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    24 Things That Will Help Soothe You And Your Anxious Pet

    Calmer pet, calmer you.

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy to help with everything from crate training to alleviating separation anxiety. It even features a "real feel" pulsing heartbeat and a heat pack that appeal to your pup's natural instincts β€” making it the ultimate cuddle buddy.

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    Promising Review: "GET THIS!!! I was hesitant to buy this due to the price, but it is worth every penny. Our rescue puppy had severe separation anxiety and would cry in his crate every night, throughout the night. This completely stopped after we paired him with his Snuggle Buddy. He LOVES his Buddy." β€”shulover

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

    2. A comfort cat carrier that'll snuggly swaddle your cat and make transporting them soooo much easier. Best of all, they won't be able to fight or claw you when it's time to go out!

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    This carrier is meant for cats who are less than 10 pounds and measure less than 15 inches from the base of their head to their tail. The carrier itself is soft and tightly woven, so it's comfortable for your cat but resistant to scratches and snags from their claws. Another cool perk? It has a seatbelt pass-through to keep your cat secure in the car.

    Promising Review: "My two guys love this carrier! The older cat always got anxious traveling in a standard carrier but can now handle two to three hour trips with no trouble." β€”L. T.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.90 (available in sizes S-XL and available in eight colors).

    3. A purr pillow that, you guessed it, will gently purr for two minutes every time your lil' kitty touches it. Reviewers swear by it for separation anxiety, whether it be from you or from another kitty who recently passed.

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    Promising Review: "My 3-year old male rescue kitty has gone through a lot of change and anxiety in his short life (he was abandoned as a kitten and left on the streets). I saw this online and thought, 'Why not give it a shot?' Let me tell you just HOW MUCH he loves his new cuddle buddy! He sleeps with it for EVERY nap and evening slumber. He even pets it like it’s his own baby! I watch him fluff, gently stroke and pull it close to his chest before drifting off to sleep. It warms my heart to see how much it comforts him and how much he loves/cares for it. Sooo recommended for cats of all ages." β€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.10.

    4. Stain-lifting pads to make cleaning up your pet's ~anxious accidents~ a breeze.

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    Promising Review: "These things are AMAZING. They are magical. If you have a pet that 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 anymore thanks to these pads. They are seriously miracle-workers and I will always have a supply of them in my house going forward." β€”Lisa Koivu

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. Or, a splurge-worthy SpotBot hands-free cleaner for those stains that you reallllllly don't wanna touch with your bare hands. This machine is effectively like getting a professional carpet cleaning, and will pay for itself after only a few uses.

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    Promising Review: "The SpotBot is running in the dining room as I write this. It's gotten out set-in kitty barf and doggy doo (diarrhea). I used the set-in stain setting (with some added OxyClean) and the machine did the rest. My 13-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, who suffers from separation anxiety and gets diarrhea when she's nervous, has had me running through my quarterly carpet cleaning budget every other week! I'm resorting to toddler Pampers with a hole cut for her tail and this Spotbot. It just paid for itself today! Love this thing and heartily recommend it!" β€”superdogmom

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    6. An activity mat that'll keep your pet entertained by making them search for hidden treats, rather than anxiously staring out the window awaiting your return.

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    Promising Review: "Awesome for mental stimulation! My dogs sometimes get anxious when I leave but they also love food and have amazing sniffing powers. I use very small pieces of kibble to make it harder for them to find it. They love it. So many places to hide the kibble they go crazy foraging and searching till every single piece has been found." β€”Karina Caceres

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98+ (available in two sizes).

    7. A pet ear treatment, because your fur baby is NOT about to let any groomer or vet's hands near their ears. This easy at-home treatment will keep those floppy things clean and free of infection.

