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Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Deaf Dog Awareness Week is coming up September 18th! This is a great time to talk about caring for a pooch with hearing problems. Read on as a local Georgian Bay, ON vet discusses deaf dogs.

Adopting A Deaf Dog

If you’ve fallen for a cute pup that has a hearing disability, don’t automatically assume that taking care of Fido will be extremely difficult. Just like people, dogs with hearing problems can do just fine. While you may need to give your pooch a little extra TLC, caring for your canine buddy may be easier than you think!

Reasons For Hearing Problems In Dogs

Some dogs are born with hearing issues, while others lose their hearing over time. Fido can lose his hearing for many reasons, such as trauma, infection, or genetic issues, or simply because of age. If you suspect that your canine pal can’t hear very well, contact your vet right away for an official diagnosis and treatment recommendations. In the meantime, here’s a quick test you can do: wait until your pooch is asleep, and make a loud noise.

Signs of Ear Trouble

Some dogs are prone to stubborn ear infections. Pups with those adorable floppy ears are extremely susceptible. If Fido keeps pawing his ears or shaking his head, or if you notice discharge, black spots, or a foul smell, contact your vet immediately.

Caring For A Deaf Dog

If your dog has hearing issues, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Fido may not like being awakened unexpectedly or startled from behind. Stamp your feet before approaching: and wait until your pooch sees you before getting close. You’ll also want to train your pet to respond to hand signals, rather than vocal commands. This can be trickier at night, so teach your furry buddy to come when you wave a flashlight. Ask your vet or a professional dog behaviorist for advice.

Collar

We recommend getting a bell for your pet’s collar. Since Fido won’t hear you when you call him, this will let you know where he is. Also, when you invite guests over, let them know your canine friend can’t hear them. Last but not least, always keep Fido leashed when you take him out and about.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Georgian Bay, ON animal clinic, today!

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