3 Symptoms Your Dog is Turning Blind

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Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend. Theoretically, all of them are playful, social, and loyal to a fault. This is why humans in return adore them and make them as their companions – one who they can trust to be there for them when they are feeling lonely or even after a hard day’s work.

Most of them live a fairly long life, especially when they have received the care and attention they are supposed to get in their lifetime. Unfortunately, these things are not enough to shield them away from common diseases for dogs like getting cataracts in their eyes. But, fortunately, you can easily help them out by looking for early symptoms that indicate they are going blind. Here are three of them, now:

Poor eyesight

The most obvious and most common sign that your dog is going blind is for them to have poor eyesight. You can usually tell that they are having problems with their vision when they often bump into things unintentionally. In most cases, this would lead to injuries – another factor that should tell you that they are slowly losing their eyesight.

As a result of all these, your canine companion will start to walk slower with their nose on the ground so they can tell where they are going. Moreover, they would easily mistake you for another object such as their favorite toy/s.

Changes in behavior

Behavioral changes in your dog could be occurring because of their degrading eyesight. There is a high chance that they would no longer be the joyful pet you once brought home. They would also appear to have less energy than they had before, but this does not necessarily mean they are tired; it could mean that they do not want to move for fear of bumping into objects on their path.

The list of all the changes in their behavior is as follows:

·         Depression
·         Anxiety
·         Weakness
·         Lethargy
·         Confusion
·         Disorientation
·         Unwillingness to move
·         Walking with excessive caution
·         Amplified high-stepping gate
·         Clumsiness

Keep in mind that not all of them could manifest in your pet. But, certainly, a few of them would – eventually.

Your dog’s eye appearance will change

Having cataracts is the number one of cause of blindness in dogs. They usually grow in the inner part of their eyes, particularly on their lenses. They can be found at the back of their retina. If you studied the human eye anatomy, you will easily recognize where it is located.

Their eyes’ appearance will almost immediately change once they acquired cataracts. From their natural eye color, it can turn to grey or blue (in some cases). This would, then, lead to them having a cloudy or opaque vision. There will also be instances for their eyes to become red and inflamed, which essentially cause them to squint.

Beware of all of these symptoms. It is important to be conscious that your dog is going blind. Once you notice at least one of these signs occurring in your beloved pet, go and instantly schedule a visit with your veterinarian so you’ll know what to do next.


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