How Your Dog Sees the World: Breaking Down Misconceptions About Your Dog’s Vision

with Dr. Freya Mowat

Welcome back to Your Dog Wants You To Know This!

Have you ever thought about how your dog’s vision might differ from yours?



We often assume that our dogs are very similar to us, and in some ways they are, but they can also have very different needs from us.



Today we’re having a fascinating conversation with Dr. Freya Mowat all about our dogs’ eyes. Did you know that dogs don’t see as many colors as us? But they don’t only see in black and white! That’s actually a myth.



Did you know that they can see better than us at nighttime? Or that you can actually test your dog’s vision at home? Dr. Mowat is here to teach you all about that and more. We’re myth-busting, breaking down misconceptions, and shaking off assumptions that we make about our pets.



Dr. Mowat earned her veterinary degree from the University of Bristol, and her PhD in Molecular Genetics from University College London (Institute of Ophthalmology). She did her residency in comparative ophthalmology combined with a research postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University, and is a board certified specialist in veterinary ophthalmology with both the American and European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She is an Assistant Professor in both the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she performs research, teaches veterinary and graduate students, and practices clinical veterinary ophthalmology.



Dr. Mowat is here to talk all about canine vision and how it differs from our vision, as well as her research on aging in dogs and how that affects their vision. She’s also sharing some important info about SARDS as a leading cause of blindness in dogs and vision aids that can really be helpful for dogs that have lost their vision.



In Today’s Episode We Discuss:


How vision differs in dogs and people

Dispelling the myth that dogs only see in black and white

Why dogs can see better than us at nighttime

How your dog’s vision changes as they age

What SARDS is

Resources available to aid blind dogs

Misconceptions about dog’s vision

How you can test your dog’s vision at home

Treatment for cataracts

Signs of eye pain

Losing assumptions that we make about our pets


I hope you learned something new about your dog’s vision in this episode. You can find the resources that Dr. Mowat mentioned linked below. If you want to find out what you look like through your dog’s eyes or learn more about visual aids available for dogs, be sure to take a look at those!


Resources Mentioned:


Dog Vision Tool


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