How To Care For A Blind Dog

You Are Not Alone In The Dark Anymore

On the way home from the animal hospital, I remember how disturbing it was hearing more than vet say, "Your dog is blind," and "there is nothing anyone can do." I was left with a whole lot of wonder, and a lot of questions that were never answered. I almost had the impression that we were being cushioned for the possibility of putting our dog down simply because he was blind. At this point, I was dumbfounded, overworked, over stressed, and now my poor dog was totally blind. At the time, there was nowhere to go, and nowhere to talk about it.

The purpose of this page is to share my experience about owning a dog that went blind after years of good health. and provide help to all who find themselves in a similar situation.

Our Story: In The Beginning

We were in the backyard one day when the dog heard something and took off running up the driveway. My husband and I were wide-eyed with shock when the dog did not listen to the "stop" command and ran headfirst into the back of our car. He hit his head on the bumper with such force that it put him into a frightened sit-stay position. Immediately, we took him to vet's office and the animal hospital and were told the dog was totally blind.

The dog was just at the vet's office a few weeks prior, and we were informed at that time that his vision was blurry. We couldn't believe our dog went totally blind within a matter of weeks, and we had no idea his vision would go that fast.

The specialist determined the dog did not have a stroke or anything, and other than getting old and being totally blind, the arthritic 9-year-old dog was getting along as good as could be expected.

Hind Sight Is Blind


What To Look For When A Dog Is Going Blind

Sometimes things happen so fast you don't really see the forest for the trees. Below are some examples of how our pet behaved while losing his vision.

  1. Do you notice subtle changes in your dog's behavior? Subtle changes like his paths around the yard and house. -- Our dog started walking close to the house and the fence line.
  2. After years of independence, does your dog stick to you like Velcro? The dog does not want you to leave. -- As our dog began losing his vision, he began to get separation anxiety. Once he went blind, he would cry or whine until our car left the driveway, and he stayed on his bed until we returned home.

  3. After years of eating normal, does your dog now eat like there is no tomorrow? The dog eats a full bowl of food, and wants more. -- Our dog was a light-weight lean mean mutt machine until he hurt his back. We did not know our dog was losing his site, and he ate like he was afraid he wouldn't find his next meal.

  4. Does your pet walk so close to the walls that he leaves marks on them? Little lick marks or wet nose marks on the walls appear in random places around the house. -- While our dog was making his new paths in the back yard, he was also making his paths in the house. Our dog was marking his walls with his scent by bumping his nose on the wall.

  5. Is your dog playing games with you? Playing the game of in one door, out the other . -- Every puppy I've ever had practiced going up and down stairs, and when our dog was losing his vision, he was practicing the stairs, too. He literally navigated a flight of ground floor stairs, a set of basement stairs, knocked at the basement door to get out, navigated through the garage through a dog door, wound around the driveway and up another flight of stairs to the deck where he knocked on the sliding glass door to get back in. One night he did this at least ten times. We did not know he was practicing his path.

  6. Is your pet becoming over protective without reason? When friends come over, your pet goes alpha like they are protecting you from them, and starts barking in sync with the person who is talking. -- Our dog was a social butterfly. Once our dog went blind, when friends would stop over, he would stand between me and the person doing the talking, and out talk (bark) until the person stopped talking or left the room. He would not leave my side until the guests left.

  7. Is your dog starting to bump into things? There is more than an occasional assured clear distance problem. -- The dog was bumping into things he never bumped into before. Things like a cupboard, wall, furniture. Nothing too noticeable, as it was a general bump into something much like you, me, or anyone else would do if not paying attention.

  8. When you take a picture of your dog, do you see lights in his eyes? Rather than the red eye you get from camera flash, the dog's eyes reflects green. -- Looking back at old photos, the green lights began two years prior to his going blind. Again, never having a pet with eye issues before, we did not know that was a potential clue.

  9. Does your dog have a pre-existing degenerative eye condition? Visit your vet for a check up regularly to determine the severity of your pet's vision loss. -- If your dog has a pre-existing degenerative eye condition, this may be of interest. After our dog went blind, we were at dinner with friends who asked about the dog. When we explained how his vision went from bad to worse in less than three weeks, the first thing my one friend asked was, "Was your dog on prednisone?" That question stopped me in my tracks. She then explained that her mother has been on prednisone for many years due to her severe arthritic condition, and the medicine exacerbates blindness in most people diagnosed with macular degeneration. With this information, we asked the dog's eye doctor if it were possible, and she confirmed the possibility. (I also researched information about the medication on the internet.) The vet said our dog may have had SARDS, and his vision was going slowly over a period of time, but it was possible that the medication could have made the problem worse.

Life Is Ruff

Blind Dog's Ruff
Blind Dog's Ruff

How to Help Your Blind Dog

  • Maintain composure. Blind or not, your pet picks up on your emotions. It broke my heart to see our dog so down, and as long as he sensed my broken heart, he continued to be down. I tried to keep the dog's spirits up by going on about our daily business. No mollycoddling, just compassion and support. This helped him become more confident in us and less fearful about his food, and his eating habits went back to normal. To help with separation anxiety, before leaving the house we made sure he had one of our dirty t-shirts on his bed to comfort him while we were gone.

  • Learn new commands. Anyone that says an old dog can't learn new tricks never met our dog. He learned plenty of new commands. The most important new command was the word "stop." I can't stress this enough: If your dog is blind, and still fears nothing, make sure he learns the "stop" command. Our dog thought he could see everything with his nose and ears, and if his ears or nose caught something, he thought he could chase and would take off. Once he learned "stop," he stopped on command, knowing it was for his own good.

  • Teach the dog to navigate the stairs. Our dog was very good about letting us know when he wanted in or out. He never had an accident. But since we had stairs, going in and out became tricky for our old dog, and his 55 pounds made him a bit too heavy for me to carry. So I helped him learn how to handle the stairs by teaching the commands "step up" and "step down" and taking every step with him until he was confident and able to navigate the steps himself.
  • Mark transitions. The one thing I remember doing that helped the dog immensely was marking the end of the first step down so he knew where the first step dropped off (so he wouldn't just walk off and break his legs). I used duct tape on one stair top and different rugs at others. Wherever there was a first step, I rubbed his paw along the two surfaces so he would know how far he had left before his toes hung over the edge. I made each stair top a different texture so he would have a better perception of where the stair edge stopped and started and which room he was in.

The Most Important Thing: A Safe House and A Safe Yard

1. In The Yard: Prune or move items that are dog's eye height.

2. In The Home: Eliminate, move, or remove all sharp, hard, edgy items protruding at the dog's eye height in and around the house.

More Things I Learned From Our Blind Dog

  • How to play with a blind dog: God has a way of compensating for a loss. Just because the dog was old didn't mean that he didn't like a little fun and attention. His hearing and sense of smell were amazing. My husband missed his friend trotting around the yard, playing catch and fetch, so to give the dog a feeling of accomplishment (if that is possible), they would practice playing fetch the stick in the driveway. My husband would take a stick, tap it on the driveway, and toss it in such a way that the stick would hit the driveway and clatter enough times that the dog could follow it. When the dog figured out he could bring the stick back, he got a dog grin from ear to ear, knowing he would get praise and affection.

  • How to walk with a blind dog: My husband began getting the dog's attention by snapping his fingers. We figured this may help him know how to follow us on walks. The snap of the fingers was not a loud sound but a consistent, soft snap that the dog could follow. This worked especially well for us during the dog's tenth birthday party. With over a hundred people laughing, talking, singing, and making noise— plus the loud music, dropped food, and exotic smells of strangers— the dog followed the click of my fingers everywhere. Also, if you walk your dog up and down the street, always remember to help him navigate curbs with the "stop," "step up," and "step down" commands. You and I take curbs for granted, but not knowing there is a step off could be a painful experience for the pet.

  • How to help a blind dog find his way: Years before our dog went blind, my husband inlaid a two-brick border around our back yard to separate our grassed yard from the flower beds. Our blind dog used that brick border as a path around the yard. We have a little water fountain that the dog liked to drink from. Prior to the dog going blind, I ripped out all the mint that was growing around the fountain. That spring, I replanted the peppermint by the fountain so he knew where to find it. I planted other safe things around the yard that would help him find his way by sense of smell. In the winter, we had some really deep snow, and the poor dog couldn't smell anything, but he found his way to the door by following the outer wall of the house until he could smell his way to the door. My husband used the snow blower in the winter to re-create his summer paths to help him get around easier. I placed a dryer sheet under the rug by the back door so he would know which door he was at.

Blind Dogs Like to Play
Blind Dogs Like to Play

From a Blind Dog's Perspective . . .

The importance of a safe house and yard can't be overlooked. Smells, paths, and sounds aren't everything. Any place we take for granted as being safe can be a dangerous place for a blind dog (blind people, too).

We learned this the hard way. Our dog used to love chipmunks. He would chase them, dig to find their tunnels, and go to leaps and bounds to get to them. The dog came in the house one afternoon with his eye swollen. We took him to the dog specialist and were informed that the dog had a scratched cornea. She showed us how to detect the eye damage and how to treat it with medication. She said he probably ran into a tree or bush or something in the yard. Armed with this information, everything at the dog's eye height that had the potential for danger was pruned or removed from around his walking areas. This rule applies to items inside the house, too.

The Dog Whisperer Helps A Blind Terrier

Ben Kersen Trains A Blnd Dog

Man's Best Friend

Man's Best Friend
Man's Best Friend

Don't Forget . . .

1. Remember your pet's care.

2. Be calm, confident, and composed.

3. Make new commands simple.

4. Communicate with comfort.

5. Maintain the pet's paths.

6. Navigate with safety.

7. When in doubt, check with the vet.


Thank you for your time.

A special note: When a dog is blind, often other people do not know their condition and approach your dog to pet or socialize. More often than not, the dog recoils, snarls, or retreats in fear from the new scent, foreign hand, or abrupt approach from a friend or stranger.

When taking your pet for a walk in public, it is always a good idea for you or your pet to wear a sign to let others know that your friend is blind and anyone who approaches should be calm and cautious. After many years of requests, I have opened a shop on Cafe Press and created a design in honor of my old blind dog. The purpose of designing this mascot is to help others.

You are welcome to purchase one of my blind dog products at Cafe Press to assist your friend with their walk. If you are looking for a blind dog tag or tee shirt designed especially for you and your pet, please do not hesitate to contact me. It would be an honor to provide you with a custom design based on your pet's or organization's needs.

This site is a recipient of The WhippitTalk Purple Paw Award, and proudly supports the SCF and ASPCA.

© 2007 Tonie Cook

Did you find this site helpful? 392 comments

anonymous 8 years ago

I wonder is I can tell you about my little book all about Jake, a rescue Greyhound who went blind last year. 'Jake adventures of a Greyhound' is his story and has some tips about canine blindness and Greyhounds as rescue dogs. Jake lives in England and donations from the sale of his book will go to the animal sanctuary which he came from and Greyhound rescue. Jake lives in England and the book is available from and in a couple of weeks from and e.bay. Thank you. This sight and ones like it are so encouraging to owners of blind dogs.

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Charlino99 8 years ago from USA Author

SPECIAL UPDATE: The story of "Jake: Adventures Of A Greyhound" has been added to the Amazon Book Section of this site.

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aka-rms 8 years ago from USA

This is a wonderful lens! 5*

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JohannDog 8 years ago from Northeast Georgia

I love this lens! Thanks for sharing all the great info. Dogs with disabilities can live very happy lives! Woofs, Johann

GrowWear 8 years ago

Wonderfully loving, caring, and helpful lens.

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Maxxamillion 8 years ago from Chicago

Great Lens! Thanks for sharing your experience. 5 stars!

PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago

Amazing story.

And a great commendation that you went to such efforts to ensure your pet lived life to fullest right to the end.

WhippetTalk 8 years ago

This is a fantastic and informative lens! Worthy of a Purple Paw award! I'll be adding a link to this lens and I'll send you a graphic to the award.

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The Homeopath 8 years ago

This is so touching. You've written about your experiences in such a meaningful way. I recently adopted a deaf kitten and although we aren't going through the pain of dealing with the change for her, for us, who've only had hearing cats before, it is a challenge. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

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triathlontraini1 8 years ago

Wonderful lens! I'm glad you're bringing awareness to how to protect our beloved blind dogs. :)

hesika 8 years ago

Thank you for this lens and for the information in it. Who owns a dog, lives with him for years, knows to estimate this lens.

anonymous 8 years ago

In doing research on how to help my newly blind dog navigate, I came upon your site. I thank you for taking the time to post-I have found some good information here. My dog, too, seemed to lose his sight quickly, and he seems lost. Running into things and just standing there like he doesn't know what to do. It's. just pitiful. Anything I can do to help him is the least I can do for him. He's been such a wonderful companion for my family for 10 years now.

Thank you for your information.

anonymous 8 years ago

My Lab mix has PRA, and was diagnosed before we adopted him. Until recently, he's done fine, but as he ages it just gets worse. Dummy me for never thinking about "scent-marking" things that he usually runs into. Since I started, it's helped tremendously. Thank you so much for your experience, so I know we're not alone!

GrowWear 8 years ago

A compassionate and helpful resource for dog lovers who are anxious to help their blind or going-blind pets.

anonymous 8 years ago

My dog, 13 old cocker spaniel is deaf. He became blind within the last month. He seems to be doing "okay". Not good, not bad. I feel soooo sorry for him and can relate to the above. Is he suffering? Do I consider, ya know? Any input would be helpful.

Carrie-and-Danielle 7 years ago

great read, thank you.

anonymous 7 years ago

My dog has been blind for almost 2 years and could find her way around our house and yard. Just recently she got sick for a couple weeks and now she cannot find her way anywhere. She walks around endlessly bumping into things. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

anonymous 7 years ago

Awesome lens!!! What a cute dog :)

anonymous 7 years ago

[in reply to Geri] Hi, I have a 16 year old cocker who has been blind and deaf for quite a few years now. Neither condition came on suddenly so I think they have a way of compensating for the loss and making due with what they have left. I have learned most of all to leave things as much the same in his home and outside environment as re arranging the furniture or planting new bushes in his favorite path for us. I now keep a harness on him except at sleep time as I need it to boost him up the one step on the porch. His hind leg is weak also, so he has a lot to contend with. He and I have a lot of contact and I pet or scratch him each time I pass by. He senses where in the house I am and comes and lays in the same room to be close.. The above article is wonderful and worth keeping for reference. Working with a blind and deaf dog is a learning experience but with my help, he can live a fairly normal life. Best wishes to you and your dog.

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WhitU4ever 7 years ago

This is a fascinating topic and great lens! (5*'s & favorited) I have a Border Collie and I sense that she is losing her sight a little. She is missing the frisbee and even up close, say when I drop a piece of food, she misses catching it in the air like she used to. She a little bit of a glow in her eyes too. I'll be taking her to vet for a check up soon, so we'll see. Thanks for sharing this info... it is very valuable to pet owners like me.

anonymous 7 years ago

My mini poodle has lost most of his sight in a short 3 weeks. It breaks my heart but I am trying hard not to let him know and to keep things upbeat. Thank you for this site - it has helped a ton.

anonymous 7 years ago

I have a toy poodle who has been blind in one eye for about 6 months now and just this past week has gone blind in the other eye too. It is heart breaking to watch her try to navigate her way around the house and bumping into things. She is a little hesitant in walking down the front stairs to go outside for the toilet so I have been carrying her down them. Your site has been a great comfort to know there are indeed other dogs out there who are blind and still lead a relatively normal life. I was wondering if maybe I was cruel to let her continue living whilst blind so it has put my mind at ease. She is ten years of age but still full of life. When we come home from being out she gets so excited and jumps around like she is still a new pup.

anonymous 7 years ago

This site is wonderful. I will read it again and again just to give me strength to hurt my sweet Heidi. Thank you so much.

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AlexandraHubbard 7 years ago

Wow. You are a truly dedicated dog owner! These are amazing ways to keep blind dogs healthy and happy. I would recommend this to anyone whose dog has a sight problem.

anonymous 7 years ago

Mr. McDuff (Duffy), my nine year old Scottie, lost his sight instantly and unexpectedly about 10 days ago. I have been in shock and mourning and I find great comfort and hope in your site. I'm ready to learn how to work with Duffy to make his old age comfortable and happy. Thank you.

anonymous 7 years ago

I was so happy to find your website. Our dog got glacoma in one eye and it was removed when she was rather young, about 7. She is 10 now and it just developed in the other eye. Her medication looked like it washelping for a couple of days, but now her eye has become much worse again. She cannot see. It is so sad for us to see her have a hard time. your website provides much encouragement. Thank you!

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Snozzle 7 years ago

What a lovely lens: sad but at the same time positive and shows how much you love your dog.

Such useful information.


anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you for your advice. We have suspected for some time that our lab, Sam, has been losing his sight. As I write this, he is at the vet having his eyes dilated and tested. We also live in a raised ranch home and Sam has become more and more tentative on the stairs and has extreme difficulty in the dark. We will do whatever it takes to give Sam a long and happy life. I appreciate your helpful website.

anonymous 7 years ago

My dog Jasper just turned 5 on March 16, 2009. It was not a good birthday for him we discovered he had SARD's which is sudden accute retinal detereation. I took him to see a specialist and discovered that Jasper was totally blind and there was nothing they could do, nothing could reverse this ,slow it down, or stop it. After several days of constant crying I've decided to be THANKFUL I still have my beloved Jasper. I am just gonna try to make his life as good as I can and continue showing him he is loved more than he will ever know.

anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your story. Our Golden is in the process of going blind ~ 2 weeks ago she was chasing tennis balls at the dog park, and today she is bumping into things and cannot see if I toss the ball on the ground in front of her. It has been heartbreaking, but I feel comforted by your optimism and experiences. I have already taken her to the veternary ophthalmologist, who confirmed glaucoma and uveitis, for which there is no cure. She prescribed 4 different types of drops 3 times a day to reduce swelling and to attempt to preserve whatever sight may remain in her left eye, but with 1 week of treatment, the deterioration has been dramatic. I still hope we can find ways to enjoy some of her favorite things, especially the beach as she LOVES to swim, but it is admittedly going to require some creativitiy. Thank you for your encouraging story.

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verymary 7 years ago from Chicago area

Useful and compassionate lens--great job! 5*****

anonymous 7 years ago

MY little hunting dog developed glacoma back in dec and we had to remove one eye. this past weekend her other eye started glazing over and she is at the vet now for the verdict. it is just heart breaking to think of her going blind. i searched the web and found this site. very helpful. i had even thought about the worst. now, win lose or draw i am going to stick with her. there is no way i could have her put down. thanks everyone. james

anonymous 7 years ago

My 11 year old dog just went blind last week and I am still having a hard time coming to terms with it The vet said that she will not be able to see again and prescribed some antibiotocs and eye solution. I know emotions are contagious and they can almost feel it when we are down, but I just can't hold back my tears each time when I see her red and cloudy eye. And now that it's swollen, it's even worse.. Is this normal?

