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How to take care of a dog that has gone blind?

Just as people need a guide when they become visually impaired, dogs also need special care when they lose their sight. Providing them with a suitable living environment to avoid traumatic experiences is essential.

What causes blindness in a dog?

Blindness in dogs is a very common problem. There are many designated causes of blindness, one of the most common being cataracts. Due to a clouding of the lens, this disease can cause total blindness. However, if diagnosed early, it can be treated. It is important to know that cataracts often affect breeds such as the bostan terrier, the golden retriever, the English cocker spaniel or the miniature poodle.

Lens dislocation, uveitis, glaucoma, retinal disorders and corneal opacity are other diseases that cause blindness in dogs. It is now known that some breeds are more prone to this problem than others. This is the case for Miniature Schnauzers, Dachshunds and other crossbreeds. The sex of the animal is also a determining factor. Middle-aged females are more likely to be affected by blindness.

The impact of this disease on the animal depends on whether the blindness was sudden or gradual. A gradual loss of sight will be easier to live with. The animal will have time to adapt and to take its bearings by using its hearing and its sense of smell. On the other hand, if the loss of sight was sudden, it may have difficulty adjusting to the situation and may be distraught or disoriented.

How can you help him/her to live better with this blindness?

There are a few things you can do to help a blind or visually impaired pet adapt to this handicap. For example, it is advisable to place a small bell on the animals of the house and on the members of the family so that the dog can find itself. You don't have to make major changes to the dog's living space because he may have already built his own cues. However, eliminating obstacles that could block his path is an option. You should help him to create a circuit in the different places he often frequents: food corner, favorite nap area, his sleeping basket.

During outdoor walks, it is advisable to always keep him on a leash so that outside noises do not scare him. Owners should also teach him new commands such as "Be careful" when he may encounter an obstacle. Finally, owners are encouraged to never break the bond they have with their pet. Play and other activities should continue. Family members should help sharpen the pet's sense of sight and hearing by throwing toys that make noise and asking the pet to bring them back. It is even recommended that you spend even more time with him to reassure him. Extending brushing sessions, for example, is very important to strengthen the relationship between the owner and his pet.