Blind Dog Day is coming up on August 23rd. About one out of ten of our canine companions will eventually go blind. The odds go up drastically for diabetic dogs: about 75 percent of them will lose their vision. Fido can still be a happy, healthy pet if one or both of his peepers don’t work. He may just need some extra TLC. A Roanoke, VA vet offers some advice on caring for a blind pup in this article.
Avoid Rearranging Things
Blind dogs tend to create mental ‘maps’ of their terrain, and rely on those to get around. Try to avoid moving things around. (Of course, you can’t stop your cat from sprawling out in the middle of the floor, but that’s another issue.)
There are some things you can do to help Fido find his way around more easily. Carpet runners can be great for this. You can also use scent markers, such as air fresheners.
Many blind dogs hate being startled. Stamp your foot before approaching Fido. If he’s small enough for you to pick up, make sure he knows you’re there before swooping him up.
Keep Your Furry Friend Safe
Petproofing is absolutely crucial with pups that can’t see. If you have a yard, make sure you have a sturdy fence. Use baby gates or fences to block off things like pools, stairwells, and fireplaces.
One of the concerns with blind dogs is the chance that Fido could run into something and get hurt. There are products that can prevent this from happening. These are often called halos, and they essentially act as doggy bumpers. Not all pups will tolerate them, but it’s worth looking into.
Keep Things Consistent
Stability is absolutely crucial to dogs with vision impairment. Spend time with Fido every day, and try to keep him on a set schedule for walks and meals. Pay extra attention to him if there are major changes, such as moves or changes in the household.
Fido will still enjoy doing many of the same things that other pups do. As with any other dog, the biggest thing is for him to feel loved and safe. Walks, belly rubs, and treats will get that cute tail going!
Do you have questions about caring for a blind dog? Contact us, your Roanoke, VA animal clinic, today.