What breeds are good for dogs that have rings and/or necks?
It’s a question that’s been asked and answered before, but now it’s a matter of science, and one that’s being addressed in the veterinary community.
In a study published online on Monday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that ring-necked ducks have a higher survival rate compared to other breeds.
“Our research team looked at how long a dog survived after being put on an ear plug, a collar, and a ring neck collar, all of which can cause deafness and loss of hearing,” said lead author Dr. Eric R. V. Dickson, a veterinarian and clinical psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Veterinary Medicine.
“We found that while these were very effective measures, they did not prevent deafness in the ring neck, and that deafness was the most common complication after an earplug.”
The researchers looked at data from 1,766 dogs from the National Veterinary Registry.
They found that in dogs that were put on the ear plugs, dogs had a survival rate of just under 8% after being fitted with the plugs, compared to just over 9% for those that were not fitted.
This is in stark contrast to a study conducted by researchers from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in the United States in 2014.
In this study, researchers compared dogs fitted with ear plugs and collar and collar-free dogs, and found that the collar-less dogs had an overall survival rate about twice as high as the ear-fitted dogs.
This study suggests that the ear plug and collar are not the problem in deaf dogs, said Dr. Denton.
The researchers also found that dogs that had an ear plugged also had a higher percentage of respiratory distress syndrome and heart failure in the first year of life.
“While there are still many dogs that are unable to hear due to an ear infection, there are many other breeds that can survive on a ring collar, including the black Labrador retriever, the Australian shepherd, the golden retriever and the American pit bull terrier,” said Dickson.
In addition to the rings and neck, there is the possibility of other health issues that may occur if ear plugs are worn.
“In addition, ear plugs may cause inflammation and/ or scarring that may become a source of infection,” said Viscount Dickson of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Ring necking dogs are at increased risk for ear infection and/ and scarring, and ear infections are associated with increased heart failure,” he said.
In dogs that can’t hear properly, ear infections can be difficult to diagnose.
“Most ear infections in dogs have no obvious cause and the ear can still swell from the ear canal, causing a blockage, which can lead to inflammation of the surrounding tissue,” said Dr Dickson in an email to Healthline.
“This blockage can be painful, and is usually relieved by antibiotics.”
Dickson noted that a number of breeds that are generally thought of as “good for dogs” are also not ideal for deaf dogs.
The Royal Society recommends that ear plugs be worn only on dogs that need to be able to hear.
Ring-necking dogs can have a significant effect on the hearing of their owners.
“The ring neck can cause an increase in the number of ear infections, which are often associated with ear infection,” Viscamp said.
“In addition it can lead the dog to become more susceptible to heart disease, diabetes, and even death.”
In addition ear plugs can be uncomfortable, and the veterinarian may recommend a harness.
“It is important to consider that earplug use in dogs is not without risk,” he added.
“Therefore, the harness should be worn by a vet who has a good understanding of the dog’s anatomy and functioning.”