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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – What Can Cause Deafness In Pets?

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
I have a 15-year-old house cat who recently went stone deaf.  I was wondering if you have any ideas about what may have caused it, as everything else about her is normal.
Anonymous reader

Dear reader,
Thanks for your interesting question. What is not normal about your cat is the fact that she is actually sort of old, not ancient by any means – but old enough that, like people, she may develop age-related hearing loss.

The important thing to do though, if you haven’t already, is to take her to your vet to be checked out.

While hearing loss can be just part of a general age-related decline, it can also be caused by treatable conditions, infections, ear mites, growths inside the ear canal to name the most common culprits.

The fact that you think this happened suddenly makes us suspicious that something else may be going on.

So a visit to your vet is definitely called for, and at her age should be part of your annual routine.

Old age is definitely not for sissies. But, your vet can make it an easier journey for both of you.

To make up for dragging her to the vet, why not buy her a present at the Home 4 the Holidays Pet Adoption Celebration and Holiday Bazaar on December 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at the YMCA/Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego. It’s free and fun with lots of things to do and buy to benefit the animals.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.