I have a female mixed fox terrier, age 11, no prior health problems who suffered sudden bilateral hearing loss following a 3 day stay at a pet boarding facility.
Prior to visit the pet (Maggie) had perfect hearing.
Visit to veterinarian demonstrated no physical abnormality post otoscopic exam.
Pet presented no symptoms of auditory disease and was not introduced to any medications other than a vitamin/mineral supplement purchased week earlier distributed by GNC Pets.
Could constant barking sounds while at a pet shelter for only 3 days or perhaps a supplement given at recommended dose ( one per day) described as a premium ultra mega multivitamin plus formulation be suspect to sudden hearing loss?
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