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what should i do with blind puppy?

i can't really take care of it, not only cause it's blind but cause i have to many animals. someone dumped it! vet comfirmed blindness. can't find anyone willing to take it from me. my mother says put it down. i'm beginning to wonder if that isn't the humane thing to do. it's so cute! some type of small breed dog


Asked by Anonymous at 10:09 PM on Jan. 26, 2011 in Pets

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  • Many dogs do just fine when they are blind. We had two dogs that went blind (one had a congenital problem of the eyes, the other had cataracts and was too old to have the surgery to remove them.) Both navigated just fine around the house and yard- provided we did not rearrange the furniture becaues then they would become disoriented. The one who went blind as an older dog would not go up an down stairs anymore but luckily was a small enough breed that we could carry her up and down. The one who went blind in 'middle age' was fine on stairs. One of my friends had a dog who was blind from birth and she managed very well and lived to be about seventeen! I wouldn't say it's a reason to put to sleep... I would also look for a no kill shelter or a rescue group if you're not able to care for him in the long haul.

    Answer by Freela at 10:48 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Blind animals can adapt well into relatively normal living situations. You have to really be on guard and provide it with non-visual cues for getting around the house and such. Example, mats at top and bottom of stairs, plug in air fresheners to designate a room, etc ... BUT if you cannot care for it or if the pup is not adjusting, you should find it a new home. I'd put in down only after trying everything else. I'm wondering why you took a puppy in the first place if you already knew you had too many animals ...

    If you got it from the vet, return it there. I'm sure they'd rather try to find a home for it than have you put it to sleep because you over-committed. I'm not trying to be snarky, people over-commit themselves all the time. Own up to it and make it right, the sooner, the better.

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 10:30 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • i had a blind dog growing up. his name was midnight, he was a black lab. our yard was fenced off and he did really well without being able to see. he did have his moments though, i don't remember them much. but i dont remember him running on the side walk going through the yard, and he must have not noticed he ventured off the sidewalk and ran into the fence. he didn't get hurt though, and normally he would be able to walk right through the gateway despite his blindness because he could feel the cement he was walking on. those moments didn't happen all the time. he adapted very good to our yard and house. he would run up and down the side of the gate barking at the neighbor dog on the other side of the fence. he was good at following people's voices too. he lived to be about 10 years old. so that dog probably has a good life span ahead of him if given the chance.

    Answer by shoot4thestars at 10:42 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Josiesmommy: i hope she does send it to you! What a big heart you have for wanting to take him in. <3

    Answer by Mme.Langley at 11:16 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Put an ad on craigslist?

    "adorable blind pup - free to a good home!"

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:10 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • i almost got a blind puppy but i didn't. lady hasn't made up her mind what to do with it.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:11 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Take him/her to a no kill shelter, there has to be someone out there that will fall in love with the poor thing.

    Answer by shanlaree at 10:11 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • i already tried craigslist no takers. i get people who ask questions but then back out! i'll try to locate a no kill shelter. good idea. thanks

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:26 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • Ah, it's a tough situation.  =[

    In the mean time between trying to find a home here are some tips on how to take care puppy.  GL

    How to Care for a Blind Puppy


    Answer by musicmom08 at 10:31 PM on Jan. 26, 2011

  • ^^^ wow that title came out BIG ^^^ didn't mean that to happen.

    Answer by musicmom08 at 10:32 PM on Jan. 26, 2011