Care of blind dogs
If your dog has become blind with age or due to illness, you should keep in mind that the animal will need some special attention in order to get used to its new reality. A puppy that is born blind will live more naturally than a dog that has lost sight. Unlike humans, dogs, despite having this disability, can survive better by adapting the senses of hearing and smell (this sense is much stronger than in humans). Your brain will compensate for loss of vision by potentiating the other senses. Continue reading this YourCatCareguide article to learn all about blind dog care .
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If you have decided to adopt a blind dog it is very important that you make things easier on your arrival. If you have a large and large house it will be fundamental that at the beginning you have a small area and that little by little you expand the space . In this way and with a gradual process of adaptation your dog will feel more comfortable.
When you get home, guide the dog slowly with a guide, trying to prevent it from clashing with objects. Let it smell to identify the different areas of the house. It is important to remove or cover (at least temporarily) objects that could hurt you, such as very sharp corners and protect you from stairs. Nor should you leave an object in the middle of the path.
If, on the contrary, your dog has lost his vision progressively, although he is accustomed to his home, blindness can cause him a desperate situation if he moves furniture and objects. For this reason, order is the fundamental tool to find yourself relaxed and understand the layout of the home.
Do not scare or touch him without first warning him, whenever you interact with him say your name and approach gently so as not to startle him. Overall, although we are always more carefully kept talking about a dog that needs basic care .
If you are not sure if your dog is blind, read our article on how to tell if my dog is blind .
Care during the tour
During the walk it is equally or more important for the dog to feel safe and comfortable with us, its owners, so it is very important to explain to other people that our dog is blind before being touched, otherwise dog could be startled.
Guide him properly so as not to hit objects from the street, and be careful when you let him interact with other dogs and people. Remember that he does not see who is approaching and his ability to react is slower but more defensive. If you expose him to certain situations, he will generate great anxiety.
In addition, it is essential to use the guide or harness during the ride , except in a safe and known area where you can drive with your voice. In this way, the animal will exercise safely and always under its supervision.
Try to convey security and tranquility during the ride, talk to him from time to time, congratulate him when he behaves properly and cherish him from time to time (tell him beforehand with his voice). Keep him away from possible dangers like stairs, swimming pools or aggressive dogs, he is your guide and as such should avoid being near places that could endanger your well-being.
Activities to foster your happiness
We must encourage the development of all other senses of the dog, so it is very beneficial to help the dog to know different objects, pets and people, always with care. It is very important to capture different stimuli and to continue to relate to everything you did before losing your sight, to keep you away will only make you sad and suspicious.
Also, do not forget to take walks and practice activities with him as if you were an old dog, as well as offer him toys and prizes. We recommend that you use sound toys such as balls with a bell inside or rubber toys that emit noises.
Consider that toys that make noise can scare you, so it’s important that you be present and even leave them with your scent to feel confident.
Dog guiding the blind dog
A good option to improve the quality of life of blind dogs is the company of other dogs , since in addition to fostering a very special relationship, your other pet will help you and protect you from any danger.
Here are two extraordinary stories that will make you think of the benefits of adopting a dog to guide your blind dog:
- A very touching case is that of Lily and Maddison . Lily had a serious eye problem that caused them to remove them and faced with the possibility of having to sacrifice her, the host center developed an experience with another dog, Maddison, who would start acting as a guide dog. In fact, bringing together both German Dogues worked better than they thought, both became inseparable. After this story passed in the media, 200 people volunteered to adopt these two friends and currently both enjoy living in a home with a wonderful family.
- The case of Buzz and Glenn (Bull Terrier and Jack Russell) has become viral and very popular in social networks. Both had been abandoned and lived together in a tunnel in Durham, England. After being rescued and taken care of, they discovered that they were two inseparable companions of the same age, who had spent their entire lives together. Buzz has guided Glenn and they never separate guarding each other.