- Not a substitute for professional veterinary help.
Few things are more frustrating than not being able to help your dog with a health problem. Hearing loss in dogs is common but often difficult for pet parents to recognize or treat, at least at first. We know how important your dog’s health is to you, so we’ve put together this guide to help you better understand canine hearing loss and how dog hearing tests can help.
Though hearing loss may complicate your dog’s (and your) world, it’s not something that needs to lessen their quality of life. In fact, once identified and accommodated, deafness or hearing loss in dogs won’t slow them down a bit.
Signs of dog hearing loss
Does your dog have an auditory issue, or are they just choosing to ignore you? Here are a few things you can look out for (courtesy of Drake Center for Veterinary Care).
- Showing a change in obedience or attentiveness
- Unresponsive to everyday sounds, such as the doorbell or vacuum
- Unresponsive to his/her name
- Failing to respond to familiar verbal commands
- Difficult to rouse from sleep
- Less active
- Barking excessively
- Shaking or tilting his/her head
If you see any of these signs, especially in combination, take your dog in for a hearing test.