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If you own pets, you know the joy that furry friends can bring into your life. But they come with some sacrifices, too, from changing your living space to meet their needs to cleaning up their messes. Our companions are worth the effort, but there's no shame in trying a few hacks to make pet care a little easier.

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1. Avoid Irritated Paws in Winter

One issue many dog owners face is the struggle of wintertime walks. Most dogs love to play in the snow, but the cold temperatures, ice, moisture and additives such as de-icing salt can cause some major paw irritation. Petroleum jelly is surprisingly effective against all those problems. Simply slather a thick layer on your pup's paws before heading out, and be sure to reapply it regularly if you're outside for long.

Vaseline protects dogs' paws from snow Chalabala / Getty Images
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