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Adopting A Deaf Dog

September 15, 2023

Deaf Dog Awareness Week starts September 24th. Deafness isn’t uncommon in our canine companions. Fido can lose his hearing due to a variety of issues, such as genetics, old age, illness, injury, and tumors. However, our canine friends are remarkably resilient, and can do just fine, even if their ears aren’t working. A Sandstone, MN vet offers some information on adopting a deaf dog in this article.


While deaf dogs are often passed over, because of the assumption that they need a lot of work and care. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. In many cases, dogs that have lost their hearing and are up for adoption have already come out the other side of injuries or infections. However, it’s a good idea to talk to the adopting staff, and find out about your potential pet’s medical care needs.


There are a few things you’ll need to do. Fido won’t hear you if you tell him ‘Leave it’ or ‘Drop it!’ Make your home safe for your canine pal with thorough petproofing. If you have a yard, make sure the fencing is secure.


Deaf pups don’t always need extra care so much as they need slightly different care. For instance, you’ll want to train your pooch to obey visual signals, such as hand cues or perhaps a waving flashlight. You may also want to put a bell on your canine pal’s collar, so you can hear him moving around. Keep Fido leashed whenever you take him off your property. Last but not least, avoid startling your furry pal.


In many ways, deaf pups are just like any other dog. However, there are things you’ll need to do differently. For instance, you’ll need to establish eye contact when working on training. Fido may also take a bit longer to settle in. Do plenty of research, and ask your vet for specific care advice.

Pat Yourself (And Fido) On The Back

Adopting a deaf dog is a wonderful act of kindness. Animals really bring so much love into our lives. Often those unwanted pets just really have a way of melting our hearts. It’s very rewarding and special giving an unlucky pet a wonderful forever home. Many people find that adopting those less-adoptable pets is extremely fulfilling. Fido may completely melt your heart with just a few wags of his tail!

Do you have questions about caring for a deaf dog? Contact us, your Sandstone, MN pet hospital, today!