Monday, May 3, 2010

Can You Help Us?

A friend of ours wrote to us asking for help.
This is her story:

I purchased a bike trailer for my dog last week hoping to take her for some bike
rides. The trailer came with tires that had not been inflated. To
make a long story short, I put too much air in one of the tires and the tube
popped. It made a VERY LOUD pop. I was sitting in the front seat while my dog
was in the back seat with her head resting next to the tire before it popped. My
ears were ringing for a little while. It happened at a gas station, and the
noise was so loud that the taxi driver that was parked few feet away from me
with all of his windows closed came over to ask me if one of my car tires had

After the incident, my dog stopped responding to voices. She was not in shock
or anything as she was still eating treats, throwing her ball up in the air, but
she just did not respond to any voice commands. She would readily respond to
hand signals. She also did not respond to words like "kitty, squirrel, mouse,
crow, etc" would normally have made her go nutty.

It is obvious that she has hearing loss, but does anyone know if it's permanent
or temporary? And if its temporary, how long before her hearing comes back? She
is still not responding as of now (Sunday afternoon, 24 hours post incident). I
feel so sad, so guilty, I caused this to happen, she's so innocent, and now
can't hear all the words and sentences that she loved to hear prior to this
happening. Today was the first time in a long time that I did not see her
happy dance when I asked her "do you want to go for a walk?". No response to
doorbell being rung......

Thank you for listening.... any insight is greatly appreciated."

We so want to help her! Does anyone have any experience with something like this?

Thank you in advance.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


Martha said...

Oh my goodness Maggie & Mitch, how awful.
Sorry we can't help but paws crossed the hearing loss is only temporary.
Martha and Bailey xx

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Hey M&M,
Dad says that the only thing that they can do is wait a few days to see if the damage is only temporary BUT if the condition hasn't improved in a few days then the pup really needs to see a vet for an otoscope examination. If they wait too long, sometimes conditions that can be repaired if taken care of can become permanent and irreparable. We hope everything turns out OK.

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Oh dear, that's awful to hear about it. Mom and I don't know anything about hearing loss, but hopefully it's a temporary one and the doggie is fine. We agree with the Bumpass Hounds...bring her to see a vet to check her condition. =)


Dexter said...

I don't know about this in particular, but a doggie doctor can look inside to see the ear drum. My basset hound was deaf in both ears after surgery but it didn't slow her down at all. She still felt vibrations and got around quite well. I would worry about pain, though, so hope the pup can get to a good doctor.

Mango Momma

Kapitein Haakje said...

WOOOW that was a bit scary story
Well i dont know if the dog wil hear again. maby its just fur a time that she is deaf.
like mango momma say hope that the dog go to a good doctor

kissslobbers & a hug
El'bow & Hauwii & Sanne

Bella and Ollie said...

I am sorry I can't help you.
I hope your friend feels better though.
Best wishes to them.

Love, Bella.

Noah the Airedale said...

Oh no what a terrible thing to happen. What kind of dog does your friend have?
I'm sorry I dont have any experience with this kind of thing.

The Airechicks said...

Do not have much experience with this type of ouchie....

Maybe a Doctor would be best for now - to see if ear drum is damaged or so inflamed..

Good luck & we'll keep in our prayers and ask Angel Grampie to look in on...


Gus said...

We agree.

Much as we do not like visiting the V.E.T., we think this would be a good time to visit.

gussie n teka

Ruby and Penny said...

Poor pup. A trip to the vet is in order.
Love Ruby & Penny

Persephone and Buster said...

poor puppy... my bark is loud and makes my humomm's ears ring... and my dad is deaf...but he said it's because he slept under a catapult on an aircraft carrier. phew!, it wasn't my bark that time.... he goes to the ear doctor all the time.. so i guess your friend needs to contact the nearest teaching vet hospital attached to a U-KNeeVersatile and see a special v.e.t. to help. they are very nice at the V.E.T univ.hosptals because they have "stuDENTS" who love us and make us comfortable.. tell her not to be afraid. it may just be the trauma.. and she will have some hearing come back a little bit at a time.. sort of a big bang theory... a sonic bOOm happened. hope she feels better.
theBUSTER...w/the sonic bark

Unknown said...

That's terrible! I don't know the answer, but I hope it is only temporary. Best get to the vet quickly, I should think! Please let us know what happens!!! Ros

Remington said...

Sorry I don't have an answer for you....check with a vet....hope it goes okay....

The Army of Four said...

We sure hope it's temporary - but I wouldn't waste any time getting to the vet's. He or she will be able to tell your friend and make sure the pup isn't hurting!
Tail wags,

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh no poor baby...hopefully its not permenant
Benny & Lily

Mack said...

