I am the owner of a siberian husky who is now about 4 years old; I obtained her from a registered breeder when she was a pup of 9 weeks. She had the most amazing blue eyes but one day I noticed that one of her eyes was quite red and sore so I took her to the vet and was given an ointment but found that this wasn't helping any until not very long after I noticed that her pupil was dilated so I went to a specialist vet who carried out a couple of tests only to declare Kimberley as having glaucoma and has lost her sight on that eye, he said that it would only be a matter of time before the other eye would be affected but he suggested using drops to delay the onset of glaucoma on the "good" eye. One day the neighbour's horses managed to find their way into the front part of my property and kimberly got too close to them and ended up being kicked and as luck would have it she was kicked on her good eye, the pupil dilated immediately and she showed signs of being completely blind which the vet verified. She was depressed for 2-3 days after that as she was stressed to find herself suddenly in a world of darkness but then snapped back to her usual happy self and now is showing that she knows the place upside down. Anybody out there with a blind dog or who may have had a blind dog in the past?
Anybody out there with a blind dog or who may have had a blind dog in the past?
~Hello~ Your tale is such a heart felt one! I have a little experience with having a blind dog. My first dog Dutchess became completely blind at the age of ten.
Firstly I decided never to change the furniture around in the house. I tied ropes with a little bells attached to each door. If she wanted to go outside or into anther room she would shake it. Letting me know she wanted to go out or into another room. I still took her for walks but it's I who became her guide person.
I don't have experience with a blind dog. But...just yesterday I was looking at the local shelters online and there were these two dogs up for adoption. One was completely blind and the other was her guide. It was the sweetest story I ever read and I wanted them both so bad. I'm going to show my husband and maybe he'll feel the same way.
Gala was a Siberian Husky owned by a good friend of mine about 20 years ago, as a result of an erroneous treatment from a vet she lost her sight totally. Gala was a sled dog, actually a lead dog. Gala never missed a day of work, still raced full out at the head of the team depending on her owner's voice for guidance.
Another friend has an American Cocker Spaniel who is now 12 y/o, she lost her sight (eyes) at 2. she gets along just fine. We figure we should offer her services to Milk Bone, doesn't matter whether you put the pail of cookies on the counter, on the table or on the chair Clemmie will find them. She'll stand on her hind legs in front of the pail 'till someone gives her one.
Glaucoma can be very painful, I would be making sure your dog is not suffering. Ennunculation (that is a guess at the spelling) or eye removal is not a complicated surgery, and if the eyelids are stitched shut it is not esthetically displeasing.
My Mastiff went completely blind by the time she was 9 or 10. Shortly after, she went deaf. But, my God, that girl knew her way around. She could walk on the edge of the pool and not fall in, get upstairs, downstairs, around the furniture, and everything. The only thing she could not do was tell if the screen door was open or closed...200 lbs crashing into the screen door was quite alarming!
I went to a rescue event for the rescue that I want to get my next dog from, and they have two Maltese, a brother and sister. The sister had her eyes torn out by a chihuahua, and now the brother is her caretaker. He guides her around and watches out for her. It was really sweet.
I've known people with blind dogs to scent code some places of the house along the baseboards. Like a trail from dining room to kitchen down the left wall only with something like lavender . Was told at least in the beginning for a newly blind dog it helps get them oriented.
I have a blind dog (born without eyes developed) She is now 2 years old and a very special gal. I run her with leash off everyday in the fenced in flat area dog park. People are surprised IF they figure out she is blind. I believe its harded if they loose their sight later BUT not impossible. I think 1 of the bigest things is to be sure the dog is socialized so noises. people and new places don,t scare the dog. Definatly don,t move furniture and take the dog on many trips. I am lucky to be able to take Mona to work 5 days a week. They don,t need to be left alone or isolated for long periods of time. Mona has changed my life in some very healthy ways. Good Luck!
Phonex, welcome :) but this thread is over a year old, lol. I'm glad that you and your little blind darling are doing well. It's great to hear stories about people taking the time to raise a special needs pup!
I prefur to have my Bordeaux with fur instead of a cork and bottle ;)