The three things we dont' like to talk about with a Cocker Spaniel. Lord help us but we still love them!
Times continue to change, I would like to take a moment to please encourage my families to take advantage of Pet Health Insurance that is available now these days.
For a small monthly payment you can cover so many issues that may crop up. Rising Vet costs are an issue and things can come up.
In this day in age I just want to make sure my families are aware of how affordable these plans are.
I feel it would be a good investment for peace of mind in case of any kind of accident or issue you may have. I'm just giving everyone my 2 cents worth.
Things come up, that's just life with humans and animals. And just like human health care cost, pet care cost continue to rise too. It just makes sense to have a pet health care plan in place.
As a thank you for selecting your puppy from an American Kennel Club member your puppy is eligible to receive 30 days of pet insurance coverage when you register with the American Kennel Club. I will be giving you the form with my paperwork packet on departure day. AKC Pet Insurance
Cockers can have alot of issues with each of these. I have listed some products and helpful tips that may be able to help you and your pet through some rough times.
With allergies I have noticed that early fall seems to be the time that 'itchy & scratchy" seem to visit. Take a moment to address your homelife, food and grooming routines to possibly help take the constant digging from your days.
You must feed a good dog food, keep good grooming habits and if you can a good dietary suppliment can be helpful. Bathing with the proper shampoo can also aid you greatly. I am also able to see who takes my advice with the NuVet vitamins. This way if at anytime one of my families has questions about an issue I am able to know they are doing all I have suggested.
Good grooming habits go hand in hand with all three of these areas. Your pet cannot expect to be comfortable when it is not groomed regularly. A Good diet is yet another one of my concerns when I am trying to help a family with special pet needs. I have gone over the importance of a "Grain Free Diet"
GROOMING THE FACE, MOUTH AND EYE AREA: Where to even begin...... after all these years I still am finding myself going over and over again the importance of keeping the face kept clean with "proper grooming"
The muzzle and mouth area needs to be clipped with the #15 against the grain of the hair. This gets it very very close. I am seeing so many pups getting groomed and the "professional groomers" are not doing the proper job. Stinky smelly cocker face comes from hair left too long around the areas where moisture will gather thus growing bacteria leaving an odor.
This goes along with around the eye area too. The clipper must clean out the eye are and over grown brow area. (Cockers do not have long eyelashes left after a grooming) If this is not done on a regular basis the slight drainage from any eye will begin to manifest into a big eye gubber. It will then begin to smell due to the fact that the moisture is growing bacteria. Cocker Spaniels will have tear stains to some degree. The buff lines show up for obvious reasons. Excessive tearing can be treated with the Angel Eyes. I have used it and it works. Please feel free to visit the link I have given within this gallery. This is just a part of being a Cocker Spaniel owner.
The same goes with ears.... It's an area that moisture will collect due to their long flap. If this is not kept clean along with the muzzle and eye area the moisture will grow on all the extra hair that is not supposed to be there. I also suggest the wonderful ear drying cream to use once a week, it's very inexpensive and actually does work.
The way I look at this... there are two ways to take care of this. The first is to understand that cocker spaniels have hair the does grow and needs to be groomed as suggested by the AKC world and your local breeder ( ME). Also all animals will have some type of odor they are animals. Excessive smell is something entirely different. Such as when the anal glads need to be cleaned. Wheww that is a smell to remember.
The second option is to disregard this little breakdown of head and facial grooming and I'm sure you're vet will be more than happy to prescibe, ointments, drops, and procedures. All of which I feel can be avoided by simply understanding that a well groomed and maintained cocker spaniel will not have "Stinky Face".
Premium Dog Foods
Nuvet Vitamin Suppliment
Sullivans Clear Choice Shampoo
Grain Free Food is a must
Pure Vita Salmon Potato
Flea, Tick Heartworm
Hills D/D Skin and Food Sensitive - venison and potato by prescription only.