Cocker Spaniels are known to need more ear care than other breeds because of their long ear flaps creating less aeration.
For dogs not prone to ear infections, an ear cleaning once a week or every other week might be fine.
For dogs prone to ear infections, you might need to check their ears daily (for an odor) and clean them twice a week.
After you've thoroughly flushed the dog's ears out, let your dog shake
Never ever poke anything down the ear canal like a q-tip. You can use cotton swabs to wipe out the skin inside of the ear that you can see, but don't push it down into the canal.
Here's a great tutorial on how to correctly clean the ears (by a vet):
Please look at our Nutrition Page for information on Cockers prone to ear and skin problems often are directly related to the ingredients in their food and treats. Cocker Spaniel owners that make a commitment to reading all ingredients before they give anything to their dog, are generally successful at keeping ear and skin infections to a minimum.
Ear Ablation Surgery
We rescued Teddy the Cocker Spaniel in July of 2016 and immediately knew he had some ear issues:
Chronic ear infections and continued neglect robbed Teddy of his hearing and calcified the cartilage in his ears to harden like stone. This of course caused much pain for Teddy as he was initially shy of anyone touching his head.
Board certified surgeons at West LA VCA animal Hospital had never seen ears like Teddy's before and scheduled a Double Ear Ablation surgery. This is a very invasive procedure where all of the hardened ear cartilage is removed and the ear canal is closed resulting in total or partial deafness.
The cost of this surgery is astronomical at about $6,000 per ear with 1 month recovery between surgeries. Camp Cocker Rescue was able to fund-raise for this money and provided Teddy the care he needed.
Because of this positive experience with Teddy, we were able to complete an additional Ear Ablation surgery for another Cocker Spaniel in need.
This is Teddy weeks after recovery: