How to Care for Pets with Hearing Loss
Hearing loss in pets requires a different approach when it comes to care. While you’ll still feed them and shower them with attention, you might need to change the way you communicate. You’ll also need to stay alert for health and safety hazards that could spell trouble for them. The following tips should help you adapt to the new normal.
Sudden Deafness in Cats
Your cat can suddenly lose his hearing due to a middle or inner ear infection. Drug toxicity and noise trauma can also be to blame. Although some cases of hearing loss are temporary, others could be permanent.
If your cat gradually loses his hearing, he’ll instinctively compensate by using his other senses. However, if he suddenly goes deaf, he might be very confused and irritable. Some cats may become very vocal while others stop meowing entirely. Some cats suddenly become very attached to their owners.
If you think your cat is losing his hearing, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Sometimes the problem is treatable, and taking action quickly is important.
Dog Deafness Test
If you think your dog is experiencing hearing loss, perform several simple tests at home before taking him to the vet. While your dog is facing away from you, make several different sounds and see if he responds. Call his name, clap, whistle, tap on the floor, and ring the doorbell. If he doesn’t respond to any of these stimuli, it’s time to get your vet involved.
The veterinarian will begin their detective work by performing a full physical exam. They’ll thoroughly check your dog’s ear canal and look for signs of inflammation or injury. The vet will also conduct sound tests. If necessary, the vet can refer your dog to a veterinary hearing expert who can perform a specialized dog deafness test.
Dog Hearing Loss Treatment
Your dog’s hearing loss could result from ear canal wax and hair buildup. Your vet can remove the blockage, and you should continue to clean your dog’s ears at home.
If an ear infection, yeast, or fungus is the culprit, the vet can prescribe targeted medication(s) for each problem. Finally, ear polyps can also lead to hearing loss. Your vet can remove these growths through laser surgery. To obtain some clear answers about your pet’s hearing, your Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital veterinarian will first conduct a wellness exam and perform some diagnostic tests. Next, we will help you develop a solid game plan to care for your hearing-impaired cat or dog. Over time, you and your pet can adapt to the challenges and thrive together. Call (615) 646-7387 today for an appointment.