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Date Posted: 02:31:29 08/18/04 Wed
Author: Tori Mueller
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Subject: Re: How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf?
In reply to: Danica Allen 's message, "Re: How do you know for sure your puppy is deaf?" on 13:44:36 08/16/04 Mon

Hi Danica,
Actually because my breeder insisted my puppy was just stubborn and had asked us to get another BAER test, we did and just found out that our pup is bilaterally deaf, she hears nothing. Unfortunately, since we got her test and infomred our breeder, she has chosen to do NOTHING about any health guarantee we have on her, she has decided since her reputation for how she had handled this in the first place was hurt, so out of spite, she has chosen to not honor our health guarantee. We are not sure at this point what we are going to do. Her head is all white except for the haggerty spot on her head and some lil tiny black spots from the sun, and she has blue specks in her eyes too. I am sorry for your puppy not hearing too, I am going to email you privately so we can talk more about our babies and I am curious as to where you got your baby from, I can also let you know which breeder I used and that I certainly would not recommend her to others! Tori

>I know your message was posted quite a while ago but I
>saw it and had to respond. I have a deaf boston too.
>Trigger has more white than most bostons and that I
>believe is the cause of her deafness. I don't know
>how much research you have done but I have done some
>internet research and I definitely believe that
>Trigger's is related to her one white ear (which is
>the reason I chose her). Here is something I found on
>the web:
>"Congenital Deafness (which is occasionally seen in
>Boston Terriers) is caused by a defective gene. There
>are two pigmentation genes that are often seen in deaf
>dogs; one is the merle gene, the other is the piebald
>gene. It is the piebald gene we see in congenitally
>deaf Boston Terriers. There is vascular degeneration
>in the ear canal and it appears to be associated with
>the absence of pigment producing cells in the blood
>vessels. Deafness usually develops within the first
>few weeks after birth. Blue eyes, one or both, is
>also commonly seen in pigment associated deafness.
>Pigmentation is absent in the iris. Blue eyes,
>however, do not necessarily mean deafness in a dog.
>Boston Terriers who are half “white-faced” or have
>large amounts of white, tend to experience partial or
>full deafness."
>Trig is a great dog - she took a lot longer to potty
>train but she is 9 months old now and knows how to
>sit, stay, shake hands, high five, come, and roll
>over. She is a smart little cookie and I love her
>We didn't know Trigger was deaf when we got her and it
>was a frusterating few months before we finally
>figured it out. We didn't have any testing done but I
>am sure she is deaf. She can hear very, very loud
>noises (or perhaps it is the vibrations she feels) but
>she is oblivious to everything else. I try to protect
>her as much as possible from being startled however,
>it is important to teach them that it is okay to be
>started. Sometimes I startle her on purpose and then
>praise her to let her know it's okay and it's not a
>bad thing.
>She is a sweet heart and I love her dearly but she is
>also a handful and a lot of work sometimes.
>If you paid full price for your pure bread dog you
>should tell the breeder that your puppy is deaf and
>ask for a refund. They should also not be breeding
>the dogs parents any more.
>I hope to hear back from you - my email address is

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