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Have you noticed your pet suddenly being too quit or too loud? Has your pet stopped reacting to your voice and other sounds to which it used to react? Does your pet seem confused and lost at times even when in familiar settings? There is a chance your pet might be suffering from deafness or hearing loss.
Deafness and hearing loss in dogs
Aging and degeneration of muscles and nerve fibers are the most common causes of hearing loss and deafness among dogs. It is common to see hearing loss in older dogs.
Some breeds of dogs are genetically inclined toward hearing loss and deafness. Certain pigments, or lack thereof, can lead to deafness in dogs as well as very young pups. Some breeds are predisposed to certain kinds of tumors, ear infections, and diseases that can all lead to haring loss and eventual deafness.
Physical trauma and injury can also lead to damaged ear drums and deafness or hearing loss. Drug toxicity is another factor that can cause hearing loss in dogs.
Deafness and hearing loss in cats
The most common reason for deafness among cats is age. Ass cats age, many of them experience degeneration of nerve fibers and muscles that aid and enable hearing. In such cases, the hearing loss and eventual deafness is a gradual progression. You may not notice any changes immediately and may need to get your older cat checked regularly to spot such hearing loss.
Another common reason for deafness is ear infections that may go untreated or spread really quickly. Certain ear infections can lead to hearing loss and deafness if not treated well and in time. It is important to pay attention to cat behavior such as excessive scratching of ears, wounds in the ear, or a reaction of pain whenever the ear is touched and to get it checked without delay.
Other causes of hearing loss may be physical blockages in the ear canal, reaction to medication, and extra growths. Physical blockages can be fixed by a thorough and gentle cleaning of the ears. If it is a reaction to medicines, your vet might prescribe a different medicine for your cat. Extra growths may need to be operated and removed. Such growths will also be tested for malignancy, infections, and other possibilities.
Signs and symptoms of hearing loss and deafness in pets
Your pet suddenly stops reacting to food bags and cans being opened, most pets will come running when they head these sounds.
- Your pets stop reacting to sudden loud noises around them. Loud noises generally scare pets and make them run or react vocally.
- The volume of your pet’s meows or barks increases drastically or significantly for no apparent reason.
Getting regular vet check-ups done for your pets is a good way to prevent deafness or get it diagnosed in time.