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Is Your Pup Tracking God Knows What Into the House? Try This Paw Washer, Now on Sale.

A paw cleaner.
Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Amazon.

Why you want this: On the face of it, the Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner may seem like a silly, spa-like indulgence for your dog. But reviewers say that beyond being a novel gadget, the MudBuster also makes the cleaning process quicker and more efficient. The paw cleaner is a tumbler filled with soft silicone bristles to which you add water to wash away loose dirt. If your dog is one of the many that generally does not enjoy having her paws futzed with, commenters say that dogs tolerate this device surprisingly well.

What the experts say: Alicia Betz, writing for Business Insider, says that the Dexas MudBuster made the tricky process of wrangling her German shepherd with a towel much simpler. Betz also spoke about the health benefits of paw cleaning with Dr. Jason Nicholas, BVMS, of Preventive Vet. Nicholas explained that paws can attract intestinal parasites and viruses, which are then transmitted internally by licking or chewing. Keeping your dog’s paws clean can be a preventive treatment.

What the people say: Makes cleaning up much quicker. (“I have four dogs in NYC. I have to wash their feet after every walk because the streets are so filthy. It would take me about 10-15 min to clean their paws with a spray bottle and towel. Now, it takes about 5 minutes. And the towel doesn’t end up filthy. The dirt gets caught in the cup. Plus the dogs seem to like it. The silicone bristles must feel good. A huge thumbs up!”)

Can clean a variety of messes. (“This thing is great. It works for both dirty water/splattered kind of mud, and the thick stuff that is stuck between the toes. In fact it works really good for the thick stuff because the bristles get in between and scoop it out. You do have to change the water very often; when its really thick, you have to change it before you finish all four paws, but it still beats spending ten minutes with three different rags and towels trying to scoop it out.”)

The Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner is now $12, or 38 percent off the regular price.