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Old 10-07-2012, 03:20 AM
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Cocker spaniel with itchy ear

Hi, I have a 5 month old golden cocker spaniel. Late last night she started scratching her ear on the mat and with her paw and shaking her head from side to side! I had a look in and the itchy one has a lot of black wax in it and the other one is clean. There are no vets open today so it will be tomorrow but in the meantime does anyone know what this could be and is there anything I could do to ease the itch
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It is likely an ear infection. You can take out some of the debris with gauze or cotton but save it for your vet so they can examine it under a microscope to determine if there is bacteria or yeast or both. Do NOT use water in the ear, just clean out the debris on the surface. That's all I would do for now until she gets to a vet.

Has she been swimming lately? Gotten a bath?

Ear infections could occur secondary to one of the above events if the ears were not cleaned out with an ear cleaning solution afterward or could be secondary to a food allergy. She's at the age where food allergies may start creeping up so if the ear infections persist, that could be the reason.

You also have to keep in mind that she's a cocker spaniel and are prone to ear infections because their ears are so big and heavy that they never air out. She's the breed of dog that you need to do routine maintenance on the ears (weekly cleanings with a good ear cleaner).
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Thank you very much for such a detailed reply she got a bath two evenings ago so maybe that's it? She is fed on hills science plan and so far no problems but I will make sure to keep an eye on it I didn't know you had to clean out there ears. Is this best once a week after their bath? And what solution is best?
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It is likely that she's developed an ear infection at this point so medication and a vet visit would be needed.

For maintenance, I'd pick up an ear cleaner labeled for dogs and cats. I like Epiotic Advanced:

Amazon.com: Epi-Otic ADVANCED Ear Cleanser (8 fl oz): Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Epi-Otic ADVANCED Ear Cleanser (8 fl oz): Pet Supplies

If you search around the forum others may have other suggestions.

When the ears get water in them, it kind of pools in the bottom of the ear. Especially with floppy earred dogs, the water doesn't get shaken out well so there is now a warm and wet environment that is a lovely spot for yeast to grow. When you use an ear cleaner, especially one that contains a drying agent like the one I posted above, it displaces the water and dries up better so the environment isn't as great for stuff to grow.

With a Cocker Spaniel, I would do it every 1-2 weeks routinely and then after any bath or swimming that may occur.
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Ok thank you very much I will see the vet in the morning and then also buy the cleaner
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You're welcome! Good Luck!
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Oh! yes, Holly is right...go see a vet and get some medication. They also carry ear cleaning solutions at the vet's office that will help keep the ear clean as well as dry it out.
If you are vigilant about her ears you will not regret it at all. Keep us posted.
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One of the most common health problems the owner of a Cocker Spaniel has to face is ear infections. The reason lies in the particular anatomical structure: floppy ears do not allow adequate ventilation in the ear canal. Heat and humidity make it the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Red skin, a bad smell and discharge of any kind, clearly indicate that there is an ear infection in there. Ear infections can be very frustrating to treat! Many veterinarians typically respond to ear infections by prescribing all sorts of medications to fight the infection. From my personal experience these treatments are not only expensive, but have a low success rate. There is, however, another option. A new holistic dog food called Oto Active, developed to maintain ear health in dogs. An ear exam by a veterinarian is recommended in any case.
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Interesting about the Oto Active! As a person with ongoing sinus infections I wish they made something for humans!!! Could the vet advise on allergies and her diet when you take your dog there also???
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Yeah I buy the ear rinses from the pet store...the little wipes just don't cut it! Get some cotton balls to wipe the debris out. You definitely need to see the vet for the medicine and also to talk about ways to prevent it (how often to clean, dietary precautions). If your dog eats a lot of starches/sugars it can make them more prone to yeasty ears...well, yeasty anything! The vet should be able to talk with you about prevention so hopefully there won't be a "next time".
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