ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With summer around the corner, the Albany Humane Society wants the community to be aware of diseases pets could contract during warm weather.
The Albany Humane Society said animals could contract heartworm, rabies and parvovirus. They said parvo is a huge concern for dogs during the summer.
Parvo can be found in the soil when the ground warms up and can cause dogs to bleed, lose weight and lose their appetite.
The animal shelter makes sure it vaccinates every animal before adoption.
"Build a relationship with a vet here in town and they'll work with you on it. They'll remind you that you have an annual vaccine coming up. But it's just absolutely necessary just like with our children to get their vaccines and their boosters. Your pets are your children, just remember that annually you got to get their vaccines and boosters," said Albany Humane Executive Director Society Jonathan Sizemore.
The humane society said it's important to keep an eye out for your pets throughout the entire summer.