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    28 Practical Pet Products That Are Every Bit As Useful As They Are Easy To Use

    From stylish-yet-practical carriers to the most durable leashes on the market.

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    1. An extremely durable pet carrier that's great for traveling with your pup, as well as offering them a safe space to sleep while on the go. After trying a variety of different pet carriers, this bag is my favorite thanks to its spacious design, sturdy silhouette, top handles, messenger strap, and thick-yet-see-through mesh paneling (many of the other carriers I've tried are SO dark and my little man just isn't about it).

    Black and white dog in camo carrier
    Amazon

    What's more, this bag has a spacious zip pocket on one end, so you have somewhere to store your wallet, phone, and keys instead of having to turn into *that* bag person.

    Promising review: "I use this bag literally every day and it's held up very well (I've had it for four months). My Frenchie took right to it with no effort on my part. Sometimes he just jumps in his bag and takes a nap in there. My Frenchie is now 7 months, approximately 20 pounds, and fits very well with space to spread out but it does get heavy to carry, understandably so. I would recommend it for use as a car seat or travel bag. It's also just really stylish. Pros: Sturdy bottom, top or side zipper entrance, heavy-duty, shoulder strap doubles as a leash, and the side pocket is useful. Cons: There's no collar clip for when using it as a car seat (you can easily buy a short leash and hook it to the provided carabiner). I wish it had a luggage handle sleeve for when used to travel. I also think the shoulder strap is a little short but I'm tall so it might just be me." —Natasha

    Get it from Amazon for $150.

    2. A Top Paw super-wide convertible pet gate for folks looking for ways to keep their pet(s) safe without putting them in a crate for long periods of time. This sturdy pet gate can be assembled as a gate or configured into a pen with extra panels. Just keep in mind that, standing at 28 inches tall, it's best for small and medium-sized dogs, as larger dogs could jump over it if they wanted to.

    The Pet Gate
    PetSmart

    Promising review:"I just got my second Boston Terrier puppy, a little 8 wk old boy. My girl Boston is 7 years old and was a wonder to train. Not so the boy! I use the convertible gate just propped up against the wall at this stage because I also use it as a play yard outside. I plan to attach it to my walls when my boy gets better used to being outside and still listening. My gate has been a sanity saver. Fogarty is a rambunctious boy!" –2Bostons

    Get it from PetSmart for $144.99.

    3. A set of swivel pet stairs so your pet can easily get onto the bed, couch, or chair. The stairs can be aligned straight or finagled around the corner of a bed or couch. What's more, the stairs are hollow and have a latched door, so you can store pet products in it to keep them out of sight.

    Chewy

    Promising review: "My miniature poodle mix is 13 and I noticed she was struggling with steeper stairs. She's short and long and needed a little break to rest going up and down. She loves her new stairs and I can tell they are so much easier for her to use. We leave ours in the long version, right beside the bed, and they are perfect. Our other girl loves and uses them as well. Worth every penny." –Lele

    Get it from Chewy for $129.99.

    4. A faux fur orthopedic dog bed that looks more like a high-end sheepskin than a waterproof pup bed. The cult-favorite dog bed is made with four layers, the top of which is removable and machine-washable, and the second topmost is waterproof to protect the other two layers from soiling. In other words, it's one of the most practical dog beds on the market.

    The faux fur dog bed
    Paw

    Promising review: "Our dog loves this bed so very much. It is so comfortable that she gets much better quality of sleep and at six years old she now has the energy of a young dog again. Sometimes my hubby lays on it too! (and then our dog wears an expression that reads 'What the heck dude! Get off my bed!') It is easy to wash, air dry, and put back together. It cleans up beautifully. It looks like an expensive skin rug which fits the style of our old farmhouse. This bed is well worth every penny we paid for it. In fact, we are buying her a second bed for the upstairs, as she refuses to sleep anywhere else now." –Kimberly N.

    Get it from Paw for $139 (originally $349; available in seven colors and three sizes).

    5. A top-selling pet ramp to ensure your pup can easily get into and out of the car. The folding ramp weighs about 10 pounds and can support up to 150 pounds. Additionally, it's lined with a nonslip mat that will help give your pup more traction while on it.

