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Paula – ADMIN

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  • Hi there, I am fostering Mr. Billy who has had years of being locked up and little or no dog exposure and suffering from progressive blindness. Has anyone else successfully worked through decreasing dog aggression […]

    • Does he really attack or is it more showing teeth and some sound. My Gabby will do that to earn dogs off. Most listen. Except our daughter in laws dog is sure she doesn’t mean it. He is a eighty lb puppy and she is a 28 lb cocker. Eventually he gives up.

  • I have a (sighted) dog and not in a million years would I be able to get a pill down her throat. I always have to hide it in some ground meat of some sort, (chicken mince, beef mince) and I have to be extremely careful that the tablet is right in the centre of the meat before I roll it up into a ball as she will smell it a mile off. I have to use…[Read more]

  • Welcome Ady. It’s always exciting to bring a new dog into the family. Hope all goes well.

    What has caused Buster’s blindness?

  • I don’t have any experience with crating dogs. It’s not something that is really done in Australia much. Would you like me to post your question on our Facebook page? You may get a better response.

    Facebook –

  • I so appreciate you posting this Charles. It is EXTREMELY helpful to people that are going through this themselves.

  • Paula – ADMIN replied to the topic Lana in the forum Introduce Yourself 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    How did the surgery go Lana? Hope everything went well.

  • The first thing you can do is stop feeling sad for her. I know that is a difficult one but dogs pick up on our feelings. She feels you being sad and so she is sad. So feel confident, strong and happy around her. The change in you will reflect in her.

    From what I can tell from your comment, she has the best person looking after her so she is…[Read more]

  • Blind dogs are amazing. Mine would take me for a walk. She was completely blind but would pull me up the street. She had no idea what was in front of her but she managed beautifully.

  • Paula – ADMIN replied to the topic Glaucoma in the forum Introduce Yourself 5 months ago

    For me, it was the pain factor that made me go ahead with the eye removal. So I think it is important to ask your vet if your dog is in any pain. I also asked the vet the following – “what would you do if it were your dog?”. My vet said he would have the eye removed. It’s important to ask this as many vets have trouble with telling the owners the…[Read more]

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    We apologise for any inconvenience and realise how upsetting this would have been. It’s unfortunate that there are people who are so…[Read more]

  • Hi all – this is Paula, the owner of this website. I have received a few emails from members advising me about this issue. Fortunately, one of the members gave me the persons name and email address and I was able to find them on this website and have since deleted them.

    I do my best to keep this site free of spammers but unfortunately, the odd…[Read more]

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  • Remi is our chocolate lab and our 1 year old daughter’s best friend. About two weeks ago we noticed that she was having trouble seeing where she was going. We really knew something was wrong when she quit playing […]

    • Take her to an eye specialist. She maybe in pain. Find out the source. If it’s her eyes and they are causing her pain there are steps that can be taken. My cocker 10 yrs old has been blind for a year. Once we solved the pain issue. She has adjusted. She bumps into walls and things but mostly goes slow. She is funny and independent and never misses a meal. Go to an eye specialist! I talk a lot to my Gabby she knows left or right etc. Good luck I know it breaks your heart. Hoping for the best. Dale

    • My Chocolate Lab Oscar went blind at age 5yrs old, it seemed quite sudden but when we look back he started to bump into things at night first. He has a genetic condition called PRA and uses eye drops daily., We visit an eye specialist every 6 months to check the pressure in his eyes and all okay for the time being. It does take time for both you and the dog to come to terms with things. We also have a Golden Retriever who has just been wonderful with Oscar. Good luck, I hope it all works out.

  • I won’t go into a lot of detail, except to say that my little pug mix, Stella, was attacked by another dog and lost both of her eyes. She is only 2-1/2 years old.

    I am devastated. She is still on meds and sort […]

    • The poor little thing. She looks so precious.

      In terms of the blindness, she will be okay. Blind dogs are amazing to watch. I really hope you can keep us updated on how she goes.

    • Cindy replied 1 year ago

      I just saw your post on Stella. I am so sorry for Stella loss of her eyes. I am sure it is very traumatic for you too. My dog went blind suddenly from glaucoma and it has been a real adjustment. Very true what Paula said. It is amazing how they adjust to being blind. Talk to her just like normal. She will find her way because she will trust you. When we go for walks, you wouldn’t know my Callie is blind. I have a great harness like the one Paula recommends and it works great. The hardest thing to get use to is them bumping into things. Callie still does but at least she does it a little softer now. Just give her lots of encouragement and she will be fine. As everyone says, it’s harder on us but don’t blame yourself. She will pickup on your sadness. I found that out so I try to always be upbeat.

      Best of luck with your sweet little girl.


