About Blind Dog:
Blind Dogs are very special animals with unique needs. They need to see but they don’t have eyes themselves so their vision depends on other senses such as hearing, smell, touch etc. Some blind dogs may even get some light stimulation from human hand gestures or sounds. If left alone, these dogs will become bored and eventually lose interest in life. However if you want to keep them happy and healthy then it’s important that you take care of them properly!
The first thing you should do when your dog becomes blind is to feed him regularly. Feeding your dog every few hours is enough. You must also give him exercise too. Walking around, playing fetch and chasing small toys are all good ways to keep your pet occupied while he waits for food or water. Once he starts eating again, it’s time to start giving him treats.
Treats are great because they’re easy to give and you can easily count them out.
You’ll probably notice that your dog doesn’t seem to like being fed at night anymore. This is normal since it takes longer for him to digest his meals during the day. Also, he might not eat as much after having a bath or shower (or both).
If your dog stops eating and drinking altogether, then you should seek medical attention right away. Some may stop eating when they start feeling sick or in pain. If this is the case with your dog, then it’s probably time to put him to sleep. This is a very hard thing to do so make sure you’re emotionally stable before doing so. There’s also another solution, which is to have an operation done on him in order to make him live a little longer.
Getting used to the dark
If your dog has been blind since birth or toddlerhood then it shouldn’t be a problem. They should be able to get around without any problems but you should watch them just in case. As a puppy, they should be used to playing without being able to see anything so it shouldn’t be a problem.
If your dog has became blind sometime in their life, then they will obviously have a harder time getting around. This is where you come in. You should remain by their side at all times while they get used to everything. Move furniture and other things around so they can walk around your house with ease. You should also avoid walking them on hard surfaces since it will be difficult for them to walk on.
Carpet is ideal for these situations.
As a blind dog, your pet should rely on you for everything. You need to let them know of any impending dangers and make sure they’re not stepping into them. You can either lead them around or touch various objects in the house and let them explore by touch.
Even though they’re blind, some dogs may be able to see shadows and reflections. This is why it’s important to make sure that your house has plenty of light during the day. It’s also ideal if you stay close to them since they will be able to hear your footsteps and any commands you tell them.
Should you get a seeing eye dog?
Many people think that getting a seeing eye dog for their blind pet would be helpful, but this isn’t the case most of the time. Most dogs don’t like to work with other dogs unless they’re trained to do so. Seeing eye dogs are usually trained when they are still puppies. If you really want a seeing eye dog, then you need to get one when it’s a puppy and train it yourself.
However, there has been an invention by a veterinary clinic which allows blind pets to be able to see through a camera on their owner’s phone. It may be costly, but if money isn’t an issue, then it may be something worth looking into for your pet.
Should you get a seeing eye human?
There are some human volunteers out their willing to help blind pets get around. They have special training so they know what it’s like to be a seeing eye human. Getting one of these seeing eye humans can be a big help for your pet. They can take them outside for walks, go to the park, and other important places.
The only problem with this is that seeing eye humans are only available in selected areas. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of these places then by all means, get a seeing eye human for your pet.
No matter what, you need to keep your blind pet safe and happy at all times. This life isn’t an easy one and it takes a lot of effort to take care of a blind pet. Just remember to keep them safe and always be prepared for anything.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to have a spare leash around just in case.
Chapter 4: Tips and Tricks
It’s important to keep in mind that even blind pets still need the same amount of attention that normal pets do. They still need to socialize and stay active on a daily basis. If you don’t stick to a schedule it will be harder to get your pet outside and active. Remember to be patient and kind, no matter what happens.
Take Them Outside Regularly
Taking your pet outside is a key part of making sure they stay happy and healthy. Remember to stick to a routine so they know when it’s time to go out. It might be a good idea to take them out right before they eat or right after.
It’s also best to take them to the same spot every time and make these trips quick and direct. Keep them on a leash at all times so you always have control. Be sure to pay attention to any pooping or peeing so you can let them do their business.
If it’s too cold outside for your pet (if they have fur, then -10 degrees Fahrenheit is the cutoff) then it may be best to take them out first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Make sure to bring a flashlight so you can see if they need to pee or poo.
Taking them for quick walks is a great way to stay active and have fun with your pet. Make a game out of it by throwing a ball or toy in different directions and encouraging them to go get it. Blind pets can still have a lot of energy so take advantage of that!
Remember To Feed Your Pet
Just like with humans, diet is important for pets. This is why it’s important to keep track of what your pet eats and make sure they get what they need. If you think your pet is getting fat, then cut back on their food a little bit at a time until you find the sweet spot.
If your pet starts losing weight, then it’s time to feed them a little bit more. As long as you’re feeding them quality food, then you shouldn’t have to worry too much about this.
Speaking of quality, make sure to buy pet food that’s good enough to eat by itself! A lot of people think that pet food is filler and just not worth eating, so they only eat the good stuff and leave the dog/cat food behind. Not a good idea. This bargain brand is not nutritious enough for your pet to eat alone. If you buy this, then you’ll need to supplement it with table scraps or other foods.
