Dealing With Your Dog’s Hearing Loss
Thu, October 21, 2021

Dealing With Your Dog’s Hearing Loss

There’s definitely something wrong with your canine buddy, and it could be that they are ill or, for some reason, might have suffered from hearing loss / Photo by: Mary Swift via 123RF

 

Normally, your dog is very active, running around the house and enthusiastically greeting you every time you come home. But then one day, your pet has become lethargic and doesn’t respond to your call or even looks at you when you talk to them. There’s definitely something wrong with your canine buddy, and it could be that they are ill or, for some reason, might have suffered from hearing loss.

 

Deafness in Dogs

According to the Drake Center page, a website that caters to veterinary care, deafness in pets can be temporary, meaning it could be due to some illness and that the condition will go away in a few days or weeks, or it could become permanent, which will affect your dog’s way of living. For temporary hearing loss, the main cause could be the build-up of wax in your dog’s ears. If you suspect that your dog is becoming permanently deaf, there a number of reasons that can be attributed to it. However, if your dog is already old, then the hearing loss is just as common to them as it is in humans.

There are some signs and symptoms to know if there is something wrong with your dog’s hearing. Hearing loss in dogs isn’t really something that happens instantly; it’s a gradual process that takes time and may even show you about other underlying conditions in your pet’s health.

The Vetted Pet Care, a website that provides information on pet-related health and behavioral issues, lists down some of the things that can show if your dog has hearing loss.

- Disobedience

You may think that your dog is just being disobedient, but there is a big difference between pets having behavioral problems and the gradual loss of hearing. Some dogs may become uncontrollable, especially if they are used to hearing commands before. If you are having some control problem with your pet, it might be time for you to visit the vet to assess whether it’s a behavioral problem or a hearing loss.

- Increased reflexes

Most scientists believe that when we lose a particular sense, our remaining senses become more heightened as the body’s way to compensate for the loss. This could also be true for your pet dog. Most dogs who can’t hear well will rely on their other senses, making them easily surprised or startled with the littlest activity around them. Sometime, they may even react negatively by being scared or angry.

- Too much barking

Just like humans, whenever we do not hear something clearly, we tend to increase the volume, whether from a source or just making our voices louder. Dogs bark to control the loudness and softness of sound. If they are not able to hear clearly or have lost the ability to do so, they may continuously bark since they would feel that not hearing themselves mean their owners cannot as well. This could be a reaction to their condition.

- Sleepiness/Apathy

Dogs that cannot hear well usually become timid, lazy, or sleepy. The initial response of dogs with hearing loss is to become withdrawn from everything around them. They become more passive, less active, and may become a recluse. This is actually one way your dog is trying to cope with the situation. They become overwhelmed with what’s happening, and somehow, try to adjust to the whole situation.

- Not responding

You may try calling your dog by its name, and when they don’t respond like before, you will know that something might be wrong. Being less attentive means that your dog could possibly be losing its hearing.

Most scientists believe that when we lose a particular sense, our remaining senses become more heightened as the body’s way to compensate for the loss. This could also be true for your pet dog / Photo by: olegdudko via 123RF

 

Coping With Hearing Loss

In most cases, hearing loss happens when dogs are already in their senior years. It’s a sad thing to know that there is no cure yet to this condition in pets, especially if it is age-related. However, there could be some ways to deal with the whole situation for pet owners and dogs alike. According to the Pet Health Network, a website that provides comprehensive information on pet health, the best way for pet owners is to make sure that their dogs continue to live a healthy life even without their sense of hearing. Some of the ways they can do this are through the following:

1. Use hand signals – Instead of communicating verbally, try and train your dog to respond to hand signals. This could foster a more caring relationship between you and your pet. Even old dogs can learn new tricks, so just go ahead and communicate with your pet visually and through touch.

2. Be vigilant – Your dog will not be able to respond to sounds anymore, so even a moving car, truck, person, or a lawnmower can pose a serious threat to them. If you can, put your dog on a leash when going out, or have a fence around your lot for their safety.

3. Let everyone know your dog is deaf – This can be crucial, especially when your dog gets lost. This will make people understand why your dog is not responding to them.

4. Vet visits – If you are unsure of the cause of your dog’s hearing loss, visit a veterinarian to have the situation professionally assessed.

Remember, your pet’s health is also your health.

In most cases, hearing loss happens when dogs are already in their senior years. It’s a sad thing to know that there is no cure yet to this condition in pets / Photo by: malamooshi via 123RF