Ben – living with a blind dog

Those who are following my blog already know that we have cancelled the eye extraction appointment of Ben. I am not so sure any more that this really has to be as Ben seems fine at the moment. He is not suffering like before he went blind and was on eye drops. He waggs his tail, enjoys his walks and eats his food. He communicates with us like before he went blind several weeks ago.

He needs more cuddles and always has the need to be ‘in touch’ with us, which we try to cooperate with as much as possible. The only thing, which is hard for us, is that he is barking a lot more than before he fell blind. In the park it seems he wants to let everybody know he is there and barks at all and everything and there is no way of stopping him, no matter how much I try to reassure him, touch him and talk to him. We try to let him socialise as much as possible. I am thankful to all dog owners who make that possible. Only few were reluctant, thinkig a blind dog would start biting as soon as he is startled.

I am quite sure he will not turn vicious because we take all precautioins and are always at his side. When nothing is in sight which could be dangerous for him, we let him off the lead. I always thought, Cocker Spaniels are good sniffers but Ben seems to orientate himself much more by our voice and noises than following us by sniffing. When he does not hear us, he trails off in a wrong direction.

Before Ben fell blind, he was trained very well which is lucky. First call, he comes back into our direction. Nonetheless, we constantly have to keep an eye on him in case some kind of obstacle is in his way which normally would not be a problem. We are taking him to a vast sports ground where many other dog walkers are taking their dogs when no games are on.(And everybody is a very responsible dog owner in picking up the poo as nobody wants to risk beig told off to walk their dogs there, obviously!)

In the house, he seems to have adjusted quite well. He always walks along the walls, even the stairs seem to be ok. I usually walk in front of him, touching his chest so he knows he wouldn’t fall; but, unfortunately, accidents happen. Again, he made it around the landing towards the stairs but didn’t realise he already was on the first step, so he stumbled 2 steps down. I watched him and didn’t say anything because he has to learn to find his way. He stopped, gathered himself and very carefully managed to walk down all the way (13 steps). Dogs are amazing in adjusting to difficult circumstances. We can only learn from them! Of course, I praised and cuddled him and he felt how proud I was of him.

If anybody has information on how inevitable an eye extraction is in case of glaucoma, please let me know. I am on facebook and twitter and, of course, here. Comments are greatly appreciated.








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