Information on Deafness Prevalence, Causes, & Management For Owners, Breeders, and Researchers

George M. Strain, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience
Comparative Biomedical Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University







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Topics on Deafness

Dr. Strain has retired from LSU (March 1, 2023) and is no longer performing hearing tests. To schedule hearing tests with Dr. Colleen Embersics, call 225-578-9600, option 3, and ask for the Neurology Service scheduler Shelby Panepinto.

Coming to LSU for BAER testing? If you are using mapping software our address is: 1909 Skip Bertman Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Some programs aren't up to date, so try South Stadium Drive instead (don't use MapQuest). We are at the intersection of River Road and Skip Bertman Drive. Go to the Small Animal Clinic to initiate your paperwork.

Directions to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine:

  • If coming from the east on I-10, exit at Acadian (Exit 157B) (Acadian becomes Stanford); stay to the left when it becomes a single lane and turn right onto Highland Road when it ends. After entering the campus gates, take the first left (South Quad Drive, formerly Nicholson Extension) and then turn right after about a half mile onto Nicholson Drive north. Turn left (west) on South Stadium Drive/Skip Bertman Drive at the football stadium.
  • If coming from the west on I-10, exit at Highland/Nicholson (Exit 155A) at the end of the Mississippi River bridge, and follow Nicholson Drive to Skip Bertman Drive; turn right (west).

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CANINE DEAFNESS GENES - Identified and Proposed:

Note: no gene has yet been identified for congenital herediatary pigment-associated deafness in dogs. The pathology in Dobermans and Rottweiler is not
associated with white pigmentation. The proposed gene for the Australian stumpy tail cattle dog is not mutated in other evaluated breeds (G.M. Strain, unpublished data).


Deafness-Related Publications by George M. Strain

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Other Information


The Deafness in Dogs & Cats home page was constructed by George M. Strain, to whom all comments should be addressed. The statements and opinions included
in this home page are those of the author only. Any statements and opinions included in these pages are not those of Louisiana State University or the LSU Board of Supervisors.

Date last modified: 3/14/2023.

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