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Debbieg 12-11-2013 01:24 AM

Benny blinded puppy
My daughter moved home in October with her 8 week GR pup.
Benny has been very good with Kenobi, giving him a puppy license, but last night bit him in the face. It happened so quick; a quick bite and he let go.
There was no blood but the pups face was bruised. This morning his face was swollen but he was his playful and happy self. Tonight we noticed one of his eyes was not responsive and took him to the e vet. He is blind in one eye. The vet said we can take him to a pet optometrist but there is probably nothing they can do.

I do not blame Benny. It is my fault. My husband and daughter blame me.
I did not see it happen One minute they were fine and I walked out of the kitchen and it happened.
I am heart broken right now... feel like the worst dog owner in the world.
Please be careful to all those who add a new pup.

BowWowMeow 12-11-2013 01:49 AM


I am very sorry but it is not your fault. You had no idea this was going to happen because Benny had been good with the puppy. Accidents happen. Please do not be hard on yourself about this.

I don't mean to sound insensitive but since it's happened, being blind in one eye is not that big of a deal, especially when they grow up that way.

Cassidy's Mom 12-11-2013 02:01 AM

Oh no, I'm so sorry. I agree with Ruth - I know you feel terrible, but it doesn't sound like you could have anticipated something like this. Please don't beat yourself up over it.

blehmannwa 12-11-2013 02:53 AM

Dogs are dogs. Please don't blame yourself. Our pup got bit in the nose by our senior dog and it became infected. Accidents happen.

Twyla 12-11-2013 07:44 AM

Don't beat yourself up, accidents do happen.

Shadow, my lab, has been more or less blind in one eye, from birth. Early on, it appeared she did see light, shadows, but that soon disappeared as well. The only way anyone could tell anything was different about her is because of the eye being blue. Otherwise she is full speed ahead.

Something to keep in the back of your mind. Keep a check on the eye ball pressure and appearance of the eye and how it rests in the eye socket. In Shadow's case, the pressure built quickly, it became an emergency situation and she had to have the eye removed. It isn't an easy surgery, full recovery for Shadow at least, took a while.

Jelpy 12-11-2013 08:37 AM

I have around a hundred "I wish" when it comes to me pets; sometimes things happen.

Lycan is largely blind, 100% in one eye, 60-70% in the other with a kaleidescope vision in the portion that remains. He is one of the silliest, happiest dogs that I know. Kenobi will never know the difference; it may even help him develop control over the force.


Eiros 12-11-2013 08:42 AM

I'm so sorry, try not to feel bad though, it wasn't your fault!! These things happen so suddenly, there's nothing anyone could have done.

My GSD growing up, Max, was blinded in one eye at 4 months old by our family cat. He lived a completely normal life and no one even noticed he was blind, sometimes he just wouldn't see you on one side.

Everything will be ok!!

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Debbieg 12-11-2013 08:52 AM

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The e vet said the optic nerve is damaged and there is a slim chance when the swelling goes down his sight will return, but unlikely. He is on tramadol and anti biotics. The e vet did say there is a chance the eye may need to be removed so we will monitor. Kenobi goes to our regular vet this morning.

He is playing, bringing tennis balls and seem his happy self, but I do feel bad. I know dogs will be dogs but my family is emotional right now (We are Italian) and saying it is on me for not training Benny well enough. They don't get that even the best trained dog in the world could do this when left alone with another dog. I have kept toys off the floor, fed them seperately, to prevent this and never saw what started it.
Up until this incident Kenobi had followed Benny around like he looked up to him.

I know Kenobi will adjust and be fine with just one eye. I am going to enroll my daughter in puppy classes so he can socialize with other pups and have some good experiences. Hopefully he wont become fearful.
Here is a pic the night before it happened.

Castlemaid 12-11-2013 09:39 AM

It sounds like Benny gave the puppy a muzzle correction - completely normal and appropriate way for an older dog to discipline a pushy puppy. This is not aggression, it was just an unfortunate fluke that Benny got the eye area. :(

It\'s not your fault or Benny\'s fault - it was just one of those things that happen.

Bridget 12-11-2013 10:33 AM

I am so sorry this happened, but absolutely not your fault. You did everything right and could not have foreseen this. Dogs are dogs...

I can feel your pain though, because my family also tends to need someone to blame. I caught it with my son when he was staying with us and his Boston Terrier got out with our lab who is dog aggressive. My son accidently let him out, but I got the blame, just for the principal of it I guess.

Speaking of the Boston, Heidi once spent an entire Saturday with him and all of a sudden hauled off and bit him in the head. Dogs are dogs.

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