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07-22-2014 08:06 PM
Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Is this a "common" small furry dog problem?? Shih tzu and Lapso Alpso's are on our small dog list.
Yes. The vet said she usually sees this (glaucoma) in small dogs with big eyes like the shih tzu, pug, Lapso etc., from repeated eye trauma or hereditary. But my girl is getting old and the glaucoma was caused by cancer behind the eye.
07-22-2014 07:39 PM
Chip18 Is this a "common" small furry dog problem?? Shih tzu and Lapso Alpso's are on our small dog list.
07-22-2014 07:20 PM
Msmaria Thankyou. Just saw ur msg. We need this as I worry about her poking her other eye. And as much as my other dogs try not to step on her shes always underfoot. She has been following them alot lately. Im worried Dexters nails might scratch her. As you can see hes her babysitter but hes always on the side of her bad eye. The right one.

Dexter the babysitter
07-20-2014 03:01 PM
Magwart While she's healing, you might consider a "protective visor" (to keep her from running to sprinklers, trees, etc.). Several people on the Yahoo Blind Dog list use them:

Doggles also can serve the same purpose (protecting the vulnerable eye socket while it heals).

We have a fully blind one, and the "Watch It" notice cue helps him a lot when he's about to run into something -- we warn him, and he stops and veers to the side. You could teach it for just the one side.

Train yourself to be cognizant when approaching her from the blind side. Teach a notice cue on that side when you approach and are reaching for her (we use "Touch" for our dog's cue, but any word will work). It's avoids startling the dog needlessly, and it seems to make them feel a lot more secure in their space when they know what's coming.
07-18-2014 11:30 AM
Twyla Great to hear!!

For the bumping into things, that will level out. She is having to relearn her vision - if that makes sense.
07-18-2014 09:47 AM
Msmaria Shes getting her stitches out today. Hair is growing back in. Shes doing so much better. Playing and wrestling with the other dogs. Snuggles with us again, comes to play and lets us pick her up. For the past months ive been thinking she was grumpy because shes getting old but it must have been the pain from the cancer and glaucoma because theres such a difference. I know it was a hard choice but if I had too id do it again. Fyi shes still bumping into things though but not as often. When she gets stuck in the corner she doesnt stay there anymore she will back out so thats an improvement too.
07-09-2014 09:33 AM
Msmaria I hope he does settle down soon. My shih tzu is the only one who slept last night as my gsd was up, running through the yard barking at every noise. I had to crate him for awhile. I think hes getting used to being up because he brought me his toy at 3am in the morning and is fast asleep now. Yep, my turn to wake him up. Thanks for all the thoughts. I hope the other eye stays good. Heres a pic of her asleep on my bed. Would post a pic of her right eye but as twyla knows, its pretty gross looking and still swollen
07-09-2014 08:33 AM
blackshep I feel the same as others. He knows your one dog isn't well and is being protective. I'm sure as your other dog heals, he'll settle down and go back to his old self.

He sounds like a sweet and sensitive guy, who worries about his pack
07-09-2014 06:54 AM
Originally Posted by Msmaria View Post
I am so glad Shadow is doing well. I hope my senior does as well. Ive been looking into what people do for their blind dogs for example rugs and using scents. Did shadow have one eye out or both? It seems like even though its only one eye, shes acting like she cant see at all. Her pee does look pretty yellow, but maybe its because shes holding it til we take her outside or help her find her water bowl. I cant let her outside on her own because the sprinklers will poke her right in the eye if she walks into it. Fresh cranberries?
Shadow just had the one eye out. She has better vision in her remaining eye then Woolf does. What she doesn't do is compensate; turning her head for a better visual so she bumps into things on her blind side. So we follow the usual protocol for a blind dog as in not moving things around or if we do, stay extra vigilant keeping an eye on her until she realizes something is different.

With your dog's urine being so dark, can be an indication of not enough water or like you said, holding it to long. Ask your vet for ph strips to test acidity in her urine.

The cranberry I give Shadow is supplement form.
07-09-2014 01:11 AM
my boy diesel i would guess he knows the older dog is hurting and is vulnerable
therefore he is being proactive in warning others to stay away from his pack
hope all goes well for the old girl
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