perfect. Third, the little stretchy straps were great! I thought it would have the adjustable ones but I’ve been looking a lot so I probably just assumed it was like others I had seen but no, its stretchy straps so super easy! The beige side pretty closely fits the color of my couch too so that’ll be nice! My dogs say thanks too! Since they won’t have to sneak on the couch anymore lol. They were shedding so bad and tearing up the cushions."—Mary t.

    Get the 78" size from Amazon for $29.32+ (available in three sizes and 23 colors).

    11. A poop bag holder in a trendy cute pattern that will not only look cute on your leash, but will save you from forgetting to bring bags on your walks.

    The Pawfect Match Shop

    The Pawfect Match Shop is a small business run by pup-owner Adele. Adele was inspired by her dog Rosie to create accessories that came in coordinating sets she wasn't able to find in stores.

    Promising review: "I love this! i’ve been using it for about a week and it’s one of the best holders. My favorite feature is that it’s big enough to hold two full rolls of poop bags without it being a struggle to get the bag out. As a big dog owner, it’s nice to know I won’t be running out of bags on my walks anymore. It’s also so soft and the pattern is brighter in person. It's amazing." —Vonda R.

    I have several products from The Pawfect Match Shop and all of their products are durable and well-made. They come in such fun patterns and if you're someone who loves an aesthetic...even for your pet, then you'll love ~finally~ getting them products that are cute, trendy, AND useful.

    Get the pouch from The Pawfect Match Shop for $14.

    12. And a pack of poop bag rolls in case they love to take that casual midday dump on your neighbor's lawn (been there, done that). Keep these handy so you can pick up their brown prezzies to drop in the nearest garbage can.

    The poop bags tied to a reviewer's leash

    Promising review: "I love these bags — much thicker than the ones you buy at the store. The scent is not overpowering." —madeline audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two styles and two styles).

    13. A double dog leash if you're tired of fumbling between two dog leashes while they crisscross in front of you (you know the struggle).,

    Promising review: "I do not write reviews much but I have to give a write up on this amazing leash! I have two labradoodles and I used to walked them with separate leashes at the same time. It was like playing jump rope every time we went for a walk. Sometimes I would walk them separately just so i could enjoy the walk. Then I purchased this leash and It changed everything. The grip is comfortable and sturdy around my wrist, and my dogs are always walking together. We all look forward to our walk. I love this. It is worth every penny! Best leash ever!" —diane

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–L and five colors).

    14. A personalized cosmic dog tag because you want to ensure their safety just in case they ever get loose from the house or from their leash. This will ensure someone will know where to contact you in order to get your fur baby home to you.

    TheBarkingTagSmith / Etsy, TheBarkingTagsmith / Etsy

    TheBarkingTagSmith is a small business based in Waikato, New Zealand and have a slew of stunning custom pet tags you can choose from.

    Promising review: "FREAKING LOOOOOOOVE IT!!! I FELT GUILTY MY OTHER DOG HAS A LESS AMAZING DOG TAG AND ORDERED ONE FOR HIM NOW TOO! 🖤 EXCELLENT JOB, EXCELLENT QUALITY. Shipping took a bit but is coming from another country during a pandemic, Worth the wait I promise! 😍" —Meghan Lamkin

    Get it from TheBarkingTagSmith on Etsy for $22.86+ (available in eight sizes).

    15. An Aquapaw licking pad because getting them washed can be a HANDFUL. Add some peanut butter to this lick pad and then go to town on the scrubbing or better yet, grab two so you can give them a wash at the same time.


    Promising review: "Tried this with our Lab puppy when I needed to sweep and vacuum the floors. This kept her busy for a while so I could clean in peace! I filled it with peanut butter and placed it on the refrigerator door. She loves it! Also used this when we had company to keep her busy so she wouldn't be such a pest." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes).

    16. A flea and tick shampoo so you can minimize the chances of them bringing these unwanted insects into your humble abode. This shampoo contains aloe, lanolin, and coconut extract that's great if they have sensitive skin. This gets rid of fleas, ticks, flea eggs, flee larvae, and lice (EW).,

    Promising review: "I was highly skeptical given A. This is just shampoo B. Most of the reviews mentioned fleas and not ticks C. My dog was FULL of ticks... I mean at least 15–20 that I could see. I would have to warn you, that after using this shampoo, keep your dog OUTSIDE for 24–48 hours. I did not. In fact, I came home to a plethora of dead ticks in my living room. Dead ticks EVERYWHERE. I counted at least 10 little ones.. and the big ones... dear god... my dog found them before i could and burst them... leaving blood everywhere. That day will forever be known as the Tick Massacre of 2016." —sharon atkins

    Get it from Amazon for $10.59+ (available in two sizes).

    17. A small pet camera in case you need to leave the house for a few to go run some errands and want that peace of mind that they're not tearing up the trash...

    The camera placed on a shelf

    Promising review: "This little camera is a great value. The video image is clearer, sharper and superior compared to 1080p. It was easy to set up, and the pan-tilt feature provides whole-room coverage of my living room. Having lots of fun talking to my pets with the two-way audio." —LeNoirT

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in two-pack).

    18. A dog paw cleaner because muddy paws are a no-no in the house, and this will be much more efficient than chasing them around the house with a towel.

