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With the rise in temperatures expected to hit the 100s this week, remember to be mindful of your pets. Pets are vulnerable to high temperatures, and are unable to cool down their bodies as humans can. Pets left outside in high heat temperatures can suffer from heat-related stress, burned paws, sunburn, and even death. Ernest Figueroa offers the following tips to keep your pet healthy, safe, and alive during this heatwave…

Courtesy Weather.gov

Make sure pets have plenty of fresh, clean water every day, and that the water bowl can’t be tipped over and is in a shaded area. Bring pets in during the hottest part of the day and let them rest in a cool part of the house. When pets are outside, make sure they have plenty of shade; remember, shade in the morning will move or diminish as the sun moves and may not protect them. NEVER leave pets in a parked vehicle—even in the shade with the windows cracked. Don’t force animals to exercise when it is hot and humid. Exercise early in the morning or late in the evening. In hot weather, pets can burn their paws on hot concrete or asphalt. If it’s too hot for you to stand barefoot, it’s too hot for your pet! Pets can get sunburned too. Keep them out of the sun during peak hours.


The Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park, David Smith, was a guest on the Z107.7 Up Close Show early in April. During the show, Smith discussed many topics relating to the park, including why bringing your pets to the park can be a problem. Reporter Cassidy Taylor explains…

“In national parks, we are really stringent about that, because of the effect that that dogs can have on the wildlife that’s there.”

Dogs can scare off bighorn sheep (and other animals) from watering holes, which could lead to their death, according to Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith. For this and other reasons, dogs are not allowed on trails in the national park. Courtesy photo

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith says Fido may be your best friend, but Joshua Tree National Park may not be the place to bring them. While pets are allowed to be brought to campgrounds and picnic areas, bringing your pets on trails is not only banned, but could threaten wildlife.

“Especially like a riparian zone or like a water zone, a place like 49 Palms, you know, I go out there all the time and find people with dogs and it’s a constant education, like ‘Hey, folks, just so you know, this is this is the one place bighorn sheep come to actually get some water. And when you bring your dogs up here, it moves them out of that area and if it’s a hot time, like we’re gonna have this weekend or the summer, that that could make the difference of that animal surviving.’”

For those who want to still enjoy desert hikes with their pets, Superintendent Smith recommends hikes that are outside of the National Park and on BLM land.

They’ve got kind of a different management than we do inside of a national park.”

To catch up on everything happening with the national park, listen to the latest episode of the Z107.7 Up Close Show by clicking the link below:


Pets in the park? Here are the general rules:

  • Pets are permitted in Joshua Tree National Park, but they may never be taken more than 100 feet from a road, picnic area, or campground.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle and may never be left unattended.
  • Pets are never allowed anywhere in the backcountry, including on hiking trails; the only exception is the paved trail at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms.
  • Service animals, defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, are allowed anywhere in the park.
  • Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

More information can be found at https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/pets.htm


A Yucca Valley man was seriously injured by dog bites Tuesday. According to Deputy Wayne Greer, Travis Hood, 46, was teasing two bull dogs, who weighed 50 to 75 pounds each, with food when they attacked him in the 1700 block of Hilton Avenue in Yucca Valley. Hood’s mother, who is also the dogs’ owner, was able to secure the dogs and Hood was able to get away. Paramedics treated Hood and he was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for serious injuries to his arms.  Besides the obvious tip of don’t tease a dog, Sara Snyder offers these tips about how to prevent dog bites…

To reduce your risk of being bitten, never approach a strange dog. Don’t pet a dog, — even your own – without letting it see and sniff you first. If a strange dog approaches you, do not scream, turn, or run. Remain motionless, hands at your side, and avoid eye contact.  If a dog attacks, try feeding it your walking stick, jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything else you can put between you and the dog.  And if you’re knocked down, curl into a ball and protect your ears. 


The majority of emergency room visits for pets during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness in certain pets…

Resist the urge to give your begging dog a piece of roast turkey skin or other high-fat tidbit, as it could cause pancreatitis, resulting in an expensive trip to the vet. Tami Roleff photo

When you’re enjoying your holiday meal, resist the temptation to give your dog a piece of turkey. Your roast turkey can trigger pancreatitis in your pet, resulting in an expensive trip to the vet. Signs of pancreatitis include severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. Pancreatitis may occur as a single episode or a recurring event. Pets can quickly develop potentially fatal side effects such as dehydration and liver or kidney damage. Overweight dogs are even more at risk. If you suspect your pet has pancreatitis, take them to the vet immediately. Don’t risk the harm to your dog or cat or your wallet and just say no to those begging eyes.


The City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department reminds the public that animals are not permitted in public parks or recreational areas per City of Twentynine Palms municipal code. Violation is subject to a minimum fine of $100 per animal/offense. Public and recreational areas include the sidewalks within and surrounding the parks. 

Knott’s Sky Park features a designated dog park which is located at 6897 El Sol Avenue, approximately three blocks south off of 29 Palms Hwy. The park consists of two designated areas: large dogs (30 pounds or more) and small dogs (30 pounds or less). Please follow and observe all rules posted at the park. Service dogs are permitted.

For additional information call the Twentynine Palms Animal Control at 760-367-0157.

*Service dogs are exempt from the prohibition.