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    30 Things To Make Bath Time Easier For Pets Who’d Rather Be Anywhere Else

    Your fur baby definitely deserves a bath bomb.

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    1. The absolutely genius AquaPaw bathing tool that will basically trick your pet into loving bath time. Simply attach it to your shower spigot or garden hose and slip it over your palm so you can scrub, rinse, and pet your furry friend at the same time.

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    Promising review: "My dog is terrified of the bath! But with this handheld sprayer, it’s so easy to bathe her. Bath time is so much faster and more comfortable for her now. She doesn’t try to jump out of the tub because she’s terrified of the showerhead, now she stays in and is very calm (I think because it probably feel like a massage to her and gives the sensation that I’m petting her)." —Hayden

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A no-rinse shampoo foam so you can give your dog or cat a refresh before they even have time to run away. It'll be a life-saver the next time you have last-minute guests over and your pet isn't quite smelling his or her best. It happens.

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    Promising review: "This is seriously a life saver! My puppy was smelly after getting rained on and he wont be getting groomed until next week. This is perfect for in between baths. Its works especially well when you brush it in after applying." — Patreice Harper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three scents and formulas for cats).

    3. A bottle of tear-free Burt's Bees shampoo for all the sensitive felines that get easily irritated by excess fragrance and dyes.

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    Promising review: "I have a cat with allergies to apparently everything. This presents a problem when it comes to bathing him as soaps irritate his skin. This was my last ditch effort before resorting to purchasing expensive medicated shampoo from the vet. This shampoo has saved both my cats skin as well as my wallet. LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!" —JD

    Get it from Amazon for $7.61.

    4. A foldable elevated bath so you can lift your fluff ball up to the perfect height and say goodbye to hunching over into your tub while they squirm around everywhere.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a Shih Tzu and I tried to bathe him in my kitchen sink a few times. He was always trying to jump out of the sink, which scared the hell out of me. I had to send him out for bathing and grooming once a month, which is so expensive over time. This product is a gift from heaven! It comes with a safety harness to secure my baby during the bath and he has never been so behaved during the bath! I'm so happy! It definitely made bath time at home much easier and safer than before." —Anning

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (available in two colors).

    5. A dog-friendly bath bomb your pupperoncini will be absolutely mesmerized by as it swirls and fizzes around your tub. It'll infuse the water with moisturizing oils and a delicious grapefruit scent so your dog will feel and smell better than ever.

    MuttCosmetics/Etsy

    Get it from MuttCosmetics on Etsy for $6.95.

    6. A set of water activated mittens that are pre-soaked with a rinse-free shampoo so you can quickly give your furry friend a quick scrub and let them run around to dry off. They'll think they're just getting some extra foamy pets and cuddles.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "In the colder months, it seems harsh to put our 9-yr-old pug through the whole bath experience. With these pet wipes, we can wash her when she needs it without getting her fur completely soaked. We got the no fragrance option and it leaves her smelling fresh. Since she is small, we got two rinses out of one mitt. (I'd imagine for larger dogs you'd probably only get one wash out of each wipe.) ScrubbyPet No Rinse Wipes are the BOMB!!!" —Patti

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $7.95.

    7. A handheld drying brush so your pooch can feel pampered and relaxed as you smooth out all those furry tangles. Just look at that GIF — that dog is living its best luxurious life and we love to see it.

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    Promising review: "I can’t say enough good things about this little brush! It’s super lightweight and compact, the dryer is quiet enough to not scare my pets, and the brush is soft but sturdy enough to get them completely dry in minutes!! I used to worry that I would burn my dog with my hair dryer, even on the lowest setting. This little brush is the perfect temperature and I could tell she even loved how warm it was while she was drying off." —Mari

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A pack of Burt's Bees dander-reducing wipes for the cool cats and kittens who really don't like taking baths. These will get rid of excess flaking and lightly condition their coats.

    an orange cat sitting next to a yellow pack of dander reducing wipes
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Our cat was having a lot of dander on his back near the base of his tail. We kept up the brushing but it wasn't going away. We decided to go for the dander wipes. Well, I have used it twice and was blown away. His dander is pretty much all gone now. Plus his hair seems shinier and silkier after his brushing and using the wipes." –Tom

    Get it from Amazon for $5.83+ (also available in various pack sizes).

