Dog Ear Grooming

Do your ears hang low? Some dog breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels, have certain expectations for how their ears should look, but should you stick to tradition? As the owner of a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, I can tell you from firsthand experience that grooming and cleaning dog ears is not the easiest thing in the world.

 The most difficult part of the process, however, is deciding how you want your dog to look. The King Charles and the Cocker Spaniel are breeds that are both known for having very long ear hair. However, just because those dog breeds are known for that style does not mean you have to groom your pet that way. My family keeps our spaniel’s ear hair cut short. Our reasoning for this was that she would never drink from her water bowl because her ears kept falling in! In my family, we groom our King Charles’s ears about once a month.

Here are some tips for how to cut your dog’s ear hair.

  • Have everything ready: you will need scissors and, preferably, a helping hand to calm your pet if necessary.
  • Get your furry friend comfortable: think about it, the best part of the beauty salon is getting comfy in that twirly chair!
  • Get prepped: this is a good time to inspect your dog’s ears! Look for tangles, or worse, icky bugs! While you are doing this, you can also check the inside of the ears for dirt and wax. A little wax is okay, but if it is discolored or smells funny, it’s time to call your vet.
  • Always use blunt-tipped scissors while cutting your pet’s hair. Also, lay the ear flat against your pet’s skull to close off the delicate part of the ear canal.
  • Also, ensure that you know when the skin of the ear begins on your dog, so you’ll cut only the fur, not the skin.

Let the grooming begin!

Do you groom your pet's ears regularly? Share your tips with us in the comments!

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