Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Ear Disorders


Animals Affected – Dog, Cat

General Information
Deafness may be partial or complete, temporary or permanent. A complete, permanent lack of hearing may be a birth defect in white animals. Deafness also may occur in aged pets or those with chronic ear infections. There is usually no cure for these types of deafness, and the hearing loss is generally permanent. Fortunately, total deafness is uncommon.

A partial hearing loss may also be permanent. However, when deafness is the result of infection, the problem may respond to treatment.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Caution: Deaf dogs or cats are easily startled and may nip or bite. Children should be warned not to startle such pets.
2. Activity: Confine your pet to the house and walk it on a leash for eliminations. Hearing loss may prevent your pet from hearing an approaching car or other danger.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.