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Signs Dogs Are Having
Dog owners take their furry friends’ health very seriously.
Like their human companions, dogs can experience health
problems that seemingly come out of nowhere. But unlike
the men and women who take care of them, dogs cannot call
the doctor when something is bothering them. That responsibility
rests on the shoulders of their owners.
A dog’s eyes can be a window into the animal’s overall
health. According to the pet care professionals at Memphis
Veterinary Specialists & Emergency, serious conditions
such as liver disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases can
all present indicators in a dog’s eyes. The American Kennel
Club Canine Health Foundation® says that dogs can experience
physical and/or behavioral problems when they’re
experiencing eye trouble.
A host of factors can contribute to vision problems in dogs.
Age is one such factor, but diseases such as diabetes and
hereditary conditions, including progressive retinal atrophy,
also can lead to visual impairment. Before dog owners can
work with veterinarians to determine the cause of their furry
friends’ vision loss, they must fi rst learn to recognize signs
of impairment. The AKC notes that some of these signs
may be obvious while others are more subtle.
• Bumping into walls or furniture: This is a clear indicator
that a dog is experiencing vision problems. Dog owners
who notice this is happening even when there’s nothing to
obstruct their dogs’ path should book a vet appointment immediately.
• Trouble locating food or toys: Most dogs love to eat and
drink and play with their toys. So a sudden inability to fi nd
food or water bowls or a favorite toy could indicate the dog
is having vision problems.
• Reluctance to jump on or off a couch: This symptom can
be less noticeable than bumping into furniture or having
trouble fi nding food. Dogs that once loved to jump on or off
a couch but now stick to the fl oor may be doing so due to
impaired vision and the fear of not being able to see where
• Clinginess: The AKC notes that some dogs cling to their
owners as they experience vision loss.
• Aggressiveness: Dogs may begin to show aggression as
they experience vision loss. That’s because the loss of their
eyesight can make them feel vulnerable, leading some to act
offensively as a defense mechanism.
• Physical indicators/behaviors: Dog owners should be
on the lookout for red, puffy or swollen eyes. In addition,
Memphis Veterinary Specialists & Emergency notes that
some dogs may paw at their face in response to vision loss.
Vision loss in dogs can be caused by many things. The fi rst
step to helping dogs overcome diminished vision is recognizing
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