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Blind dog "looking" up?

asked 2020-08-21 03:42:39 -0500

My beautiful 4 year old boston terrier/pug mix was born blind and we were happy to adopt her as such. We have not had to bring her to a specialist, but her Vet is very impressed she has been able to keep her eyes intact these past few years. She has a condition that causes the internal area of her eyes to swell--causing redness and bulging. She has some eye drops that I believe are an anti-inflammatory that we use from time to time.

We've been noticing lately that in certain scenarios she points her nose and eyes up in the air--Like when she smells something yummy. Lately I've noticed her doing it when she is being spoken to or she is alerted by a noise.

I had the theory that she does this to spark up her nose smelling capabilities and "open" her ears to listen intently. Any other thought on this?

PS - I don't think she has regained sight in the bottom of her eyes. I am able to sneak up on her with my hand from all directions still.

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answered 2020-08-23 03:30:21 -0500

Well I assume from your details she's only blind, correct? So she can still hear and she can still smell. So if you speak to her, she's able to turn her head to that direction because you don't need sight to hear. Same with smelling. Even dogs that can see will sometimes close their eyes to focus better on the direction a smell is coming from. Bottom line being blind only effects sight, not other abilities or senses.

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Thank you for your response! Yes - she is only blind. Her other senses (even including touch) are strong and intact. She's learned to do many things despite her disability (example: a little game of fetch with a toy that makes noise when it lands. Maybe "looking up" is her way of focusing

Angie B.'s profile image Angie B.  ( 2020-08-23 04:05:37 -0500 ) edit

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