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Charlino99 7 years ago from USA Author

[in reply to Gwen] Hello Gwen -- My old dog did not have any swelling with the eyes until after he went blind and ran through the yard to chase a critter. The vet diagnosed the scratched corneas, (from running into shrubs and such in the chase.) Eye drops were perscribed, the swelling went down, and he was ok. In your circumstance -- if your dog did not have an existing injury and after taking your dog to the vet, the drops and antibiotics appear to making your dog's eye condition worse, I strongly advise you to return to the vet or your local animal hospital where a canine eye specialist can further evaluate your dog's condition in the event your pet is having a reaction to the medication. Typically, it is NOT normal for a blind dog's eye condition to get worse unless an infection or alergic reaction is involved. It IS normal to be heartbroken by your beloved pet's blindness. Although my old blind dog passed away five years ago, I still get misty-eyed thinking about him.

anonymous 7 years ago

[in reply to charlino]Dear Charlino, why didn't it occur to me that it could be the eye solution?? Yes, i will bring her to the vet right away and hope that her swelling will subside soon.. Many thanks for your reply again Charlino...appreciate it.. thanks again..=)

anonymous 7 years ago

g[in reply to JAMES BEAL] my beautiful German Shepherd, went blind last week also. she was diagnosed with very high blood pressure and is on vasotec and norvasc. her behavior is so normal that my daughter and the man who mows my lawn and plays with her each week didn't even notice and were surprised when i told them. the only difference i see is that on a walk she seems to want to stop like she doesn't like it anymore. i took her with my daughter and 4 other dogs off leash and she did so well you couldn't tell which dog was blind! still on a leash she just keeps stopping and acting like she wants the walk to end..

i also feel like she's teaching me how to adjust.. she gets around the yard and the house with no problem and finds her food and water bowl with no problem. i even put a water bowl outside and she knows where that is now.

she's fine while i'm at work. i have a dog door and that's great..she's in no pain and i still loving life. i think we have a lot to learn from our pets.

anonymous 7 years ago

I am taking my dog to the vet on Monday to have his cloudy eye checked, but my question is; how did you deal with the separation anxiety? We just moved and he is flipping out. I had no idea there was a connection, but it makes sense.

anonymous 7 years ago

thank you for all of this information. My dog Kenya is an 11 year old Golden Retiever. She has had a lot of health problems lately....Recently diagnosed with Cushings (pituitary dependent) and Diabetes. She gets a chemotherapy every other day (although she went through an intense session of chemo about 2 months ago) she also gets insulin 2x a day, strict diet and has now gone blind and I am heartbroken. She is scheduled to have her routine bloodwork for the cushings on Monday. Since the onset of the diabetes and cushings, she has had a chronic eye infection with greenish yellow pus all over an in her eyes. I got ointment from the vet but it persists and has spread to the other eye. I know there can be so many reasons for the blindness with the cushings and diabetes however I wonder if it could be from the ointment; as it seems the more often she got it, the more rapid the eye loss was. She is not adjusting to blindness...she is very disoriented and depressed...I am heartbroken.

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Charlino99 7 years ago from USA Author

[in reply to Erin] Hello Erin - Separation anxiety was a little tough at first. Then I remembered something that helped us when we first got him and had to leave him at home alone when my husband and I went to work. We placed an article of worn clothes on his bed so he would know that we were there with him. Also, before we left the house we tried not to feed the anxiety by getting too mushy with him. When we left the house, we pretty much said 'OK we have to go, be a good boy, reinforced 'we will be back, " and while we were gone it was his job to 'guard the house.' He knew we had a job to do, and so did he. With a dirty shirt by his side, he didn't feel so alone, and by our not feeding the anxiety with long mushy goodbyes, he became more relaxed with our coming and going.

anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you so much for making this site! I just found out yesterday that my sweet 7 year old pug is blind and have been totally heartbroken. This has really inspired me to teach him how to live his new life. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

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Charlino99 7 years ago from USA Author

[in reply to Lisa] Hello Lisa - I can sure empathize with your situation, as our new dog is a Golden Retriever last year, he had a 'deadly' melanoma surgically removed from his back toe. Due to this find, he has to visit the cancer specialist every six months for a check up. From what our vet told us, Goldens are predisposed to cancers, hip displasia, allergies, and a host of other things. Our golden's eyes were getting gunky lately due to his allergies. The salve our vet prescribed helped his eyes, and the gunk has pretty much gone away. If you find that your dog's eyes are getting worse, you may want to have your dog's eyes checked to see if she is having an allergic reaction to the eye salve or any other medication she may be on. Chemo has a tendency to leave pets (and people) weak. You and your pet are in my prayers.

anonymous 7 years ago

Our dog Bonnie, an American Eskimo had symptoms of cushing's didease. We tested her and it came back negative. We checked for diabetes and that too was negative. It turns out that she has SARDS (sudden acquired retinal degeneation syndrome). She lost all of her sight in 10 days. She is 9. Her brother Clyde seems fine. I am devastated and have not yet come to grips with this. There is no cure.Bonnie was a ball of fire and now she is so lethargic. I cry everyday thinking about her. Peole say that dogs are better with blindness than humans but I have not accepted that yet. To see her bump into everything

is so sad. I have been trying to play with her and make her feel better. Her brother has not figured out that she is blind. She still runs to the door when she hears things and knows her way around the house. I know she is depressed because she lays under the table. Thanks so much for your info. Dogs do sense feelings and I try to be positive around her. But it's hard.

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anonymous 7 years ago

I'd like to mention a site that was very helpful to me. It is at: and if you click on their articles link, they offer several very helpful articles for owners of blind dogs.

Hope this is helpful!


anonymous 7 years ago

[in reply to Lisa] Lisa, what was the ointment called? My dog recently got an eye infection and we were given pills and an ointment from the vet. He could see at the time of the vet visit. At first it cleared up a bit, but the infection persisted and we got more ointment a week later. The ointment now seems to irritate the eyes more and even worse, we think he's blind. I am also wondering if it is that ointment.

While talking to my mother-in-law (who used to be a technician at an eye doctor) she asked me what was said. I told her the vet ran no tests and said he had glaucoma, then gave us more ointment. My mother-in-law was irate. First, she said you cannot just look at eyes and tell if there is glaucoma, because you need to run pressure tests. Second, the ointment he gave us is basically a "kill-all". It kills bacterial infections but not fungal infections. Since he essentially went blind, she suspects that it is indeed a fungal infection and there's nothing we can do.

Please reply!

anonymous 7 years ago

Recently our dog has gone blind, this has been a pretty difficult time for us. We are both seniors and my husband is ill and he and our pet "Nikki" have bee pretty close friends. Knowing that we are not the only ones with a beloved pet with this challenge is good for us. Thank you for your site. She is 11 years old. If she continues to be healthy this challenge shouldn't be too difficult, just hoping that she does not get anthing else.

anonymous 7 years ago

I would really like to thank you for sharing your experience in such detailed way as it has really picked my spirits up. My furry rescued Lab cross was diagnosed to be blind owing to high sugar just two days back and he is just 7 yrs old with his entire life left to live. I was totally heart broken, crying and he picked my emotions totally as you mentioned. Since then a dog trained frnd of mine told me to be strong or else Kit will pick up on my sense which was sooo true. I am in Dubai, where Vet assistance is good but the medical bill are a huge finacial stress as this region doesn't have any pet insurance. So, the vets very conveniently offered euthanasia which I CAN NEVER EVER IMAGINE. there I was trying to doggy proof our house with 2 other rescued dogs, for a new blind dog, get insulin injections,get his food rations for diet etc and the vets suggested that....and trying to be normal for Kit's sake! Then I stumble upon ur article which gave me hope... and hope is all that I need.

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hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

thanks for sharing your story. my old dog's eyes are definitely getting worse - not as bad as her ears, though. all she can hear is a loud clap.

anonymous 7 years ago

Thanks for your web ite. My dog lost her sight 3 weks ago and I have been devistated. She will only walk a block. Her mood is very grave and she uis only 7 years old.

anonymous 7 years ago

My Shiz-zhu went blind about a year ago.She would not play nor anything.Now she is up and playing with our new dog and is doing very well.

anonymous 7 years ago

[in reply to Reba] My 6 year old shiz-zu maltese mix just went blind this week. She will not move around at all no matter how we coax her. How long did it take for your dog to begin moving around and did you find any ways to help her along?

anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you for the information, my dog went blind this weekend due to diabetis and she now has mature cataracts on both eyes and she can't see anything.

She is moving around the house ok although she is bumping into things and walking into doors and the walls and i am using a gate at the bottom of the stairs at night.

I just hope she can adjust, i do have another dog, in fact its her son, so hopefully he will keep her going.

Thanks again for the website, it has really helped my thinking now.

anonymous 6 years ago

we already have two beautiful dogs, a collie cross retriever and a Welsh collie...we think

ourselves very lucky. So we decided to give something back...and tomorrow we are

picking up a rescue 12 week old collie cross sheltie who was born blind. So I cannot tell you how helpful your story has been to us!.....I feel so much more confident now.

Thank you!!!

anonymous 6 years ago

How to work with a newly blind dog!!

Jester, 13 year old frisky boarder collie mix went blind in three days. He has diabetes and at this point, he is not a candidate for surgery. We had two other border collies, Maggie, 14, was blind in one eye since birth (didnât know it till we did a check up) and Cosmo, who died at 16 and was going blind for awhile.

Anyway, when Jester went suddenly blind, his eyes literally changed in front of us, we were blindsided, so to speak. We were trying to learn as quickly as we could how to deal with our ânew jesterâ.

First bit of advice that is almost the most important is to have a great attitude. When we told people he was blind, and they sounded sad, his tale went down like he was a bad boy. But if we and others said, wow, heâs doing great, his tale was up, and his body language changed. It is really important that you are positive, and that your dog doesnât think you feel sorry for him.

I realized working with Jester was like working with my daughters when they were young. If they fell, I just helped them back up and moved on. If they got confused, I let them get a little confused and work their way through the problem.

You need to do that with your newly blind dog. Donât carry them up the stairs. Donât put food under their noses. Donât lift them onto sofa or into car. Let them feel their way. Sure, they will get frustrated, but most dogs wonât give up. They want to do it. Jester bumped his nose many times trying to get into the car. He slid down the stairs. It was okay. Pat the sofa and maybe guide them up, or help them halfway.

Here are some simple tips and advice to get going. The sooner you get back to ânormalâ the happier your dog will be and the more progress you will make. Jester goes on leashed walks, unleashed walks and to off-leash dog parks. We go to several places, but try and walk the same routes once there.


Use very simple language. Pick one word, ie TREE, to warn dog if they are going to bump into something. They actually need to bump into something for the word/warning to mean anything. It needs to be one word, no matter the obstacle. We use TREE, so I say TREE TREE TREE, and he knows to slow down and veer left or right. When we were walking I had to let him walk into a bush or door slowly so I could give the warning. It didnât take long before Jester knew that when I said TREE he needed to slow down and veer to the side.

We also have lots of stairs in our home. I put treats on the stairs and as Jester found the treats and tried to go up, I said STAIRS STAIRS STAIRS. Just the one word. And that was for up or down. I would sit on the stairs and coax him down with treats, saying stairs the whole time. Pretty soon, at home he was going up and down no problem. In the park, I just give him a warning, STAIRS when we get close and he lifts his little paw higher and finds the steps.

Dogs have great physical memories and can do a lot more than we give them credit for. Jester remembers the different textures of the ground and adusts.

Keep your home simple. Remind people not to leave back packs on the floor, items on the stairs, etc. Keep water bowl in same place. When feeding dog, put bowl on floor and call dog to dinner. Tap the bowl or keep picking it up and putting it down. Tell your dog dinner and encourage them to go to the bowl. It gives them a sense of independence and pride.

In the house, chat to your dog, say hello, ask how they are, let them know when you are leaving room and when you are coming back. You should do this a lot initially so your dog will connect the sounds to your movements.

I use Jesterâs name, but also say Dude to him. If I say jester, he may feel he needs to come and respond, and if he is laying in the sun, or doing his âbiznezzâ, I donât want to disturb or disrupt him. By saying Dude, I am right here, he knows I am there but doesnât have to come over right away. This is important on off-leash walks, if Jester has gone to explore but I sense he needs to know I am still there. When we first started taking walks, I carried a radio so he would know where I was. I would also just chatter away to myself, so he could hear my voice. Now, I donât have to so much as he flollows me, and his other senses are more tuned in.

We had a dog that would sneak up on Jester, and when he went blind, it was an unfair fight. So Maggie got a bell put on her collar. And that bell was really helpful for walks. If you donât want to deal with a radio or chatter, carry a bell with you and jingle it.

When we encounter a lot of dogs a the dog park or on the sidewalk, I say Puppies!!! Puppies!!! To give Jester some warning. He does fine, he likes to smell other dogs and get smelled.

Most people canât tell he is blind until they look at his eyes or he walks into them. I tell people he canât see anything but that he loves getting petted, and to go ahead.

When its treat time, I toss dry little treats on the kitchen floor and Jester smells his way around and finds the treats.

The best piece of advice I can give you is to be positive. Donât sound sad. Imagine if you went blind and everyone sounded like you should be put down, or sounded like they wanted to cry or didnât think you could do anything anymore.

You donât need to have baby gates up everywhere, its better to teach your dog how to navigate your house. They can and people need to let them. By putting up barriers, you are telling the dog they are no longer welcome in much of your home and treating them like they did something wrong, they didnât. Spend time now with your dog and soon they will get around just fine.

Be upbeat. If they bang their noses, go Caboomy or something silly and move on. If you say TREE and they successfully dodge the obstacle, say GOOD JOB, so they know they dodged something. Warn them about steps and stairs. When stepping off or up a sidewalk, I say step. Thatâs it. If he slips, so what? Your job is to pay attention to your surroundings, be upbeat, give warnings, give praise, let others know and remind them your dog is amazing. They will bump into things, they will get nervous, they may snap at a dog who is too pushy, thatâs okay. Just pay attention, and let your dog still be a dog. They can do this and we need to let them. Donât do for them, re-teach them how. Its like working with a toddler. FInd the right balance of protecting them and letting them be who they are. They need that.


anonymous 6 years ago

You're a gentle, patient dog owner! I've featured this on my fan-club thank-you lens so - thank you!

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AnnRadley 6 years ago

I don't have direct experience here, but what a touching story! I can relate to your taking so long to make this wonderful lens and becoming misty-eyed. Great lens. My dog Hansel - keeping him safe, happy and healthy ranks way high in my life!

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Hairdresser007 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

Thank you so much for this. I wish I had found it before! We adopted a Boston Terrier (GEORGE) with only one eye and he had cornial melting of that eye!!! But we haven't noticed a lot about it except that yes, he is marking a bit so we have to watch out for that on the furniture. But he knows his way once he is oriented. Plus our Border Collie helps him around. It is so funny he atually herds him around especially after it rains and his marks are gone from the back yard. It is amazing how much he is just like normal now!

anonymous 6 years ago

thank you. My 10 year old golden went blind 2 days before christmas. She is doing great but having some success stories and advice is so helpful.

anonymous 6 years ago

thank you so much this has really eased the idea that my dog (my first pet) is going blind it was confirmed yesterdy and i was devestated i just can get over the idea but that i know other people have coped im sure we will you. thank you again

anonymous 6 years ago

I loved your site! I too have a blind pooch who within two weeks went totally blind and put on sooo much weight. SARDS was her diagnosis. After the sadness and a bit of crying, I pulled myself together, educated myself and then Chewie educated me! They can live happy normal lives after blindness. What an unbelievable experience of love, devotion and trust it has been! Thank you, you've said what I've wanted to for a while.

anonymous 6 years ago

My wonderful Diggers lost an eye two years ago and on the weekend he went suddenly blind in the remaining eye. It was Sunday, his eye doctor was away until today and we had to wait until Monday for our regular vet. I am so grateful for your website and all the things it explained. Total blindness is just so devastating and reading about the importance of staying calm and upbeat made the 24 hours before seeing the vet so bearable. I have ordered one of the suggested books and have already started using your advice about the stairs and some new commands. Diggers is doing so well and he is ten years old! I can't thank you enough!

anonymous 6 years ago

I truly have found this website helpful. They are running test to find out what could have caused this, and its breaking my heart. But its calming to see that there is a support group out there to share experiences, and also offer great ideas to make this as possitive of a situation as it could be. Thank you!

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norma-holt 6 years ago

What a great lens, I shed a tear for the wonder of how animals cope with all situations. Top marks lens rolled to and featured on Health in Pets. Well done on all counts


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sheriangell 6 years ago

A great lens. I have an older dog who is going deaf and I think is not seeing or focusing as clearly as she used to. This has been very helpful.

anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you for this website. My first baby (beagle mix) just went blind after 14 years and we are trying to help her navigate around the house.

Coralyn123 6 years ago

@anonymous: My cocker spaniel, Willie, has recently started going blind with a diagnosis of tumors on both of his corneas. He still can partially see but that willl not last. I just need to be able to "talk" to someone about how to help him (he is 12) and me. This is really hard for us.!!!

anonymous 6 years ago

Thanks for a great site and advice.. My little cairn 9 years old almost 10 just went blind

anonymous 6 years ago

My little Shelley, a 5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spanial, has recently lost her vision. She had cataract surgery on her better eye and then developed glaucoma, and due to pressure spikes, went completely blind, battled a staph infection from the gonial implant, and now is irreversibly blind. I don't think I could put her through another cataract surgery, nor can I afford it. Especially knowing the other eye cataract is more dense than the one that had the surgery 6 months ago. This is a new experience, especially thinking I will have to move in the near future, it will also be a bit scary trying to keep her protected. I have tried to play with her, but it's almost as if she has forgotten how to play. Thanks so much for your helpful website. It makes me more hopeful she can live a normal life from here on out.

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Ram Ramakrishnan 6 years ago

This lens is a great help for all those who have to cope with similar situations. 5* on all counts.

happydogbeds 6 years ago

What a heart touching lens! I'm sure your dog is very grateful for all you do for him, he's lucky to have a friend when facing something like that. Thanks for sharing all this information.

anonymous 6 years ago

I sadly within the past 2 mos. realized my 13 yr. Yorkie is blindîî£î. A few mos. Prior, my vet. said she has no tear ducts ?? He gave me eye drops, creams etc. & very quickly BLIND. It also happened fast. Also she has gotten worse w/ her hearing!!? This really make things double whammy. I feel so very quilty! She is still so very loving. Hearing is bad, & realized not completely deaf. I have slapped my hands loudly together. & she will quickly turn her head. But it has 2 a very loud!

I really don't know what 2 do??! Please anybody HELP.

Because of her age ( over 13) Now blind , & hard of hearing, along w/ the need 2 B attached 2 me like ( Velcro ) !! Other than that, she has only some some hayfever & itching she is loving trying 2 cope. People think should put her down!!

Should I do this?!? Again please HELP îîî£

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Charlino99 6 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: Oh my, you poor things! When you mentioned that you have to clap very hard and loud to get your dog's attention, how close are you to your dog when you clap? The reason I ask is that if your dog is deaf, but if you are near your dog when you clap, she may not hear the sound, but may feel the air move and sense the vibratons of your hands clapping.

