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Adopting A Blind Dog

May 1, 2023

May 3rd is Adopt A Specially-Abled Pet Day! This is one cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts. Many pets get passed over for adoption because they’re not perfect. This is very sad because these guys are often very sweet and affectionate, and are just as cute and fun as other pets. Here, a Lasalle County, IL vet offers some tips on adopting a blind dog.

Avoid Startling Fido

It’s customary for people to let Fido sniff their hands when they first meet him. That makes perfect sense: after all, our canine buddies get much of their information about the world through their senses of smell. This is true for blind dogs as well, However, you’ll need to take care not to startle your new buddy. Talk to him as you hold out your hand, and let him know you’re there. This doesn’t just apply to that meet-and-greet, though: it’s just a good rule of thumb to follow. 


In addition to doing basic petproofing, which entails removing or securing things like toxic plants, wires and cords, and chemicals, you’ll want to do a few additional things. Setting out mats and carpets with different textures will give your furry pal a ‘track’ to follow, so he can find his way around. You can also add scent markers, such as stick-on air fresheners. We would also recommend using baby gates to block off stairs and rooms you don’t want Fido in.


Consider getting your four-legged friend a bumper harness to help keep him from bumping into things. For walks, a sturdy harness is a must. You may also want to get a fountain-style water bowl: your canine pal will be able to hear it, which can help him locate it more easily. 

Letting Fido Settle In 

When adopting any pup, it’s a good idea to start them out in a small, quiet area at first, and let them settle in. This is the same for specially-abled pets. Playing soothing music can help Fido feel safe. We would also recommend keeping your new furry friend on a pretty set schedule. Last but not least, make a veterinary appointment right away. This is also a great chance to ask for more care tips.

As your Lasalle County, IL pet hospital, we are dedicated to offering great veterinary care. Please feel free to contact us anytime! 

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