Caring for a Deaf Dog

May 3rd is Specially-Abled Pets Day! Dogs and cats with medical conditions often have a hard time getting adopted, in part because many people assume that caring for them will be expensive and time-consuming. However, that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, you may find that caring for your furry pal is easier than you think! For instance, caring for a deaf dog is very much like taking care of any other dog. Fido just needs a little extra TLC. Here, a local Livonia, MI vet discusses caring for deaf dogs.


Fido won’t hear you if you call him, so consider getting him a bell for his collar. That way, you’ll know where he is without having to constantly check on him.


When you have guests, remember to let them know your canine buddy can’t hear them. Ask people not to approach him from behind. This can startle Fido, and make him uneasy.


Man’s Best Friend is very smart, and can even learn a sort of doggy sign language. Training your pup to respond to hand signals instead of vocal commands may take a little while, but it’s well worth the effort. It’s also a good idea to train Fido to respond to a flashlight. This will help you call him to you at night.

Do’s and Don’ts

If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure. We strongly recommend using self-latching gates. Also, keep Fido leashed whenever you take him off your property. If you’re walking your pet along the side of the road, keep him to the outside. He won’t hear cars coming. Because he has a shorter profile than you, he will also be harder for drivers to see, which makes this even more dangerous.


Have you ever jumped when someone woke you unexpectedly? This isn’t any more fun for Fido than it is for us. Being startled awake can be particularly stressful for deaf dogs. Stamp your foot to wake your pooch up before you walk past him when he’s sleeping. You may also want to teach your canine pal that being startled can be fun. How do you do this? It’s actually quite easy: just wake him up and give him a treat!

Please call us, your Livonia, MI animal clinic, with any questions about caring for a deaf dog. We’re happy to help!

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