Canine Symptoms of Blindness

by Chris Miksen
Blind dogs aren't fans of moving from their resting spots.

Blind dogs aren't fans of moving from their resting spots.

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Blind canines usually get along fairly well, but they do exhibit some symptoms that make their condition evident. The symptoms alone aren't enough to make a diagnosis -- that part is left up to your vet after an exam.

Symptoms

Most canine blindness symptoms manifest in behavioral changes. Your pup might appear unusually frightened when something happens around him, such as the cat whizzing by, and appear disoriented and scared in what should be familiar rooms. He might stumble into objects, miscalculate his jumps and struggle with fetch and catching toys. WebMD notes that blindness can also cause your pup to carry his nose close to the ground and step unusually high. Some conditions can result in physical changes or symptoms within the eye, such as cloudiness, tearing and swelling, which can cause squinting.

Eye Exam

If you notice your pup suffering from any of these symptoms, take him in for a vet appointment. Not only is a veterinarian the only one who can make an accurate diagnosis, but he may need to treat the underlying condition that's causing your pal's blindness. Plus, these symptoms can indicate a wide range of other conditions.

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About the Author

Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.

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