2021 Southern Living Pet Awards

Here's Every Winner from Our 2021 Pet Awards

Our editors reveal their all-time favorite products for living, playing, and traveling with their dogs and cats.
By Grace Haynes
July 20, 2021
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Whether you adopted a new pet this year or have been living your best life with a trusty companion, you've probably experienced some ups and downs. From baths that leave you soaked (and your dog smiling!) to stains that appear out of nowhere; from never-ending games of fetch to the cutest cat naps; from the ultimate snuggles of affection to outdoor adventures, the time you spend with your cat(s) and dog(s) brings you joy no matter what.

Our editors decided to pull together our all-time favorite products to manage all kinds of stages of pet parenthood. Here, you'll find the best grooming tools, the best housekeeping products, the best toys, the best beds, and the best gear for pets on-the-go.

The Best Pet Grooming Tools

Scrub, brush, and spray your pet's way to healthy hair, ears, paws, and teeth.

The Best Pet Grooming Tools
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Related Items

Fresh Breath Oral Care Spray for Dogs
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For Fresh Breath

BUY IT: Tropiclean Fresh Breath Oral Care Spray for Dogs, $8; amazon.com

Burt’s Bees for Puppies Tearless Shampoo with Buttermilk
Credit: Chewy

For Clean Coats

BUY IT: Burt's Bees for Puppies Tearless Shampoo with Buttermilk, $11; chewy.com

Aquapaw Pro Pet Grooming Tool
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For Spiffy Baths

BUY IT: Aquapaw Pro Grooming Tool, $25; amazon.com

FURminator Short Hair deShedding Tool
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For Deshedding

BUY IT: FURminator Short Hair deShedding Tool, $39; petco.com

Groomer’s Best Slicker Brush for Cats
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For Professional Style

BUY IT: Hartz Groomer's Best Slicker Brush for Cats, $7; amazon.com

Wahl Waterless No-Rinse Dog Shampoo
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For Freshening Up

BUY IT: Wahl Waterless No-Rinse Dog Shampoo, $7; wahlusa.com

HandsOn All-In-One Pet Bathing & Grooming Gloves
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For Clean Hands

BUY IT: HandsOn All-In-One Pet Bathing & Grooming Gloves, $25; handsongloves.com

Dexas Popware for Pets Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner
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For Spotless Paws

BUY IT: Dexas Popware for Pets Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner, from $15 each; chewy.com

Kong Cat ZoomGroom Brush
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For Gentle Grooming

BUY IT: Kong Cat ZoomGroom Brush, $10 each; petco.com

Pet MD Ear Wipes with Aloe Vera and Eucalyptus for Dogs
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For Squeaky Clean Ears

BUY IT: Pet MD Ear Wipes with Aloe Vera and Eucalyptus for Dogs, $13; petmdstore.com

The Best Housekeeping Products for Pet Owners

Hardworking tools to ensure pesky messes (hair, odors, and stains—oh my!) are kept at bay.

The Best Housekeeping Products for Pet Owners
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Related Items

Skout's Honor Pet Stain & Odor Remover
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For Stinky Spots

BUY IT: Skouts Honor Pet Stain & Odor Remover, from $15; skoutshonor.com

FURemover Broom
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For Quick Cleaning

BUY IT: FURemover Broom, $13; amazon.com

Orvis Grip-Tight Quilted Throw
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For Lounging

BUY IT: Orvis Grip-Tight Quilted Throw, from $98; orvis.com

Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo-Bowl Medium/Mini
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For Fast Eaters

BUY IT: Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slo-Bowl, $15 each; outwardhound.com

Dyson Ball Animal 2 vacuum cleaner
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For All That Fur

BUY IT: Dyson Ball Animal 2 Vacuum Cleaner, $500; dyson.com

Tidy Cats Breeze Litter Box System
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For Minimizing Mess

BUY IT: Tidy Cats Breeze Litter Box System, $38; chewy.com

ChomChom Roller pet hair remover
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For Furry Furniture

BUY IT: ChomChom Roller Pet Hair Remover, $25; chomchomroller.com

The Laundress Pet & Lint Brush
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For Deep Cleaning

BUY IT: The Laundress Pet & Lint Brush, $63; thelaundress.com

Bissell Little Green Portable Carpet Cleaner
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For Indoor Accidents

BUY IT: Bissell Little Green Portable Carpet Cleaner, $110; bissell.com

The Best Pet Toys

Rough-and-tumble toys for sniffing, scratching, chewing, or fetching.

