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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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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
What can I do about flies biting my dogs ears?
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.
How do I keep flies off my dog?
By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA
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.
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.
How do I stop flies from eating at my dog's ears and back?
By Krystle EB
Have you considered asking your Veterinarian to recommend one of the numerous brands of spray/ointments for flies?
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.
My dogs are being eaten up with flies and gnats, They are outside dogs. Any suggestions?
By Gail from Lyman, SC
Try a drop or 2 of clove oil on dog collar. Flies hate cloves!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do I make a fly repellent for my dogs?
By MWorth from Bellflower, CA
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.)
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.
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?
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?
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.
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
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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How do I keep the flies from biting my dog's ears?
By Samantha from Parramatta, NSW
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)
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)
Coat ears with a thin layer of Vaseline. Not the inside of ears. (03/24/2010)
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?
How do I keep flies off of my outside dog?
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)
I would Google on the internet horse fly products and see if they are safe for dogs. Also flies like to attack a dog's 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.
By Robyn Fed
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
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)
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)
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)
My Pyrenees had puppies outside and the flies are very bad. Is there anything I can put on them to stop these biting flies?
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I used to put a thin coating of Bag Balm on ears, seemed to keep the flies away. (05/11/2009)
You can buy an ointment just for that purpose. Your vet probably has it or a pet store. I bought mine from a pet catalog. You might try a little Vaseline. (05/19/2009)
I recently washed my girls (Cobe and Ivy) and found these small black flies on them. They seemed to have gone away and were dead in the water, when I was done bathing them.
I have 2 outside dogs. With the summer here the flies have been biting their ears, as well as body. Their ears and some parts of the body are bloody and even scabbed.
We have two Pits and a Rotwieller that are having trouble with flies biting their ears. We have tried fly sprays and ointments, but they aren't working well.