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What are Blindness?

There are many dangers that may not be dangerous if your pet can see, but become very hazardous if he is blind. Your dog could walk in front of a car, fall down the stairs, and get into all kinds of situations when outside. If you think your dog is having trouble seeing, it is essential that you make an appointment with your veterinarian. Because there are so many reasons for blindness in dogs and you may not be able to tell what is happening, it is a good idea to visit your veterinarian at least once a year. The veterinarian will be able to tell if your dog cannot see even during a regular check-up.

Blindness in dogs can be a terrifying and even life-threatening disorder for your dog. The blindness may result as a symptom of a different disorder, such as diabetes, or it could be from injury, and sometimes it is due to a hereditary disease you did not know your dog had. The truth is, it is sometimes difficult for you to tell if your dog is blind because dogs are so adept at coping. However, you may notice your pet bumping into things, becoming afraid of loud noises, and not wanting to play or go outside. This is often due to fear because your dog has no idea what is happening and it is frightening.

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Symptoms of Blindness in Dogs

Depending on the cause of the blindness, symptoms vary from case to case, but if you know your dog well, you should be able to tell eventually. Some of the signs your dog is having vision trouble include:

  • Bumping into things
  • Acting afraid to move
  • General clumsiness
  • Jumpiness
  • Apprehensive during play
  • Unable to find water, food, and toys
  • Confusion
  • Not wanting to go outside
  • Depression
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Anxiousness
  • Excessive thirst (diabetes and SARDS)
  • Eye redness
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Cloudiness of the eyes

 Types

Your dog may be:

  • Partially blind – Cloudy vision, may be able to see shapes and light, blindness only in one eye
  • Intermittently blind – Blindness comes and goes randomly
  • Completely blind – Unable to see anything, including light

Causes of Blindness in Dogs

  • Glaucoma – Very painful, increased pressure of the fluids in the eye that damages the optic nerve and retina
  • Cataracts – Painless cloudiness of the eye lens that produces partial or complete blindness
  • Diabetes – One in 10 dogs is diabetic and 75% of them end up blind
  • Old age
  • Breed-specific - Certain breeds such as the Spaniels, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Shar-Peis, Poodles, Great Danes, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Chow Chows, Bassett Hounds, Beagles, German Shepherds, Chihuahuas, and Shih Tzus
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) - Inherited disorder that causes retinal deterioration
  • Suddenly acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – Painless and impossible to cure with no known reasons as of yet

Diagnosis of Blindness in Dogs

Your veterinarian will need to do a complete physical, which includes eye examination, pupil reaction time, reflexes, body temperature, blood pressure, weight, breath sounds, pulse oximetry (oxygen level), respirations, and heart rate. Tell the veterinarian what symptoms you have noticed and any abnormal behavior or eating patterns. Bring your pet’s medical and vaccination records if possible.

Diagnostic tests will need to be done to rule out underlying diseases such as diabetes and Cushing’s disease. Some of the tests needed may be blood glucose, serum chemistry analysis, complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), urinalysis, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), serum cholesterol, bilirubin, and tonometry. Other procedures usually done at this time are serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP), serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), electroretinography (ERG), ACTH stimulation test, and ocular ultrasound. You may need to take your dog to a veterinary ophthalmologist for further testing.

Treatment of Blindness in Dogs

Treatment depends on the cause of the blindness. With most cases of blindness, such as SARDS and PRA, there is no treatment. If there is an underlying disease, such as diabetes, Cushing’s Syndrome, or hypertension, that will need to be treated first. Otherwise, the only treatment is to train your pet to live with blindness. There are special provisions and help groups your veterinarian may be able to recommend.

Diabetes

The veterinarian will need to give your dog insulin and may have you continue giving insulin shots daily for the rest of your pet’s life. You may also need to put your dog on a special diet and exercise program.

Cushing’s Syndrome

Treatment for Cushing’s depends on the cause of the syndrome. If it is caused by a tumor of the adrenal glands, the veterinarian should be able to remove it with surgery. If the tumor has not spread, your dog should be fine afterward.

Hypertension

If your dog has hypertension (high blood pressure), medication such as angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, special diet, and exercise routine is recommended.

Recovery of Blindness in Dogs

Recovery also depends on the cause of the blindness. In most cases, your dog will be back to normal after a few weeks of training. A dog is able to adapt quickly by using other special senses, but call the veterinarian if you need further assistance or would like recommendations for support.

