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Dogs that spend time outside are often bothered by biting flies. Are you looking for ways to protect your pet from these annoying insects? This is a guide about keeping flies off your dog.

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May 30, 2010 Flag

Flies are biting my dogs, they have a few scabs and sores. Skin So Soft seems to help some, but they rub it off. The outside of their ears are the worst. Any help will be great. Thank you.

By Tamara from Joshua, TX

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June 23, 20160 found this helpful

My pit bulls ears get covered in flies. How do I keep them off him?

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July 10, 2013 Flag
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One of my friends told me about a green gel to get flies off my baby's ears. My boyfriend can't find a solution!

By Sara from Valencia

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June 10, 20160 found this helpful

Try vaseline petroleum jelly and put a light coat on their ears my husky had bad fly bites on her ears and I put that on her and ears got cleared up

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July 12, 2013 Flag
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What can I do about flies biting my dogs ears?

By Antranette

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July 7, 20160 found this helpful

is there a product on the market to protect my dog from horse flies

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August 19, 2013 Flag
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My puppy is a 1 mouth old. I gave him a bath, but he still have flies on the back of his ears and head. Please help me with my puppy.

By Jessica from Philadelphia

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May 19, 20160 found this helpful

I used Cinnamon, just sprinkle on your hands, rub under belly, the dig pits, and sprinkle on the dog, the sleeping areas, and around the home too. Works Great, and smells nice.

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July 22, 2013 Flag
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Lab in wading pool.I have 3 pure bred Labs and they are outside dogs year round. Since we have had this horrid heat wave, they have a small kid pool that they play in. This month the flies are biting and gnats are starting to get bad on our oldest dog's face to the point she nearly claws herself in the eye. I know gnats hate vanilla, but will coco butter shampoo for humans repel both the flies and gnats? Two Labs.

By Haley B.

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July 25, 20131 found this helpful

I use Avon's original bath oil Skin So Soft. You have to mix it with 5 parts water to one part SSS. Its a great insect repellent for your pet (as recommended in Outdoor Life and Field and Stream).

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June 17, 2011 Flag
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How can I keep flies away from my outside dogs? As soon as I think I have them under control, they come back with a vengeance. Help?

By Amy

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

How do i keep flies away from my dog?

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October 2, 2011 Flag
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How do I stop flies from eating at my dog's ears and back?

By Krystle EB

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October 4, 20110 found this helpful

If the vet says there's no underlying cause for the attraction, score the rind of an unpeeled lemon with a sharp knife, slice, & then simmer on medium heat for at least an hour. After it cools, put it in a spray bottle & spritz the dog, lifting the coat as you go. I never met a fly or flea that enjoyed lemon oil.

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August 14, 2011 Flag
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My dogs are being pestered by flies biting their ears. Will my dog get sick from the fly bites? How do I keep the flies off my dogs?

By Tahlia

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August 16, 20110 found this helpful

I read that putting vaseline on the dog's ears can help protect them. I have had that problem with my dachshunds and that's what I did. I also picked up the poop more frequently which drew the flies.

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September 7, 2012 Flag
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My dogs are being eaten up with flies and gnats, They are outside dogs. Any suggestions?

By Gail from Lyman, SC

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful

You do need to talk with your Vet to prevent pests. If the flies chew along the dogs ears, vaseline applied to the edges of the ears can help it to heal. But if you dont prevent the pests you will never get ahead.

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July 14, 2013 Flag
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How do I keep flies off my dog?

By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA

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July 21, 20130 found this helpful

Skin So Soft works as the previous post mentions BUT you have to mix it with 5 parts water to one part Skin So Soft.

It works great to for killing fleas. Rub it into the fur and down to the skin. Do not let your pet lick it or apply it around his face.

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July 5, 2013 Flag
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I heard a lot of home remedies about how to keep flies from biting your dogs ears. I put on lavender scented baby oil and the flies are not bothering them.

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    January 16, 2014 Flag
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    I have two Huskies with flies biting their ears, nose, and paws. I used a Troy fly repellent cream I've bought, but it doesn't seem to be doing the job. What do you recommend?

    By Jolee

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    January 17, 20140 found this helpful

    Vaseline works for some flies

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    March 29, 2012 Flag
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    We have one outside dog that is being bitten unmercifully by the flies this year. She is bleeding on her back and ears. Skin so Soft did not work. I had heard rubbing rosemary on the dog would help and I tried that, but it only gave brief relief. I had made some rosemary and garlic oil out of olive oil. I was desperate and rubbed some of this over her and all afternoon the flies have left her alone. Is this safe to continue using?

    By Denise P.

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    June 22, 20160 found this helpful

    SWAT, YOU CAN GET THIS AT A TRACTOR SUPPLY STORE. IT WORKS ON MY HUSKY EARS.

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    August 5, 2009 Flag
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    How do I make a fly repellent for my dogs?

    By MWorth from Bellflower, CA

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    February 5, 20150 found this helpful

    I am a vet in Australia. In regards to advice I've seen about using garlic to keep away flies and fleas, garlic is toxic to dogs. It is also a complete myth that it keeps away fleas, flies and vampires! This is very dangerous advice as both garlic and onion can cause haemolytic anaemia in dogs and cats.

    Dr. Eloise Bright BVSc. (Hons.)

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    June 17, 2012 Flag
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    Does anybody know how to get flies off of outside dogs? Please help.

    By Alyssa J.

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    June 20, 20120 found this helpful

    Try using Tea tree oil...only a few drops needed. It works great on fleas but it can only be used on dogs. Good luck~~

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    October 29, 2011 Flag
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    I hear you guys keep mentioning this Skin So Soft body oil by Avon. Does it have to be that brand or can I use Royal Almond body oil?

    By Adriana S

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    October 30, 20110 found this helpful

    Stick with the Skin So Soft. I know it works. Don't recognise the other oil. Might draw more flies! haha

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    January 10, 2011 Flag
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    How do I get rid of flies? They are biting my 2 dogs' ears and paws, etc. We have chooks (chickens) so they could be attracting them. Any hints would be useful.

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