Give Them A Little Privacy
While the sound of a pet expelling waste is not pleasant for us, it’s probably even less pleasant for them to listen to. Try to give them a little privacy if possible so they can do their business in peace. This also goes for cleaning up after them, although if you’re in a bind you can always use a paper towel to pick it up.
If you have a pet door, there are a few things to remember. First of all, make sure to keep the flap closed at ALL TIMES unless someone is going in or out. Even a gust of wind can blow it open and let in unwanted cold air.
Second of all, the pet door is NOT a way for your pet to let themselves in and out of the house. If they manage to get out and you don’t know where they are, then you’ll have no way of getting them back inside! Make sure to keep an eye on them and quickly let them back in before you lose them.
If all else fails, there is one more thing you can do. Since pet doors work both ways, you can screw the door part way off so it’s still attached on one side. Your pet will still be able to go in and out, but will be unable to let themselves back in. You can then wait for them to leave again or just simply take the whole thing down.
Keeping Pets Cool
If you’re playing with your pet outside and it’s too hot, then try to keep them in the shade or moving from one shady area to another. You don’t want to overheat them so be careful! This is especially important for dogs with short noses (Pugs, Pekingnese, etc) since they are already prone to heat stroke.
Also if you’re going on a trip in your car, make sure to leave the windows down just a little to let in a breeze. If it’s hot outside, just wait until it’s a little cooler before taking your pet for a ride.
Keeping Pets Warm
Make sure to take your pet inside if it gets too cold or if it’s snowing/raining. Some pets don’t tend to do well in the extreme temperatures and could potentially get sick.
If you have an outdoor pet, then it might be a good idea to invest in a doghouse with a heating pad. Just make sure that the cord isn’t showing and that your pet can move away from it if they start to overheat!
Brush Them Daily
This one should go without saying, but make sure to brush your pet daily. This stimulates their skin and helps with shedding, which is especially important during the fall and spring.
Just be sure to get the right kind of brush. If you have a cat, then make sure to get a brush that’s designed for a cat’s thick fur. If you have a dog, then make sure to get one that’s designed for a dog’s thicker fur. You don’t want to put yourself (or your pet) through unnecessary pain!
Also, giving them a bath should be done fairly regularly if your pet decides to get into something like mud or rolls around on the ground a lot. You don’t want to wash all of their natural oils off!
Get Them Microchipped
If you’re taking your pet with you when you move or just happen to be traveling a lot, then it might be a good idea to get them microchipped.
This is an fairly new procedure where a chip the size of a grain of rice is injected under your pet’s skin in their shoulder. It doesn’t hurt your pet at all and it contains all of your pet’s vital information. The veterinarian or animal shelter will be able to scan your pet and access this information in case they get lost so you can easily be contacted.
If your pet does happen to get lost, then they have a much better chance of being returned home.
Fall is definitely one of the best times of the year. Whether you’re going to be doing some outdoor activities such as hiking, going on a walk, or taking a trip somewhere, it’s always best to take your furry companion with you because you never know what kind of surprises mother nature has in store!
This means that you’re going to need to make sure you have all of your pet’s supplies taken care of, such as their food, water bowls, and anything else they might need.
You should already have a carrier or leash and know how to use them. If not, then you can always buy one and make sure you know how to use it before your trip. You wouldn’t want your pet to get loose and get lost because you weren’t prepared!
Of course, there’s always the chance that something could happen while you’re away. If they get sick, then you would definitely want to know how to take care of them as quickly as possible.
If you have no idea what to do, then it would probably be a good idea to print out this article or bookmark it so you can easily find all the information you’ll need in case of an emergency. However, if you’re going to be traveling a lot, then there’s another option that might be better for you….
You might want to consider having your pet stay with a friend or family member who can take good care of them while you’re gone. This way, you don’t have to worry about them being alone or frantically trying to search the web for instructions. Plus, your friend or relative can provide their own tips and advice on what they normally do in case of an emergency.
Either way, you’re going to want to stay as relaxed as you can because if you get too stressed out, then it’s going to cause your pet to be even more anxious. This is supposed to be fun for the both of you!
The first time you take your pet somewhere, no matter if it’s in the backyard or somewhere else, they’re probably going to be a little nervous and on-edge.
This is completely normal, but the more you take them out and about, the more comfortable they’re going to get.
If you’ve had your pet for quite some time and they’re a little older, then chances are they’ll be a little more used to the outdoors. It doesn’t mean they won’t get nervous or anxious, but it’ll probably be to a lesser degree.
You also have to remember that your pet is probably not going to be capable of doing as much as you are, especially if they’re younger. Don’t push them too hard or too far, encourage and coax them a little at a time.
However, no matter how old or young your pet is, you still need to watch them carefully for any signs of distress. If you notice anything abnormal, then take them back home immediately and try again another day.
Planning fun outdoor activities for your pet isn’t as hard as it seems. All it takes is a little preparation on your part and you’ll definitely be able to provide your furry companion with an unforgettable and fun-filled experience they’ll never forget.
Hopefully, these tips will help make your trips enjoyable for you and your pet. Just make sure to take it slow and easy at first and gradually increase the time you spend outside.
Good luck and have fun!
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