“This is odd. Things are looking a little fuzzy for some reason, especially at night. And the other day, I got a little startled when you came up behind me – I didn’t hear you come into the room!” –Love, your senior pet
Have you noticed a blue-ish haze when you look into your pet’s eyes? Has your furry friend forgotten his fear of fireworks this year? These can be signs of common aging changes for your senior pet: A decrease in vision and hearing.
While there’s nothing we can do to slow the progression of these aging changes, there are some things you can do as an owner to make your pet more at ease as she transitions into her golden years. Cloudiness or the “blue-ish haze” you may notice in your pet’s eyes is likely the result of aging cataracts. Your senior friend will likely be able to see through this cloudiness but her vision will be fuzzy. Hearing loss, on the other hand, can range from mild to a complete loss at certain stages.
Here’s what you can do to make your senior pet more comfortable if he/she has a decrease in vision or hearing:
- Walk your pet in well-lit areas
- Use lamps during the evening hours, particularly in areas of the house that your pet spends the most time
- If vision loss progresses, avoid re-arranging furniture if possible
- Approach your pet from the front to avoid startling her
- Use hand gestures for common activities such as meal time, walks or potty breaks