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Spring into Action with our Buddy

03/19/2013
Buddy the Springer Spaniel

Our Klip Joint Dog of the Week is Buddy, a very energetic springer spaniel. Springers love their families and like to stick close to their owners. They make excellent house pets, but require daily exercise and need regular brushing and trimming to keep their coats neat and free of mats.

The springer spaniel’s long drooping ears allow them to collect scent while hunting. But those adorably floppy ears also trap water and bacteria, leading to painful ear infections. Routine preventative care will reduce your springer spaniel’s chance of infection and improve the overall health of his ears.

Here are some good instructions I found for keeping floppy ears clean and healthy:

  1. Trim the hair around your springer spaniel’s ears. Long fur becomes matted with debris, oil and dirt. It also keeps moisture and bacteria near his ear canal, which increases his chance of infection and irritation. Trimming the wavy hair on his floppy ears to an inch or less in length will prevent painful matting and tangles from occurring. The most problematic fur for ear infections, however, grows underneath his ear flap.

  2. Flip his ear inside out and trim the fur growing at the base of his outer ear. A groomer will typically shave the area under his ear flap completely. To avoid poking your pup by accident, always use a small pair of grooming scissors when trimming anywhere near his ears.

  3. Rinse your springer spaniel’s ears at least once a week with an ear cleansing solution that will dry up any excess moisture hiding inside his ears. Squeeze a few drops of cleanser into his ear canal, hold the flap down, and distribute the solution by massaging the base of his ear for 15 seconds before allowing him to shake. Fold open his ear flap to inspect the inside. If you don’t find any wax or buildup, leave his ear folded open until it dries. Repeat the process one week later. Visible wax or discharge requires a more thorough cleaning.

  4. Remove wax buildup by wiping a clean cotton ball over the grooved cartilage of your springer spaniel’s outer ear. Replace and discard the cotton balls as necessary to avoid spreading the wax around his ear. Never insert a cotton ball or cotton swab inside your springer spaniel’s ear canal. Doing so can puncture his ear drum and permanently damage his hearing.

  5. Improve air circulation for your springer spaniel’s inner ears by flipping his ear flaps over his head after every cleaning or bath.

At Klip Joint Dog Grooming we take extra special care of your springer spaniel’s ears and other grooming needs. Give us call today!

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