What are some warning signs a dog might display if they are beginning to have hearing issues?
Dan, hearing loss isn’t uncommon in dogs whether it’s genetic or related to age or illness. You’ll notice your dog will not respond to their name – some owners initially think their dog is just being stubborn or disobedient. They may sleep through noises when you’d expect them to wake. They’re also less likely to respond to clapping or squeaky toys being used near their head. Some owners of dogs that don’t hear well say that they’re more likely to bark a lot.
One thing you need to be aware of is that they’re likely to startle more when touched because they don’t hear your approach. This is particularly important if you have children in your household because your dog may get a fright and snap at them.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s hearing, have them examined by your vet. Some causes can be treated, such as ear infections. Others can’t, but most dogs adapt well to the loss of hearing.
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