“Lossing the vision, means the end of the world.” If an owner senses that the pet is having problems in seeing, he should immediately consult the Vet. There are several causes of blindness in dogs.
Depending on the underlying causes, the symptoms can differ from dog to dog. Some signs are:
Blindness is not gender or breed specific. Some are at higher risks of developing blindness due to primary Glaucoma, such as Beagle, and Siberian Husky, along with certain Spaniel breeds. Shih Tzus seems to be at higher risks as they quickly develop the condition of retinal detachment.
Older dogs tend to develop blindness associated with Cancer and the ones that who frequently go out of the house can contact infectious diseases or trauma associated vision loss.
The Veterinarian may do particular tests such as:
The owner will have to inform about the symptoms, abnormalities, and change in the eating pattern of the dog. Before consulting the Vet, keep medical and vaccination records ready.
The Vet may prescribe tests like Serum chemistry analysis or complete blood count, to rule out any underlying cause(s) of blindness, such as Diabetes or Cushing’s syndrome. Some other standard tests usually done are:
Treating blindness will depend and vary on the cause(s) of the disease. Some cases of blindness, such as SARDS and PRA, has no treatments. If tests reveal the presence of an underlying cause, it needs to be addressed first. However, the only likely remedy will be to train the dog to live with blindness. There are several help groups for the dogs which can train the dog to live with the disease.
In most of the cases, the dog will resume its normal life after a week’s training or rehabilitation programme. Their natural ability to adapt to an environment will slowly make them accustomed to this condition. In the meantime, if any problem persists, then the owner must give a call to the Vet.