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How to Ski Safely with Your Dog

Unfortunately, we often see ski and snowboarding accidents with dogs.   These accidents most often involve deep lacerations from ski and snowboard edges which may require surgical repair.

  •  Make sure your dog is capable of the challenge. Deep powder may be great for you, but it is a tough work-out for your pup that may require some conditioning.  Make sure you build up the length of time –i.e. Don’t do 4 laps of your favorite backcountry spot with your dog in the beginning unless they are used to hours of physical exertion.  Additionally, some dogs just aren’t made for this type of work – think small dogs with short coats.  Keep in mind your aging animals.  My Labrador used to love going skiing and charging down deep powder.  He probably would still go out – but at 12 years old he’s slowed down and I don’t want to be stuck carrying a 90lb dog out of the mountains.
  • Be prepared.   Tools such as the Airlift by Fido Pro can help you carry out your pet in a tough situation.  We also recommend carrying a first aid kit.  If your pet sustains a laceration apply pressure with a sterile bandage to stop the bleeding. Try not to panic.  Don’t get bitten.  Don’t be too alarmed, the surrounding blood on the snow is going to make it look worse than it is, nonetheless you should seek veterinary attention so that the laceration gets treated appropriately. Your dog may very well need stitches. 
  • Train your dog.  Your dog must be trained not to go in front of you while going downhill and not to get too close.  Additionally, stay in control of your equipment at all times to prevent clipping your pooch.
  • Protect the paws:  Does you pet have sensitive paws – learn how to protect them in our latest blog.