Loud noises, such as fireworks, noisemakers and human cheers on New Year's Eve, often disturb my dog. Could such sounds damage my dog's sensitive ears, and if so, what can I do to protect my pet?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Loud sounds can indeed cause permanent damage to dog hearing. While a distant sound of fireworks would probably not hurt your pet, the noise of a nearby firecracker or that of someone blowing a loud noisemaker right next to your dog could cause hearing problems. If you are planning a party, or are going to an event that you predict will be noisy, it's better to keep your dog in a quiet room with all of its comforts -- bed, toys, food, water and more. There is a new product on the market now called Mutt Muffs ®, which are the world's only over-the-head hearing protectors for dogs. They look like stereo headphones. Dogs belonging to hunters and other individuals who must frequently withstand very loud sounds would likely benefit the most from the new device.