I have an 11 year old Beagle mix. He is the sweetest little guy ever... he is my best friend. For the past several months I've noticed that his eyesight seems to be going... he has cataracts - though it seems that he can sometimes see better than others. He prefers to be in rooms where there is at least some light.
Lately I've noticed that his hearing is going too. He no longer greets me at the door when I come home... often he's still laying on my bed and is startled when I come in the room. When he's in the backyard and I call for him to come in - he often doesn't respond...
There are certain sounds that he does still hear though - like the barking of my other dog, the doorbell...
Other than his lessening eyesight and hearing - he is still a very healthy dog. My question is - does anyone else have dogs that have gone blind and deaf? Are there any things that we should do differently to make him more comfortable? Is it possible for him to live a fulfilling life without his eyesight and hearing?
Thanks Laredos... good to know that Charley (our new pup) can be of help - just like YouWho's guide dog. (By the way - what a great name - YouWho!) I would love if you could ask about the scents for me... I just want to make sure he's comfy and happy.
I had an 17 year old Dachshund that went blind and deaf. Try not to move furniture around the house, so he can still find his way around. A great dog food that really worked with my old guy was Science Diet B/D (only through vets). It worked really great. He seemed to be losing his mind when he went blind and deaf, but after about 3 weeks on the food he really turned around. We started him on the food when he was 15, so he made it 2 more years on the food.
Oh make sure you put baby gates by stairs so he doesn't fall down them.
We live in a ranch house... so luckily no steps. I'm not one to move furniture around much - but our house is ummmm.... not the least cluttered home on the block. Maybe NOW I can convince everyone to pick up their stuff!
What does the food have in it that is different than regular food???
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We have about 6 dogs on it now in our clinic and clients are reporting great things in about 3-4 weeks.