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Old Aug 17th 2011, 2:59 pm
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We have booked a vacation to Colorado and are hoping to take our 14 yr old terrier with us, however given his age we're worried that the difference in altitude (we're currently living in the Maritimes) will be a problem. Does anyone have any experience of moving dogs to CO please?
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Default Re: Do dogs get altitude sickness?

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Does anyone have any experience of moving dogs to CO please?
Unless you plan on living there, I respectfully suggest you leave the dog at home.

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Default Re: Do dogs get altitude sickness?

Why are you entertaining the thought of taking a dog on vacation with you? Not all hotels/motels will allow you to have one in your room, you will have to leave him alone when you go to a restaurant to eat, etc. Board the old guy in a nice place and let him have a vacation as well.
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We brought our 2 dogs with us from the East coast, but that was driving here with them. It was gradual, so they had a bit of time to acclimatise. If you are determined to bring your dog, stay at lower elevations, ie, Denver for 2-3 days before you go up to the mountains. The dog, as well as humans might find breathing difficult, up at the higher elevations say 11,000-12,000 feet if you are going up that high. Let the dog and people have plenty water. If the dog is in otherwise good health go for it, but you could get him checked out by a vet before you go, and have a backup plan for boarding if he isn't fit enough to go.
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A google search for "dogs altitude problems" gives a number of hits that coincidentally mention Denver. I'd get the Terrier to a pet hotel.

Tangentially there are now a number of "pure" breeds that have been so badly inbred by puppy mills for looks over health that they have congenital breathing difficulties. Pugs are the classic example.
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Thanks for the advice. He used to go to Kennels when he was younger - loved going but returned totally shattered as he spent the whole time 'socialising'! so now we take him on vacation with us as he gets more rest that way
We're not planning to take him mountain climbing - that would finish us off before him!! Looking at the altitudes it appears that he'll should be OK in Denver / Colorado Springs but we need to avoid Vail / Breckenridge etc.
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Denver is only a mile high.

But I would agree leave him at home. Especially at that age.
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Default Re: Do dogs get altitude sickness?

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Thanks for the advice. He used to go to Kennels when he was younger - loved going but returned totally shattered as he spent the whole time 'socialising'! so now we take him on vacation with us as he gets more rest that way
We're not planning to take him mountain climbing - that would finish us off before him!! Looking at the altitudes it appears that he'll should be OK in Denver / Colorado Springs but we need to avoid Vail / Breckenridge etc.
We moved our dog here from the Uk, we live at just under 7000 feet and she is totally fine!
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