4 Things You Need To Know
If Your Dog Is Going Blind
Dealing with a blind dog can be stressful as I found out for myself. In order to accustom yourself to this new situation, remember these 4 things:
1. Dogs Have Emotions But Not Quite Like Ours
What is imperative to remember is that emotions in the canine world are different from your own. Their feelings aren’t associated to complex thinking. They don’t have ulterior motives or doubt. Their emotions are pure and honest. Therefore you really don’t need to be too sad for him if he is going blind. Dogs emotions aren’t long lasting, it’s not like he’ll be feeling down because he is going blind. In fact he doesn’t even notice his condition progressing. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try to make it easier for him to cope with his disability.
2. Poor Eyesight Is The Norm For Dogs
A dog can hear very well and also has an astounding sense of smell. For you dog, the perceived world is much less visual than it is to us. For example, a blind dog can recall their way around a house. This is because they don’t rely on their sight as much as we do. In fact their eyesight is not that great to begin with. Dogs aren’t able to focus objects very well. Something you can see distinctly, will occur blurred to a dog. Also Dogs have what is called a dichromatic vision (only part of visual spectrum can be seen). Humans on the other hand have a trichomatic vision (the entire visual spectrum can be seen).
3. Be Sure To Stimulate His Sense Of Smell
Since a blind dog confides deeply on his sense of smell, there are products developed to help your dog get around the house only with the help of his nose. In particular scent markings make sure your pet never gets lost within your home and minimizes the frequency and severity of collisions. Don’t worry though this scent can’t be smelled by humas.
4. If Your Dog Keeps Bumping His Head, You Need An “Halo Collar”
There are many ways to protect your blind dog from bumping into objects. But I noticed that the best way is to use a so called halo collar, which protects blind dogs of all sizes. It is a great aid to help blind dogs become familiar with existing or new surroundings quickly. It is lightweight, comfortable and doesn’t hinder a dog’s normal daily activities.