My Pal Zoey
Zoey is a three year old beautiful cocker spaniel. I noticed today that she has been scratching her right ear, and when I went to go look in her ear I noticed that it had a foul smell and there is a small scab.
It looks almost like raw skin in her flap! She LOVES to swim and be in the water. Does this mean she has an ear infection?
I generally keep her ears dry and regularly clean them. I can't afford to take her to the vet until I get paid next week. What should I do?
I cleaned them tonight with a warm cloth then dried them.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
From what you've described, it sure sounds like Zoey has an ear infection.
And I agree, it's a good idea to take her to see her vet who will be able to diagnose and offer correct treatment. It really is important that this happens quickly as ear infections in Cocker Spaniels can last for months if not treated quickly and professionally.
Our cocker's ears need to be kept clean and dry if we are to keep bacteria at bay. By the very nature of their design, their ears actually 'encourage' bacterial growth. This is because their ears aren't open like other dogs, to allow the air to circulate and keep them fresh - an ideal breeding ground for nasty bacteria.
I recommend you read the following article which offers 7 simple steps to healthy, bacteria-free, clean ears.
Personally, I use Tea Tree Oil in my Cocker's ears. It's something that I get from my local pet store and it's basically Tea Tree Oil mixed with vitamin E oil and another lighter oil to act as a dilution. I put 3 drops in each ear once each week and they're doing great.
I also keep the fur around the entrance to his ears trimmed really close - I do this myself in between trips to the groomers.
Good luck, I hope Zoey is better soon!