    Reviewer Photo: The pet ramp
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have been looking all over for a sturdy, lightweight, easily transportable car ramp for our aging Collie. There are many ramps out there, but not that show the use with a normal car side door. Most show pictures of the ramp being used on the back of a large pick-up truck, or with the sliding doors of a van, or SUV. The PetSafe Happy Ride Folding 62" Pet Ramp works perfectly with our Nissan Sentra. Our dog is 79 pounds and the ramp is 100% sturdy and secure. Yes, the walking surface is rough (I could easily file my nails on it) but it does not seem to bother my dog at all. The pads of her feet are not bothered by this. We had attempted to make our own ramp which she refused to use, it was wobbly and difficult to fit it precisely in the door opening, but the PetSafe ramp fits just right, and is long enough to not be too steep of a climb into the car. Very happy with my purchase!" –Kathi Horste

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95.

    6. A backpack designed specifically to carry your pet around on your back. It's roomy, water-resistant, and perfect for puppies who aren't quite the best leash walkers.

    The backpack in action
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is great! I was hesitant due to the cost but after two cheaper carriers that were not comfortable, I decided to bite the bullet and am glad I did. I have a 9-pound poodle mix puppy who will top out at around 12-14 lbs max. I'm an avid hiker so he HAS to come with me!! He enjoys the woods but obviously, he can only do so much. He took to this pack immediately and seemed quite content, didn't fuss or fidget, and after a bit of walking, he was all too happy to hop back in for another ride. The non-dog sections are generous with some convenient and well-placed inner pockets, and the side mesh pockets are plenty big enough for large Nalgene bottles. The pack seems really well made and it was comfortable for me to wear. The hard plastic bottom dug into my back a little at first but some repositioning seemed to alleviate that. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a 'real' backpack to carry your pup without having to have another pack for your gear." –Geeky1

    Get it from Amazon for $134.99 (originally $149.99; available in two colors).

    7. A Petmate kennel that will quickly become a safe space for your pup. I put Cash (my pup) in his at night and he sleeps like a baby. I also use it on long car rides, as it has a seatbelt slot so that you can easily secure it in your backseat. What's more, there's a little compartment on the top where you can store treats for your pup. It's a win all around.

    The Kennel
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We just upgraded to a larger kennel for our quickly growing puppy. I purchased the 36" 50–70-pound size for my golden doodle and he loves it. I've always used traditional crates for my puppies in the past, but my uncle convinced me to try this style of kennel, as it mimics the den behavior that is natural to dogs. We have set up our puppy's smaller kennel for our Italian Greyhound who traditionally doesn't like being crated. He loves it and goes in willingly just to nap during the day! This style of kennel is easy to put together as well as break back down in order to store. I highly recommend it!" –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.95+ (available in six sizes).

    8. A booster seat for your small pet so they can see out the window whenever you take them on a ride. It comes with three stabilizing attachments, so in addition to giving them the best view, it keeps them safe, too.

    Reviewer Photo: Pups in the booster seat
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Perfect!! I was in a car accident and hit an elk on the highway. My pups were fine because they were secured in their pet booster seat and in their harness. I, on the other hand, fractured my arm and dislocated my wrist blocking the elk that landed in the driver's side window and also from the airbag. My car was totaled. They then got a front seat ride in the ambulance in their pet seat. They also slept next to my hospital bed in their pet seat waiting for my husband to arrive." –SVL

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    9. A Snuggle Puppy, so your pup won't feel quite as alone when you're not around. What seems like a slightly larger toy is actually a behavioral aid device complete with a heartbeat that can be turned on and off. Take it from someone who has one for her puppy: It's life-changing!

    Reviewer Photo: Puppy snuggling with snuggle puppy
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about getting a $40 stuffed animal for my dog, but I’m so glad I did! We got our Frenchie on a Monday night and we were up three times that night with her and Tuesday night. The puppy buddy came in on Wednesday evening and I immediately let her use it. I turned on the heart beat for her and she was immediately intrigued by it. The final test was seeing how she did overnight. She slept all night! We heard her whine for not even a full minute at one point but she went back to sleep quickly. She now looks for her puppy when she is ready to lay down." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in five colors).

    10. A self-cleaning litter box for cats who always have to go and cat parents who hate having to clean up after them. The automated litter box scoops waste away to keep the box and surrounding area smelling fresh for days on end. It might be pricey, but it will make your life so much easier, so it's a very practical and very easy to use purchase.

    Reviewer's photo of the litter box
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The crystals work so well, I didn't think they were using the box, I thought they were just going in and out. I had to witness them using it to believe it. No smell at all!! I will be buying another down the road." –Gloria Silvers

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95 (available in three colors).