You mentioned that your dog has alergies. Have your dog's ears been checked by a vet? Her ears may be 'gunked' up for reasons that may prevent her from hearing as good as she may be able to at her age. (My golden has alergy problems and one of my jobs is to check his ears regularly to make sure they do not get gunk infected.)

Based on your dog becoming blind in such a short time, you may want to be careful very about introducing new smells around the house, and using the ones that she is acustomed to for yours and her benefit. Once your dog is confident of knowing where her food and crate are, she will be more confident in knowing that you are always with her.

You may be able to help your dog by learning how to use her nose as your means of communicating with her. With her favorite treat in one hand, you can lead her to her crate or kennel onto your dirty shirt. This helped immensely with our old blind dog. As long as my dirty shirt was on his bed, he wasn't so apprehensive about where I was in the house, and his separation anxiety was not so severe.

Although your dog may be blind, she will do her best to see through her nose. And although your dog may be deaf, remember she can still feel the vibrations under her paws, the wind in her hair, and the soft touch of your hand. The best recommendations I can give is to be patient with your dog, and learn from her experience as best you can.

If your dog is healthy with the exception of being blind and deaf, I can certainly understand your not wanting to put your pet down. If you live near an animal hospital with an ear and eye specialist, you may want to get a true evaluation of of your dog's health and condition before making your decision. My heart and prayers are with you and your yorki, and may this information be helpful to you and your friend.

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norma-holt 6 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Kathy, I feel devastated for you as well. But blindness in dogs and cats is not the same as in humans. Their eyes are seeing only a fraction of what we see because their hearing is the most important thing. But their tail is also. It is their sensory organ that tells them when something is near or they touch something. We cannot understand exactly how it works but what they don't have in eyesight they have in their nose, ears and tail. Certainly don't put her down unless she is in a lot of pain


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norma-holt 6 years ago

Finally got back to this lens to bless it and feature on Sprinkled with Stardust. This is a great lens and as we can see it is having an impact on others.

anonymous 6 years ago

My dog, Jane Doe, is an 8 yr old German Shepard/husky mix. She has gone blind in what seemed literally, to be overnight. I took her to the vet yesterday, where she was diagnosed with diabetes and cataracts. I don't think surgery to repair the cataracts is a viable option, with the diabetes, and with all of the information , the risks, and after-effects would seem to outweigh the benefits. My problem, is that my dog seems to be suffering from depression about it. I'm hoping that getting her blood sugars regulated with improve her energy levels. I'm wondering if anyone out there has any ideas about a good diabetic diet program. I love my dog. She has saved my life more than once. I am willing to make the rest of her life as comfortable and fun as I can. I think she should be able to live several more years, with proper care! I also live in an extremely rural area, where Jane is able to wander for miles around our home. She always manages to find her way back home, but now that I know she is blind, I find it worrisome. Also, since it is such a rural area, keeping things pruned below eye level is impossible. I'm having the worst time coping with the guilt of not recognizing the signs of her diabetes and her cataracts before now. I know I have to stay "upbeat" for my dog, but I am sobbing as I write this. I love my dog so much, and it tears me up that she is so down. So any advice anyone has on diet, and how to manage a 108 lb blind dog in the wilderness, would be greatly appreciated. heart goes out to everyone in this situation. I think the dog/human lifespan ratio is a cruel joke....because if I could, I'd have her with me for the rest of my life....

anonymous 6 years ago

We have a 10 year old Border Collie,Scamp, Who was diagnosed as having diabetes a year ago.He has also recently developed cataracts.We have found that splitting his normal food into two equal meals served 12 hours apart keeps his blood sugars on an even keel.But finding the right dose of insulin took a few weeks.Also I would avoid feeding rice and pasta.Scamp loves both but they make his sugar spike alarmingly.

anonymous 6 years ago

My 6 yr old Doberman went suddenly blind yesterday and both of us are totally unprepared. She wasn't ill and her eyesight had been fine. I live on an island near Honduras with very limited care. No specialists in the country either. We took her to a vet today and he gave her antibiotics and prednisone along with eye drops. He said she can't see anything. We can only hope her eyesight is restored. Because we don't know the cause, its hard to treat her. I'd take her to the U.S. if I could. She is too scared to even get up and walk. Thanks for your great website. Its full of good information.

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Gypzeerose 6 years ago

Thanks for pointing out the virtues of a pet that has some handicaps. We all do as we age! :)

anonymous 6 years ago

This lens is really helpful especially as our dog is 15 now and I'm wondering about his eyesight although the vet said his eyes are not too bad. You loved your dog very much. I'm favouriting this lens.

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clouda9 lm 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your personal story filled with lots of tips and ideas for living with a blind dog. Your doggie is sure lucky to have you!

anonymous 6 years ago

A very important thing to also remember is that if your pet has been living in its current surroundings for more than 5 years he/she knows his/her surroundings very very well already.

Our 11 year old Dachshund lost his sight about a year ago and although he bumps into things now and then he knows EXACTLY where his food bowl, water bowl and dog house is. His smell and hearing has improved to compensate for the sight. He also follows his other two dachshund brother everywhere. And amazingly he is still the alpha male! The other two dogs respect him just the same and boy he hasn't lost his attitude! Oh yes and he definitely barks a lot more now.

Remember: it is much harder for the owner to adapt than the pet. I have seen it daily with our dog: he is fine, I promise your pet will be fine! Just spend a bit more time with them because I feel touch is important, especially if he/she is the only pet.

anonymous 6 years ago

What a beautiful and eloquent post of great value to readers. Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom with us. Your dog was fortunate indeed.

anonymous 6 years ago

I find this site not only reassuring but comforting too. Our 15 yr old Lhasa, Kami, has lost one eye to glaucoma/cataracts a year ago. Her other eye is almost blind after a year of being a brave little lady since her last surgery. She is very healthy otherwise. The vet said that we could take her to an opthamolgist and have the cataract removed, and the glaucoma treated to the point she would be able to see some. However, the cost is more than we can afford.

I'm already seeing that she is adapting to her darkness better than I am......thanks for all the suggestions and ideas. We'll certainly learn from your experiences with your pets. thanks to everyone.....I feel better knowing other pets are doing fine......

Mike in NC

anonymous 6 years ago

My dog keeps bumping into things, and I cannot teach her many tricks.

Do you think U can help?

anonymous 6 years ago

I have a diabetic Samoyed who has recently lost her sight, it happened very quickly. One idea that I have found very helpful is to walk around in flip flops so that she knows where I am and where I am going.

I have also found using a harness instead of a collar has helped give her confidence when we go for walks -- and it's easier for me to guide her.

anonymous 6 years ago

Just month ago I learned my 6 year old pitbull had diabetes which really worried me due to the many complications he would have, He showed no signs of blindness until recently I saw him in the backyard running into our fence and had a hard time finding his water bowl. After i took him to the vet i found out he was blind. Its really hard to see him go though it

anonymous 6 years ago

Our German Shepard just had puppys 3 1/2 weeks ago and one of the males is blind in one eye the other eye the vet states only has little vision. The vet could not tell what the cause was or is. All the comments I have read have been about older dogs going blind. Has anyone raised a dog born blind? I am not sure if we will be able to care for this dog but know it can have a wonderful life. I will do everything possible to find someone that will give this dog a good life.

anonymous 6 years ago

dot: we rescued a blind and crippled dog and took him to a specialist. The specialist said this dog had been blind from birth. I have to tell you...he's amazing. Since its the only way he has ever been you don't have to go through the depression dogs (and people) go through when they lose their sight. They learn very quickly and are very attentive. I walked him around the fence perimeter twice and he now chases motorcycles and people that pass our fence. One of our other dogs is diabetic and she went blind last month pretty much overnight. Her we are having a difficult time with. She just doesn't understand she's blind. Sad part is she is the one that used to guide the blind dog around the yard. But..through the grace of God we shall live long a full lives with them.

anonymous 6 years ago

Our 15 yrear old Lhasa Apso, Kami, lost her eyesight about a month ago due to cataract and glaucoma in her only good eye. She had to have her first eye removed last October for the same reason. We were very depressed about the thought of her being blind as she is such an energetic and loving dog.

Well boy has she proven us wrong.....she is as smart as ever. She can find her way around the house just fine. She knows where her water, food, and bed is. She can find us in any room. When outside she negotiates the yard without any problems, and can even find her way up the long sidewalk, and the 7 steps to the front door.

Of course, we'll never let her outside alone, but I am totally blown away by the courage of this little dog. She has proven me wrong once again......she may be blind, but she can see in her world just fine.

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Mine is a question rather than a comment. Our dog slowly lost her sight, and when it appeared to be finally gone, she started having accidents in the house. Does anyone know how this can be corrected? I'd appreciate any help I can get. I can live with the blindness but not the accidents.

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VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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Charlino99 6 years ago from USA Author

@VarietyWriter2: Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of blind dogs everywhere.

anonymous 6 years ago

I really needed this today, my dog was blind within months of being diagnosed with diabetes, she is jack russell mix and loves to play and look out the window, in the last week she has gone totally blind and it is breaking my heart to see her in her own yard, lost and looking scared. It seems I still have a lot to learn, thanks for sharing your story

anonymous 6 years ago

@anonymous: Put the pee pee pads down, ours even though 12 years old uses them now and it is a huge help, has your animal started drinking a lot more? has it been checked for diabetes?

anonymous 6 years ago

What an absolutely beautiful lens, thank you so much for sharing. It warms my heart to know there are those angels out there who care for the furry members of the family when times get rough. I'm off to dry my tears now. Squidhugs, Kathy

seegreen 6 years ago

I was worried that our German Shephard was going blind. I really don't think his sight was all that great by the time he passed, but he could still see. I often wondered what I would do with a blind dog, he was such a sweetheart and I didn't know of anyone who had a blind dog. Thank you for making this lens. Blessed by an Angel

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LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

Almost exactly the same thing happened to my beloved dog Max - he was aged around 12 and saw a cat in the garden on night. Being a dog of enthusiasm (but not much in the way of brains), he hurtled off in pursuit and smacked face first into a metal washing line support so hard that the pole vibrated. The impact led to brain damage and one of his eyes had to be removed and he was as good as blind in the other. Such a tragic accident changed my boy completely and he was never the same again. This lens will be of such a help to dog owners who find themselves with a much beloved pet suddenly sight impaired - blessed by a SquidAngel :)

anonymous 6 years ago

It was great. I gathered many important ideas for my cocker spaniel=Freckles. He has a heredity retina disease and is almost completely blind. Freckles is extremely afraid of going for anything in the dark. He gets very nervous and disoriented. I want he to be able to play, which he still is fetching and catching his flooper. A disc with a ball in the middle. Marge

anonymous 6 years ago

I am thinking of adopting a 5 year old miniature pinscher that was blinded by glaucoma. I want to be sure to give him the proper home and care before I make a decision. He is already acclimated to the loss of sight, as well as to many commands. Can anyone offer more tips?

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kateloving 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

I appreciate your love for this perfect dog. Sweet and sincere. Thank you.

anonymous 6 years ago

I rescued two, 6 mo., female Norwe. Elk hounds @ 6 months from Amish breeder. They responded to good care and lots of love by thriving. I noticed Tootie's eyes looked different from sister Hanna's. Our excellent vet diagnosed her with a genetic defect, from in breeding for which the money hungry Amish are famous. Nothing can be done to slow or cure my lovely girl of the retinas that are detaching. It has been a year now and her sight is really fading. I have made some changes in our home and how she is handled and will implement the suggestions offered here. We greatly appreciate your help. I am moving next door within the next month or 2. I know how hard this will be for her, I have my work cut out for me. Elk hounds hunt, we live in the woods and are all out loose a lot on our piece of heaven, Tootie stays close to me more now. To replace that exciting instinctual adventure with walking with me, a poor substitute, we have begun walking more and in different places. Having her sister here is comport, they are constant buddies, playing eating sleeping, etc, side by side, but it is also a constant reminder to her of what she can no longer do. Of course they both walk with me, etc. Her beautiful fur has absorbed many of my tears, I try to absorb her sadness and ease her life as much as I can. Thank you for your web sight. I am looking for a harness for her that identifies her as sigh impaired, any ideas? I will explore your sight as well. .

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ArtByLinda 6 years ago from Idaho

What a wonderful story you have shared here and so many great tips! I have had many old dogs that were losing their site, but none all the way blind. Bless all their sweet hearts!

anonymous 6 years ago

My heart is comforted by your words. My girl Nappy has just recently gone blind and it seemed like it was overnite. You have helped me with ideas on how to make her life full and happy. She is 9 years old and is in excellent health. Nappy was telling me all along that she was going blind but I did not "see". She is still my Nappy Girl and always will be till death parts us. Even then either she will be waiting for me at heaven's gate or I will be waiting for her.

anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you so much for your site. I knew something was wrong with my dog and took him to the vet and had a bunch of tests run. I just figured out that my little dog is blind & to make matters worse, I don't think her sense of smell is all that good. She has been acting very depressed, gained lots of weight etc. I'm hoping she will snap out of her depression soon. She won't play and can barely even go on walks. How long did it take for your dogs to get over their depression.

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MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

Years ago I knew someone who adopted a blind dog, good for you!

anonymous 5 years ago

Yes, site is helpful. Just found out my dog has developed SARDS. I am emotional but logically I know it will be ok. I will bookmark this site. Do you have any info on support groups in Columbus, Ohio. Thanks

anonymous 5 years ago

My 14 year old dog suddenly went blind, but I realized after reading your story that she had displayed behaviors indicative of her state. I just had not really seen them. She is a loving, sweet and gentlel old girl who has not been ill a day in her life. Thankyou for sharing your story and all the suggestions for making a blind dog's life full. My heart goes out to you over your loss.

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cherylsgifts2go 5 years ago

Now I am wondering if perhaps my dog is going blind. When you mentioned the eyes in the pictures glowing green....made me think about it. My dog is 11 years old now and, has been acting kind of strange although, he can see me going to the treat box. Great lens. I love dogs. Thanks for sharing.

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GonnaFly 5 years ago from Australia

This is such an excellent and helpful page. I'm sure it will benefit many people.

anonymous 5 years ago

My beautiful cocker spaniel Holly will be having surgery this week to have both eyes removed. She has been blind for a year. The vet and I tried so hard to save her eyes but it is not meant to be. She still loves to play fetch. I cut open tennis balls and stuff them with bells. When we go for walks out in this open area I clip a big bell to my shoe  so she does not have wear a leash. I also put a tag on her collar that on states that she is blind and I put another emergency contact on it just in case of an accident. Holly does not wear a collar until it is time for a truck ride so when she hears the jingle of the collar she goes nuts.

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JanieceTobey 5 years ago

Our dog has cataracts and is slowly losing his vision. He's started bumping into things ever so often too. He still seems to get around fairly well for the most part though. Thanks for the info on some things I can do to help him!

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River88 5 years ago

I'm sorry to hear that your wonderful dog is not with you any more but I'm jumping up and down, cheering because he had people who loved and cared enough for him to do the things you did! Bravo! and Bravo again! I'm hitting every "like" button and lens rolling this lens because I want as many people to see it as possible. God bless you and your husband and have a blessed holiday!

anonymous 5 years ago

Yes, thanks this is still new to our dog. He was attacked and blinded as a result. We love him and just want to keep him safe.

anonymous 5 years ago

I have noticed that my Labrador has started falling up and down the road kirbs at nighttime and he also bumps into things with his nose when walking him at night time.

I think that he is starting to lose his sight and has became more clumsy at night.

I did think that his eye colour started to change about 6 months ago but the vet thought he was fine.

Now Im not so sure and will again return to the vet for his opinion.

Your information has been most helpful to me.

Thank You

anonymous 5 years ago

I wish my dog could handle it better, he's got PRA and we got the diagnose in november.

Its getting worse each day. He can still see but he is very scared every morning on the first walk. He just refuses to walk sometimes because he isn't sure about what he sees. I think that maybe his vision has becamed blurry or something.

He used to be an independent dog, not afraid of anything. And now?

Well.. im starting to loose hope..It tears me apart to watch him be totally changed.

anonymous 5 years ago

thank-you for helping my anxiety and i did not see the red flags when my maggie beagle was walking by the walls all the time....i thought she was just getting old.....but has of lately been diagnoised with diabetes, and lost hersight and i do not know how to help her i am on a learning experience to help make her life comfortable, and fun and loved as she has made mine....i love her so much

anonymous 5 years ago

I am back to report on my Cocker Spaniel Holly; the surgery went well. I took it harder then she did and I cried for days afterwards and I found it hard to look at her so that made me feel guilty. We spent three nights sleeping on the living room floor so she would not have to search the house for me. It did not take long before the hair started growing back and she is back to her playful self.  It still takes some getting used to a dog with no eyes but I can't help but love her so much.

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Charlino99 5 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: I know how hard it must have been for you to do this, and know what it is like to sleep with a scared blind dog on the floor. It is so good to hear that your dog is bouncing back, and taking life in stride. May God bless you and your little friend with a long and happy life.

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Charlino99 5 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: One thing I learned when taking my old blind dog for a walk is to get him in a comfort zone. Sidewalks were out of the question because the curbs we take for granted were step offs that scared my dog unexpectedly. When on the sidewalks, I tried to find the most straight and even paths without people pot holes, and once he learned the 'step down' command, I made sure the dog 'stopped' at every curb, and 'stepped down,' to avoid a fright. Hopefully this will help a little bit. Try not to feel bad around the dog they do pick up on their master's emotions. I know mine did. Only when I stopped projecting my hurt around the dog did he regain his confidence - both in himself and in me.

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Charlino99 5 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: If your dog is falling down at curbs at night, definitely get his eyes checked. We have an animal hospital where I live where there is an eye specialist. The doctor was very helpful in diagnosing his blindness.

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Board-Game-Brooke 5 years ago from US/TN

What an amazing story. Blessed!

anonymous 5 years ago

Fourteen years ago my pom Misty had her pups. The seventh one (the runt) was stillborn but I refused to let her go. I gave her CPR which was pretty difficult since she was smaller than an egg.Her name is Bitty "Miss Bee" and she has been a part of my heart and soul since then. We have been through so much together for the last fourteen years and now she is blind. My husband says to put her to sleep. But how can I do this when she has comforted me for so many years? I am so happy to have discovered your story and the story of others. It gives me hope in this saddest of times. She is otherwise very healthy and still like to roll around on the floor and, and she still DANCES! I love her dearly and refuse to give up. She is my "Miss Bee"...The bond has yet to be broken.

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hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

Your blind dog is a smart dog with a smart and loving owner! He is lucky to have you :) Excellent lens - SquidAngel blessed :)

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you for the reassurance I needed to handle my dogs blindness!

anonymous 5 years ago

What a wonderful, inspiring lens! I have a cat that has really bad eyesight,and this is very helpful to me. I'm glad you created this lens-thank you! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 1/3/2011.

anonymous 5 years ago

Have just read your site after finding out today that my beloved dog James Bond is blind at 9 years old. This is due to diabetes, so am struggling with injections and blood tests as well. It was great to get a few tips in dealing with this

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Mickie Gee 5 years ago

My basset hound had trouble with his eyes. We discovered that when we used Oust Spray, it created a reaction and turned the whites of his eyes red and the pupils greenish. He could have gone blind if we had not discovered that the spray was the reason his eyes changed so suddenly and severely. When it we first noticed his affected eyes, we did not know what had caused it and assumed that he had been sticking his face in the bushes. The second time it happened, we began to put "2 and 2 together" with the vet and figured out what was causing this reaction. Now, when I see a commercial about those house sprays that go off whenever a person enters a room, I worry about the dogs that might live in a home with those room sprays.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and reminding me to share mine as well.

