1 Create sounds around your house.
Attach small bells to your shoes or to other pets’ collars to help your dog hear you moving about the house. This is helpful until he is more familiar with listening to the sounds of footsteps and vibrations from movement.
How to Help A Blind Dog Adapt to Vision Loss
Here are some helpful tips on how you can make the adjustment a smooth one for your best friend:
Your voice can have a calming effect on your dog. A change in a pet’s eyesight can be disorienting. Blind pets startle easily; avoid making sudden movements or loud noises. Alert your pet that you’re nearby.
When your senior dog becomes confused or disoriented, speak soothingly to your dog. Let them know you are near and able to help them if they need it. Use your voice to guide them. If they’re asleep, gently blow in their face or lightly touch them to wake them.
As your dog adjusts to their new blindness, stick to its daily routine. If you always start your day with a walk around the neighborhood, keep doing it! These activities are familiar to your dog and help give them a sense of normalcy. A pet dealing with recent vision loss will have difficulty adjusting to any significant change in its routine. A regular schedule lets them know what time of day it is and what to expect next.
It’s important to remember that visually impaired and blind pets are relying solely on their other senses; they are going to be very reactive to the sounds around them. When you go for a walk, always keep your dog on a leash and safely by your side if they react to loud noise.
Walk your blind dog through the house.
You can help your dog create a house roadmap.
“Leashing the dog and walking him around will help him familiarize and navigate through the house,” Andersen says.
Tips for helping a blind dog adjust – Series 2 Ep 1
Blindness in dogs can come on gradually or completely out of the blue depending on the cause. Either way, learning that your dog is suffering from vision loss can be heartbreaking. If youve stumbled upon this article, the odds are your mind is swirling with questions about what this means for your dogs quality of life and for you as a caretaker.
If you are thinking of adopting a dog that has experienced vision loss or impairment, or the dog you already have at home has an accident or condition that has led to some form of blindness, its important to understand how the care you provide your pet will need to change. Read on to learn more about how to spot the early signs of blindness and what you can do to help your pup cope with their new impairment.
The first signs a dog is going blind that you may notice can be physical abnormalities or changes in your dogs behavior.
The best way to find out if your dog is truly visually impaired or going blind is to promptly seek veterinary care for an evaluation and testing when you notice any abnormalities with your dogs eye(s) or signs of vision loss. Many causes of vision loss can be halted before the dog goes completely blind, or even reversed.