Cocker spaniels are prone to ear infections because of their long, furry ears that cover the ear canals. If your cocker is shaking her head and pawing at her ears, take her to the vet for a diagnosis and prescription ear drops. Any pet owner can administer the drops.
Place a towel on a table or countertop. Open the lid of a bottle of ear drops and place it nearby the towel.
Sit your cocker spaniel on the towel. Ask her to lie down or set her on her side lying down with the affected ear facing upward.
Read the label on the prescription ear drops. Grasp the tip of her affected ear and lift it upward toward the center of her head.
Hold her ear in place with one hand near the ear canal and slightly pulling it so you can see the opening in her ear canal.
Place the tip of the ear drops bottle a few millimeters inside the ear canal. Squeeze the recommended amount of drops into her ear. Set the bottle down quickly.
Massage the ear canal with your thumb and fingers on either side of the opening. Rub the ear canal for about 30 seconds so the ear drops drain down into the ear canal.
Release your dog and be prepared for her shaking her head. She will most likely stand up and shake her entire body. Support her so she does not fall from the table or countertop. Put your cocker down onto the floor.
Give your dog a treat for her patience.
- If you are treating both ears with ear drops, treat the second ear before releasing your pet.
- Ask your groomer to remove the small hair follicles inside your cocker spaniels ears when she is groomed. This improves airflow in the ear canal and can help to avoid fungal and bacterial ear infections.
- Do not insert the ear drop applicator farther into your dog’s ears than a few millimeters. Inserting it farther in can cause eardrum damage and be painful for your pooch.
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