What would you do if you received the awful news from your vet that your beloved dog is going blind?
Mon 27 Feb 2017
What would you do if you received the awful news from your vet that your beloved dog is going blind? It’s certainly something we can relate to as humans, as our sight, which is so precious and often taken for granted allows us to appreciate the beauty of the world around us. As well as dealing with the shock of receiving such terrible news, there’s also the worry of how you and your dog will cope with sight loss. Blindness can affect any dog of any age and it’s a topic we do not think about until it actually happens to our four-legged friend. So where can a dog owner with a dog who is losing their sight or already blind turn to for advice?
My Dog is Blind is the new release from Hubble & Hattie, who have previously tackled a range of challenging health issues in dogs such as epilepsy, deafness and arthritis, all in a practical and sympathetic way.
The book begins with the mental aspect of a diagnosis, a time when a dog owner can feel angry, frightened and confused about the future quality of life for their pet. Of course if your dog was born blind, he or she will know no different but progressive sight loss can trigger emotional issues in your pet such as aggression through fear and depression.
The book moves on to explain the structure of the eyes and the different health conditions that can lead to sight loss and how they are diagnosed. It also reveals dog breeds that are prone to certain eye problems.
We’re then offered advice on living with a blind dog, and coping with day-to-day life. Topics covered are grooming, socialisation, meeting with people and other dogs and perhaps most importantly of all guidance on handling your dog after sight loss.
There’s also useful advice on using audible commands instead of visual commands, which will help keep your dog safe from potential dangers.
Finally, there are tips on creating fun activities for you and your dog to enjoy such as hunting for toys and laying scent trails.
I have to admit to having a tear in my eye all the way through this book. It really does highlight how much our dogs rely on us, even more so after suffering sight loss. However, this book really does prove that despite being blind your dog can lead a happy and contented life and certainly live life to the full.
My Dog is Blind...but lives life spans 80 pages, and boasts 59 colour and black and white photos.
The book is priced at £10.99 and will be available soon from the Hubble and Hattie online shop.