How Do I Know If My Pet Is Seeing Poorly?

How do I know if my pet is seeing poorly?

When your child is seeing poorly, the wisest thing to do is to ask him to tell us what is going on so we can help him. However, with our pets there is a small difference: they cannot talk. That’s why it’s difficult to know if they feel pain, if something in their system is wrong, or if their eyesight has started to show problems. How can we know what’s going on with our pet’s vision?

As sad as it is to say this, as puppies get older, it’s normal for them to gradually lose their sight until they go blind. The causes are varied.

Causes of canine blindness

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In addition to aging, dogs can suffer sudden blindness, which has no explanation.

However, other causes could be  illnesses such as diabetes or an acceleration of metabolism, and it could also have been caused by an accident.

Another cause that we may not know, especially if our puppy is adopted, may be his family history. Perhaps his parents or grandparents had visual problems and this caused him to be born with congenital blindness or any kind of visual problem that came with his birth.

In any case, and even if you believe that your dog suffers from some visual impairment, it is always best to take care of his eyes and clean his bruises daily to avoid infections.

Signs Your Pet May Be Seeing Bad

There are several very simple signs that can indicate that your pet is seeing poorly, and you can recognize them simply by looking.

orphan kitten

  • He bumps into everything. This could be normal if you’ve moved the furniture around and your pet is a bit distracted. However, when everything is in its place and suddenly your pet starts bumping into everything, something is not right with your vision. He is not seeing well.
  • Does not recognize your face from more than 3 meters. Pets have spectacular vision that allows them to distinguish their owners’ features from afar. However, when your pet doesn’t even see you and doesn’t even know where you are until you call, he’s seeing poorly.
  • Does not see well at night. If at night he bumps into everything and doesn’t know how to get to where his food is, it’s a clear indication that something isn’t right, as pets have a spectacular night vision.
  • If you don’t see your stuff. It’s true that dogs are guided by their sense of smell, but they also use their eyes a lot. If you notice that your dog doesn’t see your toys or your feeder, where your food and water are, it’s possible that your dog is seeing poorly, as they don’t usually need their sense of smell to find these things.
  • Looks everywhere looking for you. If he can’t see you and doesn’t know where you are, whether at home or on the street, until you call him, it means he’s not using your sight, but your ear, for the fact that your eyesight is having problems.
  • Smells the floor for a long time. If when he’s on the street he doesn’t look straight ahead, but walks with his head down, sniffing the ground, it’s because he needs to use his sense of smell to know where he is and where he should go.

There are also signs in your pet’s eyes that can make you realize he has vision problems:

  • Excessive cheesy;
  • Cloudiness in the eyes;
  • Internal or external injuries;
  • Eyes half closed;
  • Redness or spills.

What to do if you notice any of these signs?

No doubt about it, take your dog to the vet. If he is not prepared to deal with deep vision-related issues, he will send you to another professional who is an expert.

They will do the necessary tests to find out what kind of problem your pet has and where it came from, in addition to helping you to solve them.

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