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puzzlerpaige 5 years ago

This is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it with the world. Such good advice and help for those with blind dogs.

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WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

You've created a valuable list of symptoms and tips for owners of a blind dog. Thank you for sharing your advice and story.

anonymous 5 years ago

my soulmate, a yorkie peke mix, is blind in one eye and will soon be blind in the other. It is breaking my heart. He fights me putting drops in his eyes. It is impossible. Your video has raised my hopes he can remain a happy guy even if blind. Thank you so very much!

anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: I love my soulmate Elliott and he is going blind. I hope so much I will see him again in Heaven. Is my hope for that fruitless?

anonymous 5 years ago

Another update on Holly my cocker spaniel. I have to say as long as I begged the vet to save her eyes because of my own selfishness, Holly is so much better without them. No more poking them when she runs into things. No more eye meds. No more pain. I tell you she is a trooper. Not three weeks after her eye surgery we were outside playing fetch (tennis ball filled with bells) and wouldn't you know it the very last throw she came back limping. Oh no she couldn't have just twisted something she snapped the ligament in her back leg. I almost died. She had her second big surgery in a month and although the first week was very tough her second week (this week) she is like a bunny outside. I laugh but I know I have to keep her from hurting herself. I love this dog so much but I have two words that I've been telling everyone "pet insurance". I wished I had gotten it. If anyone would like to see pictures of my sweet girl feel free to email me at God bless

anonymous 5 years ago

Great help, our dog recently was diagnosed as a diabetic, what we did not know it could affect the eyes real quick. Within several weeks she was totally blind and now has glaucoma and will more than likely have to have both eyes removed due to the severity.

I found your web site very informative and helpful. Several things I did not think about was sharp edges and the eyes and face

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sousababy 5 years ago

Having worked in ophthalmology for about a decade, I had to read this lens. First of all, I am very sorry that you had to hear the insensitive remark of, 'Your dog is blind and there is nothing we ca do.' I'd like to offer up some hope and even direct you to an amazing Vet here on Squidoo.

There are mixed feelings in the veterinary field (from the little I have read) about SARDS (Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome) and how to treat it. One sign is the red reflex changing that you pointed out (people in photos have red eye) dogs with SARDS will go from having a red reflex to having a green reflex. There are about 4000 cases per year diagnosed in the US of dogs with SARDS; prevalence being higher in female dogs.

The only lab that offers endocrine-immune testing (developed by Alfred Plechner, DVM) is the National Veterinary Diagnostic Services. To find them, go to:

Their findings reveal that some pets with SARDS had endocrine-immune abnormalities. And, actually the correct dosage for the proper length of time of both cortisone and thyroid hormone were shown to have some benefit. I must emphasize a few things about prednisone since you had a friend ask you, 'Was your dog on prednisone?"

In humans, prednisone is particularly effective in the SHORT term as an immunosuppressant used in autoimmune diseases, however adrenal suppression will occur is taken for too long a duration. This may cause the body to lose the ability to synthesize natural corticosteroids (esp. cortisol). Indeed, your friend referencing someone on prednisone for years (for arthritis) could definitely have other problems systemically (re: eyes). The key thing is that it is very useful for is short-term and I must emphasize that it should NOT be abruptly stopped. One needs to be weaned off of prednisone, gradually.

The cause of SARDS in dogs (from what I have read, is still unknown), however the findings are pointing to the following: auntoimmune disease (the dog's own immune system 'attacking' itself), toxins, elevations in adrenal sex hormones, and Cushing's disease.

You may wish to look into ChrisDay's lenses at: (he has even treated horses with 'moonblindness.' He may offer up some more hope.

I love animals, I am so glad you wrote and shared this with everyone on Squidoo. Other dog owners need to read this.

Stay Well,

Rose (aka sousababy on Squidoo)

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sousababy 5 years ago

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ChrisDay LM 5 years ago

This is an extremely helpful and valuable lens

anonymous 5 years ago

I learned so much from your site .. Thank you .

anonymous 5 years ago

We adopted an estimated 2-year-old blind Beagle from a local no-kill shelter years ago. In all honestly, I had my doubts, but my wife wanted him. His name was Keller (named by the shelter), but we nicknamed him 'the Dude'. He turned out to be one of the best dogs we've ever had; fearless, very affectionate, playful, and friendly. Humans are led primarliy by sight, while canines are led by hearing and smell, so his capacities were in no way diminished. Once adjusted (which didn't take long), he got around as good as any sighted dog we've ever had. Our home has hardwood stairs to the bedrooms and to go outside, and he navigated them with no problems. Lots of visitors would question if he was truly blind until they saw us hold a treat a few inches to the side of his muzzle while he would just sit in anticipation, until the treat touched the end of his nose and quickly disappeared. We have a long driveway which he knew was safe and he could outrun me on it, with no lead. We've got a milion stories of him, but suffice it to say that, while I don't wish blindness on a dog, he led a full, good life, with no signficant additional burden to us due to his blindness, and I suspect it made him a bit more attached. He succumbed to cancer (melanoma) about a year ago, but we still miss him terribly. I would highly recommend a blind dog adoption, maybe even over a sighted one.

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VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

Wonderful lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

anonymous 5 years ago

Great site, thank you! Do you mind if we link to it from

We rescue and rehome blind and visually impaired dogs.

anonymous 5 years ago

BTW, our email is

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you so much for this helpful information. We were just told that our dog suddenly went blind and I was nervous about what to do to make it more comfortable for him. He is like a member of the family and we love him so much. We want to do what is best for him.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you,Thank you,Thank you..

Just wonderful.

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norma-holt 5 years ago

Such a powerful lens,. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for dogs on squidoo

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you, your site has been a blessing for me today. Earlier today we learned that our lab "Buddy" has diabetes and is going blind. He is six years old and a great friend.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. My recently blind dog seems to be adjusting, but I'm just trying to keep his spirits up. Looking for info about safe dog play.

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ShariBerry 5 years ago from Michigan

What a beautiful story, I am so glad you shared all this information. None of us pet-owners know what challenges may come our way but you met yours with love. Thankfully dogs seem to accept their disabilities with such grace, they are amazing animals.

anonymous 5 years ago

thank you. our little dog has recently gone blind and i needed to know that it's something we can all learn to live with. i appreciate being a "seeing eye person" for her. thank you again.

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Ranginnon 5 years ago

I am looking for a BLIND DOG vest for my Tootie girl. It really needs to be made of something cool as she is an Norwegian Elk hound with that lovely, luxurious, thick coat. they wear. My other problem is to get her to learn to play, I made a noise ball by wiring jingle bells inside a treat ball that is made of pliable plastic in a large mesh pattern. It makes noise and she will follow it by listening but I do all the "getting it"which isn't the object! I am working on teaching her to pick "which hand" I have a treat in, she does good. I have her sister who is sighted and a mini Aussie also. I have put bells on my other dogs and my daughters dogs that come to visit regularly so she can tell better where they are. One of them will lye in wait for her to come by then jump her.......really makes me mad, it often scares her. She has the advantage in size, etc, and I would LOVE to see her kick some dog butt but she hasn't taken up the fight yet. She is often dominant with other dogs, she'll put them down and put her foot on them, then lets them up and they all go on their ways. I am walking them all more now that the weather here is better, she really seems to enjoy that but still the instinct to hunt what that marvelous nose detects is hugely strong. It breaks my heart to have her cry to go running off on the hunt. She is an excellent hunter. Her sister will ease up and take her mice, etc, away from her when she lays them down even if she is laying down herself. Sister will take her Yam Good yam pieces away also as Tootie carefully unrolls the chicken off the yam and savors it then eats the yam...unless Hanna gets it first...i have to supervise and scold robbers. I love this sight.

anonymous 5 years ago

My beloved almost 12 year old dog has been slowly losing her sight since last summer. It's so heartbreaking for me, but she seems to be adjusting to it well. Thank you for the great advice and tips on dealing with dog blindness. It's very helpful.

anonymous 5 years ago

You had me laughing, smiling and crying here. God bless you for your sensitivity to your dog's needs in finding ways to help him live the dog's happy life. One hundred people for your dog's birthday party is so sweet. Thank you for sharing your story in such a wonderful way to help and inspire others. Excellent!

anonymous 5 years ago

oopsy, forgot to mention that I lensrolled and am about to feature on my I Want a Dog lens, thank you!

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choosehappy 5 years ago from US

Happy April Fool's Day. No pranks; just blessings ;)

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you for your kind words. I have a diabetic 11 year old yorkie who virtually lost his vision overnight. It is hard and sad to see him in this state. I'm hoping with time he can adjust to his new lifestyle. Thanks.

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Bella Stella 5 years ago

Yes, this is really helpful and I appreciate the fact that it is written by a person who has experienced living with a blind dog. You treated the dog in a great way and I admire you for that. You developed techniques and methods that helped your dog live normally despite its disability. This is a very very nice story!

Ranginnon 5 years ago

I have been trying to get my lovely blind Elk Hound "Tootie" to play but it is a no go. Then I thought about what she likes to do, which is what her breed has been doing sine the beginning - HUNT. She is an excellent hunter, by the way. I watched her hear then find a small snake on our hill side one fall day....she turned that lovely head, ears on super alert, approached it slowly, silently, then fine tuned it turning her head side to side then BAM!!! She had it. So now I am hiding treats in the house and we are going to FIND IT - or HUNT IT UP. A darn poor imitatoin of hunting outside but lets hope this works as I want her to have fun things to do inside with me more involved. She is so beautiful and a prefect size to hug up, that coat of hers is so lush and snuggly. We enjoy curling up in one of my big chairs together, one of us gets petted! So work with your sight impaired dog, realize what he or she likes to do and do it more...and just love them,

anonymous 5 years ago

My name is Vic and I have a 16 yr. old Min Pin, Joshua (17 on June 29, 2011). I noticed that he was going blind in his left eye some time ago. Now he is going blind in his right eye as well. I think he can make out shapes and light but he seems to be disoriented when I call him. I'm not sure he hears very well either. He doesn't seem to know from what direction I'm calling. He is otherwise a very healthy dog.

In closing, I wanted to let you know that your article did give me comfort and hope and yes, it did make me misty eyed. I want to have my "Little Boy" with me as long as possible and I think your article has given me a few tips that I will institute.

Thank You,

Victor Jackson

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you. Our dog was healthy and then had pancreatitis and we almost lost him. Then as he slowly recovered we found out he had SARDS probably caused by his illness. Now we all have a huge learning curve to keep his last 8 or more years good. It's always good to know someone else has been there and what might make him more "normal" with us and our other dogs.

termit_bronx 5 years ago

Oh, what a cute dog! :)

I found a lot of good information! Thanks for sharing!

anonymous 5 years ago

I have an 8 yr old bassett hound, Blu, who had his right eye removed 2 yrs ago due to glaucoma & just a few days ago his left eye/good eye went bad as well. It was within 14 hrs time that his vision was gone completely. Luckily, the next morning at the animal hospital, the doctor said he regained a little vision. Not much, but some. The eye will definitely need to come out. We are trying to sustain vision until the eye spikes and has to be removed. I was really sad of this news, but i knew that glaucoma could claim the other eye, as well. I have been trying to prepare Blu & our family for adjustments when this day happens. In researching, I found your site & it was not only inspiring, but very educational! Thank you for sharing your story! And for helping Blu along with my family to prepare the best we can!!

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Wedding Mom 5 years ago

This is very touching. I love dogs and though I find it a little sad, it is still very inspiring. Thank you so much for doing this lens, you made it so beautiful, It has love written all over it and I appreciate that. Thanks so much.

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LisaMarieGabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Years ago I had a pet lurcher (deerhound/greyhound) who went blend, after developing cataracts, he had a good 19 years of life and managed very well despite his blindness. This is a really good lens for dog lovers, so I am going to bless it today :)

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you for putting this site together - it is very helpful, simple and hopeful. My dog just go cataracts removed, could see prior to the surgery and after the surgery, then after returning from vacation it turned out that he may have been afflicted with SADs and lost all of his eye sight in his left eye and most in his right. I am trying to spread the word that this could happen to dogs after getting cataracts removed and should be considered - our vet did not even mention this to us and now there is nothing we can do other than adjust to this new life. The best is the reminder that pets pick up on our emotions, thank you!

anonymous 5 years ago

I loved your words and knowledge, I too take care of my blind dog, Some sites i have visited just say well, put the dog to sleep,, Your story and the love i feel for my four legged best friend i have ever had, gives me much strength to be his seeing eye mom!, Thanks again. Laura Mackin

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Spook LM 5 years ago

Very informative and touching lens. So far thankfully this has never happened to one of my dogs. I'm sure your dog loves you even more now.

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TrinaSonnenberg 5 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

Not only is my 13 year-old dog blind, but his hearing is bad too. He has a genetic problem coupled with high altitude. He's been getting eye drops for years, but they no longer help. I feel terrible for him.

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gottaloveit2 5 years ago

What a beautiful lens! I had a basset who went blind in literally 15 seconds (glaucoma). The same month he went blind, my other 13 year old dog went deaf. I went nuts! Wish I'd had this lens as a resource back then.

anonymous 5 years ago

It's inspiring as well aspiring. Really sad when my 10 yr old min-pin went totally blind couple of days ago. It's comforting to know she could continue to live the way she does...

Many thanks.

jseven lm 5 years ago

How very sweet and informative. Dogs are such a gift to us and I love to see people who appreciate and take good care of their dogs. A blind dog deserves owners like you!

anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: My papillon is going blind, in the past couple months...I have no idea what/how much she sees and how to help her...

anonymous 5 years ago

Our 1 1/2 yr old Golden Retriever, Tucker has PRA. He is blind..has a little light sensitivity left. Thank you for this information. I have been devastated with the news! We are committed to working with him so that his other senses will take over where his vision left. he is a smart, puppy - willing to learn!! Thanks again for this info. It has really helped.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this up! You don't know how much you have helped me! Every feeling you described when you found out your boy was blind I am now feeling the same. :(

pawpaw911 5 years ago

Glad to see your post here. We have a blind cat, and she has her problems, but is getting along pretty well considering. Great lens.

anonymous 5 years ago

We just received the sad news today that our dog is blind. Thank you for the information on next steps to get the house safe for her. Our dog hurt her back and we have been giving her prednisone. The vet said the medicine had nothing to do with the blindness and was shocked the dog could go blind so quickly from the last checkup. From your info., I suspect this awful side effect of the medicine resulted in her blindess as she is an older dog.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you for your helpful and encouraging site. My dog has just become blind (very rapidly) due to cataracts caused by diabetes. I'm glad to get all this info and support.

anonymous 5 years ago

i have a shiz i hope you know what kind . she has no eyes shes in heat and i want to know if she would be a good protective mom before letting her breed. should i let her?

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aka-rms 5 years ago from USA

Congratulations, this lens has been awarded Lens of the Day! You can read all about it here:

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dustytoes 5 years ago

Your page about dealing with a blind dog for a pet is inspirational and very informative. How lucky your little dog was to have you to take such good care of him.

TravelingRae 5 years ago

Great story, thank you for sharing. The love you have for your dog radiates through this lens. So many dog parents wouldn't have bothered to do the simple things you did--blind-proofing the property, identifying stairs, taking the time to retrain him. Kudos.

Ayjay 5 years ago

What a great site - my dear old cocker spaniel is going blind, and so far we are managing quite well, but I am so grateful for one of your comments. Only today I looked at the somewhat grubby walls in the hall and thought that I had better wash them; now I realise that it is Shannon's work as all the marks are at dog height and she has obviously been marking them so that she can find her way around more easily. So we will live with the grubby marks.

Did you know that cold tea with a teaspoonful of salt added to it is a great eye cleaner used with a small plastic syringe - my vet told me about this (he is into holistic medicine as well as conventional therapy) and it seems to soothe Shannon's eyes. I mop them afterwards with warm water and cotton wool.

Anyway, fab site - thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise.

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Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

Wonderful lens! Thank you for sharing your experiences; the information is priceless!

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sousababy 5 years ago

Dear Charlino, Congrats on a well-deserved LotD. I remember this one so well (I visited way back in January). Google +1'd here and at Squidoo HQ page (where Robin introduces it). Hope it helps! Take good care, Rose

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Diana Wenzel 5 years ago from Colorado

Congrats on LotD! What a powerful, moving lens. I just visited a friend whose lab recently became blind as a result of diabetes. It broke my heart to see him struggling with this new condition. I plan to share this lens and its excellent tips with Chase's caregiver. Thank you! **Blessed**

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TapIn2U 5 years ago

I can feel the love and care you share with your dog. It hurts to know dogs going blind. They deserve to be taken care of like you did. This is truly inspiring! Sundae ;-)

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SheilaSchnauzies 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

Dear Charlino, I have graduated from "Blind Dog U" once before, but every dog is different! My rescue Sarah was completely blind and another rescue Casey Anne went totally blind... but that was many years ago. Now, one of my rescues, Koby, has very rapidly gone totally blind from complications of Diabetes. I have been working with him on maneuvering around the house and yard. I've done many of the things you suggested but also picked up some fabulous tips from your lens that I can't wait to try! Thank you SO much for an amazing lens. I will bookmark it and also share it with other family members who help with Koby. God bless you, you're an awesome DogMom!!

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GollyGearHope 5 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

We went through a similar experience - overnight blindness for our Razzmatazz. He was diagnosed with Sudden Acquired Retinal Dystrophy (SARDS) - and managed to live very happily for several years. One thing that really helped was his version of a "white cane" - a hoop that circled his head and kept him from bashing his face. People interested can find them here: The Angel Vest is a terrific tool for blind dogs. I have no affiliation with them - just found it very useful.

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Franksterk 5 years ago from California

What an incredible story and lens. I read every word and learned a lot. I have a cat that I think is going blind so this is very helpful. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD. Angel blessings and big hugs, Frankster

JennySui 5 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! You really deserve it.

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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

Writing this thru tears. What a fantastic lens of the day. I hope I never need this info, but with 2 dogs, I might. Thank you for writing it. One of my fave lenses on Squidoo.

judyo 5 years ago

My 13 yr. old Pekingese went blind quickly this year. Unfortunately, he is almost fully deaf - he can only hear very loud noises like clapping hard, stomping, banging his bowl on the floor, etc. We weren't sure what quality of life a blind/almost deaf dog would have, and we thought of putting him down. He is still with us and although he is pretty sedentary and sleeps a lot, he occasionally plays with his toys. He used to eat voraciously before being blind, and I think his age has slowed him down with eating, as there is usually something left in his bowl lately - that never happened! The other sad thing is that he will no longer walk on a leash. Maybe we could try to spend more time with him with this, but we were trying and I think he's just too uncertain on the leash and he will stop and become dead weight that we have to carry. We gave up on leash walking him. He now prefers our smaller front yard to our huge back yard, where he still gets lost and we have to walk to the back of the yard to get him. It's sad and challenging, but as long as he is not in physical pain or acting too depressed, we will keep him with us.

