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1. A set of dog booties to protect their sensitive paws from snow, debris, and salt. Bonus: They're good against hot pavement in the summer!
Promising review: "I loved these so much for my pup that I bought them for a friend's pup too. Her dog has sensitive paws and they get hot and chapped from walking. She also chronically licks her paws raw. These booties have been a lifesaver already for her, keeping her paws healthy and deterring her from licking them!! 10 out of 10 would definitely recommend! Plus they always look so so cute in them." —Austin E.
Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in eight sizes and four colors).
2. Or essentially balloons that work as disposable booties. There's definitely a learning curve when putting them on, but they stay put no matter how much your dog kicks and flails.
My dog was struggling with salt on the sidewalk (it's SO BAD in New York City), so I went to the pet store and tried on a variety of boots. Like most nervous dogs, he hates having his paws handled so it was too difficult to get him to wear booties with any shape because I couldn't get his paw all the way in. I opted for these because you can just sort of shove the paw in and be done. They're a bit tight, so they're really only OK for short walks. I can't emphasize enough this is temporary solution and not a long term footwear choice. That said, my dog figured out how to walk in them in 30 seconds, and they stay put for the whole duration of the walk. They're easy to remove (with human hands) and keep paws safe from evil salt.
Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes Tiny–XL).
3. A warm, fuzzy sleep pad so your rodent or rabbit can have a luxurious place to rest or play.
Promising review: "This is so cute and much bigger than I imagined for my guinea pig. I love it. Both have different sides so you can flip it over and it looks like you changed it. Might order again, a size small instead of a medium this time. 🥰" —Crazy Curlz
Get two from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in two sizes).
4. A snout soother to help moisturize your dog's crusty nose. You hate chapped lips, so your dog definitely hates having a chapped nose.
Promising review: "Well, I have never before been so shocked at the effectiveness of a product. Our 5-year-old Frenchie, Carol, had a nose that was so crusty it was sprouting these long strands of more crust. There was literally crust on crust on crust. The nose had strings of crust. This nose was so crusty and repulsive it was almost beautiful. Her nose might have resembled the rarest, most exotic geode to be mined from the rarest mine in Guatemala. A friend recommended Snout Soother for Carol's repulsive nose. I was worried she would just lick it all off and it wouldn't work. We never imagined she could have a regular, soft, moist nose again. Honestly this product is some black-magic stuff! Unbelievable results in three to five days. No one paid me to write this." —Brittany
Get it from Amazon for $5.95.
5. A sleeping bag so your dog can come camping and stay warm overnight. Look at these little pigs in blankets! Do I like camping now?
Promising review: "I’m so happy with this purchase! I used to bring a dog bed for Skydog when camping but it got to be a pain in the tookus being heavy and difficult to clean after camping. This sleeping bag is perfect for camping with your pooch! It's lightweight, easy to clean, and super portable!" —Steph
Get it from Amazon for $22.95+ (available in three colors).
6. A weatherproof home for feral cats so your favorite outdoor felines can keep safe and warm, no matter the frigid temperatures. It's easy to clean, requires no tools to assemble, and made from a sturdy material that won't warp in harsh weather.
Promising review: "I've had the product for about one month now, and it is a quality product. It took a lot of waiting for the cat to use it, but it did for the first time today when we had a light snow. Most of the snow is melted in the photo, but they curled up in a ball and slept for over three hours inside of it after I took this photo. It's worth every penny if it affords the cat even a day's rest. No doubt that it will house them well through the rest of the winter. Thanks to another buyer, I followed the recommendation that I leave off the front door." —Ann
Get it from Amazon for $66.84.
7. A fleece-line jacket to keep your pup (or outdoorsy cat) warm and, of course, very on trend.
Promising review: "I never write reviews but I had to for this. I LOVE this product so much that I bought three of them. The medium fits my shih tzu PERFECTLY and it's the only jacket she’s comfy in. I took my dogs to the beach (50°) in these jackets and they weren't cold at all! Not a shiver! The leash hole fits perfectly with a harness, not so much a collar. The hood is weird and doesn’t fit but they would shake it off anyway so It’s not biggie. It’s super easy to get on and it’s soooo soft inside. I’m assuming it’s water resistance by how it feels but they haven’t gone out in the rain so I’m not positive. Anyway, I would highly recommend this for your doggies!!!!" —Siena Bacino
Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and six colors).
8. A reptile tank heating pad so your scaly friend can feel nice and toasty all winter long, no roaring fire or throw blanket needed.
Promising review: "Even a snake needs a sweater! However, they are very difficult to find. Not to worry. If you're like me and out of luck in snake winter apparel, opt for a heat pad. This one comes with a control. It's great, it works, and I don't have to worry that our 13-year old reptile (a while corn snake named Elmer) isn't comfortable. Elmer feels the snuggly love!" —TN Cut Flower Farmer
Get it from Amazon for $18.99.
