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Hearing Loss and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Posted on: January 14, 2009

Hearing loss is a natural occurrence of old age. As with humans we loose a little more hearing each year as we get older. This happens to our best friend also. As their hearing slowly goes, the dog will compensate for the loss and adapt behaviors accordingly. With Canine Cognitive Dysfunction the hearing loss can put out signals of confusion and the dog will react differently to the stimuli. For example, if you whistle for your dog and the normal behavior is to come to you, the disorder might confuse your dog and your dog will react in a different way than you would expect. These reactions will vary depending on the amount of hearing loss, the amount degree of the onslaught of the disorder, and the behaviors the dog was demonstrating before when they were younger.

 

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