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Poison kitty 5 years ago

I'm so sorry that you've had to go through this with your dog, I know how heartbreaking this would have been for you. I had a similar experience with my horse and you wouldn't believe the amount of things you've listed on this page that my horse also did! The toughest part for me was knowing that she was struggling with day-to-day activities - when she was finally put to sleep it wasn't as hard as I expected.

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Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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Kailua-KonaGirl 5 years ago from New York

Amazing blind dog story! Well deserved LOTD. I wonder how difficult it was to teach him to listen and respond to the voice command of STOP? Squid Angel blessed and added to My Squid Angel Wings to be featured in the "Pets & Animals » Dogs" neighborhood.

GrowWear 5 years ago

Such a well-deserved LOTD. Congratulations.

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SGrotton 5 years ago

This is a fantastic Lens, thank you so much for educating us on this wonderful topic, true friends are always there for each other!

quicpost 5 years ago

Thank you kindly for your lens.

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ShariBerry 5 years ago from Michigan

What a great education on blind dogs. You have a compassionate heart. Thank you so much for caring and for making this lens.

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RawBill1 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

Wow, I have never heard of blind dogs before. I wonder why I had not thought of this happening to other animals? Thanks for the advice. We have a dog that is six years old, so we will have to keep watching for any of these symptoms in future years. Congrats on LOTD too. :-)

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sheriangell 5 years ago

Big congratulations on your well deserved LotD. I have a 15 year old dog who has lost much of her hearing. I keep looking into her eyes for fear that's next, it encouraged me that she shows non of the symptoms you listed here.

bcarter 5 years ago

Love the lens and congrats on LOTD. I knew I shouldn't have come here though considering the tears welling up in my eyes. I love reading pet stories and I think the endings that we don't want to hear are more difficult for me than human stories.

Thank you again for the great information.


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nightbear lm 5 years ago

I think it is the most wonderful thing in the world what you did for your little blind guy. Good for you and how terrific you are. Congratulations on LOTD and Purple Star. Blessed!

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clouda9 lm 5 years ago

Well it has been a year since visiting and now I am back to shout...CONGRATS! on well deserved.

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Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

Wonderful lens, thanks for sharing. Congratulations on LotD!

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Nancy Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I am touched by the patience and love for this dog that is shown in this lens. My little pug is 12 years old, and already deaf. Her eyesight is not gone, but not as good as it used to be. I cherish this lens for help on things to come. Congratulations on LOTD.

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phoenix76 5 years ago from WNY

Thanks so much for sharing your story and experiences with us. This is such a touching lens and a wonderful tribute to your sweet dog. My family had to put our 14 year old lab to sleep last November, and although she was not blind, she had severe arthritis and could no longer walk. It can be difficult to give proper care to a senior dog, so thank you for this advice. Another useful command: LEAVE IT...this command has really helped with training my puppy and I would imagine it could help a blind dog as well. Congrats on LotD!

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rewards4life info 5 years ago

I'm speechless. I can't imagine going through all this, but thanks to your lens if anything happens I know I'll find answers here. I admire your strength and positive attitude in a difficult situation. Sometimes these are the only things which keep us sane. Thank you for sharing your experience and congratulations on your LOTD!

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StevenCousley 5 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

Your pet is lucky to have you. Most people would consider a blind pet to be "too hard". Congrats on the well deserved LOTD

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bizgrrl 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

Great lens and an interesting topic! Would like to see one on deaf dogs too...It seems you have a knack for knowing what to write.

anonymous 5 years ago

We haven't had to deal with a blind baby - yet, but I am afraid it may be coming. One of our babies (they are both littermates and are 9 year old mini schnauzers) has Cushings and diabetes and had to begin treatment last year. In the past year or so, we have been noticing subtle changes to his eyes - like when my husband climbs up on a ladder, he gets scared or he suddenly notices a ceiling fan. I am afraid the diabetes may cause it to happen, and as if the other two conditions weren't enough.... but he is our baby (we have no human children) and we will deal with it if it comes. There is nothing like a pet companion - they just burrow deep inside your heart.

Great lens....I will be sure that I bookmark it for future reference.

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ajgodinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, this is the first time I'm hearing from someone whose dog went blind. I can't imagine how hard it must be, but I'm sure it's not easy. Thanks for sharing this useful information. I'm sure it will help others who are in the same situation. Congrats on LOTD!

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Shibamom LM 5 years ago

Bless you for caring so much about your baby! Congratulations on your LotD!

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Srena44 5 years ago

great lens

anonymous 5 years ago

I am so grateful for what I have read so far. My 16 year old mini-Schnauzer is almost totally blinbd and very deaf. Otherwise, Ben is in amazingly good health. Everything functions well and he seems happy, if somewhat more clingy than he used to be. I have learned to ask even old friends to let him sniff the back of their hands before petting him. He remembers instantly and is all smiles and wiggles.

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Scarlettohairy 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

Very interesting information about blind dogs. Looking for green instead of red eyes in photos is something I'd never heard of.

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profilesincolor 5 years ago

Very sweet and practical. Thank you!

TrainMyPitbull 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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dazsgeo 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing your experience and resources. My oldest dog just recently lost most of his vision so this information will come in handy.

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TapIn2U 5 years ago

That is just so sad but I'm happy that you were there to support your dog. Takes a lot of patience to do so. Thanks for the info. I have two dogs that I love to death and I could not imagine either one of them losing vision. I'm keeping an eye on them. Fantastic lens! Hey - if you've got the time, try this great exercise from Margaret Lynch that could open the door to more Abundance - in minutes. Change is a choice: Tap along with a free demo and video and see if this works for you. Thanks! Sundae ;-)

anonymous 5 years ago

What an amazing lens and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Blessed by an Angel

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SandyMertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

Angel Blessings! Please add your lens on the Not Zazzle Lens plexo on my August 2011 Zazzle Sales and Blessings

TheSwedishLady 5 years ago

Very informative!

EasyHiker 5 years ago

Very informative. I've only had just one pet dog who's recently passed away too. But would certainly keep this page for future reference when I do get another pet dog. Thanks for this.

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Sisters1 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your lens

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Brandi Bush 5 years ago from Maryland

I love this lens. Very sad, but very informative and will help dog owners be informed if this should happened to their beloved pets. I had no idea that I dog could go blind so easily!

anonymous 5 years ago

I have a 15 yr. old male Chihuahua who is both blind and deaf. He went death and blind slowly and adjusted very well. He gets all over the place. I have padded the coffee table legs and padded some of the furniture. he has his paths in the house and outside. My 11 yr. old female chihuahua woke up yesteday morning totally blind. She was so scared all day and I was a mess. she ahs always benn so sassy and active. All day she and I mooped. Then in the evening my Little Man started pushing her with his nose and before long he was leading her to her food dish and around the house. This morning she is so much better and I am adjusting. It is truly the blind leading the blind.

Susang6 5 years ago

Like you my mature border collie is blind. He had his wellness exam and the veternarian told us his eyes were old and he could not see distance and then a few months later he was blind. While many people would put their dogs down we did not. We learned to live with Jerry. We never move furniture and we keep to a routine. We still go on walks and he walks right next to me, sometimes on my shoes. Thanks for this lens it was very helpful and I like your pictures too.

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dahlia369 5 years ago

Very touching, thanks for sharing. Beautiful lens & helpful resource. ***Angel blessed*** :)

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Shoputopian 5 years ago

A beautiful lens, I enjoyed reading this...Angel blessed!

anonymous 5 years ago

I just read this in its entirety., and found it so helpful., My 9yr old Golden has gone blind., thank you for publishing it.,

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sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

very useful and informative lens. thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank you and bless you for sharing your experience and providing so much information to help us cope with the loss of one of our dog's sight. I am getting choked up as I type this...

elliestevens 5 years ago

This is a lovely lens. I took in a blind dog about a month ago. He had only recently gone blind and I didn't know what to expect, but he's doing really well and starting to interact with my other dogs now too. What people need to remember is that for a dog, being blind is not as drastic as it is for a person and they can adapt, as long as we give them lots of love and help them to adjust

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Tagsforkids 5 years ago

Having had my little BratDawg go blind in her latter years, I could certainly identify with all of this. It was amazing how well she got around, as long as we didn't move things. Thanks, it brought back many memories.

anonymous 5 years ago

Thank-you for your site. Our Maltese of 8yrs suddenly went blind. My mind went into overdrive to figure out ways to help him. I am teaching him Gee and Haw (right and left), he has figured out stop!, I like your idea of a first and last step marker, we may get him doggles to protect his eyes, we are suddenly very conscious of furniture placement, new packages on the floor and the like, we bought doggy stairs to make it easier for him to jump on the bed, we notice he is a lot more clingy, when we give him small treats we first touch the side of his face with our hand and then turn it to reveal the treat, we now feed him twice a day ( same amount in total) because we too found his appetite ravenous and he drank like a camel ( which of course produced accidents in the house), things have slowly returned to near normal except he now prefers I accompany him when he goes out to pee, it is still a big dark world out there, he still loves going to his beauty parlor to be fused over, he still greets me with glee, although he is not as animated, he now walks everywhere (thankfully), but it does break my heart when I look into those big dark eyes, yet he is adjusting really well.

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TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

We had a Siberian Husky who became blind and learned to deal with her care and that of two other Huskies. It was amazing how well she moved about everywhere and was very confident of her whereabouts except for the occasional bump against a wall or chair. Your lens is very informative, thank you for sharing.

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Joan Haines 5 years ago

Wow. This lens will really help people and dogs. Important.

anonymous 5 years ago

This article was very, very helpful, particularly the clues that a dog may be losing his or her sight. Very insightful ideas how to help a blind dog navigate the world and feel safe. Thanks so much for your thoughtful contributions!

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coolgrey 4 years ago

Your site gives a great deal of insight (pardon the pun) on the care physically and emotionally for a blind dog. I would like to add your site as a link on mine -The Absolutely Worst Dog to Adopt. and of course will highly recommend people come here. I will certainly be applying the knowledge you gained from living with your beloved pet to my own Benji. Thank-you many times over.

anonymous 4 years ago

very cool sight. Have been wondering about my dog lately. Will definitely get checked out. Thanks

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LauraHofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

Thank you for a truly moving and informative site. As a dog lover, I appreciate your insight and tips. You are very caring owners - adapting to your animal's special needs with much love and patience.

anonymous 4 years ago

Awww, dag nabit, I've already 'liked' this page. Thank you so much for creating this! My little Mocha is going blind. He's 9. One eye is 3/4 white now, but the other one is only 1/4th white. I will help him as much as I can :( Thank goodness that I adopted him 7 years ago & he's very used to my home & yard.

anonymous 4 years ago

This subject is very important, so Lady, I'd like to include it on the side-bars of a few of my dog pages if that's alright? I will go ahead and do that, if it's not OK, please let me know.

anonymous 4 years ago

My girlfiends dog has just gone blind recently, and fell into the pool today. She knew that might be an issue, so she has been watching him when he goes outside and was able to rescue him. She is now going to get a portable fence to put around the pool and get him a dog life vest so he can hang outside with her in the summer! He's still having trouble with stairs and gets scared when he gets near the bottom because he doesn't know when they end. Thanks for the tips you gave about this! I also liked all of the ideas you gave about adding more sounds and textures around the house. I'll make sure to share that with her!

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desa999 lm 4 years ago

A fascinating insight into a topic a lot of people wouldn't think of initially. Well done.

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ajgodinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Just back to sprinkle some squid angel dust on this very helpful lens. You put in a lot of love creating this lens. Hope all is well...stay blessed!

cmadden 4 years ago

You've written a very touching and insightful lens. We have a cat who came to us with three legs; while he runs and climbs (to the top of the cat trees and the cat gym, no less), watching him hop-walk with that one lonesome back paw still saddens me at times. Then he gets into mischief again, and I know he's really doing okay. I hope your pup is, too.

anonymous 4 years ago

Extremely Informative - Best Wishes :)

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks, my girl went blind very quickly also...She is adapting well, but you're right it's harder on me than her. She is getting over hunger, and has had some accidents when I was away so am keeping her in her kennel when I'm gone. Her favorite game was keep away and we learning to do that, but only outside for now. Do you think I can get her to jump onto sofa again? She just sits there and woofs until I help her up. I do have her putting her paws on leg or couch to be lifted....

anonymous 4 years ago

Our 9 year old cairn terrier was just diagnosed with SARDS. His vision is going quickly, it's difficult to know if he see's anything at all. Although today seems more difficult for him than yesterday. But it still seems like he "sees me". He looks right at my face. Learned posture? It's so difficult to know what is going on in his little doggie mind. I feel so bad that there is nothing that I can do for him to stop this.

anonymous 4 years ago

Great idea about the dryer sheet under rug by back door. i am going to try that. My dog has been blind for 5 1/2 years (from age 7 to just now turning 13) from SARDS (suddent cute retinal degeneration), which took her sight in a matter of days. She's adjusted very well, rarely bumped into things, but had a small stroke 4 months affecting her vestibular system so that her head remains a bit tilted. Like a ship without it's rudder, she now is a bit left-tilted, so turns too soon when heading to doorways, therefore bumping into more things. Never needed the scent trail before, but now we do. Also only needed to pad the end table legs previously (got rid of coffee table and all center of room furniture long ago), but now need to ad dining room table legs and door frames since the head tilt is mess up her turning ratio, etc., a bit. Thanks for a very helpful website and for reminding owners to stay calm. The dogs really do adjust to blindness better than we do to their being blind. and thank you for caring so well for your dog after blindness. I hate hearing owners consider euthanasia as the first response to blindness. Others can learn from this site.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: My dog has continued jumping on the sofa since going blind 5 years ago. The vet ophthalmologist confirmed SARDS (Sudden Acute Retinal Degenative Syndrome) since Maxi lost her sight over the course of just a few days. Maxi was in a funk for a couple of months (who wouldn't be?). Then one day she woke up and was Maxi again! She's learned to come up to the couch, put her feet up to be sure she's in the right place, and then she jumps. When she's about to get down, she used to jump off a bit to the left to be sure to avoid landing on little Nicki's dog bed down below. If she came down in a different spot or he was lying in a different place and at risk of being stepped on, I would say, "Whoa (like you'd say to a horse), then add BABY!" and she'd know that meant Nicki was there. She'd stop, get down on her stomach, lean her head over the edge of the couch and sniff, and once she figured out where he was she'd move over a little. I'd say, "Slow" and she'd slide little by little off the front of the couch (instead of her preferred jumping), and make sure her feet didn't hit him on the way down.

anonymous 4 years ago

We adopted our dog when he was 2.5 years old. His lost his vision during surgery (lost oxygen) and woke up blind. He learnt how to navigate our house within house. Note: sented walls with vanilla extract so he would learn where they were. TTape at the bottom and top of stairs so he would know he to be cautious and the snapping works like a charm when I need his attention. Our only issue is that as he has become more comfortable at home, he has become very territorial. Not with people but with other dogs. He shares the house with our retriever puppy 1 yr old but our houes now has and eight leg maximum! From what we have seen it is fight or flight and since he cannot run away that quickly he chooses to stand his ground before the other dog even has a chance of approaching him. Overall, he is very happy, fetch obessessed since we use a bouncy ball he can hear on the tiles in the house. Our dog has taught us to be patient, compassionate and not to assume we know his limitations. He lets us know when he cannot do something.

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KathyMcGraw2 4 years ago from California

I truly wish there were more people like you in this world. Reading this page made me really understand what love meant...what someone that has a blind dog would do for them. Amazing, and I am very glad I read this. Thank you, and I am sure the lessons you learned will help many others that have a blind dog. *Blessed*

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TheGourmetCoffe 4 years ago

Wow! Your lens truly touched our hearts. We rescue Siberian Huskies and adopt some as our pets. We have lived the experience of some of our Huskies becoming blind and understand how emotional this experience can be for the family and for the dog. However, we have learned so much from our blind Huskies about serenity and an amazing ability to adjust to their new condition! Great lens, thank you for sharing your insights.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you so much!I have a yellow lab named Nattie who is almost seven years old. My dog has recently lost most of her eye sight. I have no idea what I'm doing but really seem more upset than she does. She's so easy going and fun, I doubt she even realizes what she is missing. Yet it brings me to tears to write this to you or tell someone what going on. (I'm hoping to get over that) Thank you so much for taking the time to help us out!

anonymous 4 years ago

Hi All,

Spent the holiday passing the walls so when Maxi bumps, she and I aren't wincing.

$15, some staples, and a couple of hours and mission accomplished!

Home depot had roll of bubble wrap (small bubbles; roll is 1 foot wide and 100 feet length, perforated every foot).

Used common standard desktop stapler to staple wrap to walls and doors.

Walked Maxi down the hall before starting and measured how high her head is off the floor when she's going slow to find her way -- 6 inches -- and how high it is if she's just sitting and then stepping into motion (18 inches sitting and about 12 when she takes her first non-sniffing step). So hung the bubble wrap with top of piece at 18 inches high, bottom at 6, spot measured every few feet, opened the stapler to the flat position and starting stapling away.

TIP leave doors close and continue the wrap right across them, stapling as you go. Then use scissor to cut the wrap at each edge of the door. This will be much faster than wrapping around the door frame and coming back to cover door. Come back and cover door frames later -- and double the wrap on each door frame as that surface is a much harder hit for the dog's head than the drywall is.

The bubble wrap our Home Depot had is light green. At first hubby squawked at how he thought it looked. After a couple of hours, he got used to it and finally decided it was sort of Artsy-looking! Our walls are light yellow, and now they have a light green 12-inch tall stripe running down the length of the hallway starting 6 inches off the floor.

anonymous 4 years ago

I had a diabetic beagle who went completely blind, in what seemed like overnight. He quickly learned to navigate the house, but there's a lot I didn't know! This website helps a lot, as I have a jack russell who is 12 and I believe is at the beginning stages of going blind. Though my beagle has been gone for 5 years, I want to make life as easy as I can for my jack. Thank you so much for the helpful information.

pookiebeaniemine 4 years ago

Our boy Pookie was diagnosed 9/24/11 with diabetes and has been on insulin since. In addition he has Cushing's disease and very bad allergies for which he gets medications as well. On 12/31 he could see but by 1/2/12 he was completely blind because of cataracts. To say that this was a tremendous shock to us is an understatement. Our vet (ophthamologist) said that this frequently happens in diabetic dogs - they can see one day and the next they're blind. It is breaking my heart watching him try to navigate, although I am totally astounded that he does as well as he does. We're looking into surgery even though it's hugely expensive and there are no 100% guarantees - there's much that could go wrong. Still, we are going forward with this - first he needs a test called an electroretinogram to see if he's even a candidate. If he is, then we probably will do it, all things being equal. It's very hard to come up with the money - in the last 8 months or so we've already spent nearly 9M on his health care and this surgery is at least another 5M or 6M. At what point do you say no? Although he is a "senior dog " (10 and counting) and does have a number of serious health issues, he's not sick in the sense that he is failing and will die any time soon. We're addressing those issues and he gets wonderful care, both from our vets and my husband and me. I know I'm viewing this from a human perspective but I know that he knows he can't see. He cocks his head and stares intently mid-air as if to make the dark go away. Strangely he does worse in the morning and at night - he seems to be tentative crossing the bedroom threshold to come into the kitchen for his breakfast and last night seemed to have trouble finding his bed in the bedroom. The rest of the day he seems to get around fairly well. One thing that amazes me - because of the diabetes he urinates frequently (we have not yet gotten to that magic number where he's completely stabilized). So we have a tray that has wee-wee pads and by jingo, he has not had any accidents. He always goes right to the pads. I'm absolutely in awe of that. I've tried closing my eyes and making my way around the house and believe me, it's not so easy, particularly if I've turned around a couple of times. It's very disorienting. If it's possible I want to give him the opportunity to see again. While it's no doubt true that he could live the rest of days blind, it hurts me to think that there's something we could do to help him and we don't. It's just a pity that veterinary medicine is so expensive. Even with pet insurance (kind of a joke really) the cost is very high. But, he's my boy and for as long as I financially can, I'm going to help him.

