July 5th, 2004, 09:57 AM
This weekend was a difficult one for my little Savannah. She is now almost totally blind and with the noise of the 4th of July she was more afraid than ever before. I could not get her to go potty outside at all. She finally went on the carpet and I was just relieved that she went at all. Are dogs more afraid of noise when they lose their eyesight? And most important, is there anything I can do to help her? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks Suzy.
July 5th, 2004, 12:05 PM
OH the poor little darlin!
My Rusty RIP was terrified with the noise as well and yes it did get worse when he was losing his vision. I did put cotton in his ears to muffle it and it worked a little. You may wanna try that during a thunderstorm or fireworks.
Just keep everything in the house the same way as it has always been.
You can take a scent of something (lavender, vanilla, anything) and rub in in the area you want her to follow. So she knows where the doorways are, rub it on either side of the frame and such. Peppermint works well I've been told too. So you can get some peppermint or other extract.
A little drop on her bed, she'll know the safe places...just don't block them with anything! :D
Tough time for you and your sweetie! You'll make it!
July 5th, 2004, 12:20 PM
You might want to join this list of blind dog owners. I'm sure they have many tips!
Blind dog mailing list (http://www.blinddogs.com/blind_dogs.htm)
July 5th, 2004, 01:17 PM
Maybe it would help also to have a little soothing familiar noise inside the house to mask the outside noise. And, hold her so she feels secure. Even doing a little light grooming so that she can focus on something familiar and routine. It also gives her the sense you're not anxious and that's reassuring to her. :)