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Dog Deafness (Deafness in Dogs)

Many dogs will become deaf over time as they grow older. The reasons as to why vary greatly; some dogs are born deaf whilst others lose their hearing the older they get. Your dog can continue to have a very normal happy life, and will often go on to live to a ripe old age. You may have to adapt the way you treat the dog, and be more sensitive to its ways and needs. Your dog may struggle in the beginning but soon it will learn ways to communicate what it wants to you.

Signs and Symptoms

Hearing loss within your dog may be caused by several reasons. Old age, head injuries, inner Dog Ear Infections and even blockages of the ear canal are all popular causes. Sometimes your dog may get deaf gradually as it gets older, this way it will happen over time and both you and your dog will have time to get used to the hearing loss and adjust your lifestyles accordingly.

Causes of Deafness in Dogs

Congenital deafness is caused by development defects, although it is often present from birth. It does not become apparent until the puppies are old enough to begin responding to noises and voices. The deafness can be in one ear or both. If it is only in one ear you often never know that your dog is actually deaf. Certain dogs seem to be more prone to deafness; dogs with white coats are a higher risk for deafness. Dalmatian dogs are the breed that deafness appears the most often in, there appears to be no reason for this, it is just an act of nature.

White dogs are more prone to deafness than dogs with other coat colors.

Older dogs will begin to go deaf from around 10 years of age, it will happen gradually and will very rarely make your dog totally deaf. They will still be able to hear very high pitched sounds, such as dog whistles. You may not even notice that your dog is going deaf until they begin to go blind as well. Dogs react very differently when they lose their hearing they are a lot slower, they do not show or get excited very easily, and they fail to respond to commands.

Testing

If you think your dog is losing its hearing then clapping or whistling when your dog is not looking will test to see if they are going deaf.

Hearing tests can also be carried out by your dog’s vet, and so if you are concerned about your dog’s hearing then you can always get him checked out. At least then you will know what level of deafness you are dealing with. Learning to live with a deaf dog can be a challenge; although you know your dog better than anybody else. When your dog is deaf, their other 3 senses will become even more heightened and sensitive. Quite often deaf dogs will rely on vibrations, lights and smells to understand and know their surroundings.

You know your dog and as long as you feel that they are still healthy and happy, there is no reason why he or she can't carry on leading a perfectly normal life. You will need to be careful with your dog outside though and keeping it on a lead is highly advised as the traffic will be a problem for your dog. Although in your own back yard there isn't an issue with him running around as normal.

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