By Nicole Pajer
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:
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.
Dogs that are undergoing hearing loss may appear disobedient and ignorant of commands. A dog with extreme hearing loss will not typically respond if you snap your fingers next to its ears or make an unfamiliar noise that typically warrants a reaction. A dog’s ears tend to move around and twitch as they take in sounds around them. If a dog has ears that remain still, this could be a sign that they are going deaf.
How to handle a dog that is going deaf:
Blind and deaf dogs can live just as normal lives as fully functional canines; they just require a little extra care and attention. Shower your dog with love and patiently work with her as she begins to lose her eyesight and/or hearing. Before long, your dog will adjust to life without the ability to hear or see and will be able to continue with her daily routines.
Is your dog blind and/or deaf. Let us know in the comments how she has been coping.