We are so hoping this isn't permanent!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

We are so sorry. We would recommend going to the vet immediately to see if they can do something or find out what is going on. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Putter said...

O Maggie and Mitch!

This sounds just awful! We feel for your friend! We don't know anything about this, but we will keep our eyes open and see what we can learn ... Our thoughts are with your friend!

Love, Putter ...

The Oceanside Animals said...

Poor pup! We don't have any experience with this sort of thing but we are sure others will have ideas.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Maggie and Mitch,
Go to the vets!! Tell your friend, to go to the vets!!!
It will probably take two vets!!
Tell your friiend, good luck!!
Bambi is going deaf,but she is rollin down the hill to 13 years old too.
XXOO, Bambi & Fern

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Oh no! I hope that you can find an answer! Good luck! Paws are crossed here!

*kissey face*

Asta said...

Oh my Dogness Maggie and Mitch,
How tewwibull fow that poow doggie and Hew Moma.
I don't know anything about this but cwoss my paws that she gets help and that this is tempowawy

poow little love
smoochie kisses

Faya said...

Oh no... I am sorry for your friend. But I agree with all our friends : tell your friend to go to the vet. Our paws are crossed.
Kisses, Faya

Sue said...

I'd get him to a vet immediately. You don't want to wait to long and have a temporary situation become permanent.

the many Bs said...

we think the pup should go to the vet right away. this is so sad.

our mom used to play the piccolo - very loud and high notes. her hearing is permanently damaged...


Sierra Rose said...

Oh how awful!!! We are hoping this is a temporary hearing loss. Lots of good advice here, blessings!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

doyle and mollie said...

oh no that is so awful! we think your friend should definitely take the doggy to see mr vetty, lets hope it is only temporary loves and licks

Kelly said...

Oh no! How sad! I wish I could offer up some help, but all I know is what everypup has already said... get to the v-e-t soonest!!!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are no help with this terrible situation, but we add our feeling that it seems best to have her checked asap by a vet specializing in hearing.

Paws crossed all is OK.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We don't have any experience with on set deafness. It probably would be a great idea to google it or call a Vet.. As you know deaf dogs can get along just fine with hand signals so no worries. We are hoping for the best for your friend...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Clive said...

What a terrible thing to happen - we would suggest a visit to the vet as well and paws crossed the dog's hearing does come back.

take care
Clive and the NSLM

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Sorry...nothing from us BUT I do have my paws khrossed to see a pawsitive update 'soon'!


Bocci said...

Oh, how awful, Maggie and Mitch! This sounds like a job for a doggie hearing specialist. I'm sure there are such people-my Parental Unit's last doggie, Carson the wire fox, had his own dermatologist and orthopedic sugeon, I hear tell.
Hope it turns out that it's just temporary!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

aww, poor pup.... we agree with seeing a vet a.s.a.p. We hope it is temporary and not painful for her. :(

the teacher's pets said...

Maggie And Mitch so sorry to hear about your friend. Hearing loss is
extremely hard to evaluate in dogs. It sounds like the nose might have blown your poor friends eardrums. Most eardrums will heal withing a few weeks. Your friend still might what to go to the vet office, she might be in pain and need pain meds. Wish we could help more. Keeping all paws crossed that everything will be OK.

Taffy said...

Goodness! I sure hope this is temporary but I agree with everypup else about taking her to the vet (I can't believe I just said that). If it is permanent it is good that she knows how to respond to hand signals. Please keep us updated.

Lorenza said...

I am sorry I can't offer any advice but a visit to her Vet would be the best thing to do. I hope it will be temporary.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Teddy said...

Oh my, let's hope there was no permanent damage, though dogs are especially sensitive to loud noises. At any rate, both the pup and its owner could learn to adapt somehow. What a shame though, because your friend was trying to do something nice for her dog, and this had to happen.

Puggle Preston said...

oh that is so aweful. the story makes us sad. we can feel her owner's sadiness and anxiety. We really hope the hearing loss is not permanent.
thanks for reminding us how sensitive our dog's ears could be. I hope your friend's vet can do something about it. Please keep us updated.


Lacy said...

w00fs, we wood say, go to the vet also...sure hope its not permanate...

b safe,

Teddy Bear said...

Oh how terrible! We sure hope she's ok.

Teddy Bear

Two Schnauzers from New England said...

Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

We just read the story about your friend and we feel so bad. In fact I (Hershey) feel a little guilty because I bark so loud that it makes Mama's ears ring.

We hope that the condition is temporary. Please keep us "in the loop."

Love -

Hershey and Kaci