Ask the Expert: How Do I Clean My Spaniel’s Ears?
Cocker spaniels are lovable, fun companions with fluffy, floppy ears. But their dark, warm earflaps trap debris and earwax, providing an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to flourish.
Regular cleaning is key for warding off ear infections, which can be painful and even lead to middle and inner ear infections. This can result in hearing loss and, in some very severe cases, surgical removal of the ear canal.
To properly clean your dog’s ears:
Use an ear cleaner with a surfactant (to break up the earwax) and an astringent (to dry out the ear).
Use soft, round cotton balls and avoid using cotton swabs with tips, as these can damage your dog’s middle ear.
Remember to see your vet if the wax and debris become thick or malodorous, or if the inner earflap appears thickened or red.
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About Dr. Leslie
Dr. Leslie Hancock-Monroe has been a top veterinarian for 15 years, and right now heads up Big Heart Pet Brands’ Nutrition and Scientific Affairs Department.
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