Blind Older Dog Circling, Confused, & Becoming Lost

Most Dogs Adjust well to Blindness. Brain Aging Changes are More Likely & Treatable


We have a 14 year-old, female Japanese Chin who is blind. Sometimes she complains and whines, but she doesn’t seem to be in pain. She can’t run and play like she used to love to do and just walks in little circles for hours on end. She has to be taken outside and taken to her bowl and, of course, she runs into walls and furniture. She is still loving and sweet but are we keeping her alive for us or for her?


Dr. Nichol:

There is more going on here than blindness. Your fine dog’s symptoms suggest aging changes in her brain. The good news is that we can help many old timers to function better and feel like themselves again. Assuming that your Chin’s internal organ function is good, a special diet (b/d), a dietary supplement (Cholodin), or a medication (Anipryl) could dramatically improve brain function.


Ask your veterinarian to take one last good run at helping her get the most out of life. If she still struggles, having her peacefully euthanized will be really hard, but it will be an important act of love.