Living with Blind Dogs: Know for the Sake of your Pekingese

 


If you have owned a pet that is blind or low-visioned, then chances are you already know how it is living with blind dogs. However, for the benefit for those who are still new to it and would be willing to learn as much as they can about blind dogs, then this post is for you.

If you have a pet dog or have been with dogs all their lives, then you must know by now that like us, they have various personas. And that each dog would react to stress, trials or hardships differently as well. Generally, young dogs that go blind make an easier and faster adjustment to blindness especially if he is not the pack leader. On the other hand, frail, old, dominant dogs may undergo difficulty. Experts say that adjustment period may occur between 3-6 months, but there are cases that take longer.

Dogs react differently to blindness. Others go through depression while others have aggressive behavior changes. And there are others won’t change a bit and their owners can’t even tell that they are already blind. Dogs may use different behaviors in order to cope up with their vision loss. They may use more than one behavior at one time or sometimes even switch back and forth between behaviors. Though most of the time they show aggression, depression, dependence and fear.

Living with Blind Dogs: Know for the Sake of your Pekingese

Living with Blind Dogs

How to Deal with It

  • Get a small bell. Attach a bell to your pant leg or shoe and get everyone in the house to do it — include other pets if any. The sound of the bell would let him know that someone is near.
  • Stair gate. If your have several stories in your house then put a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs. Any blind or low-visioned dog isn’t allowed to go up the stairs unsupervised; the falling hazard is just so great.
  • Use Aromatic oils. Wipe a tiny amount of any aromatherapy oil on any vertical surface (e.g. furniture  door frames), both outside and inside. This will help your dog avoid collision.
  • Stay put. Keep his water and food bowl, as well as your furniture in the same place. A blind dog can quickly learn about his environment as long as you won’t move things around often that would end up confusing him.
  • Take a hike. Let him go for a walk and it is ideal to use a retractable leash since it would let him do some running while not being endangered at the same time.

Living with blind dogs is not a problem really, as long as you are willing to adjust. Dogs go blind due to old age, injury, illness, or that they are born with it. A blind dog can function as well as any normal pet can. Do not underestimate or misjudge a blind pet, they can be a real treasure.

Have you ever experienced living with a blind pet? How was it? Please do tell us your story on the space provided below.

 

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How to Treat Pink Eye in Dogs – Treating your Pekingese’s Conjunctivitis

How to Treat Pink Eye in Dogs – Treating your Pekingese’s Conjunctivitis

How to treat pink eye in dogs is rather easy. Dog conjunctivitis is a common eye infection and even us, humans, experience it once or twice a year. This illness would cause the white portion of your dog’s eyes to turn into pink, hence the term ‘pink eye.’ And if you leave it without any intervention, it would lead to your dog’s blindness.

Signs of pink eye would include the pinkish to reddish color of the eyes, swelling of surrounding tissues, eye discharges, and worse condition would be that your pet’s eye would be swollen shot. Once you notice it, either bring him to the vet or conduct your own intervention to help your dog.

How to Treat Pink Eye in Dogs

The first step in treating your dog’s pink eye is making sure the eye and the eye area are clean.  Use a soft, fresh cloth to wipe away excess dirt, discharge and foreign bodies.

If you think that there might be something lodged in the back of the eye, try flushing out the eye with lukewarm water.  If you do see something lodged in the eye, take the dog to the veterinarian to have it removed.

Source: Organic Pet Digest, http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/dog-pink-eye.html#sthash.GJPlaVo4.dpbs

Treating Pink Eye at Home

  • Get a washcloth and soak it in lukewarm water. Wring out the excess water from the cloth and gently use it to wipe any discharges from your pet’s eye.
  • Try to find any foreign object and remove it.
  • Using a lukewarm water, flush your pet’s eye or you may use human artificial tears that contains no preservatives. This is essential if you don’t find any foreign object in his eye.
  • Place a compress on your pet’s eye. You can use a clean washcloth that has been soaked from a lukewarm water and folded in square. Hold the compress unto his eye but do not apply pressure, however use a different cloth for each eye so that infection won’t spread.
  • Repeat the aforementioned steps until his pink eye goes away. You can also call your vet to inquire about eye ointments which are safe to use.

