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Improve the quality of life of your blind dogs... and even cats!

Posted in Our Community @ Jul 13th 2021 - By Gillian Shippen, Director Pets Need A Life Too & HandicappedPets Australia
Improve The Quality Of Life Of Your Blind Dogs

I saw a post from HandicappedPets Australia Facebook Page this week about this gorgeous girl.

Today we had a visit from Nakita and Toby...

Nakita has had both of her eyes removed due to glaucoma and her owner looked around for something to give her more confidence when she is walking around as she tends to bump into things.

Nakita was happy for me to pop the Blind Dog Halo on her and she took to it well.

She will take a little longer to realise that she will no longer bump into things and for her to gain confidence but her initial reaction was very positive.

 What is the Blind Dog Halo?

The Blind Dog Halo helps pets with vision loss to safely navigate the space around them. Lightweight, flexible halo for blind dogs comes attached to a comfortable harness/vest. It teaches your blind dog to be more independent as it warns your pet of nearby obstacles, instead of bumping into the wall or tripping over furniture. The halo provides a barrier between your dog and the object, safely guiding your pet around the house. It build confidence while allowing your dog to participate in normal activities.

The benefits of the Blind Dog Halo

There are many reasons why a dog might lose their vision, for example, glaucoma, cataract, retinal diseases (such as SARDS), vision loss due to diabetes or trauma. Some breeds are more prone than others to develop cataracts: Boston Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Maltese, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Samoyed, Schnauzer, Siberian Husky, Yorkshire Terrier. Whereas glaucoma is more prevalent in Bouvier des Flandres, Shih Tzus, Siberian Huskies.

If the vision loss is permanent, a device such as a Blind Dog Halo can help a dog overcome some of the fear associated with bumping his/her head into unseen objects, furniture, or walls. 

Some of the benefits of using the Blind Dog Halo include:

  • Builds Confidence in Blind Pets
  • Allows pets with poor vision to safely map their surroundings.
  • Halo is lightweight and flexible.
  • Halo comes attached to harness or vest, depending on dog’s size.
  • Allows dog to navigate spaces without bumping head.

  

How the Blind Dog Halo works:

The Blind Dog Halo bumps into things before the dog does! This helps to restore a visually impaired dog’s sense of confidence and security. Depending on the dog’s size, the Blind Dog Halo comes attached to a comfortable harness or vest.

How to introduce the Halo to a pet:

The best way to introduce a Halo to a pet is to take it slow to avoid startling the pet. Blind pets rely heavily on their other senses and it may take a pet time to adjust to something new and it helps to introduce the harness by itself, before attaching the Halo. Help make wearing the halo a positive experience by using lots of praise and treats.

And YES the Blind Dog Halo is also suitable for cats!

Click here to visit HandicappedPets Australia website to find out more

Or ask Gillian any questions you may have in the Comments section below.

About Gillian

Gillian Shippen is the Director and owner of 'Pets Need A LIfe Too, a website that advises on and sells a wide range of environmental enrichment toys for animals including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and horses as well as wheelchairs for dogs. She has spoken at conferences on the importance on environmental enrichment for all animals and has also written a book: 'Pets Need a Life Too - A Guide to Enriching the Life of Your Pet - Series One: Dogs'.

Click here to follow Pets Need A Life Too on Facebook

Email Gillian to discuss enrichment needs for your pet: gillian@petsneedalifetoo.com

 

Click here to visit: HandicappedPets Australia Page in the Vetanswers Business Directory

 

 

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