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    Promising Review: "These were a life saver! My dog had an ear infection and, after cleaning it out for a few days in a row, it still wasn’t clearing up. She gets really bad anxiety with the vet so I was willing to try anything to avoid a visit. After using these for two days, her ear was completely clear! Super easy to use and they work quickly! I will definitely keep a bottle on hand for the future." β€”Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    8. Similarly, some low-noise electric hair clippers so you can groom your pooch from the comfort of THEIR home. Yes, it is their house β€” you just so happen to live there.

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    Promising Review: "Great for anxious dogs! I have no regrets! This product is great for nervous dogs! The groomers started charging me extra because my dog was being too difficult. I decide to take things into my own hands. The moment I tried this razor, I was in love instantly. Keep in mind, I am a novice groomer with zero experience working on dogs. My dog loved the razor so much she even rolled on her back for me to shave her stomach. Amazing, I do recommend!" β€”Lauren T

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    9. A Pet Tunes Bluetooth speaker that comes preloaded with 90 minutes of calming music (designed by a sound behaviorist, no less) that'll help your nervous doggo take a breather while you're away at work or running errands.

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    Promising Review: "Gremlin, a pug I care for, has had a rough year physically and emotionally (she walks in a wheelchair and her human dad passed). She is often stressed and has trouble settling down. She barks out of anxiety. She has prescription anti-anxiety meds, but they aren't enough sometimes. I can say with experience that within minutes of putting this by her side or close by (no plug, it's rechargeable) she stops barking, is visibly calm, and sleeping sweetly. And I have it set to a low volume! I highly recommend giving it a try." β€”AuntChristine's Little Dog House

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    10. An eye rinse that reduces irritation and magically removes tear stains (aka those annoying red marks under your pup's eyes).

    reviewer photo showing their dog's tear stains gone after using the eye rinse
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    Promising Review: "This product has helped so much with my fur baby's tear stains! It is heaven-sent. She is a very fussy dog who hates getting wet, but she does not mind when I rinse her eyes with this. I have tried a lot of other products but nothing worked for her tear stains. So happy I found this product and that it is offered by Amazon at a great price!" β€”Luna

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    11. A heavy duty scratch shield to protect your doors and walls from your pet's nervous clawing. It comes equipped with a smooth side (to minimize the sound of scratching) and a textured side (to deter scratching).

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    Depending on the area you need covered, you can easily trim the shield with household scissors. To set it up, just slip the slot in the shield over your door handle, and fasten it with the pre-packaged Velcro strips. And you're good to go without needing to use any hardware!

    Promising Review: "When we moved, our dog was having bad separation anxiety. He would scratch at the door and almost made a hole all the way through! This saved our door, and he hasn't tried to take it off or get through it. It works like a charm!" β€”Adrianna

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    12. A ThunderShirt anxiety jacket reviewers swear by for helping reduce their pet's anxiety. It basically applies an even, gentle pressure to their body, which'll leave them feeling like they're getting one big, long hug β€” especially great when storms and fireworks come a-knockin'.

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    Promising Review: "I didn't think a ThunderShirt could help me, but I was so wrong!!!! Both Ronan (my dog) and I are getting a full night's sleep now during rain, wind, thunder, and lightning storms!!! This is the BEST product ever!!! I put the ThunderShirt on Ronan, and he just stared at me but smiled. He then laid down and slept soundly. What? No way? Are you kidding me? I then put it on him again one hour before a predicted storm, and he laid down again and slept like he was in a coma!!!! I wish I could give this product 20 stars, I'm so happy. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! A MUST BUY!!!!" β€”Tracy Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL).

    13. A bottle of drinkable mouthwash that'll help remove tartar and give your pup the pearly whites they deserve. More importantly, you won't have to wrestle them while trying to use a toothbrush!

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    Promising Review: "OMG this stuff is a lifesaver. My dog hates toothbrushes, so it’s really hard for me to get him to sit still while I brush his teeth β€” although I try. I put this in his water, and it keeps his breath smelling fresh! The 32-oz bottle will last me a while. Such a great product for such a great price." β€”Amanda F.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.41 (available in two sizes and three flavors).

