Ears - 5 ways to protect your dog's hearing

The acuity of your family dog's hearing far surpasses that of humans. Hearing is a critical sense to dogs, and when diminished, will increase dependency on the other senses. Humans hear about 20,000 vibrations of sound per second but dogs can hear two to five times the number of vibrations!

Hearing loss in dogs is caused by many of the same things that cause hearing loss in humans. It may be the result of a variety of causes including infection, trauma, noise, aging, drug toxicity and inherited genetic defects.

How can we preserve this wondrous hearing capacity our furry family members have?

Five tips below will help you ensure your dog's clear, unimpeded hearing:

  • Prevent your pet's exposure to sharp, unexpected noises. This includes loud, repetitive noises that can cause trauma in dogs and humans.
  • Shield or protect your pet's ears from contributors to noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) including party noise makers, fireworks, explosive devices, fire and police sirens, hammering, jackhammers, loud music, construction site activities, race car engines, airplane engines, and gunfire.
  • Have your dog's ears checked regularly and cleaned as necessary by your veterinarian.
  • Monitor children and toddlers in the dog's presence so that doggie ears (like a child's ears) are not used to stash crayons, marbles, coins or other foreign objects.
  • Provide well balanced meals containing the nutritional components your veterinarian specifically recommends for your dog's good health and well being.

Your dog will feel and perform his best when you work with your veterinarian to do all possible to preserve his health, well being and excellent sense of hearing.