If you think Jacoby, pictured above, is wearing a dog helmet because he’s ready for a motorcycle ride, you could be right. The helmet would be great protection while he toured town in a sidecar, but the new Walkin’ Dog Helmet from HandicappedPets.com is actually designed to make life safer for dogs that are blind, have seizure disorders, minor head traumas and other neurological conditions that would cause them bump into things.
I was particularly curious about the dog helmet because two of my very dearest friends have a 14 year-old blind and deaf Labrador retriever named Lucy. Over the years Lucy has successfully learned how to safely maneuver around her house and backyard , but when she first lost her vision poor Lucy had some close calls. She hit her head on the furniture, bumped into doors and ran into cabinets. She even had an injury outside because she got caught in some thick shrubs. My friends used an Elizabethan collar to help their dog adjust, but a dog helmet would have been good protection for her head and eyes.
The Walkin’ Dog Helmet is lightweight, comfortable and attaches easily to a dog’s head.
- The hard cover protects a dog against hard objects, sunlight and excessive wind.[tweetthis]The Walkin’ Dog Helmet is great protection for blind dogs. [/tweetthis]
- The helmet has adjustable padding on the inside for extra safety.
- The straps can be easily adjusted to keep the helmet in place.
Blind dogs can become frustrated when they bump into things. Dog helmets help them regain their confidence and reassure them they can still explore the world around them without hurting themselves. These dog need reassurance as they learn a new way to explore the world around them. Dog helmets can be a big part of the process of getting back to being a normal dog.
If you have a dog that is losing their vision, here are some tips to help them adjust:
- Protect their eyes and head.
- Keep furniture, food and water bowls in the same place they have always been.
- Get down on the floor at your dog’s level so you can check for any objects or furniture that can poke or hurt your dog.
- Create a barricade around any dangers outside like a pool or hot tub.
- Set up a babygate at the top of a staircase so your dog won’t fall down the stairs.
- Walk your dog on a leash to help him map the house and outdoors and protect him from unexpected obstacles.
- Be patient with your dog; it takes time for them to re-learn how to maneuver in the world.
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