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    Our Readers Swear By These 25 Problem-Solving Pet Products

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    We asked pet owners in the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about all the best problem-solving pet products, and here are their recommendations!

    1. A durable chew toy that'll withstand even the most vigorous chewer.,

    "Jolly Ball, the ball with a rope through it. Best toy ever and darn near indestructible for my four big chewing hyperactive dogs" —p4bc5f84cf

    Get it from Amazon for $11.24+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

    2. Or a virtually indestructible Kong toy so your pup can finally get their chewing fix. RIP that squeaky toy that lasted all of five seconds.,

    "Kong toys! Speaking as a dog trainer, Kong toys are my go-to for helping to keep most dogs entertained and satisfied. I stuff them with food, treats, and peanut butter, and sometimes even freeze it! It's great for helping dogs stay calm in the kennel, in the car, or whenever I need them to stay calm." —marissas4dc13b6b1

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in six sizes).

    3. A bottle of Urine Gone, a stain- and odor-eliminating spray for penetrating carpet and breaking down dirt and grime. It's also safe for wood and tile, as well as on beds and couches.

    "Urine Gone cleaning spray." —s47972f0e5

    "This worked great for taking the urine odor out of my hardwood floors and also my carpets. This was used on both dog and cat urine and the smell is gone after just one treatment. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is trying to get rid of pet urine odors. The smell of the product is also not bad." —SVaith

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

    4. A devastatingly effective handheld vacuum to suck up pet hair. It has a special rubber nozzle that picks up fur with ease, especially on hard-to-vacuum areas like stairs. There's no bag, so simply pop off the canister when you're done vacuuming and dump the contents in the trash.

    "This handheld vacuum is made specifically to suck up pesky pet hair. I have five guinea pigs and this has been a dream when it comes to hair on furniture, cage cleaning, or spot cleaning. I recommend it to anyone with hairy dogs (i.e. huskies, samoyeds) and long-haired cats. Another great thing about it is that it has two nozzles: one normal one and one that you can rub against any spot where a piece of hair may be stuck. It's amazing." —enykerk

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    5. A hair-removing stone that'll catch loose fur from your pets' coats before it ends up all over your furniture. It's also gentle enough to use on furniture and clothes.

    "Groomer's pet hair removal stone. I have two mostly white dogs that go everywhere with me, and the hair in my car was driving me crazy! This tool will remove the hair from your upholstery and carpet with ease!" —cougargal8

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. Or a pumice stone so you can easily sweep away stubborn pet hairs on your couch and carpets.

    "Getting pet hair out of the upholstery and carpet of your car is tough. Use a pumice stone (like you would use for your feet), and drag lightly across upholstery/carpet. It picks up hair like crazy!" —cougargal8

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. A pet hair remover for anyone who's tired of getting fur all over their clothes. Roll it over your couch, bed, favorite blanket, you name it, and watch it lift the fur away. See, we can own nice things!!

    "The Chom Chom Roller on Amazon! I found it as a suggestion on another BuzzFeed post so I decided to give it a try and OMG it's amazing! I have two German Shepards that shed a TON and although I was skeptical at first, this thing is the real deal. No more vacuuming upholstery for me! Thanks BuzzFeed!" —chandaces

    "The Chom Chom Roller is amazing for getting dog hair off the couch or bedding. I love it so much!" —iamjessp

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    8. A Bissell SpotBot, because who wants to spend hours on their hands and knees scrubbing cat vomit from the carpet? The answer: no one.

    This portable carpet cleaner will spray, brush, and suction up any stain, no adult supervision needed. It also comes with a hose and tool attachment if you'd prefer a more hands-on cleaning session.

    "I love my Bissell SpotBot! My kitten was having tummy troubles and was throwing up multiple times a day. It made cleanup so much easier! My boyfriend’s roommate has even been borrowing it after his senior dog has had diarrhea. So much better than scrubbing the carpet!" —morgank43d4975b8

    Get it from Amazon for $149 (originally $179.99).

    9. A powerful pet-safe Clorox cleaning spray to help you say goodbye lingering stains and odors, like urine, feces, drool, and vomit.


