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How’s your dog’s hearing?

With Dog Deaf Awareness Week this month (9/21-27) , it’s a great time to check on your dog’s hearing. Signs of hearing loss can include:

1. Turning the wrong way when called
2. Not responding to commands
3. Excessive barking or head shaking
4. Discharge from the ears
5. Pawing at the ears

If you suspect your dog is having problems hearing, contact your veterinarian. And don’t miss these tips to prevent and treat dog deafness.

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How to Prevent and Treat Dog Deafness

We previously covered 5 signs your dog might have a hearing issue, and here’s more on the causes, treatments and prevention of dog deafness. 

What causes dog deafness?
Hearing issues can be caused temporarily by wax buildup or other obstructions in the ear canal. Injuries, ear infections and other illnesses can result in permanent deafness. 

Which dogs are more prone to deafness?
Some breeds, like Poodles, have narrow ear canals that make them more susceptible to wax buildup. Breeds with furry ears, such as Cocker Spaniels, can be more likely suffer from hair and wax blockages. Deafness can also be an inherited problem, which is common in Dalmatians.

How can it be treated?
If your dog’s deafness is caused by wax or hair buildup, your veterinarian should be able to clean the ears and restore hearing. Ear infections can be treated with medication. Permanent hearing loss can’t be reversed, but deaf dogs can learn to respond to hand signals and have good quality of life.

How can I prevent it?
You can help avoid hair and wax blockages by keeping the fur around your dog’s ears trimmed and clean. Be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect an ear infection. You should also take your dog to the veterinarian annually for a full wellness exam, including an ear check-up. 

Yearly exams are covered by our wellness options. Get a free quote or view your plan details.

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Sally’s Expensive Tooth Extractions

“My poor Sally, who I adopted when she was 3 years old, had to have two teeth pulled. It was expensive, but her ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan helped lighten the load!” –Marie P., Groton, MA

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Tara

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Sam holding a chew toy in the office

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Frozen Treats for Furry Friends

These cold treats are the perfect way to cool off and entertain your pet on a hot day. Not to mention they are easy to make!

For dogs: Pour low-sodium chicken broth into a plastic bowl and add a small cube of cheese. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and freeze it.

For cats: Put a scoop of your feline’s favorite we food (the wetter the better!) into a plastic bowl. Mix in a few soft cat treats, cover and freeze.

After the treat is frozen, run a little hot water over the bottom of the bowl to slide the treat out. Then offer it to your pet to enjoy!

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Glen’s Multiple Mishaps

“Glen, my Husky, loves to eat socks and small toys. One day he got very sick, and we took him to the emergency veterinary hospital. He had to have to have exploratory surgery, and the veterinary team found a cut in his stomach along with a parasite in his intestines. About a year later he was playing outside and came in limping. He tore his CCL and had to have knee surgery. Glen is perfectly fine now, but the insurance has saved me a lot of money. It was the best decision of my life!” –Veronica J., Mt. Pleasant, MI

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Camaron and Lucas

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Taco and Rosie cuddling in the office

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WELCOME,
PET PARENTS!

As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

Social Media Coordinator

Pet Parent to:

Lucy, a 7-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

Blog Guidelines

While we’ll strive to present all viewpoints on this blog, comments will be reviewed before posting. Offensive or inappropriate language, off-topic remarks and comments containing personal policy information will not be featured.

Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

As always, if you have a question about your plan, call us at 1-866-204-6764.

*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.