Some dogs are born deaf, and others lose their hearing from injury, illness or old age, either way on the last week of September we dedicate this time to raise awareness and knowledge to improve the lives of dogs living with hearing difficulties.
Signs your dog could be losing their hearing:
- If your dog usually responds to the rattle of a full food bowl or reacted on hearing a knock at the door and no longer responds to these usual triggers, it could be a telling sign that they are experiencing some hearing loss.
- If you start to notice a difference where your dog has always greeted you when you arrive home but then you start finding him asleep or not responding to you before they see you when you get in, it may be because he can no longer hear your car pulling into the driveway or hear you entering the house.
- Your dog may act surprised when touched whilst asleep and may even start to snap out of sleep due to the shock of being stroked.
If you’re concerned that your dog might not be able to hear you properly, it’s important you take him to your vet as soon as possible as it could just be an ear infection, however it could be deafness.