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    25 Things That’ll Help Solve Pet-Related Problems You Thought You Just Had To Live With

    You may never have to smell poop again.

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    1. A rubber bristle broom that can literally attract pet fur out of your carpet, rugs, and hardwood floors as your favorite little monster continues to shed. And shed. And shed.

    A dog laying beside a clump of his fur picked up from the carpet by the broom
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    Promising review: "I thought my carpet was clean because I have a full-size 'pet' vacuum, but I can tell that this broom is the only thing able to get deep enough and pull all that hair and dirt out of the fibers. Even works better on my tile floors than a regular broom. It doesn’t kick up dust particles or leave them behind. Also, I feel you can use this instead of your mop since it also has a squeegee and can be cleaned just by rinsing it. So you get a twofer with this." —Nelio

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    2. A no-pull harness created by veterinary behaviorists to prevent even the most stubborn of dogs from darting off in any direction, while minimizing the choking you often find with collars.

    A dog wearing the no pull harness
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    Promising review: "THIS HARNESS IS INCREDIBLE! I have a 7-month 65-lb pit/lab puppy who is bigger and stronger than any of my other young pits. She was dragging my wife around terribly until I got this for her. We tried the gentle leader leash, but she HATES it. This was a total breeze. She took to this like a duck in water. It does take some practice in adjusting the straps. However, if you can be patient, the pay off is HUGE!! I also found it to run a tad on the bigger size so when you order, just imagine everything about an inch bigger all around than you expect. That way if you're right on the edge of sizes you can make a better decision." —dwightschrute

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (available in sizes small to large).

    3. An automatic pet food dispenser to feed your fur baby when you're away for the day. This battery-operated machine can be programmed to dispense up to four cups of kibble, 12 times a day. And if your pet is a quick eater, there's a slow feed option.

    A cat waiting for food from the automatic food dispenser
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    Promising review: "Our cat is fat. In fact, I would go so far to say that she *is* a fat, like she really embodies the thing itself. Her life is pretty much driven by food and the only way we've been able to keep her at a moderately sustainable weight is by giving her healthy food she hates and this pet feeder. She's done everything her little mind can think of to this poor feeder. Every time we come back from a trip, there are a few more claw and bite marks on it, but it holds strong. She's even tried to sit on it, but it's done nothing more than presumably horrify it a little. She used to move around the bowl so when feeding time came she could put her head where the chute is and feel the food rain down her head like Augustus Gloop in the chocolate factory. She hates her food now so she languidly watches it pour into the bowl. I do know that you have to re-program the timer because it does lose a little time, which is a pain, but it has successfully passed the trial of the fat for several months now. I would recommend this for anyone who has a cat who is consumed with eating and getting food, her persistence has defeated every other one we have tried. Yes it is expensive, yes it is absolutely worth it." —BMoney

    Get it on Amazon for $99.95.

    4. A durable pooper scooper with scented bags because, let's be honest, potty time is the least fun part of being a pet owner. With a rotating bin and rake that can pick up presents from surfaces like dirt, grass, and pavement, and Arm & Hammer scented bags, you'll be done with clean up before a whiff ever hits you.

    A dog beside several bags and the pooper scooper
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    Promising review: "With three dogs, two small and one large, scooping the yard is a never ending job. But with the Arm & Hammer swivel bin and rake, there is no more bending to pick of the doggy droppings. I am able to easily use the rake to push the droppings into the bag covered bin. When I am done cleaning up the yard, I just simply remove the plastic bag from the scoop, tie it off, and dispose. I do spray the rake off with the hose sprayer and then clip the rake onto the scooper for easy storage. I really like this handy scooper. It makes a very icky job much easier to handle." —Kelly Eldred

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    5. A lightweight ball launcher so your poor, tired arms can be saved from repeated games of fetch. With hands-free pickup, you'll also never have to touch a slobbery ball again.

    A dog waiting for the ball launcher to be thrown
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    Promising review: "If you have a dog, and you don’t have one of these you’re doing it wrong. I’ve had one for all of my dogs, and it is a staple. The ball it comes with is standard, but you can swap for the rubber ones. Mine just chews and pops all of the regular balls, so it is what I do. However, the thrower itself it much more durable, and it makes fetch easier for me since I have a bad shoulder." —Lydia Ehr

    Get it from Amazon for $9.92.

