American Cocker Spaniel Grooming
Proper Cocker Spaniel grooming means keeping the nails short and trimmed correctly. Keeping in mind that the inner part of a Cocker Spaniel’s nail, called The Quick, is very sensitive, you need to avoid cutting it. Light or white-colored nails show the Quick easily, but dark-colored nails are more difficult to see and require more attention, so cut small pieces at a time.
Care for a Cocker Spaniel’s coat
As the name implies, the coat of a Cocker Spaniel is long and feathered, so it’s essential to care for it as well. This breed is also prone to picking up debris outside when it needs to relieve itself. This means brushing your dog’s coat daily to prevent mats. While brushing, keep an eye out for fleas and dog ticks, as these can be harmful.
During bathtime, consider using a protein-rich shampoo. This will help promote a shiny, lustrous coat and make brushing easier. Spaniels are prone to ear infections, and their long, floppy ears are perfect breeding grounds for mites, fleas, and other parasites. Make sure to brush your dog’s ears as well. Using a conditioner after bath time will keep their coat hydrated and protect them from harsh weather conditions.
Care for a Cocker Spaniel’s ears
If you’ve ever owned a Cocker Spaniel, you know how cute and fluffy their ears are. They’re also prone to ear infections, so you might wonder how to care for their ears properly. While you can find some at-home remedies to keep your pup comfortable, you should visit a vet immediately if you see any sign of infection or other abnormality. Otherwise, it could cause permanent damage and even deafness in your dog.
First, clean the Cocker’s ears with a cotton bud. Dip it into ear-wash solution and gently squeeze it into the ear canal. When the cotton ball dries, squeeze out any loose debris. You can also use a cotton swab to clean the outer part of the ear and folds. However, you should never poke your Cocker’s ears!
Care for a Cocker Spaniel’s skin
If your Cocker Spaniel is itchy and has dry skin, you may want to take them to the veterinarian. There are many reasons for dry skin in dogs, including allergies, weather conditions, parasites, and a slow reproduction rate. Dry skin can also cause dandruff. Another common problem with Cockers is eczema, an inflammation of the dog’s skin caused by a variety of factors including exposure to certain chemicals, plants, and other allergens.
Fortunately, there are many simple treatments for your Cocker’s itchy skin. First of all, you should find out the cause of the irritation and address it as soon as possible. Cocker Spaniels produce a lot of sebaceous oil in their skin, and excessive scratching may indicate an underlying health problem. To help prevent a Cocker Spaniel from scratching excessively, check for frequent ear infections, flaky skin, and chewing his paws.