    14. This enzyme-powered stain and odor eliminator you can use to rid your carpet or furniture of any ~lingering scents~ and ~unsightly stains~ your pet may have left behind after an anxiety-induced accident.

    reviewer photo showing how the cleaning spray was able to remove germs and stain from their pet's accident on their carpet
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    Promising Review: "We moved into my mom's house, and the two neutered cats were peeing on so many of our belongings. We knew that our moving would cause them to feel a little anxious. I began to use this product to spray everything I own and especially the areas that they peed on. They completely stopped peeing on our belongings and in our rooms and floors. I used this on clothing before washing it. I was literally to the point of crying because I was so exhausted from finding cat pee and cleaning up cat pee. This product is amazing. And the citrus orange smell is pleasant and is therapeutic in a way. I literally would buy this again even now that my problem is resolved." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    15. A Furbo camera straight from the future. Not only does it allow you to keep a watchful eye on your pet 24/7, it also syncs with your Amazon Alexa to send you barking alerts β€” and even lets you toss them a treat when they're looking a lil' nervous.

    reviewer photo showing their two dogs staring into the Furbo camera at night
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    Promising review: "I was always concerned leaving my puppy home alone because he will cry a lot... When I got the Furbo, things got much better! Furbo sent me notifications to my phone when he was crying, so I would log on and talk to him right away. This changed everything!! My puppy knows I'm always there, so his separation anxiety is getting better. He cries less, and I feel much more relieved." β€”Susan

    Get it from Amazon for $169.

    16. A wall suction treat dispenser that'll make bath time, nail trimming, and general training SO much easier. While your pet is focused on the peanut butter staring into their eyes, you can work on getting them groomed (and they won't even realize it).

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    Many reviewers suggest freezing this with the peanut butter on it first so that your pup has to really work at getting all that deliciousness out β€” which'll keep them occupied for a little longer so you can do what you need to do!

    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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    17. A holistic healing gel to help relieve your pup's skin-related ailments, including irritation from allergies, hot spots, rashes, and dermatitis. Now they no longer have to stress about their itchy skin!

    PawromaTherapy / Etsy

    PawromaTherapy makes all-natural therapeutic pet care products for dogs and cats. The small business is based in Altamonte Springs, Florida and is run by holistic veterinarian Dr. Deneen Fasan, who develops the small-batch, handcrafted products right in their veterinary office. Dr. Fasan uses only safe, natural ingredients (like aloe vera, essential oils and herbs) as well as organic, sustainable, and recyclable items when possible.

    Promising review: "Wow, this helped my dogs tremendously!! One was bitten by another dog and this helped it heal very fast. The other has dermatitis and this soothed her inflammation. Will be buying again! Update: I nicked one of my dogs with clippers. Bled horribly! I cleaned her up and applied this and it was healed in two days. My mother's groomer nicked her dog in the same area and he had to go to the vet and wear the cone of shame. I'm going to get her a jar if I can talk her into trying the holistic approach." β€”Lolaisgr8

    Get it from PawromaTherapy on Etsy for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    18. A dog car seat, because your pup deserves to be safe in transit, too. It can also help alleviate any anxiety or carsickness they might experience.

    reviewer photo showing their puppy sitting in the car basket
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    Promising review: "I used to HATE driving around with my dog just laying on the seat. It was dangerous! He would roll and slide when we made a turn or had to hit our brakes. I knew I needed to do something. I chose this one because it was actually like a basket as opposed to others that didn’t have sides that were raised enough. This was simple to install! Literally put it over your headrest, then wrap the buckle around the seat and clip and tighten! That’s it! On to my dog: He loves it! He feels SAFE in it and that’s the best thing. He can actually sleep on a car ride now! Before we got this, he threw up in the car from being car sick. Not anymore, he is secure and isn’t being bounced around. He can also see out the window safely." –Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $62.99+ (available in seven colors).

