BAER Testing

BAER stands for Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response. This test helps us determine if your pet has normal hearing, partial hearing loss, or complete deafness.

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BAER Testing

The BAER test is a non-invasive and painless procedure that measures the electrical activity in your pet’s brain in response to sound stimulation. It specifically evaluates the function of the auditory pathways, from the ear to the brainstem. During the test, small electrodes are placed on your pet’s scalp, and then they are exposed to a series of clicks or tones through earphones. The electrodes detect the brain’s response to these sounds, and the resulting electrical activity is recorded and analyzed.

BAER testing is particularly beneficial for breeds predisposed to hereditary deafness, such as Dalmatians, Boxers, Bull Terriers, and Australian Shepherds. It can also be performed on pets with a history of ear infections, head trauma, or suspected hearing loss. By identifying hearing impairments early on, we can help you better understand your pet’s condition and make appropriate accommodations to ensure their well-being.

After the BAER test, our veterinarians will thoroughly analyze the results and provide you with a detailed interpretation. We will explain the findings, discuss the implications for your pet’s hearing abilities, and offer guidance on how to best accommodate their specific needs. Our team is dedicated to providing support, education, and resources to help you provide the best care for your pet.

Choosing Hillside Veterinary Associates for BAER testing means partnering with a team committed to your pet’s well-being and understanding their unique hearing abilities. We prioritize compassionate care, thorough diagnostics, and personalized attention to ensure you have the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s health and quality of life.