Sunglasses for DOGS: $80 Rex Specs ‘doggles’ protect your pet’s eyes from UV rays, wind and dust
- Rex Specs protective goggles are being used by US army hounds
- The $80 (£53) mask can prevent or ease eye conditions caused by sunlight
- They are designed for large breeds but a smaller model is being developed
Dog coats, elaborate collars and even canine-friendly shoes are being thrown into the shade, quite literally.
A Wyoming-based firm has developed a pair of sporty goggles to protect the eyes of dogs from intense sunlight and other harmful elements.
The $79.95 (£53) specs have polycarbonate lenses and a soft foam frame that fits snugly on the dog’s muzzle, allowing the pooch to freely open its mouth.
The goggles were invented by dog lovers Aiden Doane, 31, and Jesse Emilo, 33, from Rex Specs.
The couple said its love of hiking in mountainous Jackson, Wyoming, resulted in both their dogs developing harmful eye conditions.
Their German Shepherd developed superficial keratisis, or Pannus – a common eye inflammation caused by UV rays ,while their husky suffered from chronic sunburn around the eyes.
Protective masks would have helped ease both ailments, but the pair said it couldn’t find a product that they were happy to place on their pets….
submitted 23rd July 2015 by _Blur
Reddit.com User _Blur has posted a really clever DIY Hoop Collar for tiny and small dogs who may find other such collars too heavy or bulky. It’s easy to make and uses readily available materials so almost anyone could make one themselves.
“I started with a Top Paw easy comfort for harness from pet smart and cut the straps and had them resewn to our dogs exact size to the harness was snug enough to keep the hoop level at all times
“Next I drilled two holes in each of the leather sides of the harness like so
“Then I put in some bolts, washers, and measured out some 3/4” plastic hanger strap (I double layered this for a bit more strength so it didn’t just bend and hit him) and bent the ends slightly to form the hoop. I put two more washers between the harness and hanger strap and secured it with some wing nuts like so
“It ended up looking like this
“Finally we put it on and let him adjust!”
This clever design even keeps clear of the dog’s food and water bowls!
Jordy Canid Inc.
High Tech Products for Blind Dogs!
…have developed a new device aimed at helping blind dogs navigate their environment in safety, using echo-locating technology.
[The BlindSight® unit] ‘is a specialized “Sonar” type transmitter that produces a sound that may be used by a dog to navigate in much the same way as a dolphin or bat. The sound produced by the BlindSight® unit is well outside of the human hearing range. There is no annoying audible “click” or “ping”. In tests the units remained on 24 hours a day with no apparent problems with a dog’s sleep or relaxation. BlindSight® uses inexpensive, commonly available disposable batteries for a normal battery life of up to 1.5 years (up to 3.5 years with premium lithium batteries, in indoor mode). The latest BlindSight® uses a completely sealed transducer, is designed for a 10+ year service life and is “patent pending”. Spares for parts that might easily be lost are included. Obviously no concessions were made to “looks”, but simple functionality and extreme ruggedness define the basic design.’
As from April 2015, the standard unit for dogs that weigh over 30lbs is available to purchase from the Jordy Canid Inc. website, with a lighter-weight version for smaller dogs becoming available from the end of May 2015.
Check out their website for more information on this interesting new concept in disability aids for blind dogs. If the BlindSight® unit works as well as it appears to, it could help a great many dogs who have lost confidence in moving about their own homes (not to mention going out for walks) to rediscover their enthusiasm for exploring their surroundings and so restore their enormous zest for life!
There are a number of videos available on the Jordy Canid Inc. website, which offer pretty compelling evidence of the effectiveness of this device but I’d love to get some feedback from anyone who has bought one – How effective was it at helping your dog navigate around obstacles? How long did it take your dog to get used to using the device? And would you recommend it to others?
Please add your comments beneath this post. Or if you have any photos or videos of your own dog using the device, please send them to me and I will post them on this site.
Published October 08, 2014
Highly acclaimed twice-patented device helping blind dogs with head protection by leading a bump-free life as they navigate in their surroundings. Recommended by Animal Ophthalmologists and veterinarians worldwide.
Daily Planet – Discovery Channel’s long-running primetime science magazine show aired its segment “Top 10 Pet Inventions” and ranked Muffin’s Halo, an aid for blind dogs in 7th position.
Co-hosts Dan Riskin and Ziya Tong reported the following about this Blind Dog Halo that is navigating multitudes of furry impaired ones across the globe: “Genuinely for a good cause. Blind pups need not worry about what may be in their paths as Muffin’s Halo will protect them. A special harness with light wire tubing and cushioning makes sure any blow is soft.” Continue reading
Basil, the blind dog, has been featured across media in the UK and Europe and the Muffins Halo guide for blind and visually impaired dogs is spreading across the world to benefit blind dogs.
Source: (PRWEB UK) 2 August 2014
Basil, the blind rescue dog, with West Yorkshire dog rescue has helped to spread the word about how Muffins Halo can help blind and visually impaired dogs. He has become the poster boy for blind dogs and an incredible ambassador for those dogs who go blind at a young age. Basil was fitted with a Halo by The Pet Business and this has transformed his life. He is now able to enjoy life Continue reading
Published on the 12 June 2014 | 08:50
A blind corgi terrier in Quadring Eaudyke has become a super hero of the canine world after being fitted with a “halo”, which it is hoped will help him find a new owner.
Basil, who is four years old and believed to be the first dog in the UK to be fitted with the devise, has been fostered with Yvonne and Dale Webster since late January.
Source: (PRWEB UK) 11 March 2014
The Pet Business launches Muffin’s Halo guide for blind and visually impaired dogs to help them adapt and to stop them accidentally banging into things and hurting themselves. The halo protects them whilst allowing them to carry out all of their daily activities.
Loss of vision in dogs and cats can occur for a number of reasons including diabetes which is a condition that is becoming increasingly common.
Other reasons for loss of sight include Continue reading
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 12:43, 11 October 2010
[This is an old story but a great, economical idea to help blind dogs navigate their way around obstacles.]
A blind dog can ‘see’ again after being fitted with a set of extra whiskers.
Dolly, a Staffordshire bull terrier, lost her sight after developing cataracts brought on by diabetes.
She was left completely blind and would regularly walk into things.
That was until her vet Joanne McCelland pioneered an innovative idea to fit extra long cable ties to the ten-year-old dog’s collar.
Innovative: Blind Dolly wears plastic ‘whiskers’ on her collar so she can feel her way around without walking into objects
The plastic ties help Dolly feel her way around without walking into objects, in much the same way that her natural whiskers do. Continue reading