    19. A pack of catnip-infused felt balls guaranteed to keep your purring friend entertained for hours β€” freeing up time for you to actually get some chores done around the house.

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    Here's the cool part: when your cat starts to lose interest, all you gotta do is plop the felt balls back in their "charging tin" so they can absorb more of the catnip smell (there's little capsules of catnip in the tin). After a few hours, they'll be good as new and your cat won't be able to get enough. BTW, SimplyBVermont is a small business making 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!" β€”Ketti Schulenberg

    Get a set from SimplyBVermont on Etsy for $12.99.

    20. An Aspen self-warming bed that reflects your pet's body heat to create a warm, comfy spot for napping and relaxing.

    reviewer photo showing their cat stretching out in the warming bed
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    Reviewers note that their dogs AND cats love curling up in this!

    Promising review: "I had to order a second bed, because my two cats are fighting over the first one I bought. But honestly, it's been kinda funny watching the battles. Trust me, your cat(s) will love this bed." β€”Leslie D. Van Damme

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    21. A dog carrier backpack so you can carry your pet around with ease. The backpack's ventilated, waterproof design will keep them comfortable through even the toughest travel conditions.

    reviewer photo showing their dog's face sticking out of the carrier backpack
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    Promising review: "We bought this backpack for our Yosemite/Mammoth hiking trip with the dogs. Here are the highlights: It's really well-made. It's comfortable to wear – even lugging around a furry rascal. I love the water bottle pockets on the side and the laptop pocket inside. Our 13-lb Chihuahua fits in it perfectly and loves looking out the flap. The Chihuahua is just as happy being fully zipped in when transporting him." –Zazzie Perez

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

    22. A nail grinder that's a heckuva lot easier to use than traditional clippers. It's also just wayyy less intimidating, so your pup might actually let you give them a pedicure without having a complete meltdown. πŸ’…

    reviewer photo showing the nail grinder with their pups looking on in the background
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    Promising review: "My older dog (15) has been suffering with long nails for some time. It's affected her ability to walk, and she's always falling. I've taken her to the groomer, tried to clip them myself, taken her walking and none of that helped. I even took her to the vet and had them put her under anesthesia to clip her nails. That didn't do much at all and they recommended I not do that often because of her age. So I got this and hoped for the best. I am beyond impressed and thankful! In one session this has made a huge difference. My dog didn't move or jerk around like she normally does. She just laid there and let me take care of her nails. I could not believe it When we were done and she got up to walk, I could no longer hear the loud tapping on the floors. She is gonna have to get used to walking normally again." β€”georgiadiva2k

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    23. A handheld dog shower attachment – it might *actually* make your pooch enjoy getting a bath. It'll feel so soothing on their coat, rather than just standing in lukewarm water as you scrub them with shampoo. And, *fingers crossed*, it might help prevent them from trying to jump out! 🀞

    reviewer photo showing a dog in the bathtub being rinsed with the shower attachment
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    Promising review: "Owners of long-haired/thick-coated breeds: This is what you've been looking for. I've waited over 20 years for this and have used everything from custom heads to kitchen wash heads. The water flow from this even at low pressure (40 psi) is excellent, adjustment on handle are well-thought-out, and this WILL get right through a thick undercoat." β€”Animal Doctor

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

    24. Lastly, a pack of Zesty Paws Calming Squares β€” grain-free chewable supplements designed to help dogs with nervous, anxious, or aggressive behaviors to calm down and feel more comfortable in their environment.

    reviewer's German Shepard grinning next to a bag of the calming squares
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    Promising review: "AMAZING! I purchased so many different calming chews and this is the only one that my dogs like! They literally beg for it once I open the pouch. These chews have been helpful in calming down our beagle who gets anxious when I’m not around. She has not chewed anything since I’ve given this to her!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $21.97.

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