    11. A cult-favorite Wild One pet carrier that's now available in the brand's signature green spruce color. The airline-approved carrier is unique in that, when unzipped, the side unfurls into a mat that your pup can lay on. What's more, it has a side pocket so you can bring along your phone, wallet, and keys without fumbling them in your hands. In other words, it's very practical.

    Wild One

    Promising review: "So happy with this carrier! It holds up and fits under the airline seat. I have a 10-pound Cavapoo and she was able to comfortably rest in this carrier the whole time. It has more than enough room for her! And the hook on the inside keeps her secure so she can’t escape!" –Caroline H.

    Get it from Wild One for $125 (available in three colors).

    12. A pop-up playpen for pups and pup parents who like to stay on the go. Whether you're headed to a winery, relative's house, or friend's baby shower in the future, having this little playpen on hand will let you confine your puppy so that they can't get into any trouble. It folds down easily and comes in a convenient carrying bag.

    The playpen
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is easy to assemble. It just pops out after being removed from the carrying case. My puppy sleeps in it at night. It's very lightweight and portable. It's easy to carry to other locations. It's very spacious for small- to medium-sized dogs. The top completely unzips for easy cleanup and removal of animals. Just wipe out with rag/soap or cleaning wipes." –Heather Obray

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in two sizes).

    13. A durable tote bag that can be used to carry around small pups and their belongings. It's made of all-weather woven fabric so it doesn't matter if something spills or if your pup has an accident in it. And, since there are two pockets on the front, you can even use it to carry your phone, wallet, and keys, so you won't have to turn lug around multiple bags just because you got a puppy.

    Model wearing the tote in light blue, pink, and gold stripes
    Amazon

    I spoke to fellow dog-lover and SCOUT bag founder, Deb Waterman Johns, who said, "Although we do not design a bag specifically to put a dog in, it's up to the owner to decide how to move through life with their dog. And [it just so happens that] Scout products are ideal for what can be a messy and busy life with a dog(s). From the wipe-ability of all of our fabrics/products to the ability of our products to flatten out for easy storage when not in use, fashion and function in the SCOUT line make it a great choice for dog lovers/owners!"

    Promising review: "My mom has had a large SCOUT tote as a beach bag for probably 12 years and it has held up great. This Uptown Girl bag is perfect. I'm using it as a dog bag to carry my puppy's needs when we take him out and about. Material is great for wiping down and it's very sturdy." –Bailey

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98+ (available in three colors).

    14. A Paw Plunger paw cleaner for your pup's dirty paws — and, inadvertently, your floors. The handy little mug is filled with soft bristles to easily clean your pup's footpads. Simply fill with a little bit of water, plunge, and ogle over just how well it works.

    Before, during, and after photo frames of a dog's paw getting cleaned
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Get an Australian shepherd puppy with WHITE paws they said. Let him run through the mud and snow in upstate New York, they said. It will be fun they said! Buy this. You will not be sorry. Best $20 we have ever spent. Dunk your pups paws in a few times and voila!! Clean paws. Hint. Use warm water only. You don't need soap. I hope whoever invented this product got filthy stinking rich." –Julie Jenkins

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    15. A jumbo pack of disposable pee pads so your pup will be able to sniff their way to the right place to go potty. The pads are designed with pheromones to draw your pup in. Once they potty, it absorbs liquid and neutralizes the odor.

    Puppy sitting on the pad
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Tried another brand on my puppy 14+ years ago. He would use it and then shred it. I bought small bathroom mats (no rubber backing) and put them on the plastic kennel trays and have been washing pee pads ever since. I tried this brand and can’t believe how FABULOUS they are. No smell at all. Fold it up and put in a plastic bag for disposal. Easy as that! No more years of washing smelly and heavy pee pads from now on! His tray is in my bedroom but you would never know it. So glad I found this brand. " –Pat

    Get it from Amazon for $37.44.

    16. An artificial grass pad to train your pup to go potty on grass. While you can use this at any stage of potty training, it's especially helpful for anyone with pups who aren't yet fully vaccinated against parvo and can't yet be exposed to the ground where other dogs pay have been. It's treated with an antimicrobial finish that prevents odors from lingering and comes with a drawer to catch waste. So, while it may seem a little silly, it's actually quite practical.

