As your dog progresses through life, there is a high probability that your dog may go blind. In some scenarios, a healthy dog can also go blind. You may want to know when something is wrong with your dog. For example, your player’s full dog no longer wants to play, blinks frequently, sleeps more, has watery eyes, and keeps bumping into furniture. Read on for symptoms of blindness in dogs.
When you notice a tiny whitish spot or opaque veil over the dog’s eye, this is an indicator of cataracts or glaucoma. A glaucoma is a common form of blindness in dogs. Glaucoma causes permanent damage to the optic nerve, which eventually causes the dog to go blind. Some of the common symptoms of Glaucoma in dogs include:
- Cloudy cornea.
- Frequent blinking
- Enlarged pupils
- Bloodshot eyes
- Swollen eyes
Cataracts are another form of blindness in dogs and mainly characterized by cloudy patches around the eyes’ lens. Some of the characteristics of cataracts in dogs include:
- Constant scratching of the eyes by the dog
- Misjudging of distance
- Cloudy pupils in one or both eyes
- Changes in eye color
- Variations in pupil size
- Changes in pupil shape
- Difficulties in seeing in dim rooms
Abnormal pupil dilation
The dog’s pupil should adjust in dark and shiny light. When your dog’s pupil does not dilate in bright sunshine, that is a clear sign of blindness.
Absence of eye contact
Most dogs will always maintain eye contact when interacting with their owners. Once you realize that your dog has stopped looking you straight into your eyes, it is an early sign that he/she may be losing their sight.
As a good parent to your dog, always watch out for the day-to-day signs. This entails having a closer look at your dog’s behavior. Is your dog walking around in a clumsy or drowsy manner? Maybe your dog is bumping into furniture or struggling to jump out of the car? A difficulty in the above activities will indicate that your dog might be losing its sight.
Other common symptoms of vision loss in your dog include
- Your dog has difficulties in seeing in the broad sunlight. The presence of cataracts in your dog will worsen your dog’s vision in bright-like sunlight because the pupil does not dilate in bright light.
- The dog is hesitant to jump off or on your bed when your dog begins having difficulties with its sight. Dogs may also avoid going up or down the staircase or even going outside when it is dark.
- Excessive thirst
- Eye redness
- Bumping in things
- Sleeping more than usual
- Diabetes- 75% of dogs with diabetes are likely to develop cataracts, resulting in full or partial blindness. Partial blindness is characterized by a cloudy vision that hinders the dog’s ability to see clearly. It is also blindness in one eye. Full blindness is the inability to see anything, including light.
- Confusion- your dog quickly bumps into misplaced furniture such as a chair pulled out from the table or bounces into an object when in unfamiliar rooms.
- Aggression-your dog may begin being aggressive because his/her blindness may leave him/her feeling vulnerable and more inclined to act offensively in an attempt to keep him/herself safe.
More on for symptoms of blindness in dogs visit AKC.org
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