If your dog loses his hearing due to old age or some other factor, don’t fret. Living with a deaf dog isn’t as difficult as you might think. According to PetsforPatriots.org, deaf dogs make terrific pets. You only need to make a few adjustments in your “parenting” skills and that’s it. Here’s the lowdown from Pets for Patriots:
How pets lose their hearing
A hearing-impaired animal might not have been born deaf, but may have lost its hearing due to illness, traumatic injury, old age or even a toxic drug reaction. Much like people who are hearing impaired, these dogs and cats rely more heavily on their other senses – particularly sight and touch – to understand their surroundings and bond with their families. Increasingly, people are teaching their hearing-challenged pets sign language as another way to communicate, and non-deaf animals can be taught sign language as well if they are being placed with hearing impaired individuals.
Some dog breeds have a higher propensity for deafness than others, including Dalmatians, Catahoula Leopard Dogs and White Bull Terriers.
Is my pet deaf or just ignoring me?
You might suspect hearing impairment if your pet is unresponsive to various stimuli that would normally elicit a reaction, such as calling its name, ringing the doorbell, clapping your hands or even turning on the vacuum cleaner. However, the only way to be certain is to have your pet BAER tested, which stands for Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response. An experienced veterinarian, animal audiologist or board-certified veterinary neurologist will be able to administer the test. It is neither invasive nor painful for the animal, and is the only way to officially diagnose deafness in your dog or cat. Read the entire post here.
And if your dog is going deaf, we recommend you read more about living with a deaf dog. One book we recommend is Living With a Deaf Dog: A Book of Advice, Facts and Experiences About Canine Deafness, by Susan Becker.