We can offer in practice or mobile hearing tests (BAER) for puppies or adult dogs from predisposed breeds: Dalmatian, Border Collie, Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier Miniature, West Highland White Terrier, etc.
More information: www.baertest.co.uk
Congenital deafness is a recognised problem in animals carrying the piebald gene (white coated breeds: Bull Terrier, Samoyed, Greyhound, Great Pyrenees, Sealyham Terrier, Beagle, Bulldog, Dalmatian, English Setter) or merle gene (merle coat colour: Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Dappled Dachshund, Harlequin Great Dane, American Foxhound, Old English Sheepdog, and Norwegian Dunkerhound) and those with blue eyes (blue iris). In these animals the congenital deafness develops in the first few weeks after birth while the ear canal is still closed, usually resulting from the degeneration of part of the blood supply to the inner ear. The cause of this degeneration is unknown.