Deafness can be congenital (present at birth) or develop over time. Certain breeds, including Australian shepherds, Boston terriers, cocker spaniels, Dalmatians, German shepherds, Jack Russell terriers and many others, are more prone to congenital deafness.
Observe if your pet responds to normal sounds or loud noises. Check to see if your pet wakes up when you approach. A lack of response may indicate impaired hearing.
- If you suspect your pet has hearing loss, consult with your vet. Sometimes hearing loss can occur because of an infection, a foreign object in the ear, or a growth. These cases may benefit from treatment.
- Although unfortunately there is no treatment for congenital hearing loss, your vet may recommend adaptations to best care for your pet.