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This is defined as partial or total inability to see, usually by blocking light from reaching the retina.  There are several different time frames for this; it can be a situation that is present from birth or a sudden occurrence or it can be a progressive situation that happens over time.  There are many different reasons that a dog can go blind and each one has different details.  Also, each different reason can hit distinct breeds with higher probabilities.  The most important thing to recognize is that if you see the symptoms that a dog is going blind, begin medical or behavioral treatment as soon as possible to help the dog deal with the situation.  Symptoms can include:

  • Bumping Into Walls
  • Misjudging Heights
  • Difficulty Following Moving Objects
  • Clumsiness
  • Disorientation
  • Squinting
  • Eye Rubbing
  • Confusion in New Surroundings
  • Reluctance to Move
  • Hesitation in Low Light Situations
  • Easily Startled
  • Difficulty Finding Objects Such As Water Bowl
  • Cloudy Discoloration of Eye
  • Large Pupils Even in Bright Light