Caring for a blind or visually impaired dog is not easy and without the right tools, it’s nearly impossible.
Whether your dog suffers from a genetic disease or sudden SARDS, he can still enjoy life to its fullest potential.
These products for blind dogs are carefully selected and should build a solid foundation for your dog’s safety and enjoyment.
You wouldn’t believe how important blind dog aids can be for daily life.
While exploring his world on a different level, he will require additional protection to
Even your own home is full of edges, corners, and hurdles. He doesn’t know where his food or water is placed or whether doors are closed or open.
The following products are all things to help your blind dog master daily tasks, making it possible to walk around safely and comfortably.
I also included something to ease the anxiety blind dogs quickly feel and a couple of cool blind dog accessories.
This cute device helps your dog navigate his surroundings and boosts your blind dog’s confidence while wearing.
The ring at the top acts as a buffer to protect your dog’s head when walking against hard surfaces.
He will quickly learn to adapt his movements to the buffer effect and will be able to walk more confidently throughout the house.
The wings on the shoulders move with your dog to offer protection in any situation without impeding him from eating or sleeping.
If he has a tiny bit of remaining vision, the ring won’t interfere with his field of view.
This vest would be the best option for dogs that have recently gone blind or dogs that will have to become familiar with a new environment after moving, for example.
This blind dog harness is an essential safety precaution for any visually impaired dog.
Too many dogs get startled by sudden touches because the other person didn’t know the dog was blind.
The harness is clearly labeled at the front and on the sides, so other dog owners are able to safely approach or avoid your dog.
No more explaining why your dog is behaving differently and why he might snap or be reactive in general when touched by strangers.
Take this as a warning, space-invading fellas out there.
When wearing the harness you have the option to either put the leash on the back clip or at the front as a no-pull option. Additionally, it’s a great way to teach a few leash lessons.
It’s nicely padded at the front for a comfortable fit with adjustable straps around the girth. There are also a matching leash and collar with embroidered words.
You can check out all the other options and colors which warn people that your dog is not good with other dogs or that he might need more space.
3. Snuffle Mat
Physical and mental exercise for a blind dog is quite different from a normal dog. While your dog’s visual sense regresses, other senses develop even further.
The sense of olfaction in dogs is outstanding as about one-third of the canine brain is devoted to smell. This section is 40 times greater than in humans.
Snuffle mats are a great way to exercise your dog’s mind by using his nose. My dog loves them and she could spend hours searching for smelly treats.
It’s also a great way to keep your dog safe and busy when you cannot supervise him for a minute.
Mental stimulation in dogs is definitely a must and not an option. Many behavior problems are easily preventable with boredom busters.
Boredom can lead to destructive chewing, digging, or barking. Anxiety can also develop out of a lack of mental stimulation.
Make sure that your dog has an opportunity to work his mind at least once a day.
Encouraging your blind dog to drink is definitely not easy.
Water bowls on the floor are prone to just being kicked over and it’s not that simple to find the liquid with no eyesight. A water fountain is a perfect solution for any dog reluctant to drink.
They are usually pretty quiet but the sound of falling water should be enough to guide your dog to the correct position.
The PetSafe water fountain comes with a solid base that is pretty hard to knock over. I recommend buying a non-slip mat to place under the fountain.
The drinkwell can be dissembled and cleaned properly by hand or in the dishwasher.
Water is not only passed through the pumped but also filtered by carbon water filters to remove bad taste.
A dog ID tag is the best addition to your blind dog harness or collar. It goes much by the same idea to warn and inform other people about your dog’s disability.
But the tag is actually much more important because you can engrave contact information and other messages on it in the unfortunate case of your blind dog getting lost.
You can fully customize the stainless steel tag and add up to 4 lines of deep engraved text.
More on how you can protect your dog from getting lost below.
My dog is absolutely obsessed with balls and it’s a great way to exercise her.
For your blind dog to find and navigate to the ball, the toy needs to make sounds and noises that your dog is able to distinguish from his surroundings.
This interactive ball is actually talking to your dog and demanding to be chased or played with.
It’s motion-activated and equipped with many sounds and phrases. Similar to the snuffle mat, it’s an awesome way to keep your visually impaired dog occupied.
When the play is finished, the ball simply turns off on its own and waits for the next session.
The different sounds will always keep it interesting and exciting to fight against boredom and anxiety.
Not being able to see what is in front and around it is the scariest thing I can imagine. Losing eyesight can severely change a dog.
Some become extremely anxious or depressed others develop aggression because they don’t know how to deal with this new situation.
Anxiety in blind dogs can be triggered through loud noises, like thunder and fireworks or being separated from the family.
To help your dog in these stressful situations, an anxiety jacket might be a great choice.
Thunder shirts work by applying constant gentle pressure onto your dog’s body which helps them to relax and stay calm without using any medication.
I would definitely give this a shot before thinking about drug therapy.
The worst case happened to you – your dog ran away. Maybe he was startled, chased something or whatnot and now he’s gone and calling his name won’t cut it this time.
For these cases, it comes in extremely handy if your dog wears a tracking collar.
No fancy unnecessary add-ons but rather a completely functional tracking collar. Just connect your phone with it and you’ll see the entire tracking history. It’s waterproof, reliable, and robust.
This supplement isn’t promoting to get your dog’s eyesight back if he is blind, unfortunately.
But this eye supplement contains different antioxidants to promote healthy vision in dogs. It’s good for two categories:
- Especially effective for dogs that have recently lost the quality of their vision due to illness
- Older dogs that have decreasing levels of antioxidants, making them prone to limited eyesight.
Our neighbor’s dog was about to lose his vision due to diabetes. The medication really slowed down the blindness from developing.
Ask your vet if this product would be a great addition to supplement your dog’s medication.