I just got Daisy back from the lady who boarded her (it turned out to be a bad experience and she will definitely NOT be going back there. I would say more, but then I will get very upset, so I'll just leave it at that.).
Anyway, when I picked Daisy up last night, the lady said "I'd love to get a hold of her and groom her some time." I said "Really?" She thought she should be shaped (I disagree and no one will be doing that to Daisy.) But she also said that she needs to have the hair removed from inside her ears and maybe the inner part of her ear hair trimmed off to let more air into her ears. One of the vets who has seen her told me the same thing, although she then immediately said "Her ears look great."
Do those of you who leave your Cavaliers in full coat do anything to their ears at all? I never have, and Daisy's never had an ear infection, although her ears do sometimes smell "musty." I always heard "no trimming" with Cavaliers, and I follow that rule, with the exception of the bottom of her feet. But should I be doing some sort of thinning/pulling/trimming on the underside of her ears near her ear canal for health reasons? Have I been neglectful? Any advice would be appreciated!
ETA: I should probably add that Daisy has a LOT of hair and very long ears. When I picked her up after not seeing her for a week, I realized how shaggy she is, but part of that was the fact that she hadn't been brushed in a week and was a mess.