One dog breed that is prone to ear infections also happens to be one of the most popular family pets and companions, namely the charming Cocker Spaniel. But why are cockers so susceptible to developing painful ear infections which are often notoriously hard to treat? The reason is the shape of their long and droopy ears which is one of their most endearing physical features, but there is more to the problem than just that.
Long, Droopy ears are a recipe for disaster
Cockers have long, droopy ears which in short means that they hang close to a dog's head and as such they cover the entrance of a dog's ear canal which prevents much needed air from circulating as it should. On top of this, Cocker Spaniels have a lot of hair that grows on the inside of their ears right at the entrance and just outside of their ears too which creates the perfect damp and warm environment for bacteria to thrive in. With this said, there are other reasons why a Cocker might develop an ear infection, but the good news is that often good hygiene and management will reduce the risk of infections flaring up.
Good hygiene and recognising signs of an ear infection early
Regularly checking a Cocker Spaniel's ears goes a long way in reducing the chances of them developing an infection in the first place. You should never wait until a dog's ears start to smell. If you see your dog continually scratching at their ears, the chances are the infection has already taken hold and it could prove that much harder and challenging to clear up even with the best medication and veterinary treatments.
Cocker Spaniels are prone to certain types of ear infection which are as follows:
Cocker Spaniels are prone to suffering from allergies and this in turn can lead to them developing ear infections thanks to the fact that a dog will constantly scratch at their ears making the situation that much worse. By scratching their ears, dogs run the risk of damaging the delicate inside lining. The inside of their ears then becomes inflamed and therefore that much hotter which creates the perfect environment for bacteria to take hold, multiply and thrive.
Allergies can be triggered by all sorts of things which includes food, pollen or even grass seeds and the problem is that identifying just what is causing a dog's allergy is often extremely challenging.
The tools you need to clean a Cocker Spaniel's ears are as follows:
Good ear hygiene is essential for anyone who shares a home with a charming Cocker Spaniel and regularly checking a dog's ears after they have been out for a walk or played around in water is essential. However, if you suspect your Cocker has developed an ear infection, the sooner a vet can diagnose and treat the problem, the easier it tends to be to clear up.