    9. A jar of handmade dog-friendly bubble bath powder so your dog can be surrounded by mountains of fluffy, frothy vanilla-scented goodness.

    MuttCosmetics/Etsy

    MuttCosmetics is a small Etsy shop based in San Francisco.

    Get it from MuttCosmetics on Etsy for $20.95.

    10. A Waterpik pet wand pro shower sprayer attachment that will basically become your own live-in dog groomer — except its services are way less expensive. You can easily install it on your shower or garden hose so you can give your pooch a seriously relaxing rinse.

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    Promising review: "This worked great on my giant breed dog. I was able to wet all of him down with so little effort. It was easy to hang the wand on the suction cup when I didn't need it. With the full spray, there was enough water pressure to wet down the thick downy fur on his back end. I was able to carefully wet up under his legs and tummy using the narrow spray and reduced water pressure. One-handed operation was a little tricky at first, but I got it eventually. Best of all, the hose was long enough to reach his backside at the far end of the tub. I'm really surprised at how well it worked because my closets are stuffed with doggy gadgets and toys I thought would be awesome and then never used. Bottom line, if you're a doggy parent, this is a great investment that will make your doggy bathing life a lot easier. It could easily be used on my short-haired 10lb dog as well. I'm considering buying another to put outside for washing down my lab after her ocean swimming, woods tromping, mud puddle splashing adventures and for all those rainy-day muddy paws." –seastorm

    Get it from Amazon for $36.97 (available in two sizes).

    11. A detangling finishing spray by Chi (yes, the same Chi you might have in your hair care routine!) to make brushing their fur a painless experience.

    Bottle of Chi for Dogs Detangling Finishing Spray
    Petsmart

    Promising review: "My dog was always getting matted till I found this stuff. He’s a maltipoo and his hair is more tight curl poodle and tends to get matted pretty easily. Because of that, he hated being brushed because it hurts. I spray it on and brush through and he doesn’t mat anymore. It actually lets me not have to brush every day anymore either. I can now brush every other day or every three days and he’s just fine." —Rg13

    Get it from Petsmart for $9.99 (originally $11.99).

    12. A waterless shampoo spray you can sneakily mist onto your cat's fur to have them smelling fresh until bath time rolls around again.

    Reviewer's cat posing with Burt's Bees for Cats Waterless Shampoo
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    Promising review: "We have an older cat who absolutely HATES bath time and squirts of water with a passion. We've used wipes on him in the past and he will accept those but decided to try this waterless Burt's Bees shampoo since I trust the companies products. To my surprise he didn't mind the mist being sprayed on his fur as I brushed him. Didn't put up too much of a fight at all until his underbelly started getting too wet. Still a lot less stress for him than an actual bath so that's a win. After being dried off his fur is clean, soft, shiny, and smells nice." —The David

    Get it from Amazon for $5.83.

    13. A super easy to use leave-in conditioner so you can quickly condition your dog's coat without having to subject them to yet another rinse. It's made with coconut water and rose oil to soften their fur and reduce irritation.

    Jar of MuttCosmetics Bloom Pup Oil
    MuttCosmetics/Etsy

    Get it from MuttCosmetics on Etsy for $15.95+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A bath brush with silicone teeth to really work the shampoo in while giving your cat a gentle massage. It's also perfect to use as a de-shedding tool in between baths.

    a striped cat being brushed with a purple silicone brush that fits in the palm of a hand
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    Promising review: "I’ve tried other brushes but have never seen results like this. It’s soft, easy to hold and my cats, Penny and Lucy, love it! If you’re a cat owner, do yourself a favor and buy one of these!" –Megan Sharp

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. A shampoo dispensing brush that'll stop you from having to waste time fumbling around with a bottle during the rare moments your pet actually stays still. With this, you can simply brush their fur while the shampoo flows out and starts to foam up.

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    Promising review: "Giving our English Mastiff a bath was always hard. Not any more! This brush is perfect to wash his short body hair. I didn't use as much shampoo. I just filled the brush with his shampoo then sealed the cap. I was done in 20 minutes unlike with old brush it took 45-55 minutes. I already told my friends who have dogs with short coats that it's great!" —SweetMomNY

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors).

