Discover if Your Pet is Going Blind/Deaf.
Martha was worried when her dog of 8 years started bumping into stuff and was slow in making all movements. Her vet confirmed that her sight had deteriorated by 75%. Finding out about it was a shock but it enabled Martha and her family to adjust the environment to help her.
Is your pet acting a bit unusual lately and you can’t quite put your finger on what is wrong ? read the rest of this article we’re sure it will help.
Image Credit: www.itchmo.com
Article by By Nicole Pajer http://www.cesarsway.com/
When a dog gets old, it may begin to lose its eyesight and ability to hear. While this may be traumatic for you to witness, it is much more stressful on the dog. Imagine suddenly not being able to hear familiar noises, find things around the house, or see who is approaching you.
While losing its vision or hearing does make things more difficult for a dog, with a little help, it can adjust to its altered lifestyle rather quickly. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a dog that is losing its eyesight and/or hearing ability:
Signs of Vision Loss
Dogs that are losing their vision may appear to be clumsy and disorientated around the house — frequently tripping, bumping into furniture, and stumbling around. A dog whose eyesight is deteriorating will have a harder time locating things around the household such as toys and a food bowl that is not kept in its usual place. They may appear more easily frightened and act jumpy when you or someone else goes to pet them, as they are not able to see as clearly.
How to Handle a Dog with Deteriorating Vision
- Replace hand signals with verbal commands. If you typically tell your dog to lie down by pointing at the ground, for example, begin placing emphasis on the verbal command. Gradually phase out hand signals and transition into saying, “Lie down” instead of showing it. Once your dog begins to respond to the new verbal cue, eliminate the hand gesture.
- Reinforce commands and tea ch new tricks by using clicker training. Training a dog with a clicker reinforces a desired behaviour with a sound. If your dog becomes blind and you need to teach him a new trick, do so with a clicker and treats. Press the clicker at the exact moment that the dog performs the action that you want him to do. When teaching “Sit,” for example, you’d press the clicker the second the dog’s butt touches the ground and say the word “Sit.”
- Eliminate harmful objects from your dog’s reach. Make sure to pick up anything around the home that may pose a danger to a blind dog.
- Gate off areas like the stairs and swimming pools. Block your dog off from areas that could be potentially dangerous to wander into.
- Keep things familiar around the home: Keep your dog’s water bowl, food dish, bed, favourite toys and treats in the same place so that he is able to find them in spite of his limited eyesight.
- Engage the dog’s other senses: Purchase scented toys and balls at your local pet store. Teach your dog to play fetch by sniffing out a toy and bringing it back to you.
- Article continues on the next page
- SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS