Just an update, in case anyone was following this... We took Rufus to the vet and I held her while she was put to sleep. This was April 8th, and my husband and I had a long stretch of depression afterwards. Why didn't I come on SparkPeople to talk with my friends about it? I don't know, but I know I won't avoid such a wonderful group of people like that when I need them in the future. I was always comfortable with our decision, as she had stopped eating and coudn't hold herself up, but it just hurts, y'know? Still does, months later, but I know that it is okay. Thank you, everyone, for being there when I needed you... ~SunnyNicci
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Sorry to hear about your pet. I had a dog that was the same way and he learned to adjust very well. The only problem I had with him was when he was outside, he would get out of the fenced in yard. Make sure you watch him closely when he is outside. Good luck.
A really big, heartfelt to everyone! You all sure have a lot of knowlege, compassion, and good ideas! I will definitly go around the house now looking for things that will poke her. I would love to implement the idea about scents, since her nose still works well! Unfortunately, our older home has old hardwood, and if I lay carpets and rugs down the dogs piddle on them. I might have to break down and get a new carpet cleaner and try that, though. Thank you!
I am sorry for you and your doggie baby. We once had to deal with this in an older Poodle now I'm having the same problem with one of my cats (I know it's a dog site). Sometimes they do have to be pointed in the right direction but they adapt. Lots of extra love and attention will help her. Isn't it a shame that surgery is so expensive and difficult for them? Wishing the best for you both. -- Lou
I groom a little black cocker spaniel that is totally blind, and mostly deaf. She has adjusted to the blindness very well. She goes every where with her owners. She is about 14 and last year she went to Alaska with her owners. Like everyone else said try to safe proof the house and keep everything where she knows where it is. The dog will do very well. Crating the dog is also a good idea. As long as they are fairly healthy and do not seem to be in pain, let them adapt. Good luck with your baby. We want to keep our babies with us as long as possible. Good luck.
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I was going to say that maybe she has SARD, sudden aquired retinal degeneration, which causes sudden blindness. My 7 year old pug girl had that, but given your dog's age she might have had a small stroke. Either way, now that she is blind you have to "eye proof" the house. We have an adopted blind pug boy now and we took the bottom handles off the kitchen drawers because they were right at eye level. Be very careful with papers, magazines etc hanging off the edge of tables, in the yard look for sticks at eye poking levels. Dogs handle blindness very well because they have such acute other senses but when you are 17, now deaf and blind, it is going to be hard for her. Caging her when you leave is a really good idea. Just watch her and love her. My little girl would get stuck under tables and behind things. We were always looking for her. I miss her so much!
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Your baby can adjust; although, you might have to help her. Different sized and/or textured carpets can help her learn the layout of your home through feel. You can also help her by utilizing her nose...vanilla scent in one area, cinnamon in another. Be creative and help her use the senses she has so she can learn her home in a new way.
My little Rat Terrier, Rufus, will be turning 17 on Tuesday, March 15! She is so spunky even though she lost an eye a few years ago and has a cataract and is mostly deaf. A bit of arthritis keeps her from jumping on the bed and couch, but she seems to have adapted well. Last night, a few hours after acting normal, she suddenly looked lost. She got stuck in corners and bumped into things, and couldn't hear a cheese slice being unwrapped within feet of her ears. For her, this is unusual, so we were watching her all evening. It is nerve racking and heartbreaking watching her run into things and look totally lost in her own home. Our younger dog is not very forgiving and we have to supervise them so he doesn't act aggressively toward her. I plan on crating her when we go to work Monday to keep her safe. How can I help her to adapt? Do you ever get used to it? I doubt anything can be done to 'fix' this, but we do plan on a visit to the vet soon.
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