    "The Clorox pet stain and odor remover spray. I use it all the time. Of course to clean, but it doesn't mess up my towels because there's no bleach in it. It works amazing if there's any kind of stain on carpet, I use it to clean anything and everything. I even spray it once or twice when I do laundry and it works better than other sprays I've bought or made at removing cat odor!" —a4868cbd7d

    Get it from Petco for $10.99.

    10. A fast-acting stain- and odor-removing spray that'll treat everyday pet messes on carpet, tile, hardwood, and linoleum.

    "Nature's Miracle will cut the skunk smell down to nothing in seconds. I always have some at my house cause my dumb dogs love getting skunked!" —caitlynp40824cd23

    Get it from Amazon for $7.25.

    11. A scratching post (or lounge for enthusiastic scratchers!) if the cat is dead set on shredding everything they can get their paws on.,

    "Honestly, a really sturdy scratching post for your cat. People always compliment my cat on being a good boy and not scratching furniture, but the trick is he has a couple scratching posts around the house. It's natural for cats to scratch, so give them something for it!" —hjw1495

    Get both from Amazon, the post for $36.01 or the lounge for $49.95 (available in three colors).

    12. A nourishing salmon oil that contains omega-3 fatty acids for helping keep your pets' coats shiny and healthy and potentially easing irritating skin conditions. Check with your vet before starting your cat or dog on any new supplements.

    "Fish/salmon oil. It helps dogs' coats and skin so much. We use Grizzly Salmon Oil, which comes in a pump bottle. Our dog loves the taste and it keeps his dander and itchiness calm. I have dander allergies and this helps so much." —eazyev

    Get it from Amazon for $9.90+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A bottle of Gold Bond powder to help soothe your pup's itchiness and treat hotspots. Again, you should get the OK from your vet before using Gold Bond on your pets.

    "Gold Bond powder! Yes, the human kind. Helps reduce hotspots and any sort of mild skin irritation and saves a trip to the vet! Just sprinkle a little on the bruised area and let it work its magic!" —brindab

    Get a three-pack on Amazon for $20.22.

    14. A skin-healing supplement you sprinkle in your pet's food if their coat could use some help. Reviewers say it's a fabulous treatment option for regrowing fur and can help keep hair sleek, shiny, and moisturized.


    "Theracoat for skin and coat issues." —courtneyw464457242

    "This stuff works! My silver lab was losing fur on both sides of his torso (color dilute alopecia) so I researched a bit and found this item. He had lost so much fur on his sides that you could see his skin. I was skeptical it would live up to all the good reviews but I was desperate. Not only did it work, but it exceeded my expectations! After about three weeks of daily use I started to notice a difference. After six weeks, not only had his fur totally grown back, but it was thicker and shinier than ever. People have started commenting on how soft and shiny his fur is! I can’t recommend this product strongly enough!" —Michelle Elliott

    Get it from Amazon for $15.77.

    15. A combination of salmon oil and probiotics for helping your pets feel good on the inside and look great on the outside. The salmon oil maintains their glossy coats while the probiotics are designed to keep their digestive system in tip-top shape.


    "I like a good salmon oil (I use Iceland Pure) and a dog probiotic (I like Herbsmith’s) to work wonders for skin issues." —andreaj4814268ec

    Get both from Amazon, the salmon oil for $20.96 and the probiotics for $27.98.

    16. An ear treatment to clean your poor pet's ears of buildup and prevent inflammation and irritation. These ear drops are designed to protect against a variety of fungal and bacterial infections, like yeast and staph infections.

    "Zymox! They have an ear cleaning solution for keeping ears clean and also one to treat ear infections. Hands down the best solutions and way more affordable than the vet!" —laurynm4b0265f90

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes).

    17. A portable paw washer so your floors aren't covered in muddy footprints after letting your dog inside. Inside the container are soft bristles that lift dirt and grime from the pads of your pup's feet — all you need to do is add water.

    "The Paw Plunger! I recommend this to everyone I know. My sensitive doodle doesn’t mind the process at all (it’s over in under a minute), and it FOR REAL saves you from having dirt and sand tracked through your home. Worth. Every. Penny." —cbirney79

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    18. An informational book if you're interested in feeding your pup a raw diet but aren't sure where to start.


