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Coping with Your Dog’s Aging: Fading Eyesight
You have noticed the gray around the muzzle. You notice your pal of many years is also
slowing down. He/She sleeps a lot. What you also need to consider is the effect aging
has on such things as eyesight. Your dog may no longer be able to see as well as in the
There are signs to reveal these changes. The beloved pet no longer seems as agile.
There is more than normal bumping into things. A clumsiness is not uncommon. Your dog
may stop and peer at people or objects – sometimes not seeming to recognize who or
what they are.
Some dogs stick-like-glue to their person. They hang around them when they go for
walks out doors. The companion may not even leave your side if you venture into
unfamiliar territory. Where once he or she would have galloped ahead, pulling on the
lead to seize this moment to absorb all the new smells, he or she now stays back.
When you take the dog up or down stairs, the pet reverts to a puppy stage. There is the
uncertainty. One foot is placed slowly in front of the other. The descent is slow as the
animal measures the placement of each paw.
These are all signs the dog’s eyesight is now comparable to that of any human senior.
Unfortunately, glasses are out of the question. Medication may be helpful for itching and
dry eyes. If your dog has cataracts, the vet may remove them. He cannot, however, help
your dog regain back once youthful eyes.
You, on the other hand, can be of service to your faithful dog. You can do several things
to ensure he/she feels comfortable in his home of many years. The same thing applies to
those of you have adopted or are fostering an elderly dog.
• Move furniture around as little as possible. Your dog has a routine. He or she
remembers where the furniture is and avoids it.
• Be tidy. Do pick up after yourself. Keep things off the floor and out of the way. This
time, unlike with a puppy, you are making sure the dog does not stumble over unfamiliar
objects, or familiar objects in an unfamiliar place.
• If you have furniture with sharp corners, consider padding it. This will prevent your pet
from becoming hurt.
• When you are walking your geriatric dog, make sure he goes first through any narrow
• If you have any hazards in your yard, fence them off. This includes pools and ponds,
open holes or sudden dips.
• If your dog is at home, resting or lounging around, do not appear suddenly. Do not
reach out and touch the head. This may startle him or her. Announce your arrival in
• Talk as you move around the house. This will let him or her know where you are.
• If you go anywhere unfamiliar, keep your senior pet on a leash. The same applies if a
strange dog is approaching or even a familiar rambunctious animal.
By addressing your dog’s needs, you will ensure his/her life with you continues to be a
comfortable and content one.
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