The Best Pet Toys
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Related Items

Outward Hound Puppy Smart Dog Game
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For Brain Games

BUY IT: Outward Hound Puppy Smart Dog Game, $15; outwardhound.com

Harry Barker Skipper Rope Dog Toy
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For Sophisticated Tugs

BUY IT: Harry Barker Skipper Rope Dog Toy, $14; harrybarker.com

Nylabone Power Chew Durable Dog Chew Toy
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For Everlasting Chews

BUY IT: Nylabone Power Chew Durable Dog Chew Toy, $15; chewy.com

Kong Extreme Ball
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For Games of Fetch

BUY IT: Kong Extreme Ball, from $11; chewy.com

Turbo Catnip Pouch & Scratcher Cat Toy
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For Hours of Play

BUY IT: Turbo Catnip Pouch & Scratcher Cat Toy, $20; chewy.com

Zippy Paws Skinny Peltz
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For the Toy Destroyer

BUY IT: Zippy Paws Skinny Peltz, $16/set of three; zippypaws.com

Frisco 21-In. Sisal Cat Scratching Post with Toy
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For Idle Claws

BUY IT: Frisco 21-In. Sisal Cat Scratching Post with Toy, $14; chewy.com

Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher
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For Burning Off Energy

BUY IT: Chuckit! Classic Ball Launcher, $13; amazon.com

Purrfect Play Organic Cotton Cat Balls
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For the Green Kitty

BUY IT: Purrfect Play Organic Cotton Cat Balls, $15/set of three; purrfectplay.com

The Foggy Dog The Foggy Dog Mouse Felt Cat Toy
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For Cat-and-Mouse Games

BUY IT: The Foggy Dog Mouse Felt Cat Toy, $7 each; thefoggydog.com

The Best Pet Beds

Dreamy beds for catnaps and lounging the day away.

The Best Pet Beds
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Related Items

Lands End Round Canvas Dog Bed Cover
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For Classic Dogs

BUY IT: Lands End Round Canvas Dog Bed Cover, from $45; landsend.com

Cat Person Canopy Bed
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For Queen Cats

BUY IT: Cat Person Canopy Bed, $80; catperson.com

The Houndry Lounger Beds
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For Tailored Style

BUY IT: The Houndry Lounger Beds, from $199 each; thehoundrylife.com

Cat Cave Co. Sky Blue & White Cat Cave
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For Secret Hideaways

BUY IT: Cat Cave Co. Sky Blue & White Cat Cave, $90; catcaveco.com

Jax and Bones Slumberjax Dottie Tan Donut
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For Cozy Slumbers

BUY IT: Jax and Bones Slumberjax Dottie Tan Donut, from $92; jaxandbones.com

Pepper x Dogwood Painted Basket Bundle
Credit: Robbie Caponetto

For Trendy Pets

BUY IT: Pepper x Dogwood Painted Basket Bundle, from $272; dogwood-co.com

Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed
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For Naps on the Go

BUY IT: Yeti Trailhead Dog Bed, $300; yeti.com

The Best Products for Traveling with Pets

Gear and essentials for road trips, hikes, and other outdoor adventures.

The Best Pet Gear
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Related Items

WagWellies Mojave
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For Paw Protection

BUY IT: WagWellies Mojave, $49/set of four; wagwear.com

Snoozer Dog Bicycle Basket
Credit: Robbie Caponetto

For Riding Companions

BUY IT: Snoozer Dog Bicycle Basket, $66; snoozerpetproducts.com

Frisco Ripstop Dog Life Jacket
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For Water Enthusiasts

BUY IT: Frisco Ripstop Dog Life Jacket, from $20; chewy.com

Ruffwear Front Range Day Pack
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For Ultimate Hikers

BUY IT: Ruffwear Front Range Day Pack, $80; ruffwear.com

L.L.Bean NiteDog Rechargeable LED Dog Leash
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For Nighttime Strolls

BUY IT: L.L.Bean NiteDog Rechargeable LED Dog Leash, $33; llbean.com

Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag
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For Short and Long Trips

BUY IT: Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag, $80; chewy.com

The Rover Boutique Bronte Waste-Bag Holder
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For Handy Baggies

BUY IT: The Rover Boutique Bronte Waste-Bag Holder, $29; theroverboutique.com

L.L.Bean Boyt Two-Barrel Seat Cover
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For Road-tripping

BUY IT: L.L.Bean Boyt Two-Barrel Seat Cover, $100; llbean.com

Filson Dog Bowl
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For Stylish Sips on the Go

BUY IT: Filson Dog Bowl, $40; filson.com

etFusion Travel Bottle for Dogs
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For Avid Walkers

BUY IT: PetFusion Travel Bottle for Dogs, $15.95; amazon.com

Lands End Canvas Tote Pet Carrier
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For Constant Companions

BUY IT: Lands End Canvas Tote Pet Carrier, $50; landsend.com

Amazon Basics Portable Folding Soft Dog Travel Crate Kennel
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For Creatures of Habit

BUY IT: Amazon Basics Portable Folding Soft Dog Travel Crate Kennel, from $36; amazon.com