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 Post subject: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:09 am 
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Hi everyone!

My boyfriend and I just recently got our first puppy (3 weeks into having her) and our first ever cocker spaniel--within a few minutes of meeting her we have become cocker spaniel lovers! Her name is Daphne and she is 13 weeks old and is the most delightful puppy.

I have a question on tips on how to bathe her. The first night we had her i gave her a bath and within the first week of having her I took her to the vet for her check-up and it turned out she had an ear infection. I have been following the vets orders for the medication and cleaning of the ears. But my question is, how do you avoid water getting into the ear canal in the first place when you bathe them? any kind of recommendations will be truly appreciated. we adore her and i don't want to be the cause of another ear infection :roll


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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:37 pm 
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Hi Rose,
Welcome to the Forums! And we'd love to see pictures of your new baby!

As far as bathing and water getting into the ears- I've done a couple of different things. First of all, I always clean ears with baths, so the ear cleaning solution goes into the ears first. I've mixed and used the Zim Solution- you'll find the recipe here,

http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

and lately I've gotten lazy and I order K9 Liquid Health for Ears, from Amazon. They are nearly identical and both are drying solutions, so they keep ears from getting infected. (I generally use them once a week, even if I'm not bathing that often) Some people put cotton balls in the ears, too.

For the times that I don't want to clean ears, I actually hold my dogs' head with my thumb over one ear canal and a finger over the other, with the rest of my hand under their chin, holding their head up and back as I rinse. It sounds awkward, but it works really well.

It is important to keep those ears clean and dry. So you'll also want to trim the hair on the inside of the ears, around the canal openings, to allow for some air circulation. Take a read through the posts on ears in "Caring for Your Cocker." Lots of discussion of experiences there.


PS - There are a LOT of totally ineffective "ear treatment" products on the market- that will only lead to you spending more money on vet visits, etc. Use the good stuff :th-up

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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:32 am 
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thank you Chris! that's helpful :) i will give it a try.

here are some pictures of adorable Daphne!


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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
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Chris is right on the money :bg

My goodness, that little gal is too adorable...I can see why she's stolen your hearts. :joy


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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
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Welcome to the forum! Your Daphne is adorable (but I might be partial since I have a little tri-(hellion) of my own). When someone told me those tan points were really horns, they weren't kidding, LOL. You will LOVE her to pieces, but if she's anything like mine, you'll need eyes in the back of your head because she's a stinker (i.e., naughty).

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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
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OH MY Goodness! Another tri!!

What an adorable little pup!! :love

I have one, too, my Cricket is a tri.

Enjoy the "little" stage, they grow soooo fast.

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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
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What a cutie patootie Daphne is!!

I wanted to relay to you a recent post I shared -- I'd brought my rescue, Hastings, to the vet for routine stuff. Hastings is my first Cocker, so I wasn't sure what to do for ear infection prevention/treatment. I found Jim's recipe online and have used it since I got Hastings last year. Anyhow, after I brought Hastings to he vet, she said he had the cleanest ears she'd ever seen and would I tell her what I'd been doing to achieve such results?! I told her about Jim's recipe and this site, and she said she'd be telling her clients about it.

So, I highly recommend you go with Jim's awesome formula for ear cleaning -- once a week does the trick and all of the ingredients are easy to find, mostly at the local drug store or via the Amazon link posted on Jim's ear cleaning page on this site.

Best of luck with Little D!


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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
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thanks everyone for the replies and for the compliments on Daphne! i'll give Jim's ear solution a try.


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 Post subject: Re: Help with grooming and avoiding ear infections!
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Oh my goodness! She is so incredibly adorable. :hp I love the first photograph. I hope your resolve the ear infection.

I've heard advice similar to Chris' suggestion. Particularly about keeping the ears clean and dry. I read to keep the underside of ear shaved in order to allow air flow.

My pups breeder recommended Halo Herbal Ear Wash. I will use that until I build up enough confidence to try Jim's ear solution. I also purchased some Petkin Bamboo Eco Ear Wipes and will give those a go for quick wipe downs.

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