Blindness Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Buddy
Mixed
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Depression
Excessive Thirst

I rescued my dog following him being hit by a car in 2005. He had a broken leg, broken hip, and x-rays showed buck shot in multiple areas. The vet estimated his age to be 1 to 1- 1/2 years old. In the fall of 2017 he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease and was put on prednisone. Just over a month ago, he was diagnosed with diabetes. His glucose level in the first three weeks of being diagnosed stayed between 520 and 680. He was weaned off the prednisone due to it counteracting with the insulin to treat the diabetes. He is currently on deramaxx 25 mg, which I give him 1/4 of a pill every other day. Almost immediately after the diabetes diagnosis, he lost all vision in one eye, and most of the vision in the other eye. His beautiful brown eyes are now covered with a blue cloudy haze. His glucose is currently around 200 and I am giving him 11 units of Novolin N twice a day. If we get his diabetes under control, is it possible for any of his vision to return. If not, what can I do to help him adjust to his blindness.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1093 Recommendations
If Buddy developed diabetic cataracts, those don't go away, even if his diabetes becomes more controlled, sadly. Dogs can do quite well with limited vision, her just needs to stay inside or on a leash, and will be better in familiar areas. Things like moving furniture should be avoided if possible, as he will quickly learn where things are in the house. I hope that Buddy continues to do well.

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Raja
Stray
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Normal but not able to see

My stray puppy is 6 months old. He was suffering from virus infection... got cured with in a week... started eating .. but after two suddenly his eyes turned blue ... now he is not able to see.. he is active and eating well. Wil his eyes become normal? He is suffering from blue eye syndrome.when wil his eyes become normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what 'virus'Raja had, as there are many that puppies are susceptible to. Hepatitis virus wil cause that change in the eyes, as will many other conditions - it would be best to have him seen by a veteirnarian, as I am unable to examine him. They will be able to look at him and determine what might be going on with his eyes.

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Renata
Dachshund
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sudden blindness

Medication Used

prednisone

Hi, my dog got up yesterday morning almost completely blind. She had her eyes dilated (and still has) and bumped into everything, then she begun to get better, but still she has trouble avoiding objects. Our veterinary does not know what happened to her, there are no signs of infection in their eyes, they only are dilated and looks like they are fixed looking at long distance. He prescribed prednisone and something for the liver.
Today she got up much better, but almost immediately her eyes started to suffer again, its like they cant adapt correctly or fast to distance and changes in brightness.
Could you suggest something we can do to help her? Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Renata, I am not sure what might be happening, but it would be a good idea to either follow up with your veterinarian, or ask for a referral to an ophthalmologist, as that is strange that it occurred so quickly, and she may have something going on with her retinas that needs attention. I hope that this resolves for her.

My boxer is having the same problems his eyes are constant dilated vet has him on antibiotics and steriods and we see an ophthalogist on Wednesday hoping for an answer all blood work is great has Vet stumped

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Lucy
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diabetes, blindness from cattaracts
Diabetes, blindness fro cattaracts

Hi Is there anything that can be done for a dog who has gone blind due to diabetes. If so what would it be and will the blindness come back? She was diagnose one day and blind the next and I would like to do something for her if possible. Even one eye at a time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations
The majority of dogs diagnosed with diabetes will develop cataracts with a year or two of diagnosis, some may develop cataracts literally overnight. The problem is that cataracts are one thing, but if there is also uveitis or glaucoma it may be more difficult to manage; you should visit your Veterinarian or an Ophthalmologist for an examination to determine a course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chanace
not sure
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Running into things
Eyes leaking yellow/green

My dog went blind with in several days and I have no clue what happened.. But she had been drinking plenty of water before going blind she always use to seizure

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Blindness may be caused by a variety of different causes and many times blindness is gradual, but dogs are highly adaptive and we do not realise that the blindness is occurring until they are fully blind. Blindness may be caused by trauma, infections, glaucoma, lens anomalies, retinal detachment (usually associated with trauma), poisoning, systemic disease among other conditions. You would need to visit your Veterinarian to examine her eyes to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zeus
Chihuahua
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blind, neck pain