    16. A ridiculously adorable hooded robe so your doggo can dry off while looking like the cutest baby shark you've ever seen. It'll help you reach your full my-dog-is-my-child potential.

    Dog wearing hooded shark towel
    WeenieWarmers/Etsy

    WeenieWarmers is a small Etsy shop based in Palm Desert, California.

    Get it from WeenieWarmers on Etsy for $24.95 (available in three patterns).

    17. A solid shampoo to help you eliminate plastic waste and treat your pup to a much easier washing experience. Simply rub it directly on their wet fur to activate the lathery goodness.

    Dog  next to solid dog shampoos
    EmilysHomestead/Etsy

    Promising review: "Nice bar of soap for my fur babies! I personally liked using this bar soap over a liquid, lots easier to lather their bellies and legs, not having to fumble with a bottle of soap. Soap easily worked into a lather and worked down into their coats nicely. It left their coat beautiful and soft. I will buy this again!" — wrkeyser2010

    EmilysHomestead is a small Etsy shop based in Bailey, Colorado.

    Get it from EmilysHomestead on Etsy for $7 (available with or without oatmeal).

    18. A two-in-one formula so you can quickly end your pooch's bath time despair by shampooing and conditioning at the same time.

    the bottle of shampoo and conditioner
    Petsmart

    Promising review: "After researching shampoos for my newly-adopted Yorkie, I tried this Chi two-in-one and absolutely love it! It lathers well and rinses easily, plus it smells delicious...and the scent lasts for days! My pup's coat is soft and smooth and it shines...I am completely satisfied and will recommend this product to everyone that owns a furry friend!" —KeLLyP01234

    Get it from Petsmart for $15.99 (originally $16.99).

    19. A bottle of Burt's Bees dander-reducing spray to keep your cat's fur soft, shiny, moisturized, and free of flakes. They'll be much easier to clean the next time they need a more thorough wash.

    Reviewer's before and after showing the spray dramatically reduced their cat's dander
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My cat has had bad dandruff on her back ever since I adopted her. I’ve tried many things but nothing compared to this. Literally after one application it was practically gone. Reapplied a couple days later and it’s COMPLETELY gone. Seriously, this stuff works! And fast! So thankful! Tip: My cat (as I imagine many cats) doesn’t like being directly sprayed on, but she LOVES being brushed, so I apply it by spraying the product onto her brush and then brushing her. Works perfectly." —Red

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49 (also available in a pack of two).

    20. An Aquapaw licking pad you can fill with peanut butter and place on your shower wall so they stay occupied and distracted while you give them a good bath.

    Amazon

    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).

    21. A portable paw washer to stop them from tracking mud all through the house. It's basically a little doggy pedicure in a jar.

    Reviewer collage showing before and after results of using portable paw washer
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    Promising review: "Honestly so happy I bought this. My husband would get frustrated trying to clean the dogs' paws off when the yard gets muddy and I would end up cleaning mud off of our furniture. This is so much easier and even our finicky dogs allow us to use it with virtually no struggle. Easy to empty and refill, feels sturdy." —Jessica A Suggs

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    22. An absorbent microfiber dog towel so you can quickly dry them off before they run away and rub their wet fur all over the house.

    Model drying off dog with microfiber towel
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I use it almost daily when we come in from a snow walk to get the damp off his fur; he's a tunneler and gets covered in snow. For just snow it only takes a few seconds to dry him off. We had a downpour the other day, (Yes! In the middle of winter! Crazy weather!) and he was soaked. This Super Shammy had him dry in minutes! Simply amazing! It dries quickly, doesn't drip while drying, and can be washed in the washing machine. Can you tell I really love this product?" —LoveToShop

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    23. A personalized, super soft microfiber dog robe for the pupper who needs to decompress and wind down after a stressful bath session.

    Dog wearing personalized robe
    K9TradingCompany/Etsy

    Promising review: "Could not be happier! The robe is adorable and fits just right, even on my hard-to-fit Italian greyhounds." —higginsddg76

    K9TradingCompany is a small Etsy seller based in Georgia.

    Get it from K9TradingCompany on Etsy for $19.82+ (available in six sizes and 18 colors).