    6. A fast-acting stain and odor remover spray, because accidents happen, and when they do, you want absolutely no memory of them left on your carpet.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I have three large dogs...each dog is over 100 lbs. When they get sick, its bad. I have used this on urine, vomit, and diarrhea. I have used it on carpet, hardwood floors, bedding, and clothing. It has removed stains and odor. I use it for large stains in combination with my carpet shampooer. It has even gotten out stains that have sat for hours and dried when I was at work (gross I know)." —SarahMonroe

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A FURminator grooming rake with rotating metal teeth so pets with particularly thick coats no longer have to suffer through mats or tangles.

    A husky beside a pile of fur removed from its coat after using the grooming brush
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    Promising review: "I wish I could give this thing 7 stars, but 5 will have to do. I was able to pull entire sheets of undercoat out of our husky without disturbing the topcoat. I've never had anything work so well. It's even easier to keep the fur pile together. The fur stays clumped, instead of getting spread out and floating around like with the blade-style FURminator. This thing really digs the loose stuff out so much faster and easier." —pvfjr

    Get it from Amazon for $10.70.

    8. A Levoit air purifier for removing pet fur, dander, and other allergens from the air so you can breathe easier. If you noticed you've been extra sniffly around Fido lately, try this before reaching for the antihistamines.

    A clean filter from the air purifier beside a dirty filter that picked up dirt and pet dander
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    Promising review: "I don’t usually write reviews but I had to with this. This thing is amazing! I have a 13-lb. rabbit and have bad allergies. I was getting itchy all over my body and taking allergy medicine every day. I have had this for one week and I have not taken any medicine. My itching has completely stopped and I can breathe again. As you can see from the pics the outside collects the hair so I wipe it down occasionally. I keep it on the highest setting, so the sound is noticeable. But it doesn’t bother me." —Natasha

    Get it on Amazon for $119.99.

    9. A Bissel SpotBot pet stain and spot cleaner to spray, brush, and suction messes out of your carpet with the push of a button. No more scrubbing on your hands and knees.

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    Promising review: "We recently had a pet stain on new light colored carpet that did not come fully clean with an older model carpet cleaner we had, so we ordered this model. Even though the stain had a few days to set before using the new SpotBot it worked well. We followed the directions and in a few minutes the spot was gone. Very happy with the result. And no scrubbing!" —Robert

    Get it on Amazon for $179.99.

    10. A portable muddy paw cleaner for dogs who can't resist digging in a pile of dirt. (That would be all of them.) Simply place your pupper's paw in the cup after adding warm water, then let the bristles clean up all the dirt. Et voilà, you just saved your poor, unsuspecting carpet.

    The paw cleaner being used on a white dog's muddy paw, showing how clean it is after
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    Promising review: "We live in a 1,000-square-foot apartment with hardwood floors in downtown Chicago, and our two 35 pound springer spaniels go outside six or more times each day, for exercise and to 'do their duty.' We've grown weary of them tracking dirt, salt, etc., all over the place. We've tried wiping their paws and this only dries them, but does nothing to clean. This thing really works! First of all, the Paw Plunger has an "aperture" seal on the top, that keeps most of the water inside the receptacle. Secondly, it has scrubby brushes inside to remove grit, salt, dirt, etc. Thirdly, the handle on the side is very useful - instead of just dipping a dirty paw into a bucket of water, something that even the most chillaxin' pooch might have a problem with, you just hold the dog's paw and leg stationary, and move the Paw Plunger up and down via the handle. Genius!" —Denns M. Wierzbicki

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    11. A safe bitter apple spray to keep your dog from chewing every precious thing you own while they go through their teething stage.

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    Promising review: "I got a puppy puppy. We love him, but literally he tries to chew everything. He chews the clothes on my body, carpet, wood, furniture, my fingers, EVERYTHING. We give him toys and make sure he has proper things to chew on and we spray this stuff anywhere he has a particular affinity to AND IT WORKS. it doesn't smell awful to me and I'm not going to taste it, but the smell alone drives him away from my furniture and carpet. This is a must-have if your dog is a chewer. I have heard some dogs don't mind the taste, but my guy gives me accusing looks every time I spray his favorite bannister rail, my shirt, my fingers, cords, the floor, and anything else he's taken a notion to chew." —Dee

    Get it on Amazon for $12.48.

    12. A reusable pet hair removing roller brush that'll pick up fur from couches, blankets, beds, and comforters and store it in its dust receptible for easy cleanup later.