    "I’ve been a popular, national industry-ranked competitive dog groomer for nearly two decades and worked with and for countless food companies and nutritionists. The BEST info hands down is Raw and Natural Nutrition by Lew Olsen. Lew is unbelievably knowledgeable and has real information backed by real science. Her book is comprehensive and practical with a little bit for everyone. It’s by far the #1 thing I recommend to my clients." —andreaj4814268ec

    Get it from Amazon for $15.59.

    19. An automatic pet feeder that'll help you regain your freedom from your furry overlords. No more being woken up at 6 a.m. by a hungry pet or having to cut your night out short because no one will be home to feed Fido.

    This automatic feeder can hold up to 12 meals depending on the size of each portion (you can choose from 1/8 cup to 4 cups).

    "My PetSafe automatic feeder allows me to sleep in peace without my cat nagging me, travel for up to four days, and controls the food amount." —caroline5

    "Our cat is fat. 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. 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. 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 from Amazon for $99.95.

    20. A self-cleaning brush for delicately loosening knots and removing matted fur without earning you a sharp swipe from your cat's paw.,

    "The Furminator brush is one of the only things that gets all of my animals to stop shedding everywhere. They are an investment that pays off within two grooming appointments you can do at home." —rueflower

    Get the dog version from Amazon for $12.12+ (available in five sizes and four styles) and the cat version from Amazon for $12.12+ (available in two sizes and four styles).

    21. A no-pull dog collar to gently curb any unwanted behaviors, like jumping, lunging, and pulling. The nose loop is padded so it won't scratch your doggo's nose, and the collar puts pressure on the back of the head instead of the throat to prevent your pupperino from choking and coughing.,

    "Gentle leaders! They’re amazing! They teach your dog to walk beside you without pulling. We got my dog one as a puppy and now he doesn’t really need it, he just knows it means we’re going for a walk!" —katieh468811ddf

    Get it from Amazon for $13.85+ (available in five sizes and eight colors).

    22. And on that note, a car-safe harness that's been crash tested so your precious fur babies will be protected in case you get in an accident. It's designed to reduce and redistribute the force of a car collision and may even save your pet's life.

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    "Sleepypod seatbelt harnesses! So many people let their dogs wander around unrestrained in the car, or even worse buy the cheap 'seat belt' clips from Amazon and attach it to their collar, thus creating a great opportunity for your dog to have its neck snapped or even be decapitated in an accident. Even just slamming on your brakes too hard can seriously injure an unrestrained pet.

    I did a ton of research and Sleepypod is one of the few harnesses that passed crash testing simulations. It’s comfortable, easy to use, and doubles as a regular harness for walking. I recommend it to all my fellow dog parents." —juliehancock

    Get it from Sleepypod for $69.99+ (available in sizes S–XL, four colors, and two styles) as well as Amazon for $84.99+ (available in various sizes and colors).

    23. A mini comb that'll gently detangle the fur around their eyes that's been crusted with eye boogers. This stainless steel brush delicately picks out the goop so you don't have to touch it yourself.

    "A little tear stain remover comb. It gets all the little gunk out of my maltipoo's eye area and snout. It’s amazing" —sydm3

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    24. A warm coat because the cold weather doesn't have to stop your dog from joining you outside. Seriously, this bad boy is easy to put on (simply slip it over your dog's head and buckle it) and is made to keep your dog warm in temps as cold as -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Chilly Dogs

    "Chilly Dogs Great White North winter coat. I live in New England and have a 6-year-old Yorkie. She loathes winter and gets extremely cold since Yorkies don’t have an undercoat like most dog breeds. I have tried numerous dog coats from different brands each winter and probably spent over $200. None of them fit her right since she has a long back and narrow chest. I finally caved and bought this coat this year and it’s been amazing. It fits like a glove and she can finally enjoy being outside in the cold and snow. I used to have to leave her inside while out with my other dog because she would be shivering and miserable. Worth every penny!" —melissam431557311

    Get it from Chilly Dogs for $61.47+.

    25. A no-chew spray if your furniture and shoes are under constant attack from an aggressive biter. It's also safe so to spray directly on your pet's hotspots to help them avoid licking.


    "No chew spray!! We sprayed all the table legs, couch bottoms, carpet ends, and wires before we brought our puppy home. He tried it once, hated the taste, and never tried chewing our furniture again!" —anjalikk

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

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