2 mth puppy born with one blind eye. What should I expect health wise?

by David Jenyns

Question by yesi: 2 mth puppy born with one blind eye. What should I expect health wise?
They are offering me a 2 mth puppy. He is born from a pure-bread miniature Chihuahua and Yorkie. He is so cute and
needs to be rescued.

My question is…
Would he need extra attention for the one eye?
Would he need special training?
What should I expect health wise as he grows and in the future? (the current owner says he is perfectly fine)

Thank you for your help.

Best answer:

Answer by Go Spurs Go
Because he is so young, he will easily adjust to living in a new environment with just one eye. Most likely he will not need extra care for that eye and he won’t need special training. He should remain healthy, especially if there are no underlying heath problems. Go for it, chances are you are adopting a perfectly healthy dog.

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Dorth October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Once you take him to the vet, they should be able to tell you if you need anything special for the blind eye. But, I really don’t think you do. He shouldn’t need any special training except the training you would normally give him. He’s born with a blind eye…so to him…that’s natural and he will naturally make up for it by learning to see and look around with his other eye. The only thing I can think of, is, if you would come up to him on his blind side…and he doesn’t hear you…you may startle him. That is easily rectified by calling his name whenever you approach him. Good Luck and good for you for rescuing him. 🙂

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Gus S October 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

He’ll be fine. Just give it a good go, mate!

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AngelPup October 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

The puppy should grow up fine, since he was born with it. May need extra attention to make sure he does not get into anything that is bad cause he may not be able to see it as well. You may want to train him to keep near you and to always keep near your voice, including a straong recall. It seems that dogs born with defects generally live shorter that normal but he should be just like any other dog.

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Rosalie October 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Sadly for him, he sounds like a breeding nightmare.

The one eye is probably not the full story – genetic defects can often lie dormant for a while, and the eye is just the thing you know about. Quite honestly, I would expect a slew of hearing problems and other things as well.

Unless you are quite well off, I would take a giant leap backwards – this one sounds like he is going to be an expensive ride.

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bordercollielover57 October 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

he will need as much love as any other dog. he might need some ointment every now and then and maybe some extra training but other wise he the same as every other dog.

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;) October 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Is he a merle? (spotted) Blindness is common in those dogs.

You won’t have any problems or issues with a puppy born this way. He doesn’t know there is anything wrong with him. He will have a wonderful life. Just protect the “good” eye from injury.

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arthur_yap_133 October 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

it doesn’t need extra care and attention it adopt itself into the environment shes living to. Just treat her normal just like any other normal living dogs. Yah it needs extra attention for the one eye TEMPORARILY, After you consult the Vet. Special training is not required, though dogs have their instinct what to do just for living and be taught by the owner and that is you, no need for your dog to be sent to the dog school. You can expect good health condition in the future unless she have any other sicknesss despite from the eye condition. Welcome

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