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Must-Have Pet Products to Keep Your Dogs and Cats Healthy

Products to keep your pets healthy
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Apr 25, 2022

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If you’ve got dogs and cats, you know that they all have individual needs. And obviously you want the best for your furbabes — so it’s important to be stocked with the best products to treat or prevent issues, or to simply keep them entertained. Whether you're looking for some calming dog treats for an anxious pup, something to help get their medicine down easily, or healthy wet cat food they won’t snub their noses at, we’ve rounded up some must-have pet products to keep ’em happy and healthy. See ya later, ruff life.

A variety pack of sustainable dog treats made from cricket protein…

That’s right, those chirping insects. The protein has a low carbon footprint, is hypoallergenic, and is more digestible than chicken. These high-quality dog treats include fruits, veggies, and tons of vitamins, minerals, and all 10 essential amino acids. They’re high in omega-3s and have been developed to help boost immunity and keep your doggo’s coat shiny. Plus, they come in eco-friendly packaging. Bonus: Use code SKIMM for 25% off your purchase. ($39.95/4 pack, Chippin)

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The best dog joint health supplement for picky pups…

These chicken-flavored supplements not only support joint health for pups of all ages, but they’re also designed to benefit heart health, help with pain relief caused by issues like dysplasia, and promote strong bones. They’re packed with things like glucosamine, wild Alaskan salmon oil for omega-3s, and other ingredients to help boost immunity and overall wellness. Just follow the suggested daily dose on the back of the package. Your pup says ‘thanks’ in advance. ($28, Amazon)

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A dog paw cleaner to save your floors on rainy days… 

Or after muddy park visits. Just add a little water, insert your pup’s paw, and twist. It’s got gentle silicone bristles that cover and clean the entire paw at once, and it comes in three different sizes and eight bright colors. Pro tip: Leave it just outside your door at all times so you can tackle those paws before you get back in. Looking for more problem-solving pet products? Check ’em out here. ($17+, Amazon)

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Cat teeth-cleaning treats that taste as good as they work...

Greenies are basically a household name when it comes to pet dental treats. They’re formulated to help clean your pet’s teeth, reduce tartar buildup, and freshen breath. These ones for cats have less than 2 calories per treat, and no artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers. Plus, they’ve been vetted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council. And if you’ve got a pup, snag these Greenies for doggos. ($2.34+, Chewy)

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A bundle of supplements for your senior pup… 

For when they’re showing signs of arthritis, decreased cognitive function, cardiac disease, or other health problems. (They’re also available to buy separately if you want to address specific issues.) These supplements have been veterinarian-formulated and use clean, high-quality ingredients like fish oil, lion's mane mushrooms, and organic hawthorn berry. Customers say their pets love the taste, and have seen visible improvements in their health after using. Four paws up. ($140.80, Fera Pet Organics

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An all-season dog paw balm to keep ’em protected… 

Whether you want to shield their sensitive paw pads from rock salt during the winter or hot pavement on summer days. Musher’s Secret is made with 100% natural wax and vitamin E and essentially forms a barrier on your dog’s paws that you can wipe off as soon as you get back home. It’s fast-drying, non-allergenic, and doesn’t stain, so you won’t have to worry about cleaning up your floors. Psst…you can also apply the balm on places like their snout, ears, and elbows to keep 'em hydrated. ($15.99, Amazon)  

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A cat litter box that’ll make life much easier for multi-cat households… 

This one’s a major splurge, but hear us out: It's basically the Rolls-Royce of cat litter boxes. You’ll never have to scoop again, and your kitty’s paws will emerge mess-free after they’ve done their biz. It’s got WiFi connectivity to send you alerts when the waste drawer is full and track real-time usage. And it self-sifts for a clean bed of litter after each use. Plus, it comes with a 90-day trial so you can decide if it’s worth the cost for your home. If you’re trying to spend a little more conservatively, try this sleek upgrade to your standard litter box instead that one HQ’r loves. Oh, and no matter which box you go with, we rec pairing it with this litter that turns colors if your cat has a potential health issue. Bases = covered. ($594, Litter-Robot)

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A yummy meal plan tailored to your cat’s preferences...

If you’re confused about how to feed your cat nutritiously, listen up. All you’ve got to do is fill out a questionnaire about your feline friend. You’ll be asked about their likes, dislikes, food history, and more. You’ll also be able to choose their favorite protein. Once you’re finished, you’ll get a sampler mailed to your door to see how your cat responds. If things go well (they will), you can sign up for a monthly subscription. But no worries — if things change, you can always switch up recipes, skip a month, and readjust based on their picky preferences. Use the code SKIMM for an additional $5 off your first trial. (Prices vary, Smalls)

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And a personalized meal plan cooked fresh for your pup…

We think it’s one of the best dog foods for allergies. (One HQ’r swears by it for her dog with tons of food allergies.) First you’ll answer some questions to help build your pet’s plan. Each meal is nutrient-packed with fresh ingredients. Plus it's all cooked in USDA kitchens, the same way human food is prepped. So before the meals are shipped to you, they’re flash-frozen to lock in freshness. The full plan has lots of options, including turkey, pork, chicken, lamb, venison, and beef. Once you’re ready to serve your pup, you can prep the food cold or warm it in the microwave. All the packaging is BPA-free and recyclable too. PS: Check out more recs for our fave pet-food delivery services. (Plans start at $2.85+/day, PetPlate)

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Some real good dog probiotics for the goodest boy or girl…

Whether their morning walks have started to become not so regular or you’re looking to improve your dog’s gut health, these high-fiber probiotic chews will do the trick. Digestive enzymes, flaxseed, and essential omega-3 fatty acids all help to boost your dog’s immune system, keep ’em regular, and create a happy tummy. It's also free of corn, soy, artificial flavoring, and preservatives. Plus the delish chicken flavor will keep them scratching for more. Pawesome. Use code SKIMM20 for 20% off all products except food. ($24.99/120, Great Pet)

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One of the cheapest interactive cat toys that’ll hold their attention…

Because sometimes you need to lure them away from scratching the couch leg. This toy will get ’em up and moving (well, dancing). It’s pretty basic, but it’ll get the job done. What more can ya ask for? ($1.73, Amazon)

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A bone broth trio that will have your doggo begging for seconds…

Want a gourmet meal for your pup without all the hassle? This trio comes with humanely raised turkey, chicken, and grass-fed beef broths that are cooked with ingredients like non-GMO pumpkin, carrot, and turmeric. Use it as a kibble topper to zhuzh up their fave meal or to rehydrate any freeze-dried dishes. Broths are slow cooked in small batches to support healthy joints, skin, digestive health, and so much more. Use code SKIMM15 for 15% off your first order. ($20.99, Open Farm)

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An allergy supplement to soothe seasonal irritation, support digestion, and boost coat health…

You’re not the only one who itches and sneezes because of allergies. These chews can help with coat licking and biting. They also feature a blend of probiotics and salmon oil (for smooth fur). Goodbye, ruff life. ($26.97, Amazon)

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A peanut butter-flavored pill paste to help pets take medication…

If you’ve ever struggled to give your pet a pill, listen up. This paste can totally disguise the smell, helping them to swallow medication without instantly spitting it up. It’ll fit pills of any size, and is safe for both cats and dogs. It also comes in other flavors. Problem = solved. ($11.99, Amazon)

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