My Cocker's Ears
Cocker Spaniel Ears Need Extra Brushing To Keep Them Mat Free
My dog has a mass of hair behind his ear which I can't get too. Is this common and will it harm him?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Cocker Spaniels very often develop tats in the feathers on their ears, particularly behind and underneath the ear, and if you don't catch them early and brush them out, they soon develop into thick, stubborn mats.
The only way a mat can hurt your dog is if it's ignored and not removed. Mats can trap all sorts of vegetation (twigs, seeds, etc) which can cause skin irritation and/or scratch the skin and break the skin, which then becomes infected.
If your Cocker develops a mat in his coat, no matter where it is, you have a couple of options - you can cut it out, or you can cut into it (in strips) and then try to brush each strip out gently with a slicker brush.
It's highly unlikely that you'll be able to brush or comb out a solid mat in it's entirety.
If you're really struggling, I recommend you take your Cocker Spaniel to a groomer, or your vet, and ask them to take them out for you.
Make sure you choose a groomer that has plenty of experience with Cockers - learn how to choose a dog groomer here.
Ongoing, I would recommend you brush your Cocker's ears every other day, or at least twice each week.
Use a slicker brush first, brushing both sides of his ears as under the ear and around the ear opening. When there's no more fur being left behind in the brush, use a comb.
Cocker Spaniel ears can be quite sensitive, I'm sure I don't need to advise you to take great care and be very gentle! I hope this advice helps - good luck!
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