ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Just like people, the heat can be dangerous and sometimes deadly for pets.
Vets urge pet owners to use common sense like never leaving your pet in the car on a hot day, and not leaving them outside for extended periods of time.
They also recommend not exercising your animal in the heat. Try to do it later in the evening to prevent overheating.
If you must take your dog on long walks or trips to the park in the middle of the day, make sure they have plenty of water.
Bush Animal Clinic reminds owners that they are responsible for their pet during the summer season.
"We just have to make a conscious effort that we're their caregivers, we have to be their voice and they don't know they are going to get overheated. They are just there to play and have a good time," said Ivey Chupp, a vet at Bush Animal Clinic.
Signs of overheating are collapsing, panting at a rapid rate, and hot to the touch.
If your animal is experiencing any of these, seek emergency help immediately.