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Caring for a Deaf Dog

Deaf Pet Awareness Week is the last week of September. Just like people, pets can be hearing impaired, whether from illness, injury, genetics, or old age. Your canine companion can still lead a full and happy life, however. Here, a Matthews, NC vet discusses caring for a deaf dog.

Flashlight Code

Teach your pet to come when you wave a flashlight in a certain way. This will help you call your four-legged pal to you at night.

Security

Always keep your furry buddy on a leash when you take him off your property. If you have a yard, make sure the fencing is secure so your pup can’t escape.

Avoid Startling Fido

Your canine friend won’t be able to hear you if you approach from behind. Dogs that can’t hear often startle easily, which can make them a bit grumpy. Before you walk up to Fido, stomp your foot, so he knows you are there. You can also wake him up by putting a piece of food under his nose.

Hand Signals

Man’s Best Friend is very smart, and can learn to respond to doggy sign language instead of vocal commands. Teach your pooch hand signals for important commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. To make sure your furry pal doesn’t forget his training, go through these basics with him daily.

Ring The Bell

Put a bell on your pup’s collar. Fido won’t hear you if you call him, so this will help you know where your dog is in the house.

Let People Know

Consider putting a sign on Fido’s collar to let people know he can’t hear. Even if he doesn’t wear it all the time, it’s a good idea to put it on him before you have company.

Body Language

Fido is very good at reading body language. If your canine pal can’t hear, he’ll pay very close attention to non-verbal cues. Take care not to inadvertently confuse or intimidate your pet. Doing a bit of research on doggy body language can help. For example, hugging is a sign of dominance to dogs. Your pup may not mind if you hug him, but if your pooch is new, you may want to avoid hugs until he’s settled in.

Please reach out to us, your Matthews, NC vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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