Becoming a new pet owner is a huge commitment. There is so much to learn and buy before your new bundle of joy arrives at their forever home. It can be overwhelming, to say the least, which is why we asked our pet-crazy Flippers to share some of their top-rated pet products to make owning a pet just a little bit easier!

1. Stain Remover

First things first — pets can be messy. Whether it’s the joy of potty training your puppy or your kitten knocking over a glass of juice, accidents happen. That’s why having a great stain remover is non-negotiable. We asked Flippers what stain remover they would recommend, and all responses led to Bed Bath & Beyond’s “Whip It,” which successfully removes almost all stains, new or old. From potty training accidents to juice spills, it makes it seem like nothing ever happened. Available in Canada and the U.S.!

2. Hair/Fur Remover

Remember when we mentioned that pets can be messy? We weren’t kidding. Many pets shed…A LOT. Luckily, we have the inside scoop on a  great pet hair removal tool that will help you remove those hairballs in no time! The ChomChom roller, available at Walmart (Canada and the U.S.), easily removes hair from anything and everything. The roller can be used over and over again and is easy to clean.

3. Greenies Pill Pockets

From time to time, you might have to give your fur baby medication in pill form, and it won’t always be easy. That’s why these Greenies Pill Pockets will change your life. Made for both cats and dogs, you simply stick the pill in the soft treats, and your pet will never know you tricked them into taking their meds. It’s brilliant! You can find these at most pet stores including Ren’s Pet Depot in Canada or Petco in the US. 

4. Durable & Interactive Toys 

Pets are a lot like humans — they need to be physically and mentally stimulated in order to stay out of trouble. That’s why picking the right variety of toys for your pet is very important. 

When it comes to independent toys, you want to make sure they are durable. The last thing you want is your pet to destroy a toy and start ingesting it. For dogs, you want to find toys that are made with fire hose and/or ballistic material, making it harder for the little biters to destroy. 

The cat community is a bit easier to please.  Simple toys like cat crinkle balls or ethical springs can keep them entertained on their own for hours. These toys can be found at pet stores including Ren’s Pet Depot in Canada or Pet Supermarket in the US.  

It’s also important to stimulate your pet’s mind, which is why puzzle toys are always a great option! These toys encourage your pet to push knobs and pegs to uncover treats, and they get rewarded with their favorite snacks! These toys can be found at Pet Valu for our Canadian shoppers and at PetSmart for our American shoppers. 

5. Transportation

You’ll want to take your furry friend with you everywhere you go, so it’s important that you prepare your car and do what you can to protect it from getting damaged. One option is to invest in a pet carrier. This is a great way to ensure your pet is protected and contained as you travel. Great options can be found at Walmart in Canada and the U.S.

Another product to consider is a pet hammock or seat protector. This item will be especially helpful for dog owners who plan to take their dogs to dog parks or on long walks. The waterproof and stain-resistant cover goes over your seat so that your pet can’t get their muddy paws on the seat or scratch at the fabric of your seats. If you do go this route, don’t forget to purchase a seat belt.  

Bonus! MudBuster

This product is for dog owners, but it is too good not to share. When you take your dog for a walk or to the dog park, their paws are going to get dirty and you’re going to want to leave them outside. That’s where the MudBuster comes in.

The MudBuster is a quick and easy way to clean your dog’s paws without the hassle of bathing them. Just fill it with water, dunk their paws, and you will be amazed (and disgusted) about how much dirt is removed. You can purchase a MudBuster at Bed Bath & Beyond in Canada and the U.S. 

Whether you’re a first-time pet owner of an OG,  these products will make things easier. Don’t forget to download the Flipp app to find deals and savings on all your pet (and personal) related needs!

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