9. A heated water bowl for outdoor pets who might get a little thirsty while frolicking in the snow.
Promising review: "I got the bowl for the squirrels and birds who visit my patio. The bowl has been out overnight for several nights now in freezing temperatures. As advertised, the water does not freeze. It was snowing today. In the picture, you can see one of the many squirrels who visits the patio stopping by for a drink. A friend asked if the water gets warm. It does not." —MHHS
Get it from Amazon for $32.99.
10. Since there are suddenly a lot more ways to get dirty in the winter: A wall suction that you can fill with peanut butter so your dog can distract themselves from the unimaginable horror of bath time.
Freeze before use so it takes Fido longer to lick up all the peanuty goodness. And get the cool hand-washer shown in the picture here!
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.
11. And some shampoo developed with veterinary dermatologists to ensure your dog's sensitive skin is getting the gentle care it needs. It comes with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, cucumber extract, and coconut oil.
Dandylion is a small business founded by Carolyn Chen that sells bath products for dogs with sensitive skin.
I use this shampoo for my dog and it's great! So far no issues and it smells wonderful. I love that vets were involved in the creation so I can feel comfortable bathing my dog with it.
Get it from Dandylion for $22.
12. A plush winter bird nest house because you're not the only one trying to get snuggly this winter season. This soft hammock has an eye-catching design and a little peephole so your birds can rest, play, and snuggle up.
Promising review: "I really like the way this is made! Most of these little huts have cardboard for the bottom but this one has a sturdy piece of acrylic which can be easily slid out if you need to clean the hut! My conure loves it! Took to it right away!! I’d definitely recommend this product!!" —kim smart
Get it from Amazon for $12.49.
14. A nonslimy ice melt designed to work without harming grass, wood, plants, concrete, metals, or *most importantly* pets. The last thing anyone wants to see is their dog limping from stepping on salt. If only all of NYC used this stuff!
Promising review: "Today in Chicago it snowed throughout the day, not blizzard, but a normal 5ish inches. I live in the city and have to keep my sidewalks clean, so I shoveled midday to break up the torturous foot-traffic-packed snow that builds up, and broke a decent sweat (shoveling about 15 feet of sidewalk). I said 'see you later' to my neighbors who were also shoveling. I put this salt down over the remnants of my hardship, figuring it’d make round two easier. It has been six hours and my sidewalk is clear — no random patches of ice, clear — while my neighbors already had a solid new layer of snow to shovel. I will not be joining the next round." —Kate
Get it from Amazon for $13.83.
15. A felt activity mat you can hide treats and kibble in, so your pup is entertained and engaged when long walks are not an option for the day.
When I first adopted my dog, he was very "meh" about eating. I read that sometimes this could be from boredom, so I could got him this snuffle mat to make mealtime fun and engaging. Lemme tell ya, this worked like a charm! He absolutely loved hunting around for every last piece of kibble. He's so attached to this toy, sometimes he even sleeps on it. I'm sure if my dog could type, he would give it a 10/10.
Get it from Amazon for $25.99.
16. Or a Falcon Toy from Fable to keep your pup busy thanks to its feeding, tugging, treating, and rolling functionality.
My dog is completely obsessed with this toy! It doesn't have as much space for soft food as a traditional Kong toy, and it's kind of hard to get kibble out of the bottom hole, but it keeps my dog busy for a good long time. I'm not sure why —maybe it's something about the shape or texture — but this toy has captured my dog's heart. He does a little happy dance whenever he sees it, and even chews on it long after all the food is gone.
Get it from Fable for $23 (available in nine colors, all of which dogs can actually see!).
17. Ooor a puzzle feeding game to really keep your clever pup occupied. It comes in different difficulty levels, so even the smartest dogs can have a pre-meal challenge.
Promising review: "This is awesome! My border collie’s level of intelligence is a part-time job for me. He requires lots of engagement and he figures out everything fast. This puzzle took him a good hour and a half to figure out the first time and every time after that, he sits with this for about an hour. He’s really calm (which he’s normally not) and concentrated on it, methodically moving pieces. I ordered a second, different puzzle a day after we received this first one. It’s easy to clean because the sliding tiles just pop right off but I’ve just been using his regular kibble in it so it hasn’t hardly gotten dirty at all." —Courtney Oldham
Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four difficult levels and 13 shapes).
18. A miniature hoodie for your ferret (or microscopic dog). Does your ferret need clothes? Check out this review picture and you'll know the answer.
Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE! This fits very comfortably on my ferret, Loki. He absolutely loves it. He does attempt to slip out of it — but he's harness trained he can't get out with the harness over the hoodie. He absolutely adores going for a walk in it. It's become somewhat of a comfort blanket for him. When I put this on him — he immediately falls asleep in it. Not to mention, he's become such an attraction because of how adorable he is in it!" —snowybritches
Get it from Amazon for $9.97.