My dog recently went blind. The very next morning we took him to critical care facility which they believed he may have meningitis, due to the fact that he has been in the vet twice for neck injury. His primary vet diagnosed him as having a slipped disc in his neck. However, I was told by critical care that the neck issue could have been related to meningitis as well. At The critical care facility it would have cost me five grand to get all the test to see if my dog for certain had meningitis. However, The vet at critical care said that he believed my dog did have meningitis After doing his neuron exam/consult. He gave me a few options. Option one being the most expensive, and option to being around $700 . Option 2 he tested my Zeus for INDEXX Toxiplasma Gondi RealPCR TEST, INDEXX Neosporaspp. RealPCR TEST, and Tick PCR/protatek#68-72. He then prescribed my Zeus Clindamycin 25mg, Docycycline100mg, Tramadol 50mg, and PREDNISOLONE 5mg(This pill I gave 1/2 a pill day for seven days straight, and then 1/2 pill every other day to wean him off ). I know the medicine is supposed to help him get better but my question is once he gets better will the he regained his eyesight?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1093 Recommendations
Thank you for contacting us about Zeus, I'm sorry that that is happening to him. You certainly have taken good care of him and gotten excellent treatment. Without knowing the extent of damage to his eyes, I can't say for sure whether his eyesight will come back - if the damage was mild, his tissues should heal, and he may regain vision. If the damage was more severe, however, those tissues may have been irreparably damaged to where he will not regain his vision. It would seem a good idea to contact the veterinarian at the critical care facility, or your primary veterinarian who knows more about Zeus, and ask their opinion on whether his eyesight will return. I do hope that he makes a full recovery.

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Dory
Pug
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Medication Used

Refresh

Hi, I have an 8year old female Pug who is now completely blind due to chronic dry eye, her eyes are getting worst they are red and swollen and the black part of her eyes is spreading, the other day I noticed she is growing some sort of pimple on both eyes, I don't have alot of money but I am willing to make payments, what can I do? And is their any foundations that can help me with her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a variety of charity clinics and nonprofits which may be able to help you, obviously your location will limit which services are available to you; since you didn’t mention your location I will assume you are in the United States. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://iheartdogs.com/cant-pay-for-your-pets-needed-care-these-12-programs-can-help/ www.thepetfund.com www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Chewy
Shih Tzu
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ear/eye infections, nausea, ras

Eye infections caused pigmentation and thickening over eyeball. Rash around private part grown over half of stomach. She's constantly scratching. And seems to be nauseated often. She stares off into space. She's not herself. What can I do keep her from getting eye and ear infections? Why is she nauseated often? We feed her home cooked chicken with little seasoning. She also eats some sweet potatoe with it. Can we restore vision in her eye? And stop pigmentation in the other?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations
Be very cautious with seasoning if feeding home cooked meals as many seasonings whilst safe for humans can be toxic for dogs; also, if Chewy isn’t receiving a balanced diet this can have consequences on the overall health. At this point I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine what is exactly going on and to make sure treatment is directed effectively. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Shih tzu mix
10 yrs
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diabetics

Hai, if there is 75% diabetic dogs going to blind within a year, what make 25% doesn't go to blind? What and how to be diabetic dog without blinds (be the 25%). My diabetic dog looks like starting develop cataract. He diagnosed diabetic on may'17. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations

Blindness may occur in dogs with diabetes especially if not managed appropriately; blindness may occur by cataracts or glaucoma. There are many forums stating that diets, supplements and x/y/z will prevent a diabetic dog from going blind but I haven’t seen a correlation. Blindness aside, the diabetes should be managed with diet and insulin (if required) and regular blood glucose monitoring can make it a manageable condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Forest
Indian
50 days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Deafness
Blindness

Medication Used

Multi Vitamin

Hi, I recently rescued a pup who had a sever car accident and suffered brain injury. He is about 50 days old and has gone blind and deaf as well. I would rate his blindness 2/10 and deafness 3/10 ...10 being totally functional ability for seeing and hearing. We have put him on multi vitamins. He walks and barks freely and eats whole heartedly by sensing his food vessel. Could you suggest us any treatment which helps him recover his eye sight to some extent so that he can live more independently.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2507 Recommendations

Blindness by trauma may be caused by structural anomalies in the eye (detached retina, bleeding in the eye, dislocated lens), nerve damage, bleed on the brain or inflammation. The cause of the blindness (apart from the trauma) needs to be established so that treatment can be directed; it may be as simple as some eye drops or may require surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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