Eye movement when you move? Scared?

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  1. Unforgiven1

    Unforgiven1 Registered Users

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    Hello all new here. I have a 14-15 yr old female black lab that has unusual eye movement whenever I move. She latched on to me the day my dad and stepmother brought her home from the kennel. She was supposed to be my stepmothers birthday gift and she picked her out of the litter, but when the puppy saw me it was all over. She been my girl ever since. But lately I've noticed that my dog seems a bit paranoid, whenever I move or do anything her eyes instantly fixate on me like she is scared. I have never hurt my girl in any way that I am aware of but I am confused about this. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Michael A Brooks

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    Hi @Unforgiven1

    Welcome to the site.

    I would get a vet to check her out. Could be poor eye sight, and movement is all the old girl is picking out of a blurry vision.

    Or I'm afraid to say it could be dementia.

    But an armchair diagnosis such as this, must be of really limited value. The vet will be able to help you.
     
  3. Jo Laurens

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    Is it only when you move, or is it when anyone moves?
     
  4. Unforgiven1

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    Sorry it took so long to respond, holidays and all. My dog does have cataracts in both eyes, but she still has excellent vision and she can still catch a fast moving tennis ball 9 times out of 10.
     
  5. Michael A Brooks

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    Hi @Unforgiven1

    a vet will be able to tell you whether the cataracts are interfering with his ability to see stationary objects. A moving object may be seen because it might pass over part of the retina, perhaps not blocked by the cataract. But I'm guessing. As I said a vet will be able to help you.
     
  6. Tammy Cooke

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    Our girl who passed in May 2017 had visual problems. We only realised when web took her to hydrotherapy for her arthritis and she kept swimming towards the pool side but would then turn towards our voices when we realised.
    She was 14 when she went over rainbow bridge. She had lost her confidence in swimming outside, she was a very confident swimmer before this, so again we knew something wasn’t right.
    It maybe sudden movements which make her surprised. When we lose one of our senses the other senses remaining work harder to compensate, this might be why. But the only way to be sure is to get a vet to look but at 15 years old it is likely cataract/s and age causing the problem. X
     

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