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Old 09-06-2021, 01:10 PM
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We have an 11 year old Yorkie who has been diagnosed with a progressive eye condition that will result in his total blindness. Wondering if there are individuals out there that have experienced the sad condition of their pet dog going blind and would be willing to share that experience and how they cared for their pet? Have started reading on "how to" but would like to hear some real life situations and maybe some helpful tips, etc.
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Old 09-06-2021, 01:16 PM
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We have an 11 year old Yorkie who has been diagnosed with a progressive eye condition that will result in his total blindness. Wondering if there are individuals out there that have experienced the sad condition of their pet dog going blind and would be willing to share that experience and how they cared for their pet? Have started reading on "how to" but would like to hear some real life situations and maybe some helpful tips, etc.
I use to own a dog business and the dogs that went blind did fine. Their sense of smell increases and that really helps. My cousin has a Lab that went blind from diabetes. She is fine. The moved from PA to CO and she had no problem adjusting to the new house. My cousin talks to her a lot and she appears to be happy and comfortable.
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Old 09-06-2021, 02:43 PM
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We have an 11 year old Yorkie who has been diagnosed with a progressive eye condition that will result in his total blindness. Wondering if there are individuals out there that have experienced the sad condition of their pet dog going blind and would be willing to share that experience and how they cared for their pet? Have started reading on "how to" but would like to hear some real life situations and maybe some helpful tips, etc.
No reply will help much. We had a wire hair fox terrier who went blind due to cataracts.
His eyes were totally white. Did he slow down due to being blind or due to being a really old dog? In any case, dogs get around by smell. Many dogs are groomed with fur covering their eyes. Surely they can't see much through all that fur covering their eyes.
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:37 AM
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My girl went blind she’s adapted well but you have to be there for her she boopsies into things but knows her way around and she listens when she call her away from danger
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Old 09-07-2021, 08:08 AM
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My sisters last 2 dogs lived to be 16 and 17 both went mostly blind by 12 , it never seemed to bother them much , the house is 3 floors and they seemed to still do well running up and down stairs , don’t worry he’ll be fine
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I know this is off the subject, but can anyone tell me how to start a new discussion??
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:35 AM
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Your voice becomes more important and look behind you more . I'd put a bell on your pet too .
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Aw, I'm sorry. We had a yorkie that went blind and also deaf. He did ok though. He walked along furniture and made his way around the house and yard. Bumped into things along the way but still loved his food and lots and lots of closeness and hugs. Keep things the same and give lots of love and it'll be ok.
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:40 AM
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I have an almost blind yorkie. He is 12 and has had abuse which caused eye damage in the past. I find that keeping to a routine in familiar surroundings is good. When I take him out of his environment he struggles and bumps into things. He relies on his sense of smell much more now. Also if your dog is not totally blind it is important to keep the surroundings well lit with bright light. My dog struggles also in dim light. Using a flashlight in dark rooms ahead of your dog will help.
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Old 09-08-2021, 05:55 AM
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AAWWWW- Yorkie's are the best! My little girl lived to be 18 and was partially blind from cataracts and deaf. Since it happened slowly, she adapted.
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We have an 11 year old Yorkie who has been diagnosed with a progressive eye condition that will result in his total blindness. Wondering if there are individuals out there that have experienced the sad condition of their pet dog going blind and would be willing to share that experience and how they cared for their pet? Have started reading on "how to" but would like to hear some real life situations and maybe some helpful tips, etc.
We had a wonderful little Yorkie that went blind due to cataracts. She didn’t miss a beat. It happened so slowly that she adjusted to it. When she was totally blind, we would clap our hands for her to come to us. She just followed the clapping sound. Don’t worry…just love her.
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:13 AM
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Sorry to hear about your Yorkie. I've had 2 blind rescues, one was also deaf. Dogs are resilient..they use their smell first. When I first rescued the blond and deaf one she did what they call mapping..walked around my entire house, sniffing, bumping into things, after a few times doing this she had mapped the house..she even went up and down the stairs! I always had to make sure nothing was out of place though or leave something out. My other one went blind when she already lived with me so she didn't do the mapping. But she also used her sense of smell to get around. My vet gave me a pamphlet on how to live with a blind dog, lots of info on internet too. Good luck, im sure your furbaby will adjust..and probably faster than you do!
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:01 AM
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My “granddog” is a 3# Yorkie. He’s been totally blind for about 4 years now (and has no teeth), other than that he is very healthy and happy. When he started losing his eyesight he was scared and they slept with a light on because he would tremble at night, but after he went totally blind he adjusted. He does bump his head a lot but other than that he just keeps going. Sweetest little guy ever!!
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:01 AM
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I had a blind German Shepard, had very little sight in one of her eyes, the other was totally blind. When I adopted her, someone gave me a great tip that I would like to share with you......Every time she came near an obstacle, like a couch, chair or whatever, I said "be careful". She got to know that every time I said those words, she would stop and go around it , or go slow. You can use whatever word you like, but this worked great for my Annie.... Also, which is obvious, if you move furniture, or add anything new, walk your dog around it a few times so they get familiar . I went through a move with her, and she did great.....
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:21 AM
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Sharon and Don who live on the corner of Deerfield and Talley ridge
They have gone the whole route with their dog
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