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    Promising review: "About four years ago, I adopted Daisy, who I was told was a short-haired mixed Siamese / alley cat. Little did I know that she would be more medium hair and about the sheddiest animal I've ever owned. My wife and I love her, but because most apartment housing doesn't allow animals because of dander, we were getting to the point that we were going to give her away. I saw a video on YouTube about the ChomChom Roller and I was convinced after seeing a guy remove all of the white pet fur off of a velvet topper. This thing is amazing! It even got hair off of the carpet that our vacuum cleaner couldn't get. The trap has brushes facing the opposite direction inside that grab the hair and keep it maintained in the trap. It is easy to clean and well worth the money! It is so much more effective than any lint roller I've ever purchased, and I was even able to get her fur off of my jeans. Get this thing!" —K. Patao

    Get it on Amazon for $24.95.

    13. A pair of gentle grooming gloves for tricking your pet into thinking they're getting a nice massage when actually you're brushing through tangles and mats without a fuss.

    The grooming gloves after being used on a pet to show the amount of fur it removes
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    Promising review: "We have four lovely furry feline friends who live with us. After replacing all our carpet with flooring we noticed major hair balls floating everywhere like tumbleweeds through the house. Obviously we needed to up our grooming skills. The first time we used it on our cats they weren't sure about that 'big hand' coming after them but it only took once before they started lining up and begging to be groomed. Within a couple of days the 'tumbleweeds' had all but disappeared, and even the lint tray in our dryer was cleaner after each load. In addition to the cleanliness positives for this product our cats are calmer and happier. I call it Xanax for cats. Even our somewhat neurotic tabby has became calmer than she's ever been. This is a great grooming tool and I highly recommend these gloves for any pet." —Pangu

    Get it on Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A package of Burt's Bees dander reducing wipes that'll moisturize your cat's coat with ingredients like aloe and oatmeal to prevent flaking and irritation.

    A cat shown beside the Burt's Bees dander reducing wipes
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    Promising review: "Our son was having a lot of dander on this back near the base of his tail. We kept up the brushing but it wasn't going away. Looking at the reviews I 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. Not to mention our baby boy looks just like the cat on the packaging :D All around I will continue to buy these and use once a week or twice every two weeks to keep up his beautiful orange coat. Thanks Burt's Bees!" —Tom Cincotta

    Get it on Amazon for $6.49.

    15. A paw pad moisturizer formulated with beeswax to protect your dog or cat's tootsies from the damages of hot pavement, sand, or snow.

    A dog's paw shown before and after using the moisturizer
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    Promising review: "Used it because my dog would hurt his pads trying to run on hot concrete/asphalt or even in just the grass. His pads would develop blisters fast. It's hard to keep him off of areas where he can get burned easy especially in Texas but this helps a lot. Pictures don't do justice. Also helps with dry cracked noses!" —Sierra D.

    Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

    16. An anxiety jacket for puppers who need a gentle, reassuring squeeze when they hear thunder, fireworks, or if they have issues with separation.

    A dog looking happy while wearing the anxiety jacket
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    Promising review: "Love the ThunderShirt. There is a very obvious difference in our pup when it's on. He's more relaxed, and paces less. We got a rescue pit bull and he would become very stressed when I left the house. We wanted to make it work with him so we bought the ThunderShirt and calming treats. Prior to shirt he broke out of his crate several times, destroyed our window blinds, and would cry. Post-shirt he relaxes more except for when it's playtime." —J. Malone

    Get it on Amazon for $33.79+ (available in sizes XX Small to XX Large)

    17. A cat tree tower with two scratching posts and a hammock bed for kitties prone to scratching up furniture and fussy felines who are very particular about where they sleep.

    Two cats laying in the hammock bed of the cat condo
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    Promising review: "I was hesitant to buy this because some people reported it showing up wayyyy too small, but I decided to take the risk and THANK GOODNESS I did! It took me about three minutes to put together and my two cats were immediately all over it!! The hammock is super soft, the scratching posts are well made, and they are loving the toy attachment! It’s a good height and the hammock can accommodate them both as they nap together." —Sara Doble

    Get it on Amazon for $26.99.

    18. An extremely durable KONG chew toy, because every dog owner knows a bored dog is a dog who will likely destroy the house.

    A dog chewing on the Kong toy
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    We got this for my puppy when he was about three months and wouldn't let us leave the room without whining. We placed kibble inside, along with some KONG peanut butter, and he was so solidly occupied, I was able to leave the house to do errands. He's six months now and still loves this thing. If he starts tearing up my pillows, a quick introduction of the KONG makes him stop almost immediately.

    Promising review: "The KONG is the go to for keeping dogs occupied with their treats. These work well with any kind of treats as long as they fit inside. We have been buying this as a care package for all the foster dogs that my neighbor is fostering." —Kung pow wow

    Get it on Amazon for $7.49+ (available in sizes X-Small to XX-Large)

    19. A top entry cat litter box that essentially prevents every mishap that can happen during potty time. The top entry keeps litter from scattering all over your floor, while the grooved lid removes litter from your cats' paws as they exit. An included scooper makes clean up a lot less painful, too.

