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10+ Must-Haves to Pet Smart and Make Your Furry Friend Happy

10+ Must-Haves to Pet Smart and Make Your Furry Friend Happy

A pet can be a source of joy and affection. Having a pet can make life more enjoyable yet any pet owners will know that it’s important to ensure their pet remains smart, healthy, safe, and happy. Unlike with people, a pet can’t tell you how it feels, or what it wants.

In this article, I will only focus on the gadgets for dogs. But next week I’ll recommend cat lovers the must-haves to keep your cat happy.

Dogs, being social animals and man’s best friend, can often get unhappy if left alone for long hours, and this can affect their overall happiness. To pet smart and keep your dog healthy, I have picked some of the best designed gadgets for your furry friend.

1. Petnet Smart Feeder

    Feeding your dog properly can be much harder than you may think. As your dog grows and ages, the amount of food that they need to eat often changes. Many pet owners are unaware of this and as a result, they can easily under or over feed their dog. What’s more, to keep your dog in good health, you need to ensure that they are getting the most important nutrients.

    The Petnet Smart Feeder resolves these issues. It can connect to your smartphone, allowing you to perfectly feed your dog even if you are away from home.

    Petnet Smart Feeder, $119.99

    2. Gulpy Water Dispenser

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      All dogs need their exercise, however, if you’re walking and your dog needs water (something which can be a big issue on hot days) it can be difficult to find a source of water. You can take your dog’s bowl and a bottle of water but it’s not always easy to carry around these extra items.

      The Gulpy Water dispenser works as both a water bottle and bowl. All you need to do is simply flip open the attached cup, squeeze the bottle of water, and let your dog drink.
      It comes with a belt clip so you can carry it around with you hands free.

      Gulpy Water Dispenser, $9.82

      3. PetChatz Greet & Treat Videophone

        Now, it might sound strange, a device which allows you to essentially Skype your dog. But the videophone also works as a mobile treat dispenser, and it can also give calming scents to your dog. Because of this, you can both check up on your dog, and treat it, even if you are very far away.

        This is one of the pricier gadgets on the list, but if you are looking for easy ways to check on your dog, and give yourself peace of mind, it’s perfect.

        PetChatz Greet & Treat Videophone, $379.98

        4. PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed with Solid Memory Foam

          As is the case with people, it is very important for your dog to get a good night’s sleep. A lot of dog beds available tend to be badly designed. This can be an issue as badly designed beds can cause problems with your dog’s muscles and joints.[1]

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          The PetFusion bed is designed with this in mind. It has a memory foam base which adapts and forms around your dog’s shape, ensuring fantastic comfort and support for your dog.

          PetFusion Ultimate Pet Bed with Solid Memory Foam, $119.95

          5. 360-Degree Pet Shower Kit

            The 360-degree shower kit makes cleaning dogs much easier. It’s great at cleaning hard to reach areas of your dog, or at least areas you don’t want to put your hands! This ensures that your dog is clean all over. Inside the shower kit, the water and soap mixes instantly so you can be sure that your dog is getting a total and deep clean.

            360-Degree Pet Shower Kit, $19.99

            6. SeaDog Pro Dog Drying Towel

              The SeaDog Pro Drying Towel is microfiber based, so it dries itself and dries your dog super quickly. As it is designed as a jacket, it fits snugly around your and as such can be better at drying all over it than conventional towels.

              Your dog doesn’t have to be wet for it to be useful either. By itself it is a well designed jacket and can keep your dog warm and dry all year round.

              SeaDog Pro Dog Drying Towel, $27.77

              7. iFetch Too Interactive Ball Launcher

                Playing fetch with your dog can be great fun, but it is easy to get tired of it before your dog, or maybe you find you are, for some reason incapable of throwing the ball effectively. The iFetch Too Interactive Ball Launcher solves all of these problems, allowing your dog to play fetch to its heart’s content.

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                iFetch Too Interactive Ball Launcher for Dogs, $199.90

                8. EzyDog Road Runner Leash

                  The EzyDog Road Runner Leash revolutionizes the design of dog leashes. Conventional dog leashes can harm your dog’s throat and neck. After all, many leashes and collars force you to lead your dog by its neck. The Road Runner Leash is designed with anti shock technology, meaning any sock, strain, or pull is massively absorbed by the leash, limiting any potential harm caused by the leash.

                  It can be used hands free so you can easily use it while running and jogging with your dog at your side. The length of it is easily adjustable so you can use it in a way that suits you both.

                  EzyDog Road Runner Leash, $34.99

                  9. K9 Sports Sack AIR Dog Backpack

                    Carrying your dog can be difficult, but at times you might be forced to. The AIR Dog Backpack is the solution to this problem

                    The sides of the backpack are well ventilated, keeping your dog cool and comfortable. Plus the mesh lined shoulder straps helps to ensure that carrying your dog and wearing the backpack is easy.

                    K9 Sports Sack AIR Dog Backpack, $69.92

                    10. K&H Manufacturing Quilted Cargo Cover

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                      It is commonplace to put your dog in the trunk of your car or SUV if you are going for a drive with them. But this can be uncomfortable for them. And if your dog is dirty, it’s liable to make other things in the trunk dirty too.

                      The K&H Quilted Cargo Cover both keeps your trunk clean, and your dog comfortable and protected in your car or SUV. There are pockets built in, allowing you to carry extra toys or brushes with you, no matter where you go.

                      K&H Manufacturing Quilted Cargo Cover, $25.49

                      11. Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker

                        If your dog ever goes missing, it can be an extremely traumatic experience. Even if they return, you often have no way of finding out where they went. Some dogs more than others like escaping, so you can never be sure.

                        With the Whistle 3 GPS Tracker you’ll be able to keep track of your pet, no matter where they are. You can establish a “safe zone” and will get a message if your dog ever leaves its boundaries. You’ll be able to trace all their movements for twenty four hours.

                        Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker, $79.95

                        Pet smart with these gadgets, and you can keep your dog happy and healthy, and have more joyful time with your furry friend!

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                        Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                        How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                        How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                        When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                        So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                        1. Exercise

                        It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                        2. Drink in Moderation

                        I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                        3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                        Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                        4. Watch Less Television

                        A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                        Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                        5. Eat Less Red Meat

                        Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                        If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                        6. Don’t Smoke

                        This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                        7. Socialize

                        Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                        8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                        Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                        9. Be Optimistic

                        Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                        10. Own a Pet

                        Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                        11. Drink Coffee

                        Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                        12. Eat Less

                        Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                        13. Meditate

                        Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                        Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                        14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                        Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                        15. Laugh Often

                        Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                        16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                        Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                        17. Cook Your Own Food

                        When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                        Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                        18. Eat Mushrooms

                        Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                        19. Floss

                        Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                        20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                        Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                        Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                        21. Have Sex

                        Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                        Reference

                        [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                        [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                        [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                        [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                        [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                        [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                        [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                        [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                        [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                        [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                        [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                        [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                        [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                        [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                        [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                        [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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