Second Sight: Blindness in Dogs and How You Can Help

For many pet owners, the very notion of their dog losing his or her eyesight can be alarming, if not downright heartbreaking. The thought of those once doleful and loving eyes not being able to see your smile or fetch their favorite toy can feel like a death knell to many pet parents; but that’s simply not true. 

Dogs are incredibly resilient creatures and, like humans, they are able to adeptly adjust to shifts in their sensory awareness. While it is true that, in some instances, you may have to become your dog’s seeing eye human, your pup can learn to find their way in the world with aplomb – and a little patience and planning on your part. 

Whether your dog’s blindness has come on gradually as a result of age or illness, or is the result of a sudden injury or acute condition, living with a blind dog can be just as sweet (if not more so) as it was when they could see the world around them.

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The Senior Brain: Behavior Changes in Older Pets

As pets age, we can visibly see the signs of change, to some extent, and certain medical conditions may arise. Maybe they are less energetic and sleep more, or they develop a health condition common in some older pets, such as arthritis. But what most owners don’t consider is how behavior might change in older animals.

In some pets, there are marked changes in how they behave once they are elderly. You may have noticed some differences in your sweet pet. This is why Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center is here to explain some of these behaviors changes in older pets and how you can better support your four-legged friend.

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A Window to Your Pet’s Body: The Value of Pet Wellness Exams 

How amazing would it be to be able to peer right into your pet’s body? You know, to get a really good assessment of how things are going internally?

Well, science isn’t quite there yet, but Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center has the scoop on the next best thing. Did you know that routine pet wellness examinations can give us a wealth of information about your pet’s overall health and wellbeing? They may not exactly be a window into your companion’s body, but regular pet wellness care has just as much value.

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An Uphill Battle: Understanding the Needs of Pets with Heart Disease

The heart’s primary function is to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Because of this massive responsibility, it’s critical to maintain optimal heart health throughout life. Preventing heart disease is key, but many animals are also born with cardiac challenges, so it’s equally important to recognize symptoms and provide treatment. Without medical intervention and consistent support at home, pets with heart disease can experience organ and circulatory system failure.

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