Helping Fido Adjust To The Mountains

Have you recently adopted a dog from another area? Are you new to Colorado, or perhaps planning on moving here? Denver is the only American city that makes the top 20 list of cities at high elevations. It can take time for both people and pets to adjust to both entering and leaving this high altitude climate. A local Aurora, CO  vet offers some advice on helping your pooch get settled in this article. 




Keeping Fido hydrated is important for many reasons, but it’s particularly crucial at times when your pooch is getting used to a new environment or altitude. The air here can also be quite dry, which can increase the risks of dehydration. As a rule of thumb, Fido usually needs an ounce of water per pound of his body weight per day. At higher altitudes, that should be an ounce and a half. Be sure to bring water with you when taking your furry friend on hikes. Electrolytes can also be helpful here. 


Letting Your Dog Acclimate

It will likely take at least a few days, perhaps a few weeks, for Fido to get used to his new environment. If you’re driving in from another area, plan an overnight stop at a lower altitude, so he can adjust gradually. Be careful not to overexert him during that time. Go for short walks, and don’t go too crazy with fun doggy games like Fetch. It’s also important to pay close attention to your canine friend. If your pooch seems tired or out of breath, stop, give him some water, and head for home. 


Altitude Sickness In Dogs


Man’s Best Friend can get altitude sickness, just as people can. Warning signs include panting, gasping for breath, rapid pulse, vomiting, fatigue, fever, a bloody nose, and coughing. Contact us right away if you notice any of these things!


Other Hazards

Altitude sickness isn’t the only thing your furry pal will need to get used to. When hiking, there’s also the dangers of falls and/or run-ins with wild animals. If you’re new to the area, we also recommend familiarizing yourself with some of Colorado’s dangerous plants. Always keep Fido on a tight leash as you explore our beautiful state!


Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions about your pet’s health or care. As your Aurora, CO veterinary clinic, we’re here to help! 

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