Link for the following article (on Cesar Milan's web site):
http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/askthevet ... vemberNL_2
Blind and Deaf Dog
Written by Dr. Sherry Weaver
I just found out that my dog is going to be blind and lose her hearing within two years. She is a very active dog, but I can already see the differences in her behavior because the problems have already started. Is her life worth living after losing these senses?
Helen Keller would say yes, life is worth living even with blindness and deafness. Dogs who lose some senses will compensate with their others. She will still have smell to recognize the people she loves and touch to enjoy a good petting. She will still have taste to enjoy a good meal. And with your guidance, she can still enjoy a good run on a relatively even surface on a leash. Depending on the cause of blindness or deafness, often conditions will leave some ability to see shadows and navigate around things, but even if this is not the case, as long as the furniture doesn't move, they usually navigate quite well.
I think the hardest part of living with a dog losing senses is when we see them struggling or bumping into things. I have experienced this with my own dog Einstein, who at 18 years of age has lost most of his hearing and vision, but no one could look at him and say he is not still enjoying life. Remember, as Cesar says, a dog does not intellectualize. She just accepts and enjoys what the world gives her!
You can see more tips from Dr. Weaver in Cesar's Way magazine.
I hope that the above also helps!
I had a beautiful red lab, Monty, who as an old dog, went very deaf and then gradually, quite blind (Could see shadows etc though) and he took on these problems in his stride...... we just made sure that we didn't mess with the house smells with air freshners and didn't move the furniture much ... and he created a mind trail, he knew where he was going and just went about his business...... and he moved in a way that if he did bump into something, it was never at a fast pace where he would hurt himself... he learnt caution.... as we all do in our advancing years...
It was many happy years together with these conditions before he went to the bridge..... and I wouldn't hav missed out on one day of that time!
Keep strong, know that dogs use their noses and can navigate about in the pitch dark at night quite well using this sense..... who knows maybe they just think that it is always night time when they lose their sight.....
In my thoughts and prayers,