Proud JRT owner

by Keri
(Tennessee)

My Jack Russell is 13.5. He seems like he has suddenly lost most of his hearing. I know this is to be expected as he ages, but I had no idea it would be all of a sudden. Our family is so sad. Just looking for support. I know there isn't much I can do. He is otherwise doing pretty good besides having to struggle a little when jumping in car or on bed. Thanks!

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Jan 30, 2013
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Support appreciated!
by: Keri

Thanks so much for your reply. It's great to know that is common at this age. I love hearing about your forms of communication with your JRT. When mine is outside and I yell for him fairly loudly, he can hear it. I am thankful for that. He also has no problems figuring out it's time to eat and go out. My children (ages 3 & 6) are even getting used to him not hearing and have their ways of getting his attention etc. Thanks again for your response.

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Deaf JRT
by: JohndeSD

My JRT went deaf around the same age but Jacks are incredibly adaptable and it really didn't hamper him as much as I would have imagined. I used to joke with my vet that my JRT was selectively deaf and could no longer hear the word "No!"

Even though Boomer went deaf, he could still sense sound concussions such as a slamming door or a sharp hand clap. And he quickly adapted to sight signals for communication. A finger pressed to the lips meant no-bark, hand motions for come and stay, etc. And of course the sight of his supper bowl being carried outside meant the obvious ;)

Dec 03, 2012
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Aging JRT
by: Yoshi's momma

My little guy is 14 1/2 now and he also lost his hearing at 13. Here are some things we have done over the last couple of years to help Yoshi.
Turn the light off and on when you get home to alert him you are back.
Teach simple hand signals to communicate things like outside and eat. They really pick it up fast and mine seemed happy we could still communicate.
Before site gets worse, condition him to your touch and reward when he doesn't startle. This will be very important in the near future as sight fails.
Remember to use scent. When the are sleeping, just hold your hand close enough and they will wake knowing you are there.
When it's time to eat, guide them with the smell of their food and remember to touch them often so it won't scare them when all they have left is shadows and scent.
This is a very hard time for the two of you and believe me, I am feeling your pain.

Nov 12, 2012
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Thanks
by: Keri

Thank you so much for your support. We miss him greeting us at the door when we arrive home more than anything. He doesn't realize we're home until he see us now. I am so greatful he is in good health otherwise. I have had him since he was 8 weeks. I remember too well that playful, full of energy, not listening stage. They pretty much stay that way their whole lives. My JRT has never been a great listener- a mind of his own for sure! They are wonderful fun-loving dogs!
Thanks again for your reply.

Nov 12, 2012
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AGING JRT
by: PADDYS MOM

POOR LITTLE GUY. SORRY HE ISN'T HEARING .
I WONDER SOMETIMES IF MY 9 MONTH OLD PUP HEARS. HE DOESN'T OBEY AT ALL UNLESS A TREAT IS INVOLVED LOL
MAYBE SINCE JRT'S ARE SO VISUAL, IT WON'T BE TOO HORRIBLE.
BE SURE TO LET HIM KNOW YOU LOVE HIM, I THINK, WITH EXTRA VERY GENTLE STROKES, AND SPECIAL GOOD TREATS.
HE'LL NEED EXTRA PROTECTION TOO, SINCE HE WON'T HEAR THINGS COMING, SO BE ON THE ALERT...
BEST OF LUCK!
SENDING PADDY LOVE ..

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