Loss of vision in dogs can occur for many reasons, whether in a sudden or gradual manner. With early recognition of the signs and symptoms, blindness can be minimized or prevented. Dogs with impaired vision can still find normalcy in their daily activities due to their heightened senses and assistance of their owners or trainers.
What Are The Symptoms Of Canine Vision Loss?
Observing the habits of the dog can reveal a change in his attitude and temperament.
- Inflamed eyes with unusual discharge
- Change in the color of the pupils
- Significant enlargement of eyeballs
- Too much sleeping
- Disoriented and difficulty in finding water bowl and plate
- Clumsy movements
- Reluctance to enter dark unfamiliar territory
- Constant rubbing or the eyes
What Causes Sudden Loss of Vision?
Eye problems, such as sudden vision loss in dogs, can be attributed to many causes. Common reasons are glaucoma, corneal ulcers, cataracts and dry eyes due to medication. Another cause is entropion, which is the tendency of the eyelids to roll inwards, constricting the cornea. Vision impairment is also linked to progressive retinol atrophy, a range of degenerative illnesses that afflict mostly Labradors, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels.
How Can Owners Care For Their Visually Impaired Dogs?
Owners should always ensure the safety of their dogs.