May 3rd is Specially-Abled Pets Day! If you are ready to adopt a new dog, please don’t overlook the less perfect ones. Pups with medical issues, such as hearing impairment, for instance, can still make wonderful pets! A Spring Valley, CA vet discusses caring for a deaf dog below.
Dogs are very smart, and can learn to respond to hand signals instead of vocal commands. Show Fido sign commands for Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.
Teach Fido to come when you wave a flashlight. This can come in pretty handy when you want to call your pooch to you at night!
Sometimes, hearing-impaired dogs can still pick up notes on the lower end of the musical register. If you have a piano, try striking the lower keys, and see if your furry buddy reacts. If he does, you may be able to train him to come when you play certain notes.
Get a little sign or vest that you can put on Fido that says he’s deaf. He doesn’t always have to wear it, but you can put it on him whenever you take him off your property or are having guests over.
Have you ever been startled awake? This is often a ‘pet peeve’ of dogs with hearing issues. Fido may get scared or defensive if you suddenly wake him up. If your four-legged pal is snoozing and you want to get his attention, put a doggy treat down before his nose. That’s a much more pleasant way to wake up! Also, don’t sneak up on your pup. You may also want to stomp on the ground before approaching him.
You may want to put a little bell on Fido’s collar. Your pooch won’t hear you if you call him, so this is a good way for you (and any other pets) to keep tabs on his whereabouts.
When walking your dog, walk towards oncoming traffic, and keep Fido to the outside. You definitely don’t want him veering into traffic lanes!
Just like any other dog, deaf pooches often love treats, toys, and ear scritches. Keep Fido’s cute tail going by paying him lots of attention!
Please contact us, your local Spring Valley, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!