    24. Or this cat-friendly microfiber bathrobe so your fur ball can relax and dry off in style, like they deserve.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love it! My cat normally doesn’t like when I put costumes or towels on her. I have yet to use it as a bath towel but it’s easy to get her in and she has no issues walking around in it." —Tiffany Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes medium and large).

    25. A pack of Nature's Miracle deodorizing bath wipes to quickly clean up any dirt and grime accumulated throughout the day and help you extend the time in between bath sessions.

    Reviewer's photo of them cleaning their brown dog with a wipe
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    Promising review: "We have a German shepherd with limited mobility, so frequent trips to the groomers, or even climbing in the tub aren’t practical for keeping him clean. We just started using these and they definitely help with the oily fur, dirty tail, and grey dusty spots he leaves behind. They don’t leave much residual aroma behind, and he thinks he’s being petted when we rub him down with them. Downside is it takes three to four to do all of him, and they tend to get dirty more quickly now that his winter coat is coming in, and loose fur is coming off using them." —C.A. Tetley

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95+ (available in four sizes and two scents).

    26. A flea and tick shampoo for cats and dogs that contains aloe, lanolin, coconut extract, and oatmeal to soothe sensitive skin while getting rid of fleas, ticks, flea eggs, flea larvae, and lice.

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    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.

    27. Or a bestselling super gentle medicated dog shampoo to treat fungal and bacterial infections, as well as colloidal oatmeal and allantoin to moisturize and speed up the healing process.

    Reviewer photo showing results of using medicated shampoo on dog
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Naturally, because of the ingredients, it has a strong smell. However, it does seem to leave my dog's skin feeling dry and provides good relief for her poor itchy skin. My dog Molly is a 9-pound mini dachshund whose little chest makes contact with the grass all the time so her skin gets itchy and irritated. I’ve been bathing her regularly with this shampoo and it is giving her some relief. No more greasy, flaky skin. Her skin and fur is now dry and soft." —Climbyourarms

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96 (available in two sizes).

    28. A magical waterless pet spray that'll refresh their coat and decrease shedding in between baths. Plus, it'll make their fur look silky enough for a shampoo commercial.

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    Promising review: "This spray is wonderful! I am fostering a puppy who has mange and needs to be bathed every other day. This spray keeps his skin from flaking, less shedding, and gives him such a shiny coat! I’m buying more to bring to my local shelter where I bathe many dogs with dry skin!" –B. Carr

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three sizes).

    29. These calming bites made with natural and organic ingredients to help relax your pup and remind them that the shower water and shampoo bottles are not out to hurt them. You'll also be glad to have them on hand when July 4th rolls around and your pupper's anxiety is through the roof.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Have used it for three days now with my Frenchie who was being aggressive with our other Frenchie, and let’s just say that the vicious fighting has gone down drastically. We think he has anxiety and I feel almost like now his mind is calmer. He is still himself but so much more focused. We can get his attention easily now. It’s just so much more pleasant in our household. We’re probably going to always keep this in our pantry because if at three days we’re already seeing these kinds of results then I think this is really helping him with his anxiety." —Vee Gee

    Get it from Amazon for $28.97+ (available in three flavors).

    30. And a Bissell portable dog bath and grooming system if the mere sight of the bath tub gives your pup the heebie jeebies. You can also use it to spot clean carpets and upholstery, so it'll basically become your new favorite cleaning gadget.

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    Promising review: "I have an 80-pound Black Lab/German Shepherd mix rescue who apparently was abused in a previous life. He hates water and anything to do with getting a bath. Getting him into a tub to bathe him in the winter is impossible. I saw an advertisement for this and thought I'd give it a try, especially since he will stand still for me to wipe him down with doggie wipes. It was a dream to use! It took about 30 minutes to bathe him. He did not struggle with me like he normally would if we were outdoors trying to use the hose and doggie shampoo and conditioner. He did not try to sit down on me or get away. When we got through and I asked him if he was ready for his "cookie" he went right over to his treat jar! This was undoubtedly the best $200.00 I have ever spent! I highly recommend this machine. The fact that I can use it for spot-cleaning on my carpet in the bedrooms makes it double impressive!!" —Carole Mather

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

    Your pet enjoying bath time for the first time in their life:

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