    Reviewer's puppy sitting on the grass mat with five-star caption that says "the best tool for potty training in an apartment"
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is great! We live in a small apartment with a balcony. We got a small puppy and needed something other than laying puppy pads all over the house. I noticed he was consistent with going in the puppy pads so once I got this grass patch, he automatically started to pee on it instead. He refuses to poop on it still but oh well, we are working on it. There's NO URINE SMELL at ALL that comes from it. I put a puppy pad between the grass and the base for super easy clean up. He pees on the grass and it goes through the grid onto the puppy pad! I rinse it down in the shower and that's that!" –Amaz-ing

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in two sizes).

    17. A pack of stain-removing pads that'll make taking care of pet accident stains easier than ever. Simply stomp the pad over the stain — pet-related or otherwise — and let it work its magic. For heavier stains, they recommend leaving it on for up to 24 hours.

    Reviewer's picture of multiple wipes with pet stains next to a now clean rug
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These things are AMAZING. They are magical. If you have a pet who has accidents in the house, these are a MUST-HAVE. After your pet has an accident, all you need to do is open up the packet, place the pad on the accident spot, and then step on the pad to release the magic formula. Leave it there for at least a half an hour or up to 24 hours. Why the discrepancy, you might be asking? Because these pads work on DRIED STAINS. Holla!!!! My puppy has been driving me bonkers with accidents in the house, but I don't sweat it any more thanks to these pads. They are seriously miracle workers and I will always have a supply of them in my house going forward." –Lisa Koivu

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    18. A mounted brush so your cat can easily groom itself. All they have to do is nuzzle up to it (which many cats like to do) and then you just have to remove the hair that it collects. In that way, it will save you from having to brush them as often, too. Win-win.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "My cat Gambino Bambino would let you brush him bald!!! He loves to be groomed and comes running whenever the brush comes out. Though we love to accommodate, I know he wanted more. He was constantly rubbing his cheeks and ears on the corner of our walls to get even more scratching. I finally came across this product and knew he would love it! It took a little convincing but once he got a hang of it he’s been loving it! We have one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one at the top of the stairs and one in the guest room! He is having a great time!!! Very easy to put together and place on the wall." —T. Mangiaracina

    Get it from Amazon for $3.74.

    19. An odor-eliminating spray to help lift stains and odors fast. Each spritz releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet's accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.

    The spray
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have six elderly cats, and a few of them oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get 'peed off' about. It's not a litter box problem and, although I've caught one or two of them doing it, I can't blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pods, I saturate the area with Rocco & Roxie's odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I've tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It's better than smelling that awful pee!" —mona mia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 or Subscribe & Save for $18.97/month.

    Check out our in-depth review of Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator.

    20. A wood kennel cover that will transform your dog's crate into a nice little table where you can store their things. This way —especially if you live in a small space — their kennel won't fully occupy an area but provide storage, too.

    Amazon

    JacobsEnterprises is a small business that sells an array of home goods.

    Promising review: "The makers custom-made the top for my dog's crate, and it fits perfectly. The wood is thick and sturdy (unfortunately I have far too many things on top of it already!) and the natural finish I chose is subtle and pretty. I highly recommend this product." —henpen

    Get it from JacobsEnterprises on Amazon Handmade for $134+ (customize size at checkout and choose from 10 finishes).

    21. A grooming rake to make grooming your pup easier than evevr. The FURminator is beloved for its gentle design and expert hair-grabbing abilities, so you'll be very glad to have it on hand—especially if you have a pup who sheds a lot.

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    Promising review: "The FURminator Dog Rake is amazing! I was surprised by how well it works on my German shepherd's coat. He's been shedding bad since it has been getting hot and there's been fur all over the floor. This rake removed a great deal of fur. It's also very quick and easy to remove the fur from the rake. The best part is that my dog actually loves getting brushed by it! While he's never disliked being brushed, he usually only tolerates it for a couple minutes before giving me the 'Let me go' look. With the rake, he sits still patiently and even leans into it. I believe it feels to him like he's getting a good scratching. On the other hand, my grouchy old obese cat hates it. But she hates most things. Yet, it works amazing on her as well, especially in the areas on her coat that tends to mat up. The rake came with a black cap to place over the bristles when not in use. I like it as it protects it and keeps it clean for storage." —Nurse Bex

    Get it from Amazon for $9.71 (available in two models).

    22. A cozy pet bed that will make them feel cuddled even when you're too busy to snuggle with them. It's made with heat-reflecting fabric, so it will keep them warm, too.

