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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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July 5, 2013 Flag

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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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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May 30, 20100 found this helpful
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I had this problem with my dogs back when I had horses. Horse flies would not only attack my horses but also my dogs. Go to your nearest Co-op store or pet store and purchase fly repellent for horses. I got the spray kind and sprayed all my animals. It worked wonders!

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October 4, 20110 found this helpful
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I had 2 outdoor dogs and for whatever reason, the biting flies would bite the ears of one dog and not bother the other. You can get fly ointment from the vet. It's white ointment in a jar. Just spread this on their ears a couple of times a day. Works great.

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July 10, 2013 Flag

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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July 10, 20130 found this helpful
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I read somewhere that if you put vaseline in a thick layer on the ears and then spray with Adams Flea and Tick Mist wherever flies are bothering him on his ears. You might have to redo this vaseline when it comes off, once a week or so. I read to mist when needed with the Adams Mist.

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful
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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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August 19, 2013 Flag

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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September 26, 20130 found this helpful
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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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May 19, 20161 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 12, 2013 Flag

What can I do about flies biting my dogs ears?

By Antranette

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July 14, 20130 found this helpful
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You can put Vaseline on them. But you need to reapply it on a regular basis. Some on the flea and tick products work well too. Keep your pet inside during the hot weather helps a lot, too.

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July 14, 20130 found this helpful

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

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July 22, 2013 Flag

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?

By Haley B.

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July 23, 20130 found this helpful
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The best thing you can do is too keep your dogs inside during the time that the flies are out. You should also have them checked for heartworm, because they are likely to be bitten by mosquitos too. May I ask why you have dogs if you don't live with them? Dogs are pack animals, and if you want to be their leader and not just a friendly neighbor, they need to be sleeping in the same "cave" as you.

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July 25, 20131 found this helpful
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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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July 14, 2013 Flag

How do I keep flies off my dog?

By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA

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July 21, 20130 found this helpful
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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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April 26, 20160 found this helpful
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Make several fly traps and put them around the outside of the kennel (about 10 feet) this will kill most of them. Then keep antibiotic ointment on the ears yo help them heal anf to keep as ny flies from biting.

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October 2, 2011 Flag

How do I stop flies from eating at my dog's ears and back?

By Krystle EB

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful
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Have you considered asking your Veterinarian to recommend one of the numerous brands of spray/ointments for flies?

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October 4, 20110 found this helpful
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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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September 7, 2012 Flag

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 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Try a drop or 2 of clove oil on dog collar. Flies hate cloves!

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful
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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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June 17, 2011 Flag

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 20, 20110 found this helpful
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They do make bug spray just for dogs. I have seen expensive all natural brands in expensive pet supply stores, some less expensive in Petsmart, and some in farm supply stores.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful
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A small bug zapper works wonders and we used to take l gal black planter pots and coat them with red transmission fluid and all kind of bugs including white flies would lite on it an couldn't get off, this works for deer and bear flies too.

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March 29, 2012 Flag

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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July 23, 20130 found this helpful
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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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June 22, 20160 found this helpful
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Swat, you can get this at a Tractor Supply store. It work on my Husky's ears.

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August 5, 2009 Flag

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
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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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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

Flies absolutely hate the smell of mint. I would purchase some peppermint extract from the baking aisle of the grocery store and dab a small amount on your dog's problem areas. A little goes a long way. Hope this helps.

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January 16, 2014 Flag

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
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Vaseline works for some flies

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August 14, 2011 Flag

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
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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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October 29, 2011 Flag

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
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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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January 10, 2011 Flag

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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January 11, 20110 found this helpful
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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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May 30, 2010 Flag

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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March 23, 20160 found this helpful

I think I will mix everything and spray it everywhere.....seriously, have found that listerine has helped many things...I will begin with that...has anyone heard of the southern protection of painting porch ceilings pale blue and that stopped flies from your doorway?

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