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    Mary Hi Everyone! Been a while since I posted. Wanted newer members to know that my Dani has progressed to a point where if you met her on the street you would never know she was blind. She navigates our home independently, uses the dog door, can use stairs to get onto the bed, jumps on and off the furniture. Never in a million years did I think six months into blindness she would be doing all this. We taught her new words, like "step up" and "step down", "careful", "slow". It's bee an amazing journey for all of us but to those of you facing this with your own pets, have hope! Was it easy? NO! Not a bit of it was easy. It was stressful, and scary, but we took it day by day and taught her these things just like a puppy. We also bought these things called Trazers for blind pets. They are scent dots that you place along pathways to entry and exits, and a different scent for obstacles.
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    Deanne Thankyou Paula for the tips, back to the vet I go and seek more information. I did think it was very odd walking away with no drops, I will keep you posted.
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    Lori going to eye doctor tomorrow, see what caused me to be blind, Maybe they can fix it? FLuffer is doing much better today, not bumping into as much things. Wagging her tail alot, Maybe there is hope?
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    Michelle Is there a safe medication for anxiety? Unfortunately, I will have to board Blackie for a few days while I am out of town. We are still in the early learning stages of adapting to the blindness and I worry about leaving him. I was wondering if there was anything I could do to make his time away from home less stressful for him?
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    Olga @chelle HI Michelle- wow, it has been weeks since I have logged onto this site... your pup has SARDS --so sorry. I understand so well how the blindness is devastating when you face it for your dog that once had vision. I do want to say though, while our experience was different.my heart cried for about a week after he had an enucleation of his right eye( he saw some shadows only in that eye) he is now totally blind. The thing that turned it around for me was to read how sensitive a dog is to their owner's emotions ..and I so wanted Horus to feel okay and know he was so loved and protected and cared for....so, I turned my heart ache into positive -uplifting talk, encouraging sounds and made everything seem back to old normal for him. He responded to all that very well. He is now about 7 weeks post his surgery and actually-- has me and our family and friends amazed by his ability and capacity. He can run like the wind, he jumps like a kangaroo, he outruns his rescue-friend who is 5 months old, and... figured out to be a Houdini and escaped his outdoor enclosure 3x ( until we fixed the partition wall he was balance beam escape artist on. What I am trying to point out to you is.... they DO find their noses and their hearing and their sense of touch and put those into extreme high gear. Horus can track my son's footsteps (foot for foot outside)! and sniff out a ball .......... it is devastating, but in the end...... the devastating feelings will turn into awe, amazement, pride, joy, love and deep appreciation for these dear animals we call part of our family!!! if you have a moment, read Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper ( my daughter gave me that years before we rescued a blind 4 month old pup so we were destined, but.. I can only echo her sentiments... they really do see with their hearts. take care !!
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    Leslie Leathers It is with a heavy heart I report Trevor and My furbaby Oliver went peacefully to the rainbow bridge today. He touched every one he met. Forever loved, never forgotten! Rip sweet angel Oliver! March 31-2003-March 25, 2013
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    Susan Kissinger Thanks to everyone for the answers to my questions about Buddy. Now a new question, He keeps his eyes closed most of the time, Is this normal? I was thinking it just might be easier for him.
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    Jen Thompson We just found out our beloved 7 1/2 year old labbie, Maddie, has PRA. She's not blind yet, but she's getting there. Several crying jags later, I've found your group. I feel like we'll need all the help we can get. I'm so glad to have found you all.
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    Marie @paula Paula, on the website front page, you mention that Lucy went blind in her second eye in a couple months post losing her first eye to glaucoma. Were you testing her pressure and giving her glaucoma eye drops?
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    Carol Hello! My little Bichon Frise, Ozzie, who will turn 7 years old on Wednesday was diagnosed with Canine Diabetes in early October 2012. We were told at that time that one of the side effects of this disease was cataracts and eventual blindness. Ozzie's blood sugar has been very difficult to regulate, despite constant monitoring and special diet. After suffering a major setback due to an infection, within 2 weeks Ozzie lost his vision. He is a little soldier - managing to get around our home very slowly, with our encouragement, and faces each obstacle with determination. I am looking forward to sharing your experiences and following your suggestions as we try to ensure that Ozzie's quality of life remains happy and secure. Ozzie has a little brother, Chico who is a two year old Shih Tzu who is feeling a bit sad, as his little playmate doesn't want to play with him anymore. I hope we will discover how to encourage Ozzie to eventually enjoy Chico's company once again. I am trying not to be overprotective with Ozzie, but it is difficult. Tears come at the strangest times...
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