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Menifee offers tips for pet owners during excessive heat


Last updated 7/18/2018 at 11:21am

MENIFEE – With excessive heat warnings for many parts of the region, pet owners need to take precautions.

“The best thing to do during excessive heat is to keep all animals inside in cool places. But if the animals can’t be brought inside, they must be given shade and plenty of water,” Animal Control Chief Mo Middleton, from the Menifee animal field service provider, Animal Friends of the Valley, said.

Misting fans, sprayers and just a hose can help keep cattle, horses and pets cool. In excessive heat conditions, as forecast in the area, Middleton advised “that horses can lose more than 7 gallons of fluid as sweat.

“It is important to note that if the sum of humidity and temperature exceeds 130 degrees, horses and other animals can be at risk for heat stroke,” Middleton said. “This risky combination of heat and humidity often occurs earlier in the day than most expect because of high humidity in the morning.”

Additionally, residents are reminded that pets should not be kept in a car for any length of time without the air conditioner on. The best thing for pet owners is to leave their pets at home and that pets should only go outside when the temperature has reduced or cooled down.

Residents are reminded to consider not walking their pets once the day heats up and to walk them only early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures drop and to avoid the pavement that can burn a pet’s pads.

“Dogs that suffer from heat stroke will become restless and either pant or drool excessively,” Middleton said. “They may not respond to their name and appear unsteady on their feet. They should be moved to a cool area immediately, and pets with a high temperature should be cooled by wetting their ears, abdomen and feet and seek veterinary care immediately.”

For more information on ways to protect an animal in times of excessive heat or weather, visit or contact Animal Friends of the Valley at (951) 674-0618 or


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