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.