Knowing on how to treat pink eye in dogs would greatly benefit you and your pet. Aside from the fact that you could save dollars for the vet trips, your dog can also be comfortably recuperating in a place he is familiar with rather than bringing him to the clinic which may cause him to feel uncomfortable and confused.

Did your pekingese experience pink eye already? How did you treat it?  Share with us your home remedies or techniques so that we can also benefit from it.

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Pekingese Eye Problems

Pekingese Eye Problems

Pekingese Eye Problems

Due to their flat skulls and somewhat compressed faces, pekingese eye problems are common. And being their handler, you should be careful on how you handle your dog and watch out for him always. Keep an eye out especially when he is playing around the house and double that precaution when he is playing with other dogs.

Scratched Cornea (Corneal Abrasion)
Since Pekingese dogs’ eyes protrude more compared to others plus they have flat noses, thus making them more prone to corneal ulcers. If you notice that your pekignese’s eyes become scratched, bring him immediately to the vet. Your vet would be expected to give him doses of antibiotics and lubricating gel to prevent any infection which would often lead to loss of eyesight if left untreated.

There are also times when their eyelashes would turn inward (trichiasis) which would rub their eyes and scratches the cornea and is a very painful experience for them. Even though this not a common scenario, when this happens your vet would do more aggressive interventions, usually surgery to correct it.

Eye Prolapse (Eye popping out)
This usually result after a head trauma or when there is an excessive pressure towards the head or body. Rough handling your pekingese or any circumstance which would put pressure on his eye can result to this one. This often seen during dog fights when the enemy would happen to catch the skin of your peke’s eye, thus his eyes pop out. This may freak you out but quick action and presence of mind will be able to help him save his eyesight. Simply put his eye back inside his socket gently, if you happen to live near the animal hospital or vet clinic, then rush to them immediately. But if the clinic or hospital is quite far away, then handle this on your own. Time is crucial here so that the eye muscles won’t swell.

Pekingese Eye Problems

The two problems that are common in the Pekingese breed are ulcerations of the eyes and slipped discs. What is possible is that your Peke may experience a prolapse of the eye. This is, however, rather unusual and will normally be as the result of a fight with another dog. What happens is that during a fight the other dog may catch the loose skin on the side of the eye, causing the eye to pop out, as the eyeball is very large and has an extremely shallow eye-socket.

Source: SanSaw Kennels, http://sansawkennels.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/your-pekingese-eye-care/ by Aggie

How to handle Eye Prolapse before going to the vet:

  • Protect the eye and keep it moist. Get a piece of gauze and soak it in a lukewarm contact lens solution (or plain simple lukewarm water) and use it to cover the injured eye. Spray it every now and then to keep it moist, do not attempt to remove it once you have applied it on already.
  • Bring him to the vet immediately. After wrapping the injured eye with the moist gauze, keep it in place and drive to the nearest vet or animal hospital.

How to handle Eye Prolapse on your own:

  • Be calm. Wash your hands thoroughly and take hold of your pekingese’s upper and lower eye lids and pull it gently forward.
  • Moisturize it. Apply lubricant generously with petroleum jelly. Be careful in applying it.
  • Pull it. As you gently tug on your peke’s eyelids forward, his eye may instantly slip right back in place. Otherwise, be sure you have clean hands and gently push it back in place. If the eye isn’t going back in due to swelling, cover his injured eye with wet gauze and bring him to the vet immediately!

These are the common pekingese eye problems and it is good that you would be well-informed about it. I read from a forum site that he laid to rest his pekingese after seeing her experiencing an eye prolapse. He was freaked out and didn’t know what to do, so he submitted her for euthanasia. This is very sad news, really. Thus, it is very important for an owner to know first everything about a certain breed before deciding to buy or adopt it. Knowledge is truly power and yes, you are capable of saving your beloved Pekingese if you are educated.

Any concerns about your Pekingese? Did you experience this phenomenon already? How did you handle it? Tell us more by leaving your messages below.

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