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Post by Fire Flower on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:47 pm

Bullet (a Shih Tzu) turned 14 in May and his right eye started getting cataracts last year. It is totally white now...he is blind in that eye and I don't think he can see too well out of his left. Sad
He is doing well otherwise..he is trying to adjust to having partial vision.

It is so hard and so sad watching our pets get old.
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Post by lovekitties on Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:35 pm

so sorry to hear about your dog. Yes. it is hard seeing them grow old. it's the one thing I hate the most about having a furkid, their life expectancy is so much shorter than ours. It would be wonderful if they lived as long as we do, wouldn't it?
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Post by gbste on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:21 pm

I keep telling my dogs that it's against the rules for them to grow old, but they keep disobeying me on that rule.

Dogs rely on their vision much less than we humans do, since their sense of smell is so strong. Especially in a familiar environment, lack of vision may not distress your little old man as long as you don't rearrange the furniture too much.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:40 pm

We had an older dog who couldn't see much for the last few years of her life. We kept the furniture in its place, and tapped a spoon on the can when it was supper time. Cinnamon learned what that sound meant in about 10 seconds.

Hugs to both you and your little doggy.
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Post by Suzzzz on Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:36 pm

I agree with everyone that, if Bullet's senses are waning as he ages, his sight will probably be the least worrisome to him, especially if it's fading slowly. Of course it's sad for us to see them lose the acuity they had when they were younger, but try to remember that they don't see it that way. I've had nearly blind and deaf dogs who were perfectly happy as long as they had their regular routines, regular food schedules, and plenty of regular loving. Dogs are all about the Now. My only advice would be to try not to impose your human sadness on your happy dog; it will only upset him -- he won't know why you're sad, but he'll feel it and be sad, too. Instead, try to live in his simple world when you're with him. Food + routine + snuggles = happy. That's all it takes. So, quite simply, be happy with him. I love you
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Post by Fire Flower on Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:27 am

Thank you, everyone....I knew you could give me advice and support. I love you
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Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:51 am

I can't add anything to the above except to say it's all excellent advise. Our poodle also had cataracts as he got older, and he adjusted very well to diminished sight. His hearing, sense of smell, and sense of touch were just as good as ever. In fact, they seemed to improve as his eyesight failed. You really couldn't tell he was mostly blind. We didn't move any of the furniture (my mom was a strict 'everything in it's place' person before this anyway) or his bed, food, or water bowls. Just make sure to make some noise or preferrably say something if you approach from behind so he knows you're there and who you are.
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Post by ARNIgal on Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:11 pm

You can look at the aging of pets this way. If their lifespans weren't shorter than ours, we all wouldn't have such a great appreciation of them :-) bounce
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:54 pm



I'm sorry to hear that Fire Flower. I love you
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Post by Suzzzz on Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:22 pm

fiffur wrote:Just make sure to make some noise or preferrably say something if you approach from behind so he knows you're there and who you are.

This is excellent practical advice. For deaf dogs, try always to approach from the front so they can see you.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:02 pm

Thanks Suzzzz.......... years ago,my sis' dog Chelbie was going deaf faster than her cataracts were making her blind. When we tried to call her in from the yard she couldn't hear us very well. My sis yelled from inside the door so she couldn't see her either. So I started making HUGE whole arm gestures while yelling and standing outside on the porch where I could be seen. Even if she didn't hear me she could at least see that huge gesture and knew to come in from the cold (literally).
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:28 am

How is Bullet getting along?
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Post by Fire Flower on Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:27 am

Bullet is getting along well enough. He longer wants to play with his toys and he usually needs to get carried down the stairs to go for walks. He can make it up the stairs fine.
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Post by Suzzzz on Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:52 pm

As an old lady, I can tell you that going upstairs is a piece if cake. However, even with excellent eyesight, coming downstairs is dicey. The canyon is open before you, and one wrong step can spell disaster. I can hold on to the railing; poor old Bullet can't. By all means, carry him down!
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Post by bpaquet on Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:13 pm

Amen to that! I am not old, but I've had enough leg and ankle injuries that going down is always a risk. I go slow and hold on. If I were a pup, I'd ask for a ride too.
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Post by Sue Short on Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:17 pm



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