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gottaloveit2 4 years ago

What a beautiful lens! I had a basset go blind in exactly 15 seconds (glaucoma). He was 13 and lived another year after I instinctively figured out how to help him the same way you did. In fact, I have a Squidoo lens in WIP right now about a similar tale. Once I write mine, I'll be sure to link yours in. Your lens has been blessed! Excellent job.

anonymous 4 years ago

My pup is doing much better, getting her jump back and when she thinks I am getting ready to leave she will wait by her crate for her treat. I am glad I went back to crating her when I am gone and she doesn't seem to mind at all. Can't ask for a better dog. I have noticed that she gets nervious in the yard on windy days. I am starting to get her to pick up some speed on the leash and with luck she will be running again some day...I only run this time of the year, so as she was going blind I was cycling and never thought of that transition, so if you have a dog loosing sight do as much training as you can while they are losing their sight and learning is a little easier. She started prancing around the house again and has learned to high step in areas that I have always left things on the floor and outside. When she goes to work with me some people don't believe she is blind until she stops mid turn and faces a wall while she listens to the office noice and decides who needs to scratch her next or might have some food they will sneak her. I have flown with her and taken a long road trip and she does really well. The only real trouble is that she has a tendancy to stand at peoples feet, especially in a strange place. She is getting run into a lot more now...I hate that, but am not sure what to do as she is a stealthy little 14 lbs schnauzer.

Tarra99 4 years ago

Awww...your pictures are so sweet. Sad story, even tho your dog looks happy.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing!! I saw some of the signs and are seeing the signs you mentioned. Eating, ect. I am going to take some of the suggestions you suggested and try. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous 4 years ago

My Dazzle became blind suddenly. Altho she is 10 and healthy, she has a bad back. Her sister Dazzle has been a help. Thank you for your site and your help.

anonymous 4 years ago

My dog is mirror image of your dog. She looks like the same breed. She is coming up 8. She is sticking close to me lately and walking around the edge of the walls. She has also started acting miserable and barks at noises we can't hear and dashes outside. After reading what you wrote I think she could be going blind too. Don't know what to do, she is so loved.

Oleesman 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing! Thought Provoking

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TreasuresBrenda 4 years ago from Canada

Very nicely done. Your page should be helpful to many people who are going through the same experience with their dog.

anonymous 4 years ago

Returning with angel dust for this wonderful definition of love!

anonymous 4 years ago

Made me sad but happy for the love shown. Nice lens.

JoshK47 4 years ago

Blessing this very sweet lens with some angel dust - thank you very much for sharing.

anonymous 4 years ago

Very nicely done.Thanks for sharing!

anonymous 4 years ago

I will be darned. I have a dog that recently went blind, took a photo and her eyes reflected green. I can find no explanation for this on the net

anonymous 4 years ago


Camo our 2year old mini dachshund was just diagnosed with PRA in Jan 2012, We have started a Facebook page to help share experiences, information and support for all of us loving our Blind buddies!! please share your photos , videos and thoughts

Visit and please "LIKE" Camo's Facebook page and help spread the word about PRA

Ruthi 4 years ago

Oh my, there are tears in my eyes! I do not know how you got through this lens but I am so greatful that you did so. My girl Tidbit is 12 and so far no sight issues, but now I know the symtoms to look for from here on out. Thank you for sharing your knowlege of a blind dog. Blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

anonymous 4 years ago

Yes, extremely encouraging. My Min-Pin Harley was diagnosed with diabetes in June 2011, he turned ten in December, and within the past month and a half, has had his lighted work, turn dark. My heart aches for him, I cry frequently for him, but after reading your article, I see how I can make what life he has left, an adventure by nurturing him and encouraging him with gently with new commands. thank you for taking the time to write about your wonderful dog.

anonymous 4 years ago

My recently blind dog is back to finding all the bathroom trash and stuff I leave too low, so I am no longer feeling sorry for her. As this site says, they will adapt quickly! The only hard part is when she stares as me and I wonder, but when I hold something right in front of her and there is no response till she smells it...I know....

anonymous 4 years ago

I belong to Tri-County-Collie-Rescue & this is my first experience with a dog that is going blind. I do the facebook page & I hope that it is OK for me to link your site to our followers. I found your site by asking how i can help my dog who is going blind & your site came up.. I found it very informative. & comforting to be able to go to a place where others people & dogs are facing the same problem. I was told by the vet that most people don't even know their dog has a site issue because they are so good at adapting to their surroundings. I want to post to our facebook about my dog because I'm sure that our followers have been through this & can give me helpful suggestions too. If they do I'll come back & post what I have learned. It's amazing & shameful but we get many of our dogs because people don't want to deal with them when they get sick or hurt. I have had my Shan for 9 &1/2 years & I wouldn't think of deserting him now. Thank you for creating this page It's been very helpful.

I started to notice just a few little things about him that made me question his site. I find he has no site in his left eye & cataract in his right. He had just been seen by 2 different vets in the past two months & nothing was mentioned about his site. So the blindness in his left eye came on fast.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this. I am trying real hard to understand this and what avenues to take for her. My husband passed away 3 years ago in July and he had given me her for a birthday present. I feel so lost on things now with her. This site was so helpful. Thanks so much for putting it up.

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navalava lm 4 years ago

This is very sad, but also very informative. I never owned blind dog, but I adopted a blind cat few years ago. It is not easy to watch those animals, you love, suffer. Making more room in the house for blind animals is priority. Thank you for this extremely well presented lens with lots of useful tips!

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MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

Thank you for sharing this important information. Our little Maltese, C.C., is 7 years old, and I know that, as she gets older, this can happen to her. Thank you for teaching me what signs & symptoms to look for, and how to help her if it does happen.

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tvyps 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is very interesting. My dog is starting to lose her sight. She is pretty old. I heard from a vet though, that it doesn't bother them like it bothers us. They just learn to adjust and continue. My dog has several of your symptoms that you listed. Squid Angel blessed!

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for the insight. Ebbet is beginning to show signs of going blind so if I start with the cammands now and place r

treads on the steps it may help later.

thanks again

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you. Our Akita is losing both her eyes tomorrow to glaucoma.

I will now be her "seeing eye human".

Now I need to be trained.

anonymous 4 years ago

OMG this was amazing. My dog just went blind suddenly last week. I took her to the vet and it was confirmed. And i was at a total loss at what to do. She is only 9 years old. Thank you so much I will start making some changes and get both of us adjusted to our new life.


anonymous 4 years ago

We are fostering a blind dog and I was wondering if anyone has any tips on making him stop trying to pee in the house. I watch him around the yard and I noticed that he uses his urine to mark reference points and obstacles. That really helps him get about without crashing into things. But how do I stop him from trying to do that indoors. Any suggestions?

anonymous 4 years ago

My Lab is stuborn she still thinks she can navagate on her own, its work in progress.Oh I have four other blind but they see better than I do. trying to find sents and clickers or beepers to help her.

anonymous 4 years ago

My newly blind Lab and I thank you for the content and thought youve put into this site! Im doing everything youve suggested and its working. She went blind in 72 hrs. I agree: learn the stop command ASAP; I stand with her when feeding and help her if she mises some food and I had a new name tag made for her with a bright yellow collar: it says "Im blind..please help me find my way home" and it has my number. Thats just in case she somehow gets out on her own but Ive reinforced all the fences and lock the yard gates now. I put pots of mint in a row to lead her back to her doggie door so she can find her way inside.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: I have been dealing with handicapped dogs for a long time but Jill was mine from the day she was born I trained her we were like glue when she started first wit peeing all over we had he sugar checked and it was over 600 then we started treating her and three weeks later she started growling at the other dogs even her BFF a blind dog that when we noticed her bumping into things, tested her eyes and found she had gone blind in one the good eye the one that was filming over she could see we removed the one and three days later the other went .She is twelve and a work in progress. Lighted collars for when she goes out at night and I am trying to find a beeping sound she will follow she hates me to baby her (like my thirty year old daughter Jill is daddyâs baby to) good luck

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savateuse 4 years ago

Great lens! Thanks for sharing this info!

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Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

Ohhhh! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I love that you love your dog so much you are willing to do whatever to keep him as safe and comfortable as possible. They are truly members of our families, aren't they? :)

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jholland 4 years ago

We had two German Shepherds go blind due to a reaction to the very high levels of UV light in our high-altitude home. The vet was not able to do anything for them, but they were both very happy for years after they lost most of their sight. Both were still great guard dogs and gentle with the kid. One lived until she was 12 - about 8 years mostly blind. The other lived about 13 years, blind from about age 5 or 6. They were great companions as they older dog took her lead from the younger dog for several years until she passed. Being blind is a hardship for dogs for sure, but they both had happy lives despite their handicaps.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for your story..My Pug my baby is losing his site from diabetes...It comes and goes but today was the worst..I love him so much and want to make him as comfortable as possible....I am glad to hear a blind dog can live a fulfilling life..He does not seem like it is he is taking it quite well...Still his old self playing and such.....Thank you for this story as it makes me feel better in this situation.....:)

anonymous 4 years ago

thanks a lot, my dog was 4 year old. she use to be cheerful and naughty. i love her for who she is, however, few weeks ago, she suddenly got red eye and i straight bring her to see vet, but turn out, she become blind and could not even walk because she got brain injury due to her blindness.. she might bang something(according to vet). i really worry about her, i really pray hard for her to become better, even she can't see hopefully she can walk back, she understand i am really worry so every time i went to visit her in vet, she lay on my hand to comfort me which make me real touch and pity her. please pray for her to get well soon. thanks..

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Charlino99 4 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: Just a quick note to let you know that you, your pet, and your vet are in my prayers, as are all who have stopped here and left a message. Each and every one of you and your pets are important in this world, and we all help each other by sharing our situation and information with others.

anonymous 4 years ago

helped a little but our dog went blind at one year and condstantly barks .trying alsorts .he gets plenty of exercise we have plenty of toys.We have other dogs who he gets along with really. well .Any advice.

anonymous 4 years ago

i feel sad for those cute puppies...

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: why don;t you keep it in a play pen or gated part of your house

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Charlino99 4 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: Does the dog bark while you are talking, or other people are talking to you? Does he bark when he is away from his comfort zone, or just when you are out of the room? To help our dog adjust, we tried placing one of our dirty t shirts on the bed with him. He felt more secure, and the barking eased up. However, when other people came to visit, and wanted to talk to me -- he wanted no part of the other voices clouding mine. Not every dog handles blindness the same way. Each one has their own set of security issues. It sounds like your dog may still be a puppy going through an adjustment period. Every dog I've ever had began mellowing out at the age of 3. If I can find more information to help you with your plight, I will certainly post it here.

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Charlino99 4 years ago from USA Author

@anonymous: My first dog was a big boy and at the age of 11 had trouble with his back legs, too. My vet instructed me to help him walk with a towel. Since our dog was so well house trained, he still wanted to be dog enough to go out on his own, but could only get up and move to a point. We were instructed to take a large bath towel under his belly toward the back legs, and help lift him to his back leg standing position. Once there, the towel was used as somewhat of a sling to help keep the bulk of the weight off his back legs, but enough for the dog to feel his back legs and walk to the back yard. This also helped him stepping in and out of the car for vet visits. Doing this for awhile helped our dog gain enough strength and confidence in his footing, but I never left him alone without being near by with the towel (just to be on the safe side).

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you so much for posting your experience with your dog. We have two aging Field Spaniels and the 12 year-old is rapidliy going blind from degernative retinopathy. Until I read your site, I couldn't understand some of the strange behaviors she had developed.

The blindness has set on so quickly. We now have to take her on a leash in the back yard at night because she is terrified of going out with dim light. It truly is gut-wrenching to see the dogs that we have loved for so many years deteriorate. However, we want to thank you for the tips which will help tremendously to guide her through this frightening time.

anonymous 4 years ago

A thousand Thanks from Vietnam, hope there were someone like you in my country. Take care . ^^

anonymous 4 years ago

@Pam Irie: im sure you love your as much as her ^^, Good luck.

anonymous 4 years ago

My female chihuahua is 4 years old and is blind. She was found beaten and bleeding in a garbage can. When i read her story online, i quickly called the writer (at 7:30 am!!!) to explain that i was not the one who hurt the dog but did want her as my own pet. I picked her up, got her seen by the vet who quickly had to operate due to internal bleeding caused by the beating she suffered. Now she is beautiful, in good health, in a loving home and no longer afraid of the world. In addition, she gets along well with my 12 year old male chihuahua who happens to be deaf. They actually work perfectly well as a team! She informs him of any nearby noise while he takes the lead in walks!

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Craftypicks 4 years ago from Las Vegas

My cat is blind in one eye from birth. I don't think it effects him at all.

anonymous 4 years ago

I also have a blind dog. I adopted him blind with no idea how well he would do. He so quickly acclimated to my house and yard. He plays with toys.. Loves playing with. Ball.. (of course I spend a lot of time retrieving it from under things lol). Overall he does very well. He is probably around 10 years old.. Being adopted my vet isn't positive. I have been noticing lately he seems to be a bit more confused and or disoriented. Does anyone else have the same issue with an older blind dog? I'm a bit concerned and will be making an appt to have him checked out

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StewartClan 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this lens. It hit a nerve with me when you said about the reflective lights in the dogs eyes showing up green rather than red. On my computer wallpaper, I have a photo of my dog and her eyes show up green. I am going to take her to the vets to make sure she is ok. Thanks very much. Ruth :o)

anonymous 4 years ago

Great site! My beloved Scoobs is also blind (and arthritic). Like you, I was terribly sad when it happened, but he is still a joyful pile of love! It is comforting to read about people with similar experiences and feelings about their pet. Thanks again for sharing

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ATTHED LM 4 years ago

Really up beat article. I have known and loved a few deaf dogs and completely agree with what you say, when you're up beat so is your dog

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you, our dear old dog , 14 years young, is we believe, gone blind (vet tommorrow) but it's hopefully not the end of this wonderful journey as we first feared, sites like yours prove that its not the end but just a hiccup along the way. Our dog has eye problems, but the speed of getting around fine to walking into things was frightening. But he seems to be coping better than us.

anonymous 4 years ago

I can't thank you enough for your site. We just learned that our dog is going blind from her diabetes, it is progressing quickly.. your insights were encouraging, so you have given my heart so.e hope. Again, I cant thank you enough.

anonymous 4 years ago

We had no idea that our 8 month old dog was blind until I took aprox 20 pictures and in every one of them , his left eye was bright green.. After reading this article, I feel like he is for sure blind. We are taking him to the vet in the morning.

GaelicQueen 4 years ago

Its all I could do to not start crying while reading this article. It is SO INFORMATIVE! My 12-yr rat terrier suddenly went blind while being treated for liver disease. She fell in pool one morning while husband was doing yard work. That was our first serious clue she had vision issue. Vet gave her another full physical...liver inflammation worse, no glaucoma, no hypertension, but she made no reaction when vet drop cotton balls in front of her. I'm taking a picture of her face to see if her eyes reflect green or not.

anonymous 4 years ago

my 10 year old dog went blind after being diabetic 1.5 yrs, the vet hadn't told us the diabetes would lead to blindness--apparently this is the case in almost every diabetic dog. We look into having cataract surgery for him but his retina had detached before we were able to do this :(. However, in the process we found he had high blood pressure so it was still a blessing. He gets along well, and I appreciate reading about others and their success. XOXO

anonymous 4 years ago

1 step forward 2 steps. Slowly-painfully slowly making some progress. Duchy was alone in house last nite for couple of hours. Doors closed to some areas to limit access. We figured we'd be home in time for next lee break. Nope- she found her way to hall bathroom across from our bed room.... she releived herself on bathroom rug.nLOl she picked the proper room! Next timpee pad gets placed on that rug before we go out. Outside house she is still unsure of herself or me to walk her aalong clear path.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: MY dog Sandy, just became blind after being diagnosed with diabetes. She is 11 yrs old, and her blindness, came as a total surprise to me. It's like it happened overnight. She's adjusting to being blind, but it's harder for me to adjust. I start crying when I see her bump into things. It's only been 3 days since she's become blind, so I'm hoping she adjusts better than me.

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Thank you Nikki for your post. It was helpful to me, and my girl Sandy. Yes it's true diabetic dogs almost always go blind. I've noticed she is adjusting better than me. She's an adoptee from Katrina, and I'd rather have her blind, than not have her at all.

blinddogsupport 4 years ago

My cocker spaniel has been blind for a total of 2 weeks now. She lost her first eye last year due to glaucoma and the second finally went last month. She has had laser surgery but that doesn't appear to have worked as she is still blind. So like you I have created a Squidoo page about my girl. Loved reading yours and the tips you provided.

anonymous 4 years ago

Our sweet cocker spaniel Angel has had glaucoma and she has recently lost sight completely within the last week. What scents would you recommend to create safe zones and danger areas? Vanilla, I've read elsewhere is effective but curious what scent she might find unpleasant to steer her away from walls and doorways and bushes outside...

anonymous 4 years ago

My 9 year old beautiful Jack Russell,Rusty has had diabetes for 7 month, we noticed his eyes were starting to become cloudy and he was contracting cataracts. In the past week we noticed he has been bumping into furniture throughout the house and now we believe he blind. Myself and the family are devastated and heartbroken. We realised how bad it was when he fell off the metre high brick wall in our back garden. It breaks my heart again and again when I see him trying to navigate the house and bumping into things. This information has been great, lots of tips, advice and support thankyou!. lets hope Rusty will live a full and normal life :D

nicholarusty 4 years ago

My 9 year old beautiful Jack Russell,Rusty has had diabetes for 7 month, we noticed his eyes were starting to become cloudy and he was contracting cataracts. In the past week we noticed he has been bumping into furniture throughout the house and now we believe he blind. Myself and the family are devastated and heartbroken. We realised how bad it was when he fell off the metre high brick wall in our back garden. It breaks my heart again and again when I see him trying to navigate the house and bumping into things. This information has been great, lots of tips, advice and support thankyou!. lets hope Rusty will live a full and normal life :D

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Frugal-UK LM 4 years ago

Hi there just stopped by

anonymous 4 years ago

I found this site very helpful! Thank you sooo much! Penny, my 9 yr old hound mix got her eye removed yesterday and I'm trying to educate myself on how to train myself to make sure that she continues living a happy, healthy lifestyle. I really appreciate your site.

