As a dog gets older, it is common that they will experience a loss of eyesight or visual acuity. I have found that many owners assume that their dog has cataracts but a more common problem is nuclear sclerosis.
Nuclear sclerosis, which is also called lenticular sclerosis, is a condition that causes the pupils of the eyes to look cloudy and often blue-gray in colour. Nuclear sclerosis isn’t painful and it comes upon the dog gradually. At some point you will notice that your dog isn’t seeing well at night and their peripheral vision may also be limited.
Such is the case with my Daisy. We have stairs that go from our house to the outside garden and I noticed that she would stop dead at the top of the stairs because she couldn’t see the steps in the dark. It made sense that, although I could turn a light on in the house, the lighting in the garden wasn’t as easy.
Then I found the PupLight, the lighted dog collar. Although marketed most strongly for people who walk their dogs at night and need to be visible to traffic, I decided to give it a try…
It’s been great! Just what we needed. I can clip the collar on before letting Daisy out at night and she can see the steps, and all the irregularities in the garden. And she adjusted to its use very well.
Bottom line: Highly recommended product, particularly for senior dogs
Note: This product endorsement is entirely my own and was not paid for by the PupLight company or its retailers.