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One of our Heelers went deaf.
Fisheadgib Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
We have two elderly blue heelers that are a mother and son. The mother Po Po, (don't ask) is 15 and her son ****, (again, don't ask) is 13 and we discovered Saturday that **** is totally deaf. Last week he could hear just fine and now he is absolutely deaf. I whistled as loud as I could next to him and he didn't even flinch and we are totally confused about it. He's in good health and his ears are clean and clear of any inflammation and he doesn't show any discomfort but he's deaf as a rock. They used to stay in the kennel outside but they've been house dogs for a year or two and they've never been exposed to loud noises like gunfire or machinery. We'll get him to the vet this week but I'm confused about how he went from hearing fine to stone deaf so quickly.
I have read it is common because of dalmation being part of their lineage
You got that right! I actually like the male that went deaf as he's smart and sweet to everyone. His mother couldn't die soon enough. Over the years, Debbie has spent thousands of dollars on vet bills on the mother as she just won't leave the horses alone. She's been stomped into the pasture several times and she'll still charge into the pasture to harass the horses if we let her out the back door.
I"m pretty sure my heeler mutt is mixed with a beagle. That dog is one stubborn little poop, but smart as can be.
Except SHE REALLY IS IN CHARGE!!! and if you don't believe me, ask HER
Wambli I had the pleasure of meeting both of those fine dogs and can honestly say that I have come across few if any smarter than your girl was. She was such a friendly smart dog that I have thought that maybe one day we will have one of that breed.
One of the ranches neighboring my dad's place has a bunch of healers and the old one's always go deaf.