    Promising review: "My dog has an allergy to grass and every night she goes out on the grass to play ball. We usually have to come in and get a beach towel wet to clean off her paws and then throw that in the laundry. This has really made our lives much easier. Simply fill it with water, stick your dogs paw in, move up and down, and the job is done! We use this on my 60-lb. pit bull and there was plenty of room for a larger paw as well as it would be sufficient enough for a smaller dog." —LC

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A shower wand sprayer so bath time can be a breeze. I personally need to upgrade from the recycled ricotta container I use to bathe my pups with in the sink, and I think I may have just found the solution. ~Plus~ using this allows you to keep them contained in your bath tub without making a mess everywhere.

    dog gets washed down using waterpik

    Promising review: "Best thing ever!! It so much easier to get all of the soap off of my dog. Even using a normal shower head that detaches, this one is so much easier. All of the shampoo and water just slides right off and it's so simple to get under her neck, around her face, and underneath her body! She is so much cleaner." —RogerApril

    Get it from Amazon for $16.59+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A pack of catnip-infused felt balls that come in a such a fun variety of fun colors, they won't know which one to play with first. This will keep them occupied instead of being problematic (in the form of trying to get your attention) while you're on work calls.

    SimplyBVermont / Etsy

    For a cat-nip recharge, pop the balls back in the tin so they soak up more of the catnip smell (from the capsules in the tin) and your cat will be ready to play with them all over again.

    SimplyBVermont is a small business located in Vermont. They make all kinds of adorable pet accessories and toys for cats AND dogs.

    Promising review: "Fast shipping, seller was super thoughtful and attentive, and most important of all our kitties are obsessed with these balls! Even my shyer one is running around with these having an absolute blast even without my tossing them around. It’s also wearing her out which is quite hard to do. Highly recommend!" —Ketti Schulenberg

    Get a set from SimplyBVermont on Etsy for $8.50.

    21. A clumping cat litter for a fuss-free way to clean the litter box that doesn't involve dumping everything inside and starting from scratch. If you hate cleaning the litter box (who doesn't?) then this is your new BFF.

    The clumping litter with a reviewer's cat

    Promising review: "Hands down the best pet-related purchase I have ever made. For the first time in 10 years, my house doesn't smell like cat poop." —Christian K.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (five styles and four sizes).

    22. A hands-free bungee leash so you don't have to spill your morning coffee all over yourself while trying to take Rover for a walk. You can attach the belt around your waist and walk them while having both hands free. This is also perfect for hiking and running.


    Promising review: "I love this leash. It gives a gentle amount of tension when my dog starts to pull and with the bungee it is self correcting....and the cue is given consistently unlike when you use a traditional leash. I pair it with a gentle leader and it is taking our training to another level. I have a 2-year-old, 65 pound Vizsla." —collar

    Get it from Chewy for $22.97 (available in four colors).

    23. A cat scratching post shaped like a cactus that won't be a total eyesore in your home AND will keep them from scratching at your beloved furniture. A win-win.

    cat using cactus scratching post

    Promising review: "I bought the 31" scratch post. It was simple to assemble and it's easy to move when I need to vacuum. My kitten loves to climb all over it and he very much enjoys using these scratch posts to satisfy his itch rather than furniture. My 2-year-old girl got the hint after she saw him using it and rarely do I catch her scratching the chair anymore." —Fortune

    Get it from Chewy for $16.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    24. A pet odor exterminating candle so you can keep it on hand for rainy days when they come in smelling ~interesting~ from the great outdoors...

    creamy vanilla candle

    Promising review: "This candles smell good. I use them in the dog room and it does help remove the dog smell from room. I usually light it if I know I am having guest do not like the dog smell in my house and most my guest say they like the smell of the candle." —Ivette

    Get it from Chewy for $7.95 (originally $9.95). 

    25. A hot spot moisturizer for chapped skin that they tend to over lick. This is perfect for their nose, paws, and skin where any hotspots may be forming. It's alcohol-free and won't sting upon application.

    person applying moisturizer to dog's nose

    Promising review: "Our middle child, Chompa, has been having the worst case of allergies on his paws. 2021 has been the worst year so far for his allergies. I’ve tried multiple balms and no avail. I read the reviews for bag balm and was honestly surprised that you could use it on dogs! After receiving the balm, I went to work with Chompa’s paws and his nose. Let’s just say he has the softest paws and nose now! Because it’s greasy and moisturizing, it stops him from licking and nibbling his paws. I’ll definitely be buying this tin again! Especially, when our frigid winters come in Minnesota!" —Alexis

    Get it from Chewy for $5.95 (originally $7.64). 

    26. A set of modern cat shelves they can climb through instead of climbing up your curtains... You'll love having a safe place for them to play and nap.

    CatsMode / Etsy

    CatsMode is a small business specializing in cat-geared items for your home.

    Promising review: "Comes with extra anchors and screws which is lovely for someone like myself, who isn't super handy. Took a couple tries to get this attached to my wall, and the extra anchors were well appreciated. Assembly instructions are easy to follow and very clear. It's up, it's secure, and it's beautiful. The shop reached out to me to see if I was satisfied. Very professional of them to follow up. My 4-month-old kittens took about a week to warm up to their new climber, but they are enjoying it now! :) Overall, I love this thing. Best Etsy purchase to date. Def a hit. So modern looking and my kittens can sleep nearby, just above my bed, without me rolling around and disturbing them." —Kate

    Get it from CatsMode on Etsy for $59+ (available in various hexagon amounts with window and windowless options; also available with different add-ons such as a pillow, felt, and window prints).

    Nothing but the best for our furry friends.


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

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