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Old 09-14-2021, 07:18 AM
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Default Re: Newly diabetic pug - HELP!

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We are finding this impossibly stressful. It wouldn't be too bad if he was the kind of old dog that slept all the time but he's fairly active and it's hell trying to follow him everywhere as his eyesight has gone completely now. He bumps into everything, he has to have his cone on most of the time. I'm at work in the day and my wife works from home. She's finding it impossible to work and watch over him. She's getting really depressed over it and we are arguing. I don't know how much longer we can keep on doing this. It's not so much the diabetes - I know we haven't got his bloods under control yet - it's the blindness. We are both desperate to offload him onto the other one at the first opportunity - which sounds awful as we genuinely adore him - but the stress levels are very high. At this rate I'm genuinely not certain which of the three of us is going to die first. I've had a heart attack in the past and my wife is diabetic herself with high blood pressure.
Dogs are really adaptable with the blindness. With my Jenny once she bumped into things she figured out her territory. We fenced some areas off like stairways. Natalie has a video somewhere of her Chris who I think she compared to a bumper car. Watching that video helped me when Jenny first went blind. Hang in there. I took my blind Jenny to visit my parents in a very crowded house. She figured out where her food and bed were quickly, her nose did all of the work.

I'd try to block off the scary areas and let him bump around a little. We put some extra rugs down to try to give our dog things by feel to help her gain perspective.
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