    REviewer Photo: Corgi on bed
    amazon.com

    Promising review: " "Our puppy (6-month-old corgi) loves her puff. We noticed early on that she likes to nest, so we got this bed. I thought it was huge when it arrived, but she jumped right on. She jumps on it when she is playing and nests in it to go to sleep. It seems like it will hold its shape pretty well, though it has "give" for nesting. So far it is exactly what we were looking for!" –MotherofCorgis

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99

    23. A bone-shaped lick pad to help distract your dog long enough to groom and bathe them. Simply spread peanut butter onto it and fall in love with just well it works.

    Dog licking bone-shaped pad
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Perfect for teaching our puppy to be focused during baths, hair drying, and trimming. Turned hatred and fear into tolerance." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. A PetSafe treat pouch that will make rewarding your pup easier than ever. Rather than getting your hand caught in your pocket or trying to fumble with a treat bag when out on a walk, this pouch springs open for easy handling. It can be clipped onto your leash or pocket, or worn as a fanny pack. I have one and can attest to how much easier (and faster) it makes the rewarding process. And any puppy owner knows, you have to be fast to mark good behaviors.

    The treat pouch in action
    Chewy

    Promising review: "Was just what I needed for my 9-month Pomeranian to start her first class in 'puppy school.' I am 67-year-old and my hands and coordination are difficult when holding the leash and getting Kiwi to train while getting treats ready for reward quickly. This holds my phone and keys out of the way and opens and closes easily too. It's very well made and strong." –Darleene

    Get it from Chewy for $15.95 (available in three colors).

    25. A PupProtector™ Waterproof Throw Blanket so you can protect your couch, bed, and any other surface you'd like to keep in tip-top shape from any potential puppy messes or accidents. The waterproof blanket is truly waterproof.

    The PupProtector Blanket
    Paw

    I own one and when my puppy was first starting to mark and have accidents, he did so on my green velvet couch and I about had a heart attack. Thankfully, it didn't spill through the blanket and my couch remains in perfect condition. Which is to say, this is super practical for anyone hoping their puppy won't ruin some of their favorite things.

    Promising review: "I purchased the king-size throw to cover a light-colored sofa and it fits great. Cooper and Kora (my fur babies) love it, and my son wants to steal it for his room. It is quality made and looks great with my decor. I highly recommend this throw. It’s a great investment!" –Evangel A.

    Get it from Paw for $119 (originally $299; available in 10 colors and 2 sizes).

    26. A bag of Greenies Feline Dental Cat Treats that will make cleaning your cat's teeth less of a struggle. The catnip-infused treats are super easy to use —just give them one and let them chow down. Pearly white kitty teeth will ensue.

    Greenies Dental Treats
    Pet Smart

    Promising review: "My girls had their annual wellness exam today. I was told their teeth are in excellent condition. I informed the vet that I am giving them Greenies and she said they are working very well." –Kristen

    Get it from PetSmart for $2.35 (originally $8.48).

    27. A PetSafe Eatwell Five-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder so you never have to worry about not being home in time to feed your pet. Simply program it with a timer and it will open up just in time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

    PetSmart

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this feeder. The batteries are lasting forever. Literally, it's been years and they're still going. With this feeder, I know that Elliot is fed every day like clockwork. He doesn't ever bug me for food, since he doesn't associate me with getting fed anymore. I can also leave for a couple days (for a weekend for example) and not have to worry about him getting his food. Truly a set it and forget it product — couldn't be better." –Peter D. Town

    Get it from PetSmart for $44.95 (originally $64.99).

    28. A Lupine dog leash because they're the best on the market. (Seriously, I have a bunch of their collars, three of their leashes, and one of their harnesses.) In addition to being sold in a variety of fun colors and prints, they're also available in a bunch of different widths and sizes to ensure you can buy the best fit for your dog. Best of all, all of their products are guaranteed (even for chew), so if your pup manages to ruin their leash (or collar or harness), they'll replace it, no questions asked.

    Lupine

    Lupine is a small business that has been based out of New Hampshire for over 30 years.

    Promising review: "My late precious pug used the peacock collar and leash for seven years and the quality is unmatched! To this day both look brand new without color fading, material fraying, parts rusting or falling apart. The collar was comfortable for my pug and the leash handle was comfortable for me. Not to mention the set is stylish and fun. I love both items and will continue buying Lupinepet for all my future canine furbabies." –Pugalicious

    Get it from Lupine for $13.99+ (available in three widths and lengths, and 26 colors).

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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