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hartworks lm 4 years ago

VERY interesting. We have gone just a little ways down that road recently with our 16-year-old dog. He has lost hearing more than sight but both have dropped off. He still loves his life and brings zest to his walks, his food, everything.

anonymous 4 years ago

@nicholarusty: @ nicholarusty hi my 8 yr old dog got diagnosed with diabetes about 5months ago. Last week i noticed she has full mature cataracts. She cannot see now, she wakes up somedays and I can tell she is scared. It breaks my heart! I'm glad you are giving out this great advice so people can know what to do and what to expect.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing. My 9 year old Minnie Dachshund has been blind for a few months. We are adjusting to his new life and he is not so stressed lately. You have some great tips and advise. We have managed to raise three kids, 23, 21 and 15 but a blind dog is a new challenge. Wish us luck.

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks. Great! My 11 yr old bichon just went blind and he I so depressed. This helped me get tips. Sharon

anonymous 4 years ago

Thankyou. Our Labrador has progressive retinal atrophy and has lost his sight. When we got the diagnosis, we were so depressed - so concerned for Sam - his loss. It takes a lot of adjustment but he is still the most wonderful pet a family can have.

anonymous 4 years ago

extremely helpful thank you so much x x x

anonymous 4 years ago

This was helpful very much! Its so sad my boy always took the lead and it breaks my heart to see him so down! I always let him know he still my hero!

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Sharon I have a 10yr old bichon! An he has diabetis as well but I love him so much and I know now its quality not quanity! But it breaks my heart!

anonymous 4 years ago

My 5 year old beagle lost her sight three weeks ago and we are trying to cope and manage the situation all together as a family. Thank you for your insights and wonderful article. We look forward to helping her adjust and provide her with the same loving care we always have given her. Aloha from Hawaii.

anonymous 4 years ago

Two years ago we adopted Raymond, a 5 year old Shar Pei who was recovering from surgical removal of both eyes, necessitated by years of neglect by prior owners. While we are dedicated dog lovers, we were inexperienced with special needs pets. We were, however, determined to learn as much as we could to ensure Raymond would thrive with us as his forever family. With a lot of TLC, gentle guidance, and patience on his part, Raymond is a healthy, loyal, well adjusted family member! With hopes our experience might help others, here are some steps we took to help Raymond adjust to his blindness and to our home:

1). Secured steps in our home with baby gates to prevent falls. Even after becoming familiar with the layout of our house, such boundaries provide a reminder of where he is safe. He becomes excited when guided through gates to "special" levels he doesn't go to when unattended.

2). Use a leash to guide and verbal cues to help with physical layout of home and yard. While we guided him on the leash, Raymond's nose led him through our home. As we moved room to room we used words like "uh-oh" to signal when he was going to bump into furniture, walls, etc, while using the lead to guide him away from obstacles, "stairs" as each step was taken to navigate a set of stairs, "outside" to help navigate the path to go to the door for our back yard, etc. we repeated the trips around the house with verbal cues several times a day. We were amazed that Raymond had a mental map of his home in just a few days.

3). Tactile cues help too! Rugs help define top steps of deck and patio stairways, and paving stones define boundaries for safe places in even a fenced yard. Indoors, rugs or mats at stairs provide an addition sensory trigger for caution. Hallway runners provide "roads" for navigation between rooms and help deter "wall bumping".

4). Keep furniture arrangements simple, with easy pathways. Benches, ottomans, baskets, etc, are better kept out of your pet's navigation. Even if your dog was familiar with their placement when sited, they deserve fewer obstacles to adapt to now.

5). Limit rearranging furniture or relocating rooms. If you do, help your blind dog learn the new layout with leash,verbal and tactile cue training, and patience.

6). We placed flat, cushy beds for Raymond in little-traveled places of our house - one in a hallway by a spare bedroom, between two recliners in our kitchen, by a side table in the family room, in a corner of our bedroom. All locations give him a quiet spot to rest without fear of being stepped on or over by his Shar Pei sister or visitors in our home.

7). Radio plays on low volume 24 / 7. This provides Raymond a means of re-establishing his "compass" when he gets disoriented (and that will happen at times, so don't be alarmed). We've learned he doesn't like hard rock, and will spend hours listening to Christmas music :)

8). Provide secure separation from other pets when you are away from home. Even the best of friends need their own space, and sighted pets are not always considerate of the blind ones. Blind animals may experience separation anxiety when you leave, and the security of being in their own place (with music playing) eliminates the opportunity for scuffles between canine siblings.

9). Reassess pet toys. If your dog was an avid frisbee player, a scented frisbee thrown short distances can still fulfill playtime. Or, balls that make noise when rolled or tossed can provide alternative entertainment.

10). Continue usual routines with your dog. If when sighted, he went with you to get the mail each day, let that continue to be his "job", just be sure he is on a leash -safety first! Our canine friends thrive on routine, and sense of worth. Blind pets deserve to be important and helpful too, so work with their handicap to help them be their best. In our house, Raymond signals dinner time for him and Kona. At 6pm sharp (yes, he can tell time) he locates me, and with pawing and nose nudges, he leads me to the food bowls. With my response of "puppy food" while tapping the sides of the food bowls (audio cues), he trots to lead me to where he knows pet food is stored. He listens for each bowl to be filled, then confidently navigates the hallways to their feeding stations, with tail held high and wagging! Job well done, Raymond!

11). Expect behavior changes. Your dog may be less social some days, preferring to have quiet time in his bed or other safe spot, rather than being in the middle of family activity. Her favorite toys may have less appeal for play. Your house trained pet may have accidents indoors. As long as other health issues have been ruled out, treat the accidents as such, with gentle retraining and patience. Don't get angry or frustrated, and don't accept such changes as OK "because he's blind". Your canine companion is adjusting to a lot! Your patience and calmness is critical to him adapting to his blindness, and continuing to be a happy family member.

12). Blind dogs can become aggressive when surrounded by endless and unfamiliar smells and sounds from other animals and people. For your security and theirs, shield your pet from people, and especially children who may be eager to pet your sweet friend. When you or others approach your pet, always use your pet's name and speak lovingly to them so they aren't startled when touched. As a way to identify Raymond as blind so others won't rush him, I am stenciling "I AM BLIND" on a leash and bandanna for Raymond to wear when we are away from home.

13). Don't overwhelm your blind pet with continuous attention or forced interaction. Give him space. If we watch and learn, our dogs will show us when they want time with us. DO love and praise your blind pet several times a day, but don't push it Let him signal when he wants those special belly rubs, ear scratches, lap time, or play dates with you. While he might have been glued to your side when he was sighted, there may be days when he/she prefers to be in a quiter, "safe" place provided by their bed or other special spot. Remember, your dog needs time and space to adapt to his challenges too. He has devoted love for you, and by nature, your furry friend will seek your companionship.

We are very lucky to have Raymond in our family. Every day he teaches us to "see" things we hadn't taken time to notice before. He has helped us become better pet parents, and our girl Kona, is happy and healthier too. Enjoy and share your unconditional love with your blind dog as well.

anonymous 4 years ago

I have a 5 year old cocker spaniel named Zeus who has blue eyes. He had his vision, but several months ago my mother told me that he was losing his sight. I'm currently at college and I'm unfortunately unable to be around him very much. My mom called me up today saying that she had reached for something from him and he bit at her and told me I needed to make a decision on whether or not to put him down. I'm lost and confused because from what I remember of him he's a great dog and I don't want anything to happen to him, but at the same time I want what is best for him as well. I'm going home to him this Sunday to see him for myself. This site really helped and any advice would help. Thank You so much.

anonymous 4 years ago

thanks for your molly suddenly went blind in may,,,shes a 7yr old antisocial shitzu,after a frantic trip to the vet we were informed its prob a tumor.molly became depressed,sleeping not eating or drinking,i forced water via a syringe into her,treats were on tap....roast beef,cheese whatever she would eat,plenty praise and encoragment(so what if i sound crazy on our walks in park) i squeak a ball for her to follow me,i have her running again.i dont know her prognosis ,neither does the vet,we carry on with my grumpy wee girl!

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: My dog lost his sight in the same timeframe yours has. It has been very difficult to cope with it. My dog is a service animal for me as I use a wheelchair myself. He is still doing his job with some modifications and now I am his eyes. We help each other.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for this story. I am sitting here with my 2yo blue eyed Border Collie, who is off to the vet tomorrow to find out what's going on. He has started bumping into things, he tries to take food from the wrong hand if I put 2 in front of him and in the last 24 hours his blue eye has become highly irritated and the iris has changed colour to almost a pale brown. We live in the bush so off to the vet, a day's trip, it is tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome, but if what I fear comes true you have given me some wonderful ideas and guidelines. Thank you for sharing.

Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

I found it very time consuming taking care of a horse which went blind. One of the frustrations was that he was generally unable to communicate his needs and it was heartbreaking when he injured himself despite my efforts to protect him. The vet confirmed that it was a kindness to put him out of his misery. I confess I shed a tear.

anonymous 3 years ago

Prior to teeth cleaning on February 17, 2012 our 22 pound Bichon Frise dog named Bailey, was

1. A high spirited, vivacious dog. He greeted all strangers at the front door like he had known them for years by exhibiting extreme energy bouncing up and down.

2. In the evening he had no trouble jumping up on chairs we were sitting on in the living room.

3 He could run around the inside of the house missing all furniture doing his Bichon blitz going what we referred his speed to be 100 miles an hour.

4. He could run up and down the four (4) front porch steps to go to the bathroom with no problem.

5. When we leashed him up for a walk he would be in the lead tugging on the leash for us to hurry up.

The day after the teeth cleaning, February 18, 2012 we had a lethargic animal with no expression, no energy and no display of excitement..

He could no longer jump up on the living room chairs where he watched television with us, he no longer had any interest in running 100 miles an hour around the inside of the house, we had to carry him up and down the porch steps to go to the bathroom, when we leashed him up for a walk he lagged so far behind we had to keep tugging on him to get him to move and he no longer exhibited any interest in visitors at the front door..

A most noted problem was the terrible wheezing sound coming out of his throat like he was gasping for air which we thought was from the breathing tube that had been put down into his throat during the time he was put to sleep for the teeth cleaning.

We attributed all of this to a carry-over from the anesthesia he had and the teeth cleaning event.

Finally on March 14, 2012 we took him back to the Vet and told him there had to be something wrong.

We were thinking he had a stroke because of:

1. The lethargy, total lack of energy/enthusiasm and the fact that he could not jump up on the living room chairs

2. The wheezing and gasping.

3. The fear of going down and up the four (4) porch steps.

4. The lagging behind, having to be tugged to get him to move on walks.

Our Vet gave him a thorough blood test indicating there had not been a stroke. He also took X-Rays and thought there was a little fluid on the lung for which may have explained all the wheezing so he prescribed a diuretic to help alleviate the excess water on the lung. Other than that he basically said there was nothing wrong with him.

March 28, 2012 we took him Michigan State Vet School. They had him for two (2 ) days and the end result was that there was nothing wrong with his breathing, and he only needed to lose weight and he would be back to normal.

May 2, 2012 there is still something wrong with our dog so we took him back to the Vet and were told he is blind. A glucose test was given to rule out diabetes. He was also given a steroid shot.


We took Bailey to the canine ophthalmologist today and while itâs true he cannot see, there is a possibility, that some of his eye sight might partially come back. There is no known reason at this time why dogs get Immune-mediated Retinitis.

We have two medications to give him twice a day. What sight he may get back will occur within the next 3 weeks. Dr. Ramsey said in his report and I quote, âThe vision loss has nothing to do with the dental cleaning or general anesthesia that was doneâit is merely coincidental only.â Maybe yes and maybe no since they donât know much about this problem at this time.

When we took Bailey back to the dog ophthalmologist he said he was totally blind. The pills did not work.

Our dog at this time, November 2012, is still so confused. He does not know day from night. We take him outside to do his business as late as 9:30 pm, but at times he still goes in his room where his bed is, both pee and poop. He used to like to walk, but not any more. He sleeps most of the day. Bichons are known to live to 18 and since he is only 7 we have a long time to go. I agree, I am taking it harder than he probably is. We guide him on a leash to get him down one

step to go to the bathroom, but one step is all he can handle at this time.

Below is taken from a report I found on the internet

IMR is very similar to a previously known malady called Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome or SARDS.

Both diseases occur when the dog produces auto antibodies that attack the retinal cells. The antibodies mistake retinal cells for cancerous tumors or tissues that need to be destroyed.

In the process of attacking the retinal cells, the auto antibodies cause the retinal cells to lose function and the dog to lose some or all of its vision.

The difference between IMR and SARDS that Grozdanic identified is that the auto antibodies that attack the retinal cells in SARDS patients are produced in the eye. In the newly identified IMR, Grozdanic found that these auto antibodies are produced elsewhere in the dog and travel to the eyes in the blood.

This is a critical step in treating the disease because the source of the problem is better understood, according to Grozdanic.

"The whole purpose is to start to understand the disease better," he said. "The more we understand these diseases, the more proficient we will be developing new treatments."

Grozdanic says the evidence shows that approximately 2,000 cases of SARDS occur every year. Some of those cases may now be identified as IMR, and treated differently.

Treatment for IMR can have a relatively high success rate. "In approximately 60 percent of the Immune-Mediated Retinopathy cases, we have been able to treat it," he said. "In some cases very successfully, in some cases moderately successfully."

Since IMR has only recently been identified, there are no statistics on how many dogs this disease affects.

Grozdanic has also developed a test to differentiate the two types of retinopathy. Grozdanic shines colored lights in the dog's eyes to see if the pupils constrict. If the pupils constrict poorly while the doctor uses the red light, and have normal constriction when blue light is used, the patient most likely suffers from IMR. If the eyes respond to blue lights, but not red lights, then the diagnosis is SARDS.

Tests show SARDS-affected eyes have almost no electrical activity. IMR-affected eyes have some electrical activity, and the retinal cells are not destroyed but have only lost function. These are the retinal cells that Grozdanic thinks can function again now that the origin of the problem is known.

In his work with canine patients with IMR during the past few years, Grozdanic has restored sight in several dogs.

According to Grozdanic, these two diseases are similar to illnesses that afflict humans, so treatment for people may not be far off.

"This was a giant leap. We are getting better at understanding it, and based on this information, we may be able to modify and improve treatment of dogs and eventually human patients," said Grozdanic.

Grozdanic's findings are published in the March edition of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: In reading your story, did you find out what was wrong? From the eye

color it sounded to me like cataracks (sp). D

anonymous 3 years ago

My 12 yr old lab has been blind for more than 4 yrs and has started barking more and more when were gone, shes worn out by the time we get home from barking, any suggestions other than leaving TV on? Thanks Denise

anonymous 3 years ago

My 5 1/2 yrs old Puggle (Pug/Beagle) was diagnosed with IMR 6 mths ago. I was devastated.. it's been a journey and still is, she pulls the leash and is stubborn as hell. What I have the most difficulty with is going for walks if it's only the two of us, she does her business and puts the brakes on & heads back. If I have a friend with me in conversation she gladly walks, it's so frustrating. She does get separation anxiety sometimes, I think getting a "Thunder Shirt" will help according to my Vet. At this point it can't hurt. I wish you all much luck, as it's more of an adjustment for human than the dogs I promise.

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hi Dea

My dog has IMR also and they thought she has Cushing's disease. I never tested her as they wanted another $500 after I spent over $800 to figure out she had IMR. I spoke to many people and I started her on The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food (grain free) and give her "Evitex". It has helped tremendously, the Evitex got her back to what she was again asides from being blind. She had a lot of the same symptoms you are describing. The Evitex reinstated the normal hormonal output and if she does have Cushing's she's fine now and no chemicals either as it's all natural. After 6 mths I still have a hard time walking with her alone, but if I have another person she gladly walks, I think she bounces off the conversation between 2 people and has her bearings. Trust me it's hard but be constant in routine and he'll adapt, it does take time and training of new voice commands & treats ect. Also look into a "Thunder Shirt" to help him with separation anxiety issues that may arise. Good luck and stay strong!

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tonybonura 3 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

Yes you have some very helpful hints here. I just hope I never have to make use of them for my own pets. It is bad enough when they get old and can't play like they once did. When I was a kid, I did have a dog who was blind in one from cataracts and had some limited vision in the other eye. He loved to run alongside my bicycle when I delivered newspapers. He seemed to know to stay with me and didn't wander off when we were on my "route."


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for this! Our shih tzu of 6 years has been bumping around things lately and we have him checked, he might be totally blind over a year. We were so devastated. He sleeps all day and hogs all his food like he feels he can't get any more after and does not want to play anymore. it hurts me to see him fall into some steps or underestimate where he jumps on things and bumps himself. I'm very glad to see your site and learn how to make him feel better and be more comfortable. Thank you!

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AngusMackenzie 3 years ago

WOW! My younger daughter rising twenty-nine has never known our house without a black Labrador. At the moment we have a 6 1/2-year-old bitch and her mother who is 11 1/2-both dearly loved.

I was just saying to my younger daughter the other day "do not you think granny dog's eyes are getting a little bit milky?"

I have now filed this site for future reference. Thank you

anonymous 3 years ago

My 8 yr old Pug who had cataract surgery 3 years ago is now having vision problems. He's going tomorrow to his Opthamologist to be tested for SARDS. I hope it comes back negative, but if it's positive, your site has helped me greatly.

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Jack tested positive for SARDS. Your info will be very


Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

What an inspiring story!

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bsalas lm 3 years ago

Our female pug was completely blind the last three years of her life. It's amazing how well a dog can do without sight if you're willing to make a few small adaptations. Great len.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for writing about your experience. My 12 year old diabetic, Malti-Poo had limited eye sight for the past year and seems to have totally lost her eye sight this week. Trying to build up her confidence without coddling her.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for the encouragement. My 12 year old Chinese Crested, Suzie Wong, is now blind. She is spending more and more time on her doggy beds. You article has helped me understand that I need to see she has more active playtime. I'm going to try. Her separation anxiety is also increased. She is learning her paths though.

anonymous 3 years ago hard as it is going to be to get up off the floor, I will. Our year and 1/2 old toy poodle,Timothy, has lost his sight. It is not sitting well in my stomach, as you can imagin, my heart is in my throat. . Over a peroid of 3 weeks we accessed that there seems to be a problem, a vet visit while traveling over Thanksgiving and a vet visit when we returned home, then to the specialist. Second appointment was yesterday with the unfortunate news: Not a canidate for surgery, it's very complicated. At this point, treatment consist of 13 drops of various meds . Prednisone, and 2 different glacoma drops as well as oral prednisone.

