How a Dog Responds To Vision Loss Can Be Influenced By Certain Factors

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Did you know that blind dogs can still have an almost normal life? Whether vision loss occurs early in life or much later, a dog is capable of adjusting to his handicap as other important sense organs step in to compensate for the loss. The manner by which a dog responds to losing his sense of vision can be influenced by several factors. These include:

Age
Younger dogs won’t really feel handicapped by vision loss, but an adult dog may need time and support as he adjusts to a life without the ability to see. This may be attributed to the fact that adults have been sighted dogs long enough to be dependent on their sense of sight.

Health
Dogs that are suffering from underlying health issues while suffering from vision problems, may need more time and care to adjust to being blind.

Onset of blindness
Some cases of vision loss occur suddenly while there are those that gradually develop, giving enough time for the dog to adjust to his problem as his other sense organs kick into high gear to compensate.

Position in the social ladder
Some dogs are dominant and more confident in dealing with any changes in their lives, while the more submissive ones tend to take some time to adjust.

Don’t hesitate to talk to your Minnetonka, MN veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet’s behavior or health.

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