Springer Spaniel Smelly ears not infected

by Debbie
(Ann Arbor, MI)

I have 2 (3 year old)Springers. I clean their ears regularly and they are not infected, but they swim just about every day and never seem to dry out. I assume the dampness is the reason for the smell. I bathe them in lysterine and water,towel dry them and sometimes even blow dry them, but their ears still smell. Will trimming the inside hair on their ears solve the problem? I give them a field cut in the summer, but it's getting cold now, so I'm letting their hair growing out. They still like to plunge into the river though.


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Dec 05, 2011
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by: Anonymous

first of all i would rule out any yeast infection which can occur deeper in the ear channel,which a vet will check for,
it"s an on going condition which any spaniel because of the shape of the earCC and never really seeing day light,
if the vet give"s you the all clear then it could be a case of gentle cleaning and to make sure there is no debris left after their swim








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Our older spaniel gets smelly ears, it's not inside the ears but the long fur on the outside which seems to accumulate wax etc. over time. The cure has been to wash her ears with an anti-fungal shampoo every few weeks and keep the ears well groomed.

Dec 04, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Yeah, I tried a scrunchy on their ears. Lasted less than 10 seconds!I also thought about making mittens for their ears in a light weight fabric and tying them on the top of their heads (ears in down position).Or I could just get used to the smell of it, as long as they're clean.

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by: Michele

I have the same problem with one of my Springers. Trimming the hair inside the ears will help, but likely won't stop it. The ears stay moist due to being long and not receiving any air. You could try putting their ears in a ponytail...believe me I know how silly that sounds! I've tried it with my Springer, but she usually just shakes it out in a few minutes.

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