You’ve just learned that your dog is slowly losing his or her vision, or perhaps it happened quickly and your pet is now blind. This will be a time of transition for you and your pet, but with some adjustments to your home and routine, a wonderful new life awaits you both.
For pet owners who are going through this experience with their pets, Animal Vision Center of Virginia is pleased to offer our “Be Kind, I’m Blind” brochure. This free guide covers everything from training, exercise, eye health and meeting dog friends, to tips for keeping your pet’s home environment safe and familiar. For instance, did you know that:
- Keeping the furniture in the same place will help your dog learn his way around the house?
- Teaching him dog commands such as “right,” “left,” “watch” and “step” will help him when you are at home and away?
- A seeing dog can be a real buddy for your pet, helping as a guide, playmate and trusted companion?
- Even though your dog cannot see, it’s still important to have his eyes checked for any tell-tale signs of illness?
We also have a sporty “Be Kind, I’m Blind” bandana just for your pet! When meeting people while you’re out and about, it lets them know to approach your pet slowly and with care—and is a great conversation starter.
I know, first hand, how special it is to have and care for a blind dog. One of the reasons I chose to become a veterinary ophthalmologist came from one of my own pets, a wonderful Basset hound named Whiskey. During veterinary school, she developed glaucoma, and I spent the better part of my last two years of vet school fighting to keep her vision. The treatment options at the time were more limited than they are today, and ultimately Whiskey became permanently blind. The experience I went through with her fostered my ongoing desire to help animals with vision problems—to provide the best ocular care possible so they can live their lives to their full advantage. It has helped me immensely in counseling my clients when their pets are experiencing vision loss. I understand entirely, because I’ve been there too.
Look for this new brochure in our reception area, or call us for details at 757-749-4838. I hope you find it helpful as you begin this new stage of life with your dog. I’m sure you will find that it is a rewarding experience—and one you’ll recall with affection.