I'm a firm believer that humans are unworthy of dogs, but I'm so glad we get to have them anyway. They're magical creatures — they comfort us when we're distressed, celebrate with us when we're happy, and are the world's most loyal companions. Of course, that's also why it's so hard to see your dog sick or struggling. It's not uncommon for a dog to lose its vision as it ages, but it can be a scary transition for both fur baby and parent. Here's how to tell if your dog is going blind, because no matter how badly all dog people wish, pups just can't tell us themselves.
If you're concerned about your dog losing its vision, I want to share a story that I hope will give you some comfort. When my husband and I went to the animal shelter together to find our first dog, we fell in love with a 1-year-old chocolate lab. After speaking with some of the volunteers at the shelter, we learned that this dog was cross-eyed and mostly blind. I called up my mom, who runs an animal sanctuary and has six rescue dogs herself. She told me, "Oh, don't worry about that. If your dog has to be missing a sense, vision is the best one to be gone. He'll be just fine without it." In typical fashion, my mom was absolutely right. Sure, Henry ran into his fair share of walls and took his sweet time finding his ball during fetch, but he loved, played, and explored just like any other dog. If your dog loses its vision, the transition period will be the toughest part. They'll adapt, and they'll be OK.
If you suspect your pup's vision is deteriorating, here are some of the warning signs to look out for.