It is difficult to identify deafness in young puppies as they tend to react to vibrations or follow their litter mates.
A BAER (Brain stem Auditory Evoked Response) test, carried out by a specialist, is the only way to know for certain.
Small probes are placed under the skin on the puppy/dog’s head with a ‘headphone’ over the ear which emits a clicking noise. This is connected to a computer which records the brain’s response. This is a non-invasive test and does not cause any pain or harm to the puppy/ dog.
On some occasions adult dogs will need to be sedated in order to keep them still during the test.
A BAER test can be carried out on puppies from 5 weeks of age and is only required once in the dog’s lifetime.
A copy of the report from the specialist should be kept for your records.
BAER testing centres across the UK
South of England
Hearing Assessment Clinic (Mobile)
Red Lane House
Tel: 01962 713155
Tel. 01425 485615
North Downs Specialists Referrals
Tel. 01883 741440
Seadown Veterinary Group(mobile)
125-129 Chertsey Road
Animal Health Trust
Centre for Small Animal Studies
Tel: 0870 0502424
Tel: 01332 678333
Brentknoll Veterinary Centre
Southern Counties Veterinary
Blacks Veterinary Group
North of England
Chester Gates Referral Hospital
Church Farm Veterinary Clinic
Willaston, South Wirral
Tel: 0151 327 1885
Animal Medical Centre
511 Willbraham Road
Manchester, M21 0UB
Tel:0161 881 3329
David Godfrey Dematology.
Performs BAER Testing at the following locations, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Muxton, Chipping Norton, Banbury, Oxford, Wolverhampton & Worcester.
Please make an appointment by contacting David Godfrey.
Telephone: 07929 863542