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Why did my dog stop barking?

My 13 1/2 year old lab mix stopped barking about a year and a half ago. Her hearing is going as well. Does that have something to do with her lack of barking? Are there other possible medical reasons a dog would stop barking?

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Hi, ---------- Sorry to bring you the bad news: Your dog is very old, equivalent to a man of some 95 - 100 years, and at that age all troubles are inevitable..... just like humans..... the hearing fades, the eye sight weakens, the stability deteriorates..... Your dog is tiered, has not enough powers, probably doean't hear well and soon will loose his eyesight...... Terrible ! (but no one found the secret how to live foreever.....). The best way to deal with this sad situation is get a new puppy....... -------- Best regards,

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Two thumbs up OronD you are correct. Dogs bark, they do not talk. They bark in reaction and awareness to things around them. As they become senior citizens there awareness diminishes and they don't bark as often or sometimes not at all, and the fact that he physically can't because of a medical condition that only your vet could determine. More than likely it's the age thing. We do love our pets don't we.

My grandfather quit barking at about 80, he said: whats the use, noone is listening....

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GR8 answer George.....  and GR8 sense of humor as well......  2 thumbs up...... I'll mark you "friend" (=contact). 
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Thank you! I have read many of your comments and respect what you say and stand for. I would be an honor to be your friend...George

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Oron is correct.   Usually larger breeds (Labs, German Shepherds, Collies), believe it or not have a shorter life span than smaller ones (chihuahuas, poodles, who live up to 16 years). At 13-1/2 I would safely assume that poor old baby has had enough with the barking stuff.   He probably realized that all that barking was not worththe effort.   Wish more humans would realize when they get to a certain age and begin talking about something they have no idea about, they should also keep quiet.  Now, seriously, Keep him comfortable, give him a lot of loving and when the time comes, if he doesn't go naturally, then it's time to say your goodbyes and lay him to rest.    And by the way, DO NOT GET A NEW PUPPY.   Dogs, like humans, cannot be replaced so easily.  Everyone needs time to grieve, be it the loss of a pet or a family member. Trust me, I'm 73 and I know.    

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Well your dog is getting to an old age... But my family member has an 15 year old dog and his hearing is VERY bad. He will not bark much any more. So it could be possible that he has gone def. You could test this by going near him but to where he cant see you and clap your hands, if he turns he isnt def of course. If he just lays there then maybe he is either just old and lazy or def. Hope i helped Laughing

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My beautiful Golden Retriever died 2 years ago, but 6 months to a year before he died I noticed that had lost the ability to bark. He tried so hard but nothing would come out, and when it became to frustrating for him he quit trying alltogether. His hearing was fine, but as I realized a few months before his death, he had been suffering small strokes that had caused paralysis of the vocal cords. He sometimes would space off or become very disoriented. I just assumed it was old age senility, but I would notice other abnormal behaviors as well. Sometimes he had trouble walking, or his balance would be off, and on ocassion he would completely loose control of his bladder function. Looking back on when all of these things started presenting themselves, it started about a year before. The morning he died, he had a massive stroke, leaving him totally paralyzed and seizing violently. I sedated him with oxazapam to get him to the Animal Medical Hospital ASAP. His Vet said there was nothing more they could do, but to administer heavier sedation and antiseisure meds. We decided euthanasia was the only option at that point. To let my beautiful baby suffer any longer would have been cruel on my part. I decided that considering his age (14) and no doubt the irreversible damage the last stroke had caused, there was no need to try further heroic measures to keep him alive any longer. I promised him when he was about 12 that I would not let him suffer should he ever become incapacitated, so I did what was best for him. My only regret is that I didn't pay closer attentiion to the symptoms sooner. If I had, the major stroke possibly could have been prevented or at least mitigated to some degree. But the fact that I kept blaming all of his problems on old age, prevented that. I know better now, and should I see any of these signs in my in my new pup, (another Golden) when he begins to age I will seek medical attention sooner.

So I would suggest if your dog has lost the ability to bark, you need to take her to her vet and have her checked out to make sure she is not having or has been having small debilitating strokes. As well the strokes can also affect the auditory nerves causing diminished hearing and hearing loss. Also thyroid  and heart problems can affect the vocal chords. Dogs suffer the same ailments and illnesses we humans do, and there is a plethera of medications that can control these conditions if caught early enough. At the worst they can give the dog a much more comfortable quality of life until the end. Call your vet, explain what is going on, and ask for a full blood work-up. That will give you a general idea of what is going on and whether or not it is something treatable. Unfortunately the larger breed dogs, go downhill fast once the aging process takes over. They can be fine one month, and the next few months can see a steady decline. But do get her checked out for your own peace of mind. You'll feel better and so will she.  

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