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Doggie must-haves for the messy eater

Keep the floor and your dog clean

Picture this: After a long day at work, you come home and feed your hungry pup its dinner and then start your own meal. When you turn back around once your dog is finished, you see its bowl halfway across the floor, remnants of the meal scattered all around, water has dripped everywhere and its face and fur are covered in a mess of food. Now you have to take some time to clean it all up when at least one of you thinks the time would be better spent playing fetch. Sound like your life? Here are must-haves for the messy four-legged eater in your household — guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Elevated feeder

Elevated feeder

Minimize the distance between your dog’s food and its mouth with the Our Pet's High Rise Diner Elevated Dog Feeder in the hopes of keeping the food off the floor. Made specifically for large dogs, this elevated feeder minimizes stress on bones and joints, is easy to clean and has a spill ridge to keep the food in the bowl and not all over the kitchen. (Petco, $35)

Rubber mat

Rubber mat

If your pup is extra eager and noses its bowl all over the place, keep it in one place with the rubber Bella Spill-Proof Dog Mat that's slip resistant and has anti-skid feet. This bone-shaped place mat for dogs is nontoxic and BPA-free and made for both indoor and outdoor use. If food does start flying out of the bowl, at least it'll be contained and ready for easy cleanup. (Loving Pets, $14 for large)

Fun feeder

Fun feeder

Sometimes the mess comes from an over-eager eater that wolfs everything down in two seconds flat. Slow your dog down while making mealtime fun with The Company of Animals' Green Dog Slow Feeder. Like a maze for the mouth to navigate, getting the kibble becomes a game — one that makes it impossible to gobble everything in just a few messy bites. (The Company of Animals, $30)

Snood

Snood

A snood is a mealtime must-have in my house to keep long, furry ears tied up and out of the way. This goes double if your pup eats a raw diet that tends to be messier than kibble. Our fave is the handmade Beach Living Dog Snood from DayDogDesigns. It just slips over the dog's head and is held in place with elastic until the very last bite. Too cute! (Etsy, $10)

Dental treats

Dental treats

Messy eaters can have messy teeth, so keep your pup in tip-top shape with the new Milk-Bone Brushing Chews. When fed daily, these chews have been clinically proven to clean teeth as well as twice-weekly brushing. Low-calorie and affordable, these oral health must-haves don't involve you having to wrestle your dog's mouth open. (Amazon, $6)

Wipes

Wipes

Crusty, smelly dried food in your dog's fur? Eww, no thanks! To combat that nastiness, wipe your dog’s face and fur after an award-worthy chow down with the PawGanics Natural Grooming Wipes For Dogs. The alcohol and lanolin-free formula is safe for even the most sensitive furry friends out there and are gentle enough for daily mealtime cleanup. (Petco, $7)

Sturdy bowl

Flimsy plastic bowls are not what your messy eater needs. Instead, treat it to Loving Pets' Robusto Bowls, the sturdiest and most-solid bowls you'll ever buy that come in a variety of fun colors. The heavy gauge aluminum construction was put to the test and survived being run over by a 6500-pound Hummer. So it's safe to say nothing your dog can do will faze this wonder bowl that will stay put 'til meal's end. (Loving Pets, $16 for medium)

Sturdy bowl

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