One of my puppies is blind (the runt). They are almost 5 weeks old now, she has very very cloudy eyes, and no reaction at all to light. Has problems finding her littermates sometimes. Vet does not even want to check her till she is 6 weeks. Anyone have any experience with blind dogs ? I'm sure she was born blind...I need some tips on how to help her adjust to the world.
Oh Sunny that is too bad. It is funny that this post is here as I was watching my pups tonight and I was thinking that my runt might also be blind. He seems to go in the other direction of the other pups when they go to nurse and I always have to put him in the right direction. I wouldn't have the foggiest idea about how to deal with a blind dog but I am sure there are many out there that do. Did you do any test yourself on him? Did you do the reaction to light ? Since mine are only 3 weeks old I won't start to panic yet but I am definatley going to keep a eye on it . Was this pup already spoken for ? Mine all are as of today with deposits with the agreement that if any health problems arise then they definatley are refunded their money. But man I feel so bad for your little guy do you think you could be wrong? Please let me know how things work out .
You only have a week to wait. I wouldn't have the foggiest on how to deal with it, but hopefully it is not blind or something that can be corrected. I do know that many rescue places will not adopt a dog who is even blind in one eye go to a family with kids. They can develop fear biting. Hopefully if it is blind you can find a nice quiet home that it will be able to stay at forever so it doesn't become afraid of new surroundings and people.
Lisa...please keep me updated on your pup. I have heard, it can take up to 2 months for their eyes to clear completely. It's strange to me...I have never had this happen before. Yes...the puppy was spoken for, but I have let the people know my suspicions, and told them unless a miracle occurs, I will keep the puppy myself. I have done the testing myself, as the vet won't see her yet....but I am quite sure I am correct. I am going to retire mommy for sure...honestly....I was considering it anyway. This was her 3rd litter. I have done a little "googling" and think she could lead a pretty normal life. I have read the biggest problem is actually babying them too much. Apparently...their other sences kick in to replace the sight. I would not think of selling her, even if the people still wanted her. I can see how it would be very easy to 'over' compensate, and at this point am trying VERY hard, not to baby her too much...but it is hard. She is kinda 'lost'.
oh Sunny I feel so bad. I would be the same as you spoiling it rotten and I would keep it too and do everything I could with it as far as the training would go and lot's and lot's of patience and love oh man I better go the pups are waking up and they are ready for play !! keep in touch, Lisa
i am sorry sunny that one of your pups may be blind. animals do amazingly well when they are blind. once they know the lay out of their home and surroundings they will amaze you at how well they can adapt. i pet sit for a woman who has a blind boston. the boston has only gone blind in the past year. she was feeling like she had to put her to sleep because she didn't think she would have the same quality of life. i talked her out of it and she still has prissy. she keeps me updated about her and is surprised at how well she is doing. please don't give up on the little one. it may be alittle more work but he/she can do just fine.
I remmeber seeing a show on animal planet once that featured a blind standard poodle. Interestingly, the dog was lead arond at all times either by a human, or by her sister. When she would run in conjunction with her sister, she was teathered with a 5 foot leash/harness type thing. Both dogs had learned to adjust very well to it. it's an idea for what you can do at least. Keep 2 puppies, and train one to lead the other around at all times.