SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— What exactly causes deafness in pets? We asked Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the San Francisco SPCA. She says it’s conductive problems that are usually acquired.
“An animal that has chronic ear infections or a mass in the ear canal can cause deafness. The other is neural,” she said, meaning congenital problems, which are associated with dogs and cats that are white or have pale irises, albinism. It can also be acquired through age or exposure to very loud noises can degenerate those neurons.
There are signs that your pet may be either deaf or going deaf. A lot of owners report that their puppy seems stubborn or difficult to train. It’s because they’re deaf.