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May 3rd is Adopt A Specially-Abled Pet Day! Are you considering bringing a new pet into your home? If so, don’t automatically pass over that cute pup that isn’t quite perfect. Many of those broken, unwanted pets end up being the best animal companions of all! In this article, a Tipp City, OH vet offers some tips on caring for a deaf pooch.
Dogs are remarkably adaptable, and can bounce back even from trauma and accidents. It’s also important to keep in mind that our canine companions get the vast majority of their information from their noses anyway. You may find that Fido just needs to get information a little differently. For instance, teach your pooch to respond to hand signals, rather than visual commands. You may also want to teach your pup to come when you wave a flashlight. This is a great way to call your furry friend after dark.
Some pups with hearing impairments can still hear things in high or low ranges. Try using a whistle. If you have a piano, try hitting some of the lower keys. If Fido responds, you may be able to use that sound to call him. (The piano, of course, is only going to be helpful indoors.)
Be extra alert when walking your canine pal. Fido won’t be able to hear things like cars approaching, horns beeping, dogs barking, or brakes squealing. Keep him on a close leash, and don’t let him get in front of you when crossing roads or driveways.
Most of us hate being startled. This goes double for deaf dogs. Never sneak up on Fido. Stamp your foot before approaching your canine buddy, so he knows you’re there. If you have to wake him up, do it by holding a treat under his nose. Fido is a big fan of breakfast in bed!
First and foremost, don’t leave Fido unattended near potential dangers, such as pools or fireplaces. If you have a yard, make sure the fencing is secure. You’ll also need to choose your pet’s playmates carefully.
Just like any other pup, Fido will need regular veterinary care. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. That’s why we’re here!
Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Tipp City, OH animal clinic, anytime!