Caring for a blind or visually impaired dog is not easy and without the right products, it’s nearly impossible. Whether your dog suffers from a genetic disease or sudden SARDS, he can still enjoy life to its fullest potential.
While exploring his world on a different level, he will require additional protection to
The following products will aid your dog through his daily tasks, making it possible to walk around safely and careless. They will also entertain and calm your dog in certain situations.
This cute device helps your dog navigate his surroundings and boosts his 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. I believe that 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 for example after moving.
This 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.
It will be so much easier for you explaining that your dog is behaving differently because he is not able to see. 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.
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.
This eye supplement contains different antioxidants to promote healthy vision in dogs. The capsules are especially effective for dogs that have recently gone blind due to illness. In older dogs, the level of antioxidants drops which makes 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.
Tiring out a blind dog physically and mentally 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. Floor placed water bowls are prone to just being kicked over and it’s not that simple to find the liquid with no eyesight. A water fountain is the perfect solution for any dog reluctant to drink.
They are usually extremely 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 can 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 dog getting lost.
You can fully customize the stainless steel tag and add up to 4 lines of deep engraved text. I think that the design is so cute and one day it might bring back your lost companion.
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, it will need to make a few 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 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.