My toy poodle Cache' is going blind. She is so uncomfortable at shadows, she dodges at the blades of grass that touch her nose when she is trying to go we' we'. The sun also creates fear, sometimes when she dodges the light she falls down. What should I do? MsMildred
Thanks Irishgirl, she does do better on a leash when we are not home. At home where she has always had the run of the back yard pool area. There she is more afraid I suppose, since she is not comfortable with her condition yet. Thanks for your help. I don't know about the sand box, I may try that. When did you lose Dutchess?
Blind dogs adjust quickly in most cases-- My 8 yr old Chinese crested is blind in both eyes now (just recently her left eye but going on 7 years blind in her right) we just moved into a new house and shes very very quickly learned her way around the house without running into furniture too much-- Granted she cant make it onto the new king bed now due to height but she prefers to sleep in the recliner anyway. Thats where she spends 98% of her day anyway. Going outside-- well she doesnt go anywhere that I cant go with her. Ive taught my kids (ages 2 & 5) to clap their hands so that Calista can hear where they are as I believe her hearing is failing too now. Blind dogs learn quickly- this is a new condition for your pup, love her and help her-- show her that you are there for her.
The only time she is allowed outside alone is when one of my GSDs goes with her-- Shade, my female has started following by Calistas side when shes outside-- almost like a seeing eye dog. I think both my GSDs know that shes a bit handicapped now.
good luck with your baby-- give her love and encouragment and she will do fine.
Dutchess passed away when she was 13 yrs old. She started going deaf first at the age of 8 yrs. I think it could be because she was a Cocker Spaniel. Those ears are a weak point.
Then she started going blind at 9 yrs old. She did have this panic phase as I call it when she was completely blind. I had attached little bells on a cord on all the door knobs in my home. This way I would know if she wanted to go into another room or outside.
Also I had a set of old t-shirts that I would put in all her favourite sleeping spots. This way she could smell my scent all around her and feel safe. One day my Mum came for a visit. She thought I was being a lazy puss for scattering and leaving my dirty laundry everywhere. (LOL) Until I told her why... then it was okay! (LOL)
As for the grass perhaps you could section off a square just for her potty area. Keeping it very short at all times. This way she won't be too afraid. :)
***Edited By: irishgirl on 8/7/2006 10:18:00 AM*** Reason: sp correction
I would recommend an exercise pen for the backyard so she can feel secure and still be able to enjoy the sunshine.Blindness is not the worst handicapp a dog can have, but don't switch the furniture around anymore.
Thats what I have read too, that they can adjust but don't change anything in the house, like moving furniture. I know it would be terrible. I can't believe how fast Max went deaf after being diagnosed with diabetes. I just hope and pray he doesn't go blind. Your baby will be fine, just love and take care of her for the time she has left. Special need babies are truly special.
Just wanted to let you know I feel your pain. That is how Candie started but now she is almost inmobile....its breaking my heart and my husband wants me to put her to sleep..I just cant yet..I think I will know when its time.