It's a well-known fact that Cocker Spaniels are prone to dog ear infection, and on a regular basis if the ears aren't inspected and cleaned regularly.
Unfortunately the design of those beautifully pendulous ears and a tendency for excess hair to grow around the opening to the ear canal don't allow enough air to circulate.
This results in the inner ear becoming a warm, dark, moist place - an ideal breeding ground for bacteria!
As well as keeping the hair around the insides of his ears trimmed, I recommend you check your Spaniel's ears about once a week for any signs of dog ear infection.
It should only take a couple of minutes and it will give you peace of mind that his ears are clean and healthy.
There are a few tell-tale signs of potential problems in his ears and if you're vigilant you'll be able to treat it sooner, before it becomes a real problem.
Common indicators of ear infection and other ear problems can appear as follows:
Inspecting and cleaning your dog's ears regularly will enable you to detect and treat any problems early and your dog will have a good chance of avoiding infections altogether.
If you discover any signs of ear infection when checking your pets ears, don't clean them - by cleaning them, you'll be removing any visible evidence of infection, which will make it more difficult for your vet to make a speedy and accurate diagnosis.
Take your Spaniel to see his vet as soon as you can.
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