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Published: Jul 29, 2011

The summer heat can make anyone want to jump into a pool, lake or ocean to get that much-needed break from the hot sun - including pets. However, there are some safety precautions any dog owner should take before they let their canine plunge into the water, according to The Star.

Not all dogs can swim, and in some scenarios they can get panicked if they feel like they do not have a way out. It is important to keep an eye on a dog before they immerse themselves into the water. First, an owner should take their furry friend to a shallow part of the water so it can learn how to swim, the media outlet reports.

According to the ASPCA, introducing a canine to the water as soon as possible is the best way for it to get used to it. It is also important to make sure to bring fresh water for the dog to drink, and have shade available. Even in the water, dogs can get too hot in the sun, which can lead to heatstroke, which could be detrimental to canine health.