Many of us may have our own pets, it could be dogs, cats, birds or any domesticated animals in our home. We love and enjoy having our pets with us specially if they are healthy and normal. But what about dog or cats with disabilities? Unfortunately only few people really care to those pets with unlikely conditions such visually impaired or blind pets. Living and adopting blind pets may save their lives and could somehow make their lives more brighter. They could teach us about courage, happiness and love. Let’s try to open our doors with these poor animals and we will surely learn many life lessons with them. Thus, before you consider adopting a blind dog please take note of these helpful questions and their respective answers.
Before adopting a blind dog
1. What causes the dog’s eye problem? Will there be a treatment? If so, how much would that cost?
Eye problems have many different causes. Like humans, some are inborn or something causes their eye problem. Though some are treatable and it could be very expensive or some cases requires surgery. Before you adopt the blind dog, you need to know what are the possible treatments are. You need to figure out if you can emotionally, physically and financially afford for that dog that needs a treatment.
2. Does the dog currently have any vision?
There are some diseases, such as cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) that causes a dog lose his vision suddenly. Other conditions, like kidney failure can result vision loss but not total blindness. If the dog has vision, it maybe easier for him to adjust. However, if the dog is totally blind, he can still manage to adjust in your home.
3. Will the eye condition get worsen?
There will be cases that dog’s vision will stabilize, however, other times its eyesight will get worse.
4. What are veterinary checkups necessary?
Make your sure you know when and how often your dog needs to see a veterinarian. You can ask if a regular veterinarian can treat the dog’s condition or if you need to go to a veterinary ophthalmologist.
5. What are the commands does the dog already knew?
It will be a big help for you to know if what are the commands your dog has been thought. Usually, visually impaired dogs thought the word “watch” for him to halt on things in his way. Yes, I know he can’t watch it, it’s just a command anyway. There’s also “step up” to step up elevated surfaces and “step down” for stairs and curbs.
6. What do I need to do to keep the dog safe?
There will be few, if not much, obstacles and objects that could put your blind dog in total danger. Make sure you keep sharp objects such as trimming brushes away from his surrounding.
7. How long will it takes for the blind dog adapt to change?
Some dogs can adapt well and can adjust very quickly, while other dogs really takes time to adjust. No matter what, just be prepared and be aware how your dog adaptable is.
8. Does the dog afraid of sounds, smells or objects?
Some dogs are afraid if they hear traffic sounds, while some won’t walk in an uneven surfaces. It may take time for you to determine those things that makes him nervous and so you can handle and work on those issues.