Deafness In Dogs- Signs and Causes

Deafness in dogs refers to a condition in which the dog loses its ability to hear sounds completely or partially. Deafness can be temporary, but as your dog ages there is a higher chance of it being permanent. 

Signs of Deafness in Dogs

1. Disobedience or being unresponsive:

This will be the first and foremost sign that your dog might be going deaf. Your dog might not come when you call him, respond to basic commands, react to knocking at the door or the doorbell, or come running when he hears his kibble in his food bowl.

2. Excessive sleeping:

Your dogs might become more calm than normal and might spend more time sleeping. They can restrain themselves from social interaction due to their inability to hear.

3. Increased senses:

When deafness occurs in dogs, their other senses might be heightened and become keener. Their sense of touch and nose might become sharper and an unexpected touch might frighten them if they do not know you are there.

4. Excessive barking:

Dogs that are deaf tend to become noisier. Being deaf makes them think that you cannot hear them because they are unable to hear themselves. 

5. Tilting or shaking the head:

Sometimes a single ear might be effected and dog might tilt their head towards the effected side. Dogs might also keep shaking their head due to not being able to understand their inability to hear.

Causes Of Deafness In Dogs:

Deafness in dogs might be congenital or acquired. Congenital deafness means hearing defects from birth. Acquired deafness in dogs might be due to the below reasons:

  • Aging
  • Trauma to head
  • Tumors
  • Excessive wax or dirt accumulations in the ears
  • Infections or inflammation in ears

Treatment And Managing Deafness In Dogs:

Unfortunately, congenital deafness cannot be treated. You could however, train your dogs to learn hand signals and hearing aids could also be used. 

Acquired deafness due to infections or tumors, might require tests and examinations as recommended by the vet. Sometimes surgical interventions can also restore hearing depending on the issue. Treatment options are to be discussed with the veterinarian.

Be patient with your dog and help them with their limitations. Attach a bell to your dog’s collar to know where they are and always look out for them to keep them away from danger.