19. A dog paw cleaning device to keep Spot's feet squeaky clean, because you can't exactly put hand sanitizer on a dog. (Seriously, do not do that.)
Promising review: "Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer who likes to dig, a mini golden doodle who is prissy about her paws and a standard labradoodle puppy who is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was ridiculous. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!" —Rachel
Get it from Amazon for $12.54 (originally $19.99; available in three sizes and six colors).
20. A pop-up pee pad with a mini fire hydrant to pee on when they absolutely refuse to do so outside in the blizzard.
Promising review: "The little fire hydrant pops up automatically when you unfold the pad, and it has a contrasting color that allows them to see it (while looking really cute). It's the perfect size for a small dog to aim at, it's absorbent so it doesn't splash, and it's small enough that dogs can share the pad without it getting in the way. I have two toy poodles, one boy and one girl. They boy would never make it onto the pad (and nearly ruined my floor) because he didn't have anything to aim at. So I ended up creating my own hydrants out of cans of food wrapped in potty pads. They worked but it was a pain to create a new one each time I put out a new pad. This is so much better! I'm in love with these. Best of all, these are hands down some of the best quality potty pads I've ever used. Liquid jellifies almost instantly so they don't track wet footprints on the floor, and they absorb the smell." —A. Platter
Get them from Amazon for $20.20+ (available in three size packs).
21. A Cat Dancer toy in case your cat is stuck indoors and struggling to get rid of pent up energy. You can waggle this in front of your cooped-up cat whenever you wanna give them a proper workout.
Promising review: "I have a whole room filled with cat toys that my cat is not interested in. It's funny how the least expensive cat toy I have makes him go crazy. He plays with this until he's panting like a dog and I have never seen him jump so high. I'm certain this toy will help him lose his belly. He loves it! I highly recommend it!" —Kwoo
Get it from Amazon for $1.73.
22. A large seat cover to protect your car from all the snow and mud that might wanna hitch a ride with your dog.
Promising review: "I've had it for a few months now and it's working great. It pretty much stays in place, I don't have to mess with moving it around or ever fixing it (sometimes the lower flaps might pop up a little bit when my dog is sitting on it but that's it). I love the gray with the blue piping. The only thing is that my dog slips on it a little bit since it is a slick waterproof material. I have to have the waterproof (that's why I wanted a cover) because he gets in the car after swimming, so we'll live with that. He'll have to learn to be more careful and keep his butt planted. But just something to consider if you don't need waterproof." —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $45.95.
23. A subscription to Barkbox so your Very Good Dog can have a monthly surprise sent right to their door. The convenient boxes come with toys, treats, and a chew (or just toys) that fit a theme, like Marvel, a Valentine's Day bakery, or fishing.
I originally signed up for Barkbox because they had a special Halloween offer for a free clown toy (when the cloth covering was ripped off, there was a surprise underneath). I've since been a loyal subscriber! Their customer service really goes above and beyond. I think I've had to make tweaks to my subscription three or four times, but they're always happy to help. In fact, they even mailed me an illustration of my dog! The toys are always super clever (often with moving parts, like an ice cream pint with removable, squeaky ice cream scoops) and my dog loves all the soft treats. If your dog is an intense chewer, you can also opt for the Super Chewer box, which has sturdier options. I highly recommend!
Get it from Barkbox for $26+/month.
24. A reversible windproof plaid jacket to give your dog a "we vacation in Europe" type of vibe. The fleece lining and water-repellant outer layer will ensure your dog stays warm, even in typically dreary English weather.
Promising review: "This is a great option as a coat. The fact that it's reversible is great! My dog has long fur and seldom gets cold, but it is a pain to dry him off after going outside when it's wet. The plaid side is cute for snowy days and the black, water-resistant side is excellent for rain or sleet. The high neck helps add additional protection. There is a large flap that goes under the tummy to protect tummy fur from getting wet. Both sides of the coat and one side of the neck have Velcro closures so it is very easy to put on and take off quickly. And the Velcro hasn't gotten full of fur or stuck to his fur at all. The leg and neck openings are perfect." —CrystalM
Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and seven styles).
25. Paw protection cream with vitamin E to keep paw pads nice and soft. Most dogs hate shoes, so this helps keep their tootsies safe from the elements (salt and ice in the winter and hot sidewalks in the summer).
Promising review: "My dog has extremely dry and cracked paws, so rough she gets stuck to the carpet. I've tried just about everything, all failed for various reasons. This product works. I was only able to do one paw the first time, she fought me like a demon. Next time she let me do all four with little fuss, she likes the result. I followed everyone's lead and put it on right before walks. I've noticed that she wants to run and jump more, and genuinely is happy with her feet. One downside is because it softens the pads you have to be careful where they step; she picked up a thorny branch where before the treatment it wouldn't penetrate. Fair trade in my opinion; now we can play and snuggle without her scratching me up. Bottom line: love it, the dog loves it, good value little goes a long ways. —Peggy
Get it from Amazon for $15.99.