February 16th 2010 10:59 pm
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Are you one of those people who have a dog with impaired eye sight? If yes, you probably know that taking care of a blind dog is not as easy as caring for the sighted dog.
Your blind dog will bump into things in its path but gradually will learn the layout of your house, just the way blind people do! However, if you change or shift your furniture, they will again have difficulty in walking and will again stumble around for a while. So you have to be very careful when making any interior changes.
At the same time, it is also very important for you to ensure that you keep the path for your dog clear and make sure that everything is picked up and kept away.
Apart from your house, you also need to keep your yard clear, as the dog is likely to wander in your yard. After all, that's his playground. The lawn mower should be put away and the chairs must be rearranged in a position that would not cause any injury to your dog.
If your house has a pool, make sure that it is fenced, as pools could also be dangerous for blind dogs, especially for the pups. This is very important because even if the dog knows how to swim, he may not be able to locate the stairs to get out of the pool. Due to exhaustion, he may eventually drown and die.
If your house has a staircase without the railings, it may be all the more dangerous and can result in severe injury to your dog due to a fall from a height. You must put something up along the bottom portion of the railing to avoid a tragic situation. You may find it a little inconvenient, but the very fact that you love your dog so much will make everything easier for you.
It is not too difficult to keep a blind dog. All you need is a little planning, backed up by some extra patience. Fencing off a pool, leaving the furniture in place, and always keeping walkways clear of toys are the things you can do. If you follow these suggestions, you will notice that your blind dog is not very different from any other dog in your neighborhood.
Different reasons are responsible for blindness in dogs. Some cannot be treated. However, there are many cases in which you may be able to give the gift of sight to your blind dog. Of course, you'll need a good amount of money for those surgeries and treatments. Often, due to financial constraints or due to some other reason, people opt to let their dog live with its blindness, but take very good care of it.
One very important thing to understand and remember - unlike humans who do not like to live with their disabilities, dogs are happy to live their lives despite any physical limitations that they may have.
Your dog is your family member and it deserves all the love and care that you can offer. Besides, it is not all that difficult to take care of your blind dog.
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