Can your dog get altitude sickness? There is anecdotal evidence that dogs can become afflicted with acute mountain sickness (AMS). AMS is a neurological affliction and is not dependent on what shape a dog is in but is more likely related to genetics. A dog with AMS exhibits the same symptoms as a person – it won’t eat, shows signs of discomfort, and becomes listless.
Treatment is the same for dogs as it is people: don’t take the dog higher if it’s showing symptoms, make sure it has plenty of water and if it doesn’t improve, get it to a lower elevation. Most dogs respond well once they’re brought down from the high elevation. So, if you’re hiking and your fur-kid seems lackluster or uncomfortable and doesn’t improve after drinking, don’t go any higher. Keep an eye on yourself, too, especially if you’re new to hiking the big mountains.