ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With summer fast approaching, now is a good time to think about pet safety.
South Georgia summers can be hot. Just imagine how your pet is feeling.
With the hot Georgia sun on our faces, we forget about how the sun is treating our precious pets.
Summertime is not the most enjoyable with pets because of the hot weather.
Heat strokes can be deadly for animals so it's important to keep them hydrated and never leave them in a vehicle.
Bush Animal Hospital's vet Ivy Chupp said there shouldn't ever be a reason why a pet owner should leave them in their car.
"Honestly, don't leave your dog or cat in the car for any period of time. Especially this time of year. It is not safe. It gets hot very quickly and even if you are running in and you feel like you will be in the store for only five minutes it's still going to get too hot," said Chupp.
Chupp also recommended removing standing water in bowls so mosquitoes don't get to it and always check your animal for fleas, ticks, and heartworms, which appear more frequently in the summer months.
During these hot summer months, if you are sweating a lot just think about how your pet feels wearing a fur coat. Just be more mindful and always make sure your furry friend has plenty of food and water.