• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Dogs With Cataracts--Experiences?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Dogs With Cataracts--Experiences?

    I'm sure it's pretty normal, but none of our dogs have gotten them, so it's a new thing. The vet confirmed today what I've suspected, that Puff has cataracts in both eyes. He's been a bit odd (developed a phobia about going out at night at my parents' place, where there are no lights anywhere nearby, sometimes stares into space, has started missing tossed treats.) We kind of thought it might be his eyes, and the vet said he's probably seeing light, but like wearing fogged glasses. At my house, I don't have stairs, and at my parents' he's been navigating theirs. Is there anything I can do to make it easier for him? He's 13, will be fourteen, and otherwise as far as we can tell in good health-no worms, up to date on everything, heartworm-negative.

    (Irony: right now I'm fostering a much, much younger dog who's blind in his right eye. And he's been, I swear, idolizing Puff. It's like Puff is the Cool Big Brother and MacTavish wants to imitate him. Puff is...tolerant.)
    Author Page
    Like Omens In the Night on Facebook
    Steampunk Sweethearts

  • #2
    While he still has some sight, put mats in front of doors that are a different texture than the floor (ie, hemp if you have carpet). When he goes completely blind, he'll know by feel where he is. You can also do it where his water dish is. Try to keep multiple water dishes. As dogs age (and people) they don't normally drink enough, and having water nearby is easier to get them to drink, rather than making them have to navigate.

    Using a plug in air freshener in a different scent for different rooms, (and then be consistent about which rm has which scent), can help them know where they are. Try not to rearrange furniture.

    While she still has sight, train her to the "step up/step down" commands. Get her used to walking on a leash with slight contact, as it will be easier to guide her later. You need the contact, so you can guide her around bushes/objects.


    • #3
      i had a jrt go blind at about 7-8 yrs from glaucoma.........she bumped into things for a bit, but otherwise did remarkably well........i tried not to re arrange furniture often, and we had hardwood floors with big area rugs in an open floor plan..........so she got usd to knowing boundaries by whether she was on a rug or not....we could play wrestling or modified fetch indoors, and when she came to the edge of the rug, she just stopped and waited for somoene to get the toy or whatever.......the only really scarey thing was one time at night, snow on the ground, i took her out for last call of the eve....got distracted talking to one of the barn cats, and when i looked up, she was gone.....mostly white dog, maybe 8 lbs, in the snow, in the dark................the yard was totally fenced in, but had a slope, and she had walked down the slope to the point where i couldn't see her...............thank god for fencing...she was stuck nosefirst in the corner.....................i scooped her up and NEVER got distracted again..........
      she never enjoyed going for walks after her vision loss, too scarey, but did enjoy being carried for walks in one of those dog pouches..................no longer enjoyed giong to kid's field hockey games, ech time the stick hit the ball she would cringe.......but other than that, she had a pretty normal life, lived til she was 19 yrs..........
      someone once got snarky with me, laughed nd laughed about my blind dog...........couldn't see the point in letting her live..........when i reminded them that THEY wore glasses for poor vision and perhaps they should not live any longer, it wasn't so funny anymore.......


      • #4
        I have a 13 1/2 year old dog with cateracts. He has a some problems when it is dark out and he is funny about the sidewalk if it changes color. Other than that he seems fine.
        He can still see a cat moving down the street! LOL!


        • #5
          Mine is 15 and has definitely had cataracts for several years. She's also gotten pretty deaf in the same time interval, but has enough vision and hearing to enjoy life. The main problem is that we no longer have any sort of recall - if she's too far away she can't see or hear me and has no idea I'm calling. If I could do it over, I'd teach body language/hand signals to go along with all the verbal commands like sit and come, right from the start, and I'd also try a vibration collar to get her attention. She might not know where to look, but at least she'd know I was calling her! Even with her limitations we go to the dog park a couple times a week and she's trained our little dog pretty well to be the alert/alarm/doorbell.


          • #6
            Everything Jetsmom said and a few others. I always kept rosemary near the door so my girl could smell her way in from outside,she loved to lay outside on a warm day. Look at things, inside and out, at your dogs height, you may be surprised at what can cause damage to their little heads when they can no longer see. I am sure all dogs have a much better sense of touch then we think, but blind dogs especially seem to.


            • #7
              You can have a surgery done to remove the cataracts and restore most of the sight. However, MOST dogs develop cataracts slowly and acclimatize themselves to slowly going blind. They end up doing very well and figure out how to navigate new areas just fine. Teach him commands now such as "stop", most dogs already know "come"...but as a previous blind dog owner, "stop" became very helpful!


              • #8
                wow........the scent thing is a HUGE smack in the forehead for me, great ideas about the herbs used to mark special places....very good idea