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February 4, 2009 by Tails Magazine in February 2009 with 0 Comments

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Tails Pet Media Group, Inc.

I was wondering if you have any tips on taking care of a blind dog and keeping him happy too. His name is Blue, and he is a full-breed Queensland Heeler. He recently went blind and is forever going to be blind because of his bad eye condition. He is doing great; I just want to make things easier for him. Do you have any tips to make his quality of life better?

Mark And Michelle Lasky, Reseda, CA

Tails Pet Media Group, Inc.

Quality of life is the balance between pleasant and unpleasant feelings experienced over a period of time. You can improve your dog’s quality of life by providing company and mental stimulation; minimizing changes in his environment that can lead to unpleasant surprises; and providing a comfortable environment, hygiene, regular veterinary care, and good nutrition. While no longer able to experience some pleasurable activities the way he did before, with your help and through psychological adaptation, he will enjoy life almost or as much as has until now
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About the Expert

Tails Pet Media Group, Inc.

Dr. Amir Shanan is owner of Compassionate Veterinary Care in Chicago, offering 24/7 end-of-life consultations, in-home hospice, and private hospital rooms that allow guardians to stay with their hospitalized pet 24 hours a day. Dr. Shanan can be reached at CompassionateVet.com and CompassionForPets.org.

Have a question you’d like to ask about your pet?

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* The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Tails Pet Media Group, Inc. Please consult your veterinarian before making any major decisions for your pet.

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