HELOISE: A guide for when pets go blind
Dear Heloise: My dog recently went blind, and our family had some adjusting to do. I wanted to share a few hints with you and your readers that might help someone else who's going through this.
We talk to our dog a lot more now. We want him to know that we are in the room and that he isn't alone. Always make sure you talk to pets before touching them so you don't scare them when they aren't expecting it.
Leave the furniture where it is. He has learned where the furniture is and can move around it. If you change the location of a piece of furniture, pets could lose their way and bump into it.
When he first went blind and was learning his way, we padded the sharp corners on coffee tables, etc. They sell furniture pads for childproofing that work very well for pets, too.
We placed a mat under his food and water bowls. If he feels the mat, he knows he is close to the bowl and isn't searching for it and spilling food and water.
Hope this helps! -- Linda in Vermont
When our previous mini schnauzer, Savvi, went blind due to diabetes, I put some of my perfume on a cotton ball and dabbed it around her doggie door to help her find it. She managed very well after only a few days. However, when the carpet was cleaned, her "scent trail" was gone! So we walked several times through the house, and she was right at home finding her way. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My dentist gives me a little goody bag when I go for my cleaning: a toothbrush, dental floss and a little tube of toothpaste. I save these and take them with me when I travel. -- M.B. in Texas
Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald about a reader who gave the idea for mixing her daughter's medicine with yogurt to get her to take it. I had a pharmacist who recommended that I use chocolate syrup with my girls. She said to take a little before and a little after the medicine. Since it is so thick, it coats the tongue and helps to get the medicine down. -- Jenny R., Omaha, Neb.
Dear Heloise: I love to cover my tables with vinyl tablecloths, but I would like to know how to get them to lie flat. After they are folded for storage, they will not lie flat. Is there any way to remove those deep folds? -- Linda in Oshkosh, Wis.
If they are cloth-backed, you can try ironing them on a low setting. Or drape them over the shower rod, turn on the hot water and let them steam for a little while. Instead of folding them, why not hang them somewhere or keep them on the table under each other so they don't get the deep folds? -- Heloise