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Caring For Dogs That Are Blind And Deaf..

Caring For Dogs That Are Blind And Deaf..

No one wants to think about their four-legged best friends getting older, much less having to deal with something like losing two of their senses. Unfortunately, the reality is that hearing and vision for many dogs significantly deteriorate with age, and some even end up going blind, deaf, or both.

Don’t despair if this happens to your aging pup, though. As many owners of special needs dogs have already discovered, it’s quite possible for them to continue to live happily and safely for quite some time.

What it does mean, however, is that both of you are going to have to learn some new tricks. Like what? Read on!

Some Easy Tips to Follow

Remember, 5-2=3

Your dog may have lost his sight and hearing, but that still leaves taste, touch, and — most importantly — smell. Even when they can see and hear, the most significant way that dogs interact with the world is through smell. Sniffing around tells them where things are and what they are, and when you use this in combination with touch, your older dog will have a much easier time living normally.

Safety First

If you have stairs in your house, a baby gate is going to become your dog’s new best friend. It’s also smart to block off pools and take care of any sharp objects and edges because they won’t be as easy for your dog to avoid. Additionally, while it’s vital to let your dog run around and get exercise, you never want to let her off-leash in an area that isn’t fenced in and, preferably, familiar.

Give Them Space and Keep it That Way

In order to help your dog easily find the things that he needs on a daily basis, create a space for him in your house and make sure that you don’t move anything around. This should include his food and water dishes; kennel, pet bed, or other places for him to rest; and a favorite toy or two.

Vibration is Your Friend

You know that touch is important, but you might not realize that vibration can be just as valuable — and help you to be a bit more hands-off. For example, there are vibrating collars you can purchase that will help you to replace words you used to train her, like “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and so on, with sensations. Additionally, you can direct your dog by doing things like stomping or clapping, and doggy water fountains let her “feel” where her dish is.

Create an In-House Trail

If you have a larger or well-trafficked house, carpet runners can help your dog know which room he’s in and find what he’s looking for. Alternatively, you can create a “sniff path” by putting air fresheners with different scents in each room to give different areas of the house unique identities.

Make Feeding Time Hands-On

You don’t have to literally spoon food into her mouth, but with deaf and blind dogs it can help (especially early on) to bring them to their food bowl and touch their chin to the edge of it. Most dogs will get the idea quickly, and this also helps to teach them how to get to their bowl on their own.

Let People Know

You should tell any visitors to your home about your dog’s unique situation. Why? Because they won’t know how to interact with your dog unless you tell them, and it’s a lot easier for people to change their behavior than it is to force your dog to adapt. Beyond this, you may want to purchase a special collar or bandana that lets people know your dog has special needs just in case he does ever get lost and need help.

In the end, remember that this is the same best friend you’ve come to love over the years. You can still play together and enjoy each other’s company, it’s just going to mean bending a little bit for both of you and embracing the things that are within his or her abilities.


Extra information for your dog or cat if they become deaf or blind.

1. put a rug under their food/water bowl so they feel the contrast of floor and where their bowls are.

2. If your house has several floors, put water on each floor in a fixed place.

3. Do not move furniture ect.

4. Keep their nails short, prevent slipping on slippery floors and make sure they don’t have too much hair under their feet, which also prevents them from gripping slippery floors.

5. The stairs, make sure they can see contrast if they are not blind yet and put non-slip mats on them.

6. If they can still hear, teach them some gestures like COME and STAY.

7. Be careful with vacuum cleaner in room or bucket for mopping.

8. Even if your dog is visually impaired or already blind, be careful with sharp corners of cupboards or tables… especially if they are at eye level.

9. Even if your dog is already visually impaired and has long hair covering their eyes, keep it as short as possible so as not to further restrict their vision.

10. If you have several dogs and a blind dog, you can put a scribble on the collar of a non-blind dog so that your blind dog can follow it, if you have no other dogs than a cat bell around your ankle so that your blind dog hear every step you make.