Created: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:34:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:39:10 EST
July marks the beginning of "dog days of summer." It's considered the first month of warmer and brutal temperatures.
Pet owners are advised to take precaution as the summer months can be tough on many animals. Pets need plenty of water and should be kept in an air conditioned environment to avoid heat-related distress.
Johnny Gordon, a local resident, says he makes sure his dogs stay cool and comfortable.
"I built a dog house, I wanted to put an air condition in it but that wasn't quite feasible, but I hose them down pretty good and put a fan on them occasionally," Gordon said.
Vomiting, lethargy, red gums and diarrhea are all symptoms owners need to watch out for in dogs.
Leaving pets in the car for long periods of time in the heat can cause fatigue or they could possibly faint. Pet parents can keep their pets safe by following simple steps and taking precaution. If your pet needs medical assistance don't hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a chain of animal hospitals across the country, say time and common sense are often of the difference between life and death.