Should I exercise my dog on a hot day?

We love our pets, and we do the best we can to make them live a happy and healthy life.  When should we consider it to be a good time to take them outdoors and when is it best to stay home?  

Animals can not speak for themselves and they don't understand the consequences of certain actions - like excessive running on a hot day for short nose dogs can spell a disaster, or how bad hot asphalt can damage the bottom of their footpads.  It is up to us to make sure we can guide them as best we can when going out on a hot sunny day.

What does Dr Roxanne from ZUKI say about play on a hot sunny day?

"Don’t encourage play or exercise your pets during hot weather, rather exercise and play with your fur friends in the early mornings or late evenings when the temperature outside is still cool. You may want to consider trimming your pet’s fur if it’s long, but if they have light coloured skin then you will need to use sun block to protect them from sunburn or try to keep them indoors, away from the sun.

Never, ever, leave your pet in a car! Even if the window is left open, the temperature in a car can rise quickly and become extremely dangerous."

Dr Roxanne - ZUKI

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