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longjourney Fri 18-Jul-14 11:35:06

my dog is 11 i took him to the vet about a month ago as his eyes were looking cloudy , she said he has cataracts and will be blind in 6 months , in the last week he has walked into a bin , lamp post , walls and tripping over steps , so it seems to be happening quicker than first thought , apart from not moving anything in the house or garden is there anything else people do for their blind dogs to make life easier for them .

WeAllHaveWings Fri 18-Jul-14 14:26:01

sorry don't know anything about this other than I remember on is ds's friends parents saying their westie had cataracts removed. Can they be removed?

Costacoffeeplease Fri 18-Jul-14 14:45:56

We have two almost blind dogs, one due to old age (he's about 17) and the other lost her sight overnight due to a brain tumour 3 years ago. We haven't done anything specific, and furniture does get moved around occasionally but they both manage really well and only rarely bump into things now. I never thought I could have coped with a blind dog, but we honestly hardly notice now, and they're both still happy in their own way, get excited about going for a walk etc, so hopefully he will be fine once he adjusts

Floralnomad Fri 18-Jul-14 14:50:15

My friend has a young dog that went blind due to diabetes ,he's adapted very well as long as you don't keep moving furniture about .

longjourney Fri 18-Jul-14 15:51:39

thank you , the vet didnt advise getting them removed ,i dont think i could put him through an op at his age , glad to hear they do adjust to it , he does seem happy , but his hearing isnt great so he does get startled a bit when you walk past , just so awful thinking he can probably only see shapes and shadows but soon will be blackness , my other dog is younger and a bit bouncy around him and knocks him about , so im hoping he will realise soon and be a bit calmer around him .

chickensaresafehere Fri 18-Jul-14 16:05:54

Our JRT has cataracts & very poor vision & is deaf,she is 17,so it's just because of old age.We don't move any big furniture around,as she would walk into it.She often walks into open cupboard doors & misjudges the pavement or steps if jumping up too.
But it really hadn't massively impacted on her life,we just have to take a bit more care with her.Fogs adapt amazingly well to disabilities.

chickensaresafehere Fri 18-Jul-14 16:06:47

I obviously meant dogs not fogs!!!

Costacoffeeplease Fri 18-Jul-14 16:16:06

I read somewhere that for a dog to lose his sight would be similar to us losing our sense of smell, so their nose is more important to them than their eyes - think of it that way and it doesn't seem so bad for them

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