  • Tori is the youngest of my three Chihuahua and he is a 12yo male. He is the heart and soul of our family. He is the glue that binds and the constant energy needed at times to get everyone moving or doing some […]

  • My Welsh Terrier, Cadi, was diagnosed with glaucoma when she was 2 years old. She had been doing fine till recently when we noticed she couldn’t see very well. She is 7 years old now, still a fairly young dog. The […]

    • Cindy replied 1 year ago

      I hope your baby Cadi is doing better. It’s so sad to see them when they don’t feel good. My dog developed glaucoma rather quickly and went blind in both eyes. She was uncomfortable too but the vet made her feel better. She is 13 so he didn’t want to put her through the surgery. Fortunately her eyes started shrinking and the pressure went way down so we didn’t have to do anything other than eye ointment 2x a day. She is adapting very well but it did take time. She still bumps into things.

      Please give us an update how your baby is doing.

      Thanks, Cindy

  • First, I want to thank those that took the take time to share their stories. You gave me much needed support and encouragement during a very challenging time with my miniature schnauzer. I hope our story can help […]

    • I have a dog who was born blind and he’s amazing. I have lost 2 dogs (one this past August) due to Cushings, and another who had glaucoma and had to have an eye removed. I have covered all 3 of what your Barney has been thru…and I’ve learned that animals are so resilient and so incredible! I’m glad your Barney has you

  • I have a 5 year old shih tzu who was put on apoquel for severe allergies. She was on it for 2 years. Not sure if that had anything to do with her having an eye ulcer in one eye requiring her to have surgery on it […]

  • My dog is 14, diabetic and just told both eyes need to be removed. So many questions, because of her age, diabetes, heart murmur can she survive the surgery and healing after the surgery. Also what kind of life […]

    • There is a risk of problems during surgery with both healthy and unhealthy dogs. You just have to weigh up the risks with the amount of suffering the dog is experiencing. If she is in a lot of pain, then you have to decide whether you want her to live with the pain day after day or whether it’s worth the risk of the surgery. Only you can decide.

      Blind dogs cope beautifully with being blind. Some take longer to get the hang of it than others but they always get there in the end.

  • My boxer Max had injured his cornea a few months ago. With an e-collar and aggressive with antibiotics, about 3 weeks later, it looked really good and vet said he was very impressed.

    We didn’t go to the […]

  • My little boy is only 3 years old and has glaucoma in his right eye. The doctor said that he will lose vision in his left eyes. He suggested that we remove his right eye. It breaks my heart that he is still so […]

    • I have a 2 year ol blond border collie and she has had the injections in both eyes. Only one injection failed, usually they have a 95% success rate,, so we had to give her a second shot. So far for us the shots have been a great choice.

      Good luck I know it’s hard it is, but our pups handle a lot better than we do😊

      • My 8 year old Japanese Chin went blind in both eyes from glaucoma. She was blind for some time but never bumped into objects or gave us any reason to think she could not see. When the eye specialist told us she was blind, we almost could not believe it. We started on the drops immediately but one eye is not responding well. The doctor has suggested the injections but I have read many stories of people who got the injections and then shortly after, the doctor wants to remove the eye anyway. So hearing about your luck with the injections as a way to prevent the eye removal is a hopeful piece of information. Removing an eye from my beautiful dog is not something I could handle very well even though she might not know the difference. My heart is just breaking over this.

      • We are at the point of the three options for our spaniel mix Millie. Our Ophthalmologist said of the three, the injection was the best for the dog. I was just curious as to the recovery time and what happens after the injection.

    • Are you taking spirit to an ophthalmologist? If so what is the pressure in the right eye? How often are they checking the pressure? If the pressure is high and is no longer being controlled by eye drops, the chances are spirit is in pain. And the only relief is to remove the eye.

      My bullmastiff had primary glaucoma. This was determined when the first eye was removed and sent off to the lab to find out what destroyed the vision. It came back as primary glaucoma which confirmed the same thing would happen to his second eye.

      Right before the first eye was removed – I was dropping in 14 drops a day (about five different types of drops). At the time I did not know the pain Buddy was in. Once the first eye was removed I told the ophthalmologist that I was not going to do that type of regiment for the other eye – I did not feel that it was right for Buddy to endure the drops when he was in pain and did not understand what was going on with the drops. I did drop two different drops in the right eye three times a day for about two months before that eye was removed.

      The first eye was removed in the end of Feburary of this year and the second was removed in the end of May. Both times the eye went extremely quick.

      I would highly recommend you reading “living with Blind Dogs by caroline d levin rn .. Also I just order another book today. There are many great suggestions – that I did do to get ready for Buddy for when the time came he was blind.

      Buddy is eight years old and has done amazingly well. My family vet assured that Buddy would still have a good quality of life and he does. It is a hard decision and it is very upsetting to have your dog deal with this. Even though I knew the second eye would go as quickly as the first eye … I can not express how upsetting it was for me when Buddy woke up blind on that Sunday morning… It brought tears to my eyes. Also it brought tears to my eyes and heart when I realized that those beautiful brown eyes were never going to look into my eyes again. The book that I recommended explains dealing with the loss.

      I wish the best to your family and to spirit.

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