    A cat entering the litter box from the top
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    Promising review: "I got my first ever cat less than a month ago and quickly realized that having an open box of waste hanging around my house wasn't for me. After looking at dozens of other options, I settled on the IRIS box. I love it! It doesn't look or feel like a litter box, just more like a high-end trash can or office tote. Even though it's not closed off completely, it still does a much better job of holding in odors than an open box. I had no issue with my cat figuring out how to use it or not liking it. All I did was set it up and place it next to his existing box. Within two days he had completely transition to it on his own, clearly he prefers to do his business in a private, contained area, and he's no longer wiping his paws on the walls when he's done." —Amazonperson

    Get it on Amazon for $32.99

    20. An HD Wyze camera with night vision that'll show you a live stream of what your fur baby is doing at home while you're away through the Wyze app. It's also Alexa-enabled, and features a two-way audio speaker system if you want to let your pet know you're there, even when you're not.

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    Promising review: "This is my first camera of this type that I have bought. What attracted me was the low price. I wanted a camera so I could see what my cat's were up too (yes, I am being serious). The only 'bad' part that I will report is that it took three weeks to arrive. I was notified right away that it would take that long. Other then that. WOW! I am sold! Very easy to setup, took less than five minutes to get it going. That included the firmware update (which it found, I did not have to go and check). The app is easy to use, easy to navigate, I can tell that a lot of testing has gone into it. If you are looking for a camera that will not break the bank, this is it! Now I can 'spy' on the cats." —David Crum

    Get it on Amazon for $25.98.

    21. A vet-recommended dog treat that fights plaque, tartar, and keeps your pup's breath smelling clean. If you've had difficulty getting your dog to open up for a toothbrush, this is a solid alternative.

    Two dogs waiting to get the dental chews
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    Promising review: "I give Greenies to my two dogs every Saturday night after I wash the dishes. I don't know how they do it, but they seem to know when it's Saturday. They sit in the kitchen eagerly waiting for me to finish the dishes. When I'm done, I say to them, 'what's next?' They coax me upstairs to get their beloved Greenies. I guess they like them!" —Audrey Troyka

    Get it on Amazon for $3.74+.

    22. And, even easier, a dental powder you can sprinkle into your cat or dog's food to prevent plaque and tartar build up, and keep your pet's teeth healthy.

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    Promising review: "I started to give this to my schnauzer exactly two months ago. His gum was swollen, and red. Now it looks much-much better, and his breath is much fresher now too. My dog loves the taste, I just pour it to his dry food, and he can't wait to eat. The food itself never gets this reaction. I will definitely buy it again." —Kathleen

    Get it on Amazon for $16

    23. A sunscreen formulated specifically for dogs to prevent burns while moisturizing your pupper's skin and coat.

    A before and after photo showing a burn on a dog's nose, then the burn being reduced after applying the sunscreen
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    Promising review: "My pup has discoid lupus, which is aggravated by UV. We live in high-altitude sunny Colorado so sun protection is a must. His face is the most affected area so I spray this on my hands and work it into his fur to get to the skin. In combination with Natural dog company’s Snout soother (and all the vet prescribed meds), this has helped our healing process. Thank you!" —VD

    Get it on Amazon for $17.95.

    24. An incredibly resilient chew toy for doggos hell-bent on destroying anything and everything in their path. Try getting through this one.

    A golden retriever with the chew toy
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    Promising review: "We have owned this ball for almost a year (Dec 2017) and it is still going strong! I have an AmStaff (pit bull) who is a very aggressive chewer. This is one of his favorite toys so he plays with it constantly. He is able to bite down on the ball and since it is not inflated, it just kind of compresses and then pops back into its original shape." —amfrangos1

    Get it on Amazon for $11.24+ (available in three sizes).

    25. A cordless nail grooming and grinding tool for puppers who absolutely hate getting their nails clipped. Two rotation speeds let you grind down sharp nails with a lot less stress for you and your pup.

    A dog about to get its nails trimmed
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    Promising review: "I LOVE IT! It’s perfect for my pitbull mix who gets crazy anytime we tried to cut her nails. We did a lot of desensitizing but it was never enough to cut her nails and they were becoming wayyyyy tooooo long, so this was my last resort. We got her used to the sound and the vibrations one step at a time, and with lots of treats, but it was so worth it. It’s normal if your dog is scared of it at first, you have to desensitize them to it!" —Omart

    Get it on Amazon for $23.99.

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