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15 Best Pet Wipes for Your Cat or Dog

Washing a pet is rarely an easy job. Certainly if you have cats, you’re familiar with the violent struggle you must endure. While a dog is less likely to flail around and take huge chunks of your arms with them, that doesn’t necessarily make the job simple. Make your life easier by using pet wipes between baths to keep your dog or cat clean without the stress of bathtime.

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Unless you're among the population of pet owners who can live with just hosing them down in the back yard every now and again, you'll probably want to bathe your dog at least once a month. Usually this means hauling your pup into the bathtub and watching as they destroy your clean bathroom.

Alternatively, you could bring them to a self-wash place or even a groomer. Both options are kind of expensive, but at least you don't have to clean up afterwards. Either way, finding inexpensive ways to keep your dog clean helps stretch each bath.

Each of my three dogs presents a different challenge when it comes to keeping them clean. The youngest is the most likely to get covered in mud and other debris and is also the largest with the thickest fur. The oldest dog is terrified of water in almost any form, so I have to gently guide him to the tub and keep him from trying to climb out the entire time. The middle dog is a blue nose pit and the most prone to skin ailments, which means he needs to be bathed twice as often as the other two, regardless of how filthy he appears to be.

Adopting the pittie was the thing that prompted me to start using wipes between baths. Because of his thin coat and sensitive skin, I wanted to be able to control the allergen build up to avoid any undue irritation. Once I started using them on him, I figured I might as well use them on the other two. In so doing, I've been able to avoid the oily dog fur feel that occurs between baths — not to mention the advantages when it comes to dog smell.

As for cats, wipes can be useful in removing excess fur, thereby reducing the risk of hairballs. (For more on hairball prevention, try our best hairball remedy products post.) Some cats are lazy bathers by nature, while others may suffer from a condition that makes it impossible for them to clean themselves properly. You can use these wipes to give them an assist and keep their coats fresh.

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