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Old Yesterday, 09:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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>> hello.
im not sure if my dog has bad eyesight or if it is because of his young age.
today there was a black cat approx 7-8ft right in the open on a dark branch and leaf tree that hung above us.
she could not see it ... i attempted to hold pinecones in the direction of the car + held his head facing the angle of the cat still no acknowledgement of this cat she had even previously spotted in a bush and chased into that tree.

shes 7months * age
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I've often noticed with Rudy that he's hesitant to step into dark areas, like into the garage from the house. (I don't mean from really bright into darkness, it's light in the house and just a little darker in the garage) Also that he frequently misses seeing the stick or the ball when it's not quite where he thought it was. Been around dogs all my life and this is the first dog where I've noticed this. He can hear like he's got radar though, and can smell a marrow bone; knows exactly where it is across a 1/2 acre or so...I just sorta figured he used those senses to "see" things.
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If this is the only time you have seen this happen, I would take a wait and watch approach. Does it happen again, what was the lighting, the circumstances, what was the area like.

For the cat. This was a black cat, on a dark branch - could be a case of blending into the background. As for holding his head facing the cat. Your dog wasn't worried about the cat - he was saying 'why the heck is Richard holding my head like this'.

If you are really concerned about his eyesight - start first with your vet. There are some preliminary exams/tests they can do. There is the option of being referred to an ophthalmologist.
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