Keeping Flies Off Your Dog

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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What can I do about flies biting my dogs ears?

By Antranette

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Ask a veterinarian to show you how to put Flea ointment on the Dog's ears.

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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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A great solution to keep flies off your dog is original Skin So Soft bath oil from Avon. I mix one part Skin So Soft and five parts water. Put it in a spray bottle. You can spray your hands then rub the solution into the dogs ears and body. Do not get it into his face and protect the eyes. Your dog will smell great and no more flies. It kills fleas too.

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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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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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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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The flies on your puppies ears can be stopped by putting Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on his ears. The ears will become inflamed and infected unless you protect them.

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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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I never heard of vick's for flies on dogs ears. I'll have to try it, thanks.

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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks so much for the input! My six mountain cur loves thank y'all too. I was afraid to spray them with actual bug spray. I bought some ointment over the weekend at a local farm supply store. I'm hopeful. I love the planter pot idea as well.

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How do I keep flies off my dog?

By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA

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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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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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    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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    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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    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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    Vaseline works for some flies

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    How do I make a fly repellent for my dogs?

    By MWorth from Bellflower, CA

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    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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    Does anybody know how to get flies off of outside dogs? Please help.

    By Alyssa J.

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    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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    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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    Dear Lord bring your dog inside. If it's bleeding it may have fly larvae developing into maggots and needs to see a vet. Try advantix and keep it's area as clean as possible.

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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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    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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    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. I have tried Vaseline, petroleum jelly, and canola oil on the ears. I also spray apple cider vinegar, Listerine, etc. around. Any hints would be useful.

    By Jules from Sydney, Australia

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    I have always used Skin So Soft lotion from Avon on all of my dogs after giving them a bath or also in the summer to keep fleas and flies away.

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    To keep flies off my outside pets, I spray non-chemical mosquito repellent on them, if I need to. Also, Skin-So-Soft, can be applied to your hands, then rub them together and apply to pets. Don't use a lot. Double check with your vet about this, since cats can be more sensitive to things.

    By julrobs from North Augusta, SC

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    How do I keep flies off of my outside dog?

    By hatefiles

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    Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    Honestly I don't know, but someone told me today that rubbing baby oil into the coat and onto the skin of a dog repels mosquitoes.
    So maybe you can try it for flies. I hope it works!
    Good luck and let us know if it does or doesn't work, ok? (07/13/2010)

    By metroplex

    Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I would Google on the internet horse fly products and see if they are safe for dogs. Also flies like to attack a dogs ears, put vaseline on the tips and on the ears and all around the tips.
    I am going to check out horse fly sprays for the horses bodies and check to see if it is safe for peoples outside doggies.

    Blessings,

    Robyn (07/13/2010)

    By Robyn Fed

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    The flies are really bad this year. Does anyone know what to put on dogs to keep the flies from biting their ears and the rest of their body?

    By 10catgirl from Columbia, SC

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    Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I had a neighbor who coated his German Shepherd's ears with a thin layer of brown (medicated) Vaseline in the summer. He swore by it to keep the flies from attacking. (06/05/2009)

    By KareninMissouri

    Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I have 2 Dachshunds. Very low to the ground with their short legs. I spray them down good with Off! Skinatstic. Works wonders on mine, keeping flies and mosquitoes away. (06/06/2009)

    By Cricketnc

    Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    This is safe for dogs and people and works for flies and mosquitoes.
    Take a spray bottle and fill half with amber colored Listerine and half with water. Spray the dogs and yourself, and anywhere food will be served. You will have no flies or mosquito problems. Lasts for hours and just repeat as necessary. Do not spray around eyes. (06/06/2009)

    By debijs

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    How do I keep the flies from biting my dog's ears?

    By Samantha from Parramatta, NSW

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    Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    We used to live up north (New Hampshire) and each May, the black files (very tiny and very vicious insects) would bite our dog's ears. He was an Akita, and had big ears that stood straight up. Our vet suggested that we heavily coat his ears with Vaseline, putting a barrier between him and the flies, and it worked. Kind of messy, but it was for a short period when the flies were biting (like a month). Hope that helps. (03/22/2010)

    By Ginnywest

    Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    There is a product that you can use that people use on their horses. Go to your local feed store and ask them. You can also call a large animal veterinarian. (03/22/2010)

    By K9cats

    Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    Coat ears with a thin layer of Vaseline. Not the inside of ears. (03/24/2010)

    By Judy

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