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EvEf
post Apr 1 2013, 08:11 PM
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My ten year old pug has now been blind for two weeks now, the vet told us that he basically turned blind over night and there was nothing we could do to help him not get blind. Now idk how to help him. He doesnt bark anymore, he spends his day sleeping and just staring at the wall. He doesnt care if he eats nd when he does we have to spoon feed him or put the food right to his mouth so he can eat it. He wont drink water we have to put some on his mouth then stick the bowl in his face.

i want to know how can i make it easier for him
the vet said his senses would kick in but it doesnt seem like it did


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Babygirl i miss u so much nd life rite now is sucking witout u i kno u wouldnt wanna c me sad but witout u i got no other emotion Babygirl i love u always nd forever..forever in my heart <3
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moon_beam
post Apr 2 2013, 09:50 AM
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EvEf, thank you so very much for sharing with us how your precious companion and you are doing. There is one question I need to ask: Did the vet give you any indication that your precious companion can still see the difference between light and shadow? Did the vet give you any indication as to what caused your beloved companion's blindness - - cataracts (which is normally a slow dimming of sight), infection, detached retina, etc.?

Most companions do eventually adjust to their loss of sight. There are several things you can do in addition to what you are already doing. One of the most important things is to give reassurance to your precious companion. Holding his food and water bowls to acclimate him to understanding that he can still eat and drink is EXCELLENT. Eventually you will be able to set his bowls down and gently guide him to where they are so that he can resume some form of self-sufficiency. You may want to place night lights around the house which will help him if he can still distinguish some form of light and shadow. AND - - you will NOT want to change any of the furniture around because he will have a mental map of where things are for finding his way around his domain. For reassurance purposes you may want to keep a short handle leash on him so that you can gently guide him - - for you are now his "Seeing Eye Guardian".

You may also want to ask your veterinary practitioner if a referral to an opthalmology specialist may be helpful - - and if this would work within your finances.

You may also want to do some research for articles about blindness in dogs, as you may be able to obtain many helpful recommendations from them.

Reassurance and patience are two of the most comforting things you can give to your precious companion, in addition to some very practical assistance and guidance. I hope some of the suggestions I have offered you may be helpful. Please know your precious companion and you are in my thoughts and prayers, EvEf, and please let us know how things go.

Peace and blessings,
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The most blessed way I have of knowing God's comforting love and grace is to look into the eyes and heart of God's creatures' sweet angelic face.
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EvEf
post Apr 7 2013, 03:09 PM
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QUOTE (moon_beam @ Apr 2 2013, 09:50 AM) *
EvEf, thank you so very much for sharing with us how your precious companion and you are doing. There is one question I need to ask: Did the vet give you any indication that your precious companion can still see the difference between light and shadow? Did the vet give you any indication as to what caused your beloved companion's blindness - - cataracts (which is normally a slow dimming of sight), infection, detached retina, etc.?

Most companions do eventually adjust to their loss of sight. There are several things you can do in addition to what you are already doing. One of the most important things is to give reassurance to your precious companion. Holding his food and water bowls to acclimate him to understanding that he can still eat and drink is EXCELLENT. Eventually you will be able to set his bowls down and gently guide him to where they are so that he can resume some form of self-sufficiency. You may want to place night lights around the house which will help him if he can still distinguish some form of light and shadow. AND - - you will NOT want to change any of the furniture around because he will have a mental map of where things are for finding his way around his domain. For reassurance purposes you may want to keep a short handle leash on him so that you can gently guide him - - for you are now his "Seeing Eye Guardian".

You may also want to ask your veterinary practitioner if a referral to an opthalmology specialist may be helpful - - and if this would work within your finances.

You may also want to do some research for articles about blindness in dogs, as you may be able to obtain many helpful recommendations from them.

Reassurance and patience are two of the most comforting things you can give to your precious companion, in addition to some very practical assistance and guidance. I hope some of the suggestions I have offered you may be helpful. Please know your precious companion and you are in my thoughts and prayers, EvEf, and please let us know how things go.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam



Well they told my mother that his blindness basically came over night and the vet couldnt place why he became blind. The vet said he couldnt see anything, he tried shining a light in his eyes to see if he would follow it and all he did was stand there so basically i dont thik he has that reconginization anymore. He is starting to hear when people are around him but all he does is spend his day sleep he doesnt even want to drink water anymore


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moon_beam
post Apr 8 2013, 02:41 PM
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Hi, EvEf, thank you so much for sharing with us how you and your precious companion are doing. It is good that he is beginning to respond to the sound of people around him again, but it is not very good that he is not interested in drinking water. You do not want him become dehydrated, and if he is not drinking water you may want to have his doctor give him a check up to see if there is something that needs attention.

