Pet Post: Old dog has gone blind and deaf

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Member
39 posts
Newbee

@lorie:  he should eventually adjust. When I was growing up our dog went both blind and deaf. It took her time to adjust but after a while she seemed to use her paws and nose mostly to locate stuff but we helped by placing treats at the doors and furniture so she learnt to navigate via scent. 

Post # 4
Hostess
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@lorie:  I’m sorry to hear your baby is having troubles. 🙁 I would just continue doing what you’re doing now and making sure that he’s babied. Be sure not to move things around too much so that he can begin to figure out where different things are at in the house and can learn to avoid/go to certain areas. 

 

As for the car, have you thought about a little car seat basket? Something like this

 

Kurgo Stowe Booster Seat - PetSmart

 

Link

 

He may feel a lot more secure and they’re a little spendy, but with it all enclosed and soft he’d probably feel a lot better. He’ll be able to still smell that you’re right next to him, too.  

 

He will adjust to his new limitations and it seems like you’re doing a great job of keeping him safe. Don’t worry, once he gets used to things he will be happy again. 🙂

 

Post # 5
Member
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

For the itchiness-it may be a food allergy.  

Watching a beloved pet age is difficult. Is there anything you can do to help him adjust, maybe put something that smells different by the door so he can find it? If you’re willing to work with him like have him smell it and then bring him outside right after do you think he could make the association? Leave an article of your clothing for him to sleep with for when he can’t be with you? I guess all you can do is take it a day at a time and see if you think he’s adjusting. 

Post # 6
Member
2657 posts
Sugar bee

Awwww poor little guy.  This sounds a lot like what happened with our family’s old dog.  She was more or less normal in terms of blood work and general health, but she lost her vision and hearing in her old age.  At first, she did seem a bit stressed, but I think any animal would if they suddenly lost vision and hearing.  Eventually, she did adjust a little.  She never went back to the way she was, obviously, but she at least seemed ok with getting around and with her new routine.  My parents also work from home so they could watch her constantly and I think it really helped.  This went on for about a year before she passed; she was 14 when that happened.  I would say to keep doing what you’re doing and to really pay attention to your dog’s behavior to see if there are any changes.

Post # 8
Member
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My family cat went blind after a stroke, she did pretty well getting around the house, but she had other issues from the stroke.  She would hug the walls to get where she wanted to go, my mom did find her stuck in a corner one day when she came home from work.  She was still getting to her food and litter box up until her last few days.  If you can avoid moving furniture or buying new pieces that would help, so there are no “surprises” that turn up in the map of your house your dog has in his head.

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