Caring for a Deaf Dog
Deaf Pet Awareness Week starts September 22nd! Pets with hearing issues often have a hard time getting adopted. That’s really very sad, because they make wonderful pets. People are often reluctant to adopt deaf pets because they think there’s a lot of extra work involved. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. Many hearing-impaired pets just need great TLC, just like any other pet. Here, a Lakeville, MN vet discusses caring for a deaf dog.
Have you ever been startled by someone approaching you from behind? Deaf dogs have to deal with this quite a bit. Many of them become quite cranky about it, as they really dislike being jumped this way. Before you approach your pet from behind, stamp your foot to get his attention. Also, never leave home while your canine friend is sleeping. Fido may get scared and distressed if he wakes up and finds himself alone.
Bells and Whistles
Fido won’t hear you calling him. Consider putting a bell on your furry buddy’s collar. That way, you’ll be able to keep track of his location.
Sometimes, deaf dogs can still ‘hear’ certain sounds and vibrations. If you have a piano, try hitting notes in the lower octaves, and see if your four-legged pal reacts. If he does, you may be able to teach him to come when you hit a certain note.
Make a cute sign for Fido’s collar or vest to let people know he can’t hear them. He doesn’t necessarily have to wear it all the time, but it will be helpful at parties or anytime you are out and about.
Squeaky toys are very popular among our canine pals, but deaf pooches won’t be impressed by noisy playthings. However, Fido may enjoy playing with things that light up.
Deaf dogs can be trained to obey hand signals rather than vocal commands. You may also want to teach Fido to come when you wave a flashlight. This will come in handy when you need to call your furry friend at after dark.
Use a short leash to walk Fido. Be extra careful when walking on the side of a road. Stay to the inside, and keep your pup to the outside. Also, you should always walk towards oncoming traffic.
Please contact us, your Lakeville, MN vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!