Thank you again for sharing with us how your precious companion is doing, EvEf. Please know your precious companion and you are in my thoughts and prayers, and please let us know how things go.

Peace and blessings,
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The most blessed way I have of knowing God's comforting love and grace is to look into the eyes and heart of God's creatures' sweet angelic face.
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post Apr 10 2013, 02:28 PM
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I am so sorry to hear about your little Pug. It’s so hard when our furbabies are sick or injured.

I have some experience with blindness in Dogs. My Shepherd Mix (now 6 years old) was born blind. Before we adopted her they surgically removed her eyes so- she sees nothing at all—not even shadows as she did before. She chases my cat (not funny especially as my cat is very sick now) and has a great time in the backyard with my other dog. She also knows every inch of our house—where to turn, goes up and down the steps etc. She gets around fine and I almost always forget that she is blind.

Eventually your little guy will adapt and his other senses will take over. I can tell you from experience mine can smell another dog from 3 blocks away and she can hear someone walking up the block that isn’t really making any sound- that we can hear.

There is a wonderful book: Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline D. Levin that gives some great tips. You might want to try Tapping on his water bowl so he can hear where you are and Say “Want some water” while you’re Tapping. Also, if you see him heading into something you can say “Be Careful”. I also tell mine ‘Step Up’ Or ‘Step Down’—depending on which way she’s going. After the first step she’s on her own.
Please be patient and give it some time.

And please let us know how your little guy is doing.
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EvEf
post Apr 23 2013, 12:09 PM
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QUOTE (luvmypets @ Apr 10 2013, 02:28 PM) *
I am so sorry to hear about your little Pug. It’s so hard when our furbabies are sick or injured.

I have some experience with blindness in Dogs. My Shepherd Mix (now 6 years old) was born blind. Before we adopted her they surgically removed her eyes so- she sees nothing at all—not even shadows as she did before. She chases my cat (not funny especially as my cat is very sick now) and has a great time in the backyard with my other dog. She also knows every inch of our house—where to turn, goes up and down the steps etc. She gets around fine and I almost always forget that she is blind.

Eventually your little guy will adapt and his other senses will take over. I can tell you from experience mine can smell another dog from 3 blocks away and she can hear someone walking up the block that isn’t really making any sound- that we can hear.

There is a wonderful book: Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline D. Levin that gives some great tips. You might want to try Tapping on his water bowl so he can hear where you are and Say “Want some water” while you’re Tapping. Also, if you see him heading into something you can say “Be Careful”. I also tell mine ‘Step Up’ Or ‘Step Down’—depending on which way she’s going. After the first step she’s on her own.
Please be patient and give it some time.

And please let us know how your little guy is doing.


we live in an apartment so he knows which room is which, he finally started to move around on his own nd stopped bumping into things. He does still sleep alot thou, he does know when im coming in the room and sits up and he does randomly look around i guess trying to hear where i am. He know drinks alot of water only when u put the bowl in his face he really wont drink the water from the dog bowl on the floor


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moon_beam
post Apr 23 2013, 01:38 PM
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Hi, EvEf, thank you so much for sharing with us how your precious companion is doing. The adjustment to vision loss for our companions is the same as it is for a human - - there is the shock and fear to overcome which takes time. Your precious companion is fortunate to have your loving patience and encouragement to help him with his adjustment. Try to keep encouraging him to know where his water bowl is - - but not at the expense of his not drinking water at all with your loving assistance. All living beings live in this physical world governed by the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. While the other senses help to compensate when one of the senses is diminished or lost, there is still no mistaking the need for loving assistance from others. It is comforting to your precious companion to know that he has your unconditional love to help and guide him in this new phase of his life.

I hope today is treating you and your precious companion kindly, EvEf, and that you will have a peaceful evening together. Please know your precious companion and you are in my thoughts and prayers, and please let us know how things go.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam


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The most blessed way I have of knowing God's comforting love and grace is to look into the eyes and heart of God's creatures' sweet angelic face.
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