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How do you know if a dog is going blind?

One of the most common health problems in dogs is blindness, which is generally a sign of aging that is often difficult to stop. However, this condition can also be caused by serious injuries to your eyes.

When this occurs in pets, it is easy to recognize blindness from its initial phase, all that remains is to pay attention to some signs and symptoms that may occur. The web portal Universo Mascotas indicates some of them:

  • Eye color change: When a red or blue coloration occurs, it is a sign that something is not right with the dog's vision. Likewise, if the coloration is accompanied by yellowish or transparent secretions, it is important to go to the veterinarian to determine the health problem that the pet is suffering from.

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  • Cloudy vision: this can be identified if the dog's eyes are cloudy without transparency. This symptom is usually very noticeable, as the shine in a dog's eyes disappears little by little and goes from a strong color to a dull color.

  • Frequent blows: When the pet begins to have frequent accidents, this may be the most common symptom of vision loss. Thereforeit is important to stay alert and observe if the dog constantly collides with objects.

  • Lack of activity: if the pet does not play with the ball, avoids going out to the park or tends to stay very still, this can alert to a dog's lack of vision. Likewise, if he does not recognize his toys or even if his sense of smell fails, it is essential to go to the veterinarian to determine the safe treatment.

  • Lack of recognition: Normally, dogs recognize their owners at first sight, but when this does not happen and this process is made even more difficult with distance, it is likely that they are having a vision problem that must be treated in time.

Although the most common cause of blindness in dogs is the passage of time, there are other reasons that a young and adult dog can suffer from, including conditions such as conjunctivitis, corneal ulcer, cataracts and dry eye problems.

What to do if a dog goes blind?If you identify the aforementioned symptoms, it is important to take some precautionary measures in each case to avoid further injuries to your pet. Mascota Universe lists some of them:

Initially, you should go to the veterinarian to diagnose the cause of the dog's blindness and determine whether or not there is a treatment to follow.Avoid leaving furniture and objects crossed at home that the dog could collide with and get hurt.Leave your food in the same place, as this prevents you from going without food because you cannot find your food.Eat a diet rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that helps maintain healthy vision and in some cases, reduce the impact of blindness.Do not leave tall objects that could fall on the dog if it crashes or trips.Constantly go to the vet for a check-up. If blindness can be cured, the specialist will indicate the treatment to follow to prevent the pet from continuing with this health condition.

It is worth mentioning that according to research reported by PetMD, there are some breeds that are more likely to suffer from blindness due to diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, progressive atrophy and retinal degeneration, They are the Dachshund, Miniature Schnauzer and mixed breeds. As for cataracts, the dogs most likely to suffer from them are Miniature Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Schnauzers, Golden Retrievers, Boston Terriers and Siberian Huskies.

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