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    May 14, 2020

    17 Things That Will Help Soothe You And Your Anxious Pet

    Anxious pet = anxious human.

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    1. This SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy that will ease your pupper with a "real-feel" pulsating heartbeat and disposable heat pack. The Snuggle Puppy will become your baby's new best friend!

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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." —shulover

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

    2. A comfort cat carrier to keep your cat secure and swaddled, so they can't fight you every time you need to trim their nails or take 'em 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." —L. T.

    Get it from Amazon for $38.95 (available in sizes S-XL and available in eight colors).

    3. This purr pillow cat toy that will comfort your kitty when they're stressed — whether they have anxiety or miss an old companion. When your kitty touches it, it will begin "purring" for two minutes. (And the purr mechanism is removable for easy machine-washing!)

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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." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    4. These stain-lifting pads so you can just stomp the mess away when your anxious bud has an accident, so you don't have worry about cleaning an accident and comforting them at the same time!

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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." —Lisa Koivu

    Get a 20-count pack from Amazon for $24.99.

    5. Or, a SpotBot handsfree cleaner for deeper stains, so that you don't need to worry about getting your carpet professionally cleaned.

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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!" —superdogmom

    Get it from Amazon for $134.25.

    6. This cool and creative snuffle mat that will challenge your pet to find hidden treats and occupy their minds. It's great to keep them busy and help them release stress.

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    Promising Review: "I cannot properly express just how much joy and relief this product has brought to my life. I ordered this mat for my nearly 18-year-old Cockapoo who is blind now. Before going blind, he used to play with toys all the time and run around. Since then, he’s lost interest and will either wander around aimlessly, whine from anxiety, or just sleep. I had tried just about anything I could to try to keep him somewhat occupied and lessen his anxiety. And nothing ever seemed to work.

    I just received this mat today and immediately pulled it out and laid it down for him. We hid a bunch of treats all throughout and Kobi went to town. A few times I was concerned he’d tear it, but it held up the entire time with no signs of it tearing anywhere. I’m beyond happy. I could not say enough good things about this mat. It’s going to be such an improvement on Kobi’s quality of life and it makes me beyond elated. This mat with worth every penny." —Tsurugi

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99.

    7. A pet ear treatment for your fur baby who despises going to the vet or puts up a fight when the groomer tries to clean their ears. This treatment uses hydrocortisone to soothe ear infections, redness, and inflammation.

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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." —Erin

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    8. These low-noise electric hair clippers so you can give your #1 a trim without the stress of going to the groomer's. They're quiet and rechargeable — so you can accommodate your new "client" without scaring them.

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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!" —Lauren T

    Get it from Amazon for $51.99.

    For more, check out my colleague Hannah's roundup of things that will help you groom your dog at home!

    9. A Pet Tunes Bluetooth speaker preloaded with 90 minutes of calming music that's designed by a sound behaviorist to relax your nervous doggo. The speaker will play wirelessly for up to eight hours!

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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." —AuntChristine's Little Dog House

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    10. This eye rinse because neither of you like trying to clean eye boogies. Instead, you can use this to clean the eye (and pesky tear stains!) to alleviate discomfort and irritation from mucous, pollen, and irritants.

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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!" —Luna

    Get it from Amazon for $5.59.

    11. A heavy duty scratch shield that will protect your door and wall when your anxious babe claws at it. Plus, it has two sides: a smooth side to minimize the sound of scratching, and a textured side to deter them and train them to stop 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!" —Adrianna

    Get it from Amazon for $23.36.

    12. The classic ThunderShirt anxiety jacket because it applies a gentle pressure to your pet that helps calm anxiety — whether your pet is afraid of fireworks, storms, traveling, etc. The first few times your pet wears it, they should be calm to introduce them and get them used to the ThunderShirt. Then, you can put it on them an hour or before their triggers occur.

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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 lightening 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!!!!" —Tracy Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95+ (available in sizes XXS-XXL).

    13. This One Fast Cat exercise wheel that will help your anxious and high-energy cat run off some extra energy instead of being destructive. It's entirely cat-driven, so they can use it without any supervision or batteries!

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    Promising Review: "Of our two cats, Petey took to it pretty quickly, and now runs on it several times a day, but Nina won't even walk on it. Fortunately, Petey is the one we bought it for, as he seriously needs to burn off energy. Nina could really use the exercise too; we'll just have to find some other way." —Dave A.

    Get it from Amazon for $259.

    14. A Furbo dog camera and treat tosser (that's Alexa-compatible) so you can check in on your furry friends. When they act up, you can talk to them or toss them a treat to soothe and comfort them!

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    Promising Review: "I shelter mixes, and I was heartbroken to learn from my neighbor that they howl when I leave for work. I tried everything to get them to be calm and quiet when I left. Nothing worked. Then I got Furbo. Within seconds of them howling, I got an alert on my phone. I was able to calm them with the microphone and then dispense a treat to praise them for calming down. In no time, my dogs stopped howling and cuddled up for nap time. So far, Furbo has eased my dogs' anxiety as well as my own. Would recommend highly." —Jeremiah

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    15. This drinkable mouthwash that removes tartar so you don't have to wrestle with your dog, who freaks out every time you need to brush their teeth.

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

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

    16. A waterless cat bath made with natural ingredients for "bathing" your cat without frustrating baths. Just massage the foam onto your cat, gently brush, and you're done (and both happy)!

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    Promising Review: "Like most, my cat, Ronin, hates water. It has proven to be near impossible to get through bath time without great anxiety on his (and my!) part. This has been a lifesaver. It is easy to comb through his long hair and smells amazing. Definitely would buy again!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $6.77.

    17. This enzyme-powered stain and odor eliminator to help you clear away the lingering scents of any anxiety-induced accidents deep in your carpet or upholstery. The natural bacteria in this spray activate when they come into contact with stains and odors, and they feed on the ammonia crystals and organic materials until they're gone!

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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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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