Most importantly, do not think or feel that their life is over because it is not over, it will just be a new beginning for them and for the family members. It takes time for them to adjust to their new lifestyle (Angel took a good 6 months to “map out the house”) but before you know it, they will surprise you by yipping and barking when you come back home and let them know you are there. Here are a few tips:
- * Do not move furniture and/or re-arrange your house. Keep their food/water dish in the same area.
- * Talk to the pet more than you did before. We speak to Angel every time we enter or exit the room. Our house rule is: When someone enters, they speak to Angel to let her know who it is entering “her” house. When we leave, we give Angel a treat and tell her to be a good girl and we will be back soon. That way, she knows we are leaving and she will be alone for awhile. She likes to hear the tv because otherwise it is to quiet in the house and she will bark at every noise she hears, so we leave the television on even when we leave the house.
- * If you have to administer insulin shots, we give it to Angel when she is eating so she does not pay us any attention, she is to involved with eating and does not even notice.
- * I make a clicking noise and/or pat my leg if I want or need Angel to follow me from room-to-room.
- * If your pet enjoyed playing with toys before going blind, buy toys that make a noise so they can continue to enjoy their playtime. (Angel has always been more of a couch potato so she just cuddles with stuffed animals/blankets).