Thank you all for your encouragement and post, I am thank for that I found this site.

I've placed some essential oil on .sticky felt and adheared it to corners around the house, bottom of stair case also a clicker in my pocket for positive reinforcement as a call to play on the floor. I do not want him to think that every time I pick him up it time for those nasty drops, {he started trying to hide and coaxing him out from under was becoming a test of wills}.

Well, that's our short story, my husband is missing the play they used to have, I hope he will learn to get down on the floor too!

Sheilakaye1948 3 years ago

@anonymous: I know how hard it is to accept that our babies have lost their sight, but they adjust alot faster than we do. My older male Chihuahua went blind over a period of time so it was as a lot easier to accept, but when my female went blind overnight I was where you are now. Totally heart sick but within a few weeks and help from this sight she was doing well , better than I was . It took me watching her to realize that she was going to be fine.

anonymous 3 years ago

@Sheilakaye1948: we have our 3rd appointment with the opti Dr tomorrow. He seems depressed , maybe because of the beta blocker from the meds, maybe she can change the meds and that might help him. Tim is becoming a bit more tolerant when he has to get his drops, maybe I am not as nervous

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you so very much!!! I can't express how useful your site is when we have just discovered our baby has glaucoma and is blind in both eyes. The part about being emotional especially, she is trying so hard, and we are learning key words to help her - Stop being the key word.

anonymous 3 years ago

@anonymous: Hello Carol,

My name is Angela and I too have a little toy poodle that has recently gone blind. While my baby's blindness was gradual retinal degeneration, he has just recently lost the last of light vision and is Troubled with anxiety we are working with our vet and going back to pup school 101.Believe me when I say we

humans are more upset then are pups in most cases. We live threw our eyes they live threw their noses hahaha. You and your pup will do just fine.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you so much ! My Toy Poodle has recently gone blind and this has helped us so very much. Again thank you.

anonymous 3 years ago

I have a very old female chinese crested. She went totally blind over the period of about a year. I also have a 3 year old male crested who can see fine. I live in an apartment and she gets around just fine. Sometimes she bumps into things or gets "stuck" in a corner but I just pick her up and point her in the right direction. She was never leash trained so I have to take her outside, put her in the grass and she does her business. She doesn't like to walk around outside but I guess it's because she can't see or doesn't know where to go. I put her in a pouch and take her for a walk along with my other crested. I take her everywhere with me and treat her just like my other dog that can see. She requires a little extra love and patience but she is well worth it. She's doing great and is a happy dog. The only thing that is different is she can't see. But she sure can smell. If I'm cooking in the kitchen she will jump off my couch and find her way into the kitchen! I think it hurts us humans to see our dogs go blind. More so then the dog itself. It's amazing how well she has adjusted to being blind. Like I said, just give them a little extra patience and love and they should do just fine. And if you can avoid it, don't move your furniture around after the dog has gone blind! Mine knows exactly where everything is.

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AlphaChic 3 years ago

Wow. I can sense your devotion to your dog in your writing. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank u

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blue22d 3 years ago

Excellent lens! Well deserved purple star for a fully research lens. Great job.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank You for this. I'm adopting a blind small poodle. I've only had blind one eye or only one eye dogs, not completely blind. This was very helpful.

anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you for sharing your experience in such a reassuring and helpful manner. My three year old AmStaff was recently diagnosed with Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and has lost most of his night vision and much of his peripheral vision. He has been anxious and depressed, but I now feel confident that I can help him adjust by following your recommendations.

anonymous 3 years ago

Truly the best Lens I have read here on Squidoo. Such a moving and sad story that shows your love and devotion to your dog. There are fantastic lessons to learn for anyone that has a blind dog...not to mention the list of symptoms. I can't believe the part about "practicing his path." Can it really be true that a dog knows he is going blind and decides to learn his routes? Remarkable. Thanks again for this Lens.

anonymous 3 years ago

My dog sadie is blind in 1 eye and on eye drops for rest her life she 5 yr old she a Pomeranian x chihuahua

anonymous 3 years ago

This is one of the best articles I have read regarding blindness in dogs and changing the environment for your dog. It was so helpful and encouraging. Thank you for taking the time to write it and know that however difficult it was, it will help others be able to care for their beloved dogs. Your pup is very well loved.

anonymous 3 years ago

My 5-1/2 year old Bernese Mountain Dog showed slight vision problems early one morning and six hours later was blind. He's been on pills for a month and is gaining night vision back - no daytime. I loved this article as I've been able to learn new ways of "training" my dog so that he has confidence in himself and me. I love the part about the dryer sheet to help him know where he is. The snap of fingers is awesome as well. I never would have thought of either. The biggest difference I notice is his personality. He just wants to lay there - no excitement, no play, no big wags of his tail any more. To get him back on track, I'm "over-doing my excitement" with him. I'm hoping he'll feed off of me, and re-gain his happiness and fun. I know that he's only a month into this and it's all new, however, he can still enjoy life. The article commented on using the words Step Up & Step Down. Silly me was was only saying Up or Down. Obviously this is confusing as the words means something different to him. I'm now following the articles guidelines as this make much more sense. Thank You for the valuable info..!!

donaken 3 years ago

This site is very helpful for me and my 1yr old Great Dane, blind since birth.

I tried this and it was a great experience for both of us!

I hide Dunkans large milkbones (2 of them)almost every day and show him

how to search for them. He does ok with that nose work.

SO... I was busy, had my hands in dishwater busy. Dunkan wanted his

milkbones. So I put the tub of milkbones on the floor just to see what

would happen.

Dunkan took one at a time-and hid them-he only took two, to hide. then

he took one more to eat. He did not come back for any more.

So, is he very smart? or, since he could have had a lot more, very dumb?

I tried it again today with the same results!

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WriterJanis2 3 years ago

Beautiful and blessed.

anonymous 3 years ago

Hi....Thank you for this web site. My pup, Casie, is 19 years old now. She is a beagle/terrier who has been losing her sight over the past couple of years. We make every accommodation possible for our beautiful and dedicated puppy. I wouldn't think of euthanizing her.......she still eats, drinks, goes outside, loves to be in my company. She does sleep much of the day.....but, at 19's ok. It's just so sad to see this happen to her.....and sad to think she's so up in age, and I can't be with her forever. Casie has a great life with us......three beds in the house, and one out on the covered deck. She's had her teeth professionally cleaned by our Vet quite a few times in her life. I really think that has added years to her life. I really hope that she is not in pain at all....they say animals will not show pain. Does anyone know about that? She's my "shadow" and I love her so.

anonymous 3 years ago

I'm so glad I found this site, and thank you so much for sharing your experience with your beloved blind dog. My dog and I are still in the adjustment and learning phase, as her sudden blindness only occurred six weeks ago--the result of an immune-mediated eye disorder that made her tear glands stop producing.

I've been treating her eyes with ointment every few hours day and night for a year. I thought that would protect her corneas, so her blindness devastated me. Like you, I've tried to keep my own emotions in check as much as possible (after that first bursting into tears when I realized she couldn't see) so I won't depress her. She needs me to be strong and steady for her.

She's learned to follow my "step" commands and is negotiating the steps fairly well now. I widened the traffic-ways through the house, but won't ever move the furniture again. This has decreased her bumping into things, but she's still confused when she wakes up after a nap.

The book "Living With Blind Dogs" is very helpful. My grandson's dog lost an eye last year, so he had the book and loaned it to me.

My dog is only 8 1/2 years old, and her breed (miniature schnauzer) has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. I want to do everything possible to make her remaining years happy. She's given me so much joy, and I want to do the same for her.



Perhaps the most important thing you wrote was a reminder that even blind dogs want to have fun. I've ordered a "giggle ball" and other new toys for her that are recommended for blind dogs. Since I'm retired and home every day, it doesn't bother me that she's become my shadow. I try to spend time every day playing with and talking to her. Oh, yes...I noticed that she asks for food ("demands" is more like it) more than before and earlier than her normal mealtimes. It's like she thinks, "If I've lost other things, at least I can EAT!"

anonymous 3 years ago

I just came across this website and it has really helped. My 9 yr old 8 lb. Maltese, Sarah, has just gone blind. We took her to her vet 2 weeks ago with cloudy eyes and he said she was fine and it's just part of getting old and can see just fine. She came home from the groomers Saturday totally blind. We have an appointment this afternoon and praying there's something that can be done. She wil not leave my side and bumping into walls. She is not allowed upstairs because she can't get back down, little legs, so the stairs aren't a problem but we do use an ottoman at the foot of our bed so she can get up there. And also doggie stairs to get up and down on the sofa. We are watching her closely and helping her as much as we can. I will keep you posted in the out come of the vet visit. Thank you again for your helpful and encouraging words. I couldn't seem to stop crying until I read your website.

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Charlino99 3 years ago from USA Author

This brief note is to thank everyone here who has made a post, and shared your experience and tips. I read each and every post, and appreciate your being here.

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suepogson 3 years ago

lovely lens - compassionate but still practical. My oldest dog sees just fine right now and I'm newly grateful for that. I think you will help many distressed dog owners with this article -I hope it is seen by many people.

anonymous 3 years ago

From a scared mommy, I've been going blind for awhile and my mommy knew that something was going on but I finally became totally blind. She can tell I'm depressed and she cried one day and I ran to her to lick her tears which made her happy . I know now she is doing everything she can to make me happy, clapping, calling me loudly since she thinks my hearing is going too. There is a gate at the stairs but that's OK, I'm tired of falling. This website has helped my mommy to understand and how to help me more and I hope I get out of this depressed mood for her and me. Shotzie

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CampingmanNW 3 years ago

We had a pair of Black Labs for years and the male went blind at about age 11, but was still my constant companion for 4 more years. Blindness never stopped him. He of course could no longer take off on his own, but I think he sensed that all on his own and learned the boundaries of our property (we lived in the country on 10 acres) from memory and always managed to steer his way around obstacles to find me when I was in the yard. Even though he was blind, he still liked being an outside dog. Loved your lens and I see why it was awarded the Purple Star and selected as Lens of the day. Good job.

EmmettsMom 2 years ago

My 8-year-old mini dachshund lost his sight shortly after his lifelong "sister" (a mini schnauzer) passed away. After a period of time, we debated about getting a puppy to keep him company. After 4 months, we got another mini dachshund puppy. They play together and the blind one responds to many cues given by the puppy (now almost full grown). The blind one has always been more outgoing and happy, and it's been good to see that he hasn't lost those qualities. We've had to make adjustments in our backyard (small decorative wire fencing around the top of a retaining wall to be sure he doesn't tumble off). Thankfully he's small enough to carry down stairs (he's had a tumble or two by trying to navigate them when we weren't watching), but we always make him walk up the stairs. Baby gates have also been installed to prevent him from trying the stairs on his own. He has always been our "baby" anyway.

charlottes-web-752 2 years ago

Very helpful information!

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MadelaineMouse 2 years ago

My Shiba had a double enucleation (eye removal) to stop the pain from her glaucoma. She enjoys life just as much as she did previously and not being able to see hasn't stopped her at all!

lyndajoseph123 2 years ago

My sighted dog is showing aggression with my blind dog, What can we do to help them both adjust?

gloria-godfrey 2 years ago

Thank you for all the great information. My dog "Sassy" a Havanese, now 6 years old, was just diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. She is probably only seeing some shadows at this point on her way of going completely blind. We did catch on that something was wrong when she started falling off curbs, which she loved to balance on and entertain us before she started going blind. She loved to stop at her cat-friends house and sit & stare hoping he'd come to the window to stare back, but now she just walks slowly by it. She loved to chase the ducks by our lake, but now just walks by them unless they start sqawking at her, then she'll start to chase them back into the water.Now I have to stop her on her leash because she'll fall into the water. She's adapting just like the vet said, and after reading and watching your Blind Dog videos seems like she is happy and secure with with us and her condition. I just hope I'll have her for many more memorable and loving years. Blindness is one sense that I wouldn't wish on any living thing, but you can adjust to living with it and still get joy in other senses.

pianos2855 2 years ago

My dog Stevie Wonder was blind when he was found wandering on a busy road. He was rescued and now lives with me in his forever home. He is the delight of my life. He loves to play and he adores walks. He knows I will not let him run into anything and he does not want the walks to end. The fact that he was blind did not make any difference to me. He loves to play and squeaky toys are his favorite. He is feisty and crafty and absolutely wonderful.

debra-d-schmitz 2 years ago

We found out our dog, Karmal had a degenerative eye disease about six months ago. He's 8 1/2 years old. Per the eye specialist, with his condition he probably started loosing his eyesight at four years of age. Karmal has always been a social dog and loves to play fetch. About a month ago, we noticed him running into things and he's been clingy and talking a lot. Like he was telling us something wasn't right. We know now he's completely blind as he no longer can find the ball. When we took him for a walk he walked right into the curb. I'm heartsick for my sweet boy but I've found so much encouragement in this website. I plan to utilize the stop, step up, step down commands for him. Maybe get him a ball with a bell inside so he can hear it. Definitely, make sure our home is a safe home for him. We also have another dog his age, she's not understanding what exactly is happening because when she tries to play with him, he's a bit lethargic. It's still so new to him. His eyesight went from seeing everything, to seeing shadows and now nothing. I will have to work very hard to be the best seeing eye person for my special baby as he's always been there for me :) Thank you

SableCocker1226 2 years ago

My 9-year old cocker spaniel Bonnie has cataracts: Her right eye started forming one at about age 2 (very early for this breed) and she is blind totally in that eye, and one started in her left eye about 2 years ago and that one is progressing very rapidly now. I kennel when I go away, and she has been kenneled since I got her at age 7-weeks. Over the past 3 weeks, she begins to howl whenever I leave (she has done this occasionally before, but will stop when scolded or told "Quiet". I've tried leaving her with a toy smeared with peanut butter to keep her occupied for a period of time after I close the door and leave, along with a few other toys in the kennel or even getting a new toy, and also leaving her with a shirt I've worn, but I'm sure the root of her howling is that due to her failing eyesight she is unable to see me and therefore unsure of where I am. (Also, at this point, she has a very difficult time locating the source of my voice when I talk to her or call her name or say a command whether I am a few feet from her or at a distance; and, she has begun to bump into other items more frequently.) Any suggestions, or experiences based on the same would be very appreciated.

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Charlino99 2 years ago from USA Author

@SableCocker1226: If your four legged friend is going blind, but has trouble hearing your voice - your pooch may be having ear trouble, too. In all honesty, it may be a good idea to have a vet check her ears. Deaf learn to use their nose and their feet to learn their surroundings, too.

anonymous 2 years ago

Thanks for all the info. My Maltese is 10 and the love of my life. Discovered he was blind about 10 days ago. He's responding to step up and step down. Will work harder on stop and more toys that make noise. He seems scared and depressed. So I keep reassuring him and praising him when he is on the move. Thanks again for sharing all your hard work.

Rebecca & Samson 18 months ago

Thank you for your article! Samson is 13, and though he's been going blind for about 6 months or so, he finally lost his vision completely last week. Unfortunately we're moving, so nothing is where he knew it was, and he kept bumping into things he never bumped into before. Your article was so helpful, and it soothed my heart too! I've had Sam since I was 10, and he's 13 now. He's my best friend and has gotten me through so much, like the death of my parents. I'm constantly scared and worried for him, but this was the first article I read that actually helped and helped my heart feel better! Thank you so much:)

TJ 3 months ago

I have a world of experience with blind dogs and some with deaf dogs(my other old dog is deaf, has one eye removed and the other has very limited vision). But I find myself needing advice. My other dog who is not deaf but is a blind 12 yr old dog, went blind over years from 3 years old has just had both eyes removed. Since he was already completely blind I just assumed it would be business as usual. However, I was sadly mistaken. It has been 5 days since the surgery and he is still creeping so slowly over our house, getting lost, turned around, wrong rooms, sits with back to us, can't move from hardwood floors to ceramic tile without a HUGE amount of coaxing. He is acting like we took his sight away.

Pls don't think that "maybe he wasn't fully blind" because, even though it was confirmed over many years by our vet, it was known by everyone and one look at him by a bystander it was obvious due to his white eyes. He was constantly monitored for eye pressure. He would bump into stuff, put a ball down in front of a wall and look up at what he thought was you even though you were on the other side of the room, he would have to make sure where the bed was by touching it several times with his nose before he jumped, he would end up stranded on a large rock about his size (Boston Terrier) because he thought it blocked his way to his ball and then couldn't figure out had to get down because of course he couldn't see the ground not even 1 foot yah he was completely blind. But he was fine. Just fine with getting around. He has never lived anywhere else. Any change we made to our house was a little learning curve but he just handled that easily as he just was bound and determined. He never charged ahead, he was always careful and slow but never scared. We could take him places and he always listened and felt confident with our voice and then moved along at confident but cautious pace. He never charged ahead but always felt a decent amount of confidence.

But no longer. He now acts like he went from having sight to having no sight overnight. He will not move unless I snap my fingers in front of his face constantly and even that will not make him move ahead without his feet braced like he is going to fall, head right to the ground and feet moving like an EXTREMELY slow snail.

I tried to think of how rehab for humans or help people with learning issues. I thought I would try using his one true love. A toy. He can make a toy out of anything and lives to play. So I got a sock and put one knot in it so he could grab and shake. I thought it would bring him out of his shell. I thought it would force him to move around the yard or house a bit more on his own. He was very enthusiastic about it and showed a lot of interest in shaking (although I didn't want to encourage that too much as he just had surgery) and even a small amount of short distance fetch. It seemed like I saw a bit of the old dog I least while he had the sock. Once he was done he went right back into his shell. It takes him 15 minutes just to walk through a doorway and alot of times, when he is half way thru the doorway, he turns around and goes the other way. He acts like he is scared of everything, doesn't remember anything and is just giving up. He can't even find the water bowl when I tap on it continuously while he noses around the bowl. Any advice on why or what to do would help.Has anyone ever had this problem? Does anyone know what I should do to help him?

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Charlino99 5 weeks ago from USA Author

TJ - As one who has recovered from damaged corneas on both of my eyes, I am sure your pet's surgery was extremely painful. On top of being in pain, when your pet woke up from the surgery, he was no longer at home, and scared. Helping your pet regain his confidence is going to be the most important thing you can do for him at this time. It will take a lot of patience, time, and heartfelt work to help him get it back.

That you were able to take your dog's sock and coax him to play a little bit is a very good thing. If your dog is food motivated, try putting a little piece of steak or chicken in your hand, and wave it around his nose. Use the food to SLOWLY lead your pet to his food bowls each time you feed and water him. Reward and/or praise him enthusiastically for his every effort. This may help him begin to bond again with his paths to the food and water dishes.

I know it was not an easy decision for you to make to have your dog's eyes removed. Some vets recommend this to prevent damage to the corneas. Other vets simply sew the dog's eyes shut. The vet that diagnosed our dog's blindness recommended that we sew his eyes closed so he would not accidentally run into a sharp object and tear his cornea. We opted not to do it because our dog was getting old, and we were afraid to leave him with even less than what he already had lost.

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