Fortunately, most dogs don’t have any problems adjusting to a life without their sense of sight. Here are ways that you can do to help your dog adjust and maintain a good quality of life:
- Water and food bowls should remain in the same location as when before your dog had vision problems.
- Check your pet’s immediate environment for potential hazards that can be in your dog’s way.
- Avoid re-arranging furniture or placing objects in places where your dog passes. If there is really a need to rearrange furniture, it’s a good idea to acquaint your dog to the change by walking him through the area on a leash.
- Stairs and other off-limit areas should be blocked off or barricaded to prevent your dog from getting into the area and falling or getting hurt.
- A dog that has recently gone blind may be afraid to use the stairs. Boost his confidence by walking by his side up and down the stairs while he is on a leash.
- When your dog is home alone, it’s a good idea to keep inside a crate to keep him safe and comfortable.
Contact your animal health care for more information.