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The summer heat has arrived and is here to stay for some time, so we would love to give you some helpful tips & products to help Fido keep his cool.  

 

Tip 1:

On hot days it’s not uncommon to see our pups and cats stretched out on the cool tile floor in the kitchen or even post up near a fan. On hot summer days leave your pup at home while the sun is at its hottest and instead opt to exercise your pet in the morning hours or after the sun has set. Remember if pavement is too hot for you to walk on barefoot, it's too hot for your pup. Same goes for sitting in parked cars- it only takes minutes for the internal temperatures of a car to rise into the hundreds on a 78 degree day- yes, even with the windows cracked.

Tip 2:

Hydration is key! On hot days remember to fill your pet's dish with fresh cool water and consider adding another dish so your pets have plenty of drinking options. Going to the beach for the day or to a park? Don’t forget your portable dog dishes to keep your pup feeling good.

Tip 3:

Always be mindful of your pet's breed and age, both factor into how heat sensitive your pet is. Older pets can overheat easier and any flat faced pup will have a much harder time keeping cool on hot days. Always exercise these breeds with extreme caution on warm days.

If you want to be extra safe on your adventures in the sun with Fido here are some fabulous products to keep your pup feeling good:

Ruffwear's Swamp Cooler provides protection from the sun and cooling evaporation. In warm climates, dogs typically stay cool by seeking shade during the heat of the day and moving around in cooler temperatures. The Swamp Cooler allows dogs to perform in hot climates. To activate the Swamp Cooler, soak in water, wring out and place on your dog. The light-colored fabric reflects solar radiation, while evaporation cooling pulls heat from the dog. Buy Here    

 

Gold paw's Sun Shield Tee is silky soft, lightweight stretch jersey with a UPF-50 rating that blocks 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.Chemical free with an anti-microbial finish. Super comfortable indoors and out and perfect for all sorts of applications beyond sun protection too: skin conditions, wound care, topical medications, works great as an anti-anxiety calming aid that can be worn all day. Buy Here

The Ruffwear Float Coat is the ultimate in canine flotation and water safety. For dogs that love to join their humans rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing and paddle boarding, this life jacket is designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes. This is a premium, fully-featured life jacket that includes thoughtful details like a strong handle, optimally positioned to lift dogs out of the water, and reflective trim for enhanced visibility in or out of the water. Buy Here

National Pet Day

Happy National Pet Day! Can you believe it?! A whole day dedicated to our furry friends! Hip Hound is celebrating by giving 25% off all toys and treats today on hiphoundshop.com! Make your pet feel as special today as they make us feel everyday! Just enter the coupon code PETDAY when checking out online. Hope you and your furry [...]

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Top Brushing Tips

If you didn’t already know, February is pet dental awareness month! Many pet owners aren’t aware of the importance of taking care of their pet’s teeth. Without regular teeth cleanings, your pet’s teeth can build up with tarter which can lead to painful (and expensive) gum disease. Not to mention stinky breath! Ideally you should be brushing your fur [...]

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Puppy Diaries: When Mom's Away..

Hey my fellow hip hounds! Theo here again <3 My mom has left for paradise and will be gone for 2 weeks!!! Now while I wish I could be lying on the beach with sand between my paws with her, someone has to be the responsible one and stay back to run the store. I’ve never gone this [...]

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Pets & Chocolate DON'T Mix!

It's fairly common knowledge that chocolate is not the best for our pets, but have you ever wondered why this is so? We decode the dangers of chocolate when it comes to our beloved dogs and cats below. Keep reading through to the end to learn about some of the fun events and specials we [...]

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Puppy Diaries: Theo's Words of Wisdom

Hi, My name is Theo; you may know me as (the cuter) one of the store pups at Hip Hound. I am now nearing my 10-month birthday, and feeling wiser than ever. Here are few of the big things I’ve learned in my many months of puppyhood:1. Being a puppy is awesome, but only for the first few months. [...]

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8 Dental Health Products for Your Pets

This month we’ll be talking about all things Dental Health and Wellness for your pets, as February is annually the (pet) Dental Awareness Month!To start things off, we have compiled a list of our favorite 8 products to maintain your pup’s (and kitty’s!) teeth and mouths. As an added bonus all of these items will be 25% [...]

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Our Top 5 Pet-Friendly Indoor Plants

In the spirit of curing those winter blues, we have been looking into adding some greenery to our houses. It turned out to be more involved than we originally thought it would be...Which is why we have curated this selection of our favorite houseplants that are both easy to care for as well as non-toxic to [...]

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The 12 (Cat) Days of Christmas

Here's a special list for all of the Mrs. Claws' out there! Your feline family members are sure to love any gift, but here is our kitty-themed Gift Guide this Holiday season!Day 1 Your kitty will go krazy for their Waggers treats! And here’s why we love ‘em: First off, they are called ‘My Little Lion’ [...]

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The 12 (Dog) Days of Christmas Part 2

Welcome back and Happy Howlidays! We've got the remaning 6 days of your dog's 12 Days of Christmas!If you're just joining us, you may also want to check out part 1! Without further ado, days 7-12:Day 7 Every dog will love their Wild Meadow Farms treats and the Monster Ball!Here’s why we love Wild Meadow Farms: They make [...]

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