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    Senior Member Keith S.'s Avatar
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    Default Dog is going blind

    My wife has a dauschound(sp) that's going blind. A month ago one of his eye's was removed because of glaucoma and infection. The last few days he's been running into almost everything. We're taking him to the vet Monday morning, expecting to confirm what we believe. How do you deal with a blind dog?

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    They do learn their way around. Their noses a lot better. Always keep their food bowl in the same spot. don't rearrange the furniture. I am sorry about your wife's dog.
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    Sorry to hear about your wife's dog. My JRT was blind for the last few years of his life (he died at 19), and he managed to get around really well. He bumped around and learned to actually walk for the first time in his life instead of running full speed everywhere. And I made sure his food and water were always to the same place, plus I took the steps away from the bed so he couldn't get up there without me. Just give it time, and keep things consistent while the dog figures it out. Something you may notice is walking in circles, which is pretty common when they're learning how to adjust to navigation.
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    A friend of mine had a mini poodle that went blind at 5 yrs. The dog lived to be over 16 years. His owner would put jingle bells on her shoes to take the dog for off-leash walks through the farm fields and other safe areas. The dog always knew where his owner was by the sound of the bells.
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    http://www.petcarebooks.com/books/living_blind.htm

    The title of the book is Living With Blind Dogs, it is a great resource for pet owners. You can find the first edition at Amazon for about $10 less.

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    We have a blind little one.
    She gets around just fine. Bumps into some things, but knows where most everything is.
    At 12 now, we try to make her life as easy as possible.
    She is healthy and still doing great, just can't see.

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