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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Question: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

By Tamara Walker 3 8

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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By HallT 3 Flag

August 26, 2012

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

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Tip: Lavender Scented Oil For Flies

By jdeloach2012 1

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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    Question: Flies Biting Dog's Ears and Back

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

    By Krystle EB

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    By Debbie 1 16 Flag

    October 4, 2011

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Away from Outside Dogs

    By amy 5 2

    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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    By amy 5 2 Flag

    June 21, 2011

    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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    Question: Flies and Gnats Attacking Dogs

    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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    By Ce 4 119 Flag

    July 25, 2013

    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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    Question: Flies Biting Dog's Ears

    By Antranette 1

    What can I do about flies biting my dogs ears?

    By Antranette

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    By NEWFIEGIRL 8 421 Flag

    July 14, 2013

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

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    Question: Getting Flies Off My Dog

    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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    By Ce 4 119 Flag

    July 12, 2013

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies and Gnats Off My Outside Dogs

    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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    By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

    September 10, 2012

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off of Dog's Ears

    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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    By Maya Lee 14 172 Flag

    August 16, 2011

    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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    Question: Fly Repellent for Dogs

    By Molly 1

    How do I make a fly repellent for my dogs?

    By MWorth from Bellflower, CA

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    By Stephanie 1 Flag

    February 5, 2015

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off a Puppy

    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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    By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

    September 26, 2013

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dogs

    By Claudia K. 1

    How do I keep flies off my dog?

    By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA

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    By Ce 4 119 Flag

    July 21, 2013

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off My Dog

    I have an outside dog and I have tried everything going, all the essential oils, Listerine, and baby oil and still they keep at him. Please help.

    By Kevin R

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    Question: Keeping Flies Off My Dogs

    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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    By Lizzyanny 9 1,251 Flag

    January 17, 2014

    Vaseline works for some flies

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    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dog

    By ovsanna188 1

    There are flies on my dog and they are biting him. I don't know what to do?

    By Eric

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    Question: Keeping Flies off Dogs

    By Alyssa J. 1

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

    By Alyssa J.

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    By Silli Ole Me =0) 6 35 Flag

    June 20, 2012

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dogs

    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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    By beckydurfee 7 Flag

    July 23, 2013

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off Your Dog

    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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    By Jacketbacker 30 58 Flag

    October 30, 2011

    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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    Tip: Keeping Flies Off Pets

    By julrobs 11 2

    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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    Question: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    By jules 1

    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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    By Beth Helwig 7 3 Flag

    January 11, 2011

    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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    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dogs

    Will ginger and oil or vinegar and oil work to keep flies off dogs?

    By Buffie from Slater, SC

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    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dog

    By hottie 1

    I have a coon hound dog and the flies are so bad and they are pestering and biting. I don't know what to put on her. Please help.

    By Neoma from Iowa Park, TX

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    Question: Keeping Flies Off a Dog

    I need to find something for my dog to keep the biting and annoying flies away.

    By Jeannette

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    Archive: Flies Biting Dogs Ears


    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. Also, the dogs just rub the ointment off as soon as we apply it. I know this has to hurt, but I need to know what we can do to stop this. These are outside dogs that are not comfortable inside and we have two little inside dogs and not much room anyway. Please help us to help our dogs

    Thank you, Brenda from TN

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    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    We have horses and a Blue Heeler that I use this horse/dog spary on. It's called 'ZONK IT!35' and can be bought at most any tack/feed stores that sell equine products. Just spray it on the ears or all over if you like. If they don't carry it, suggest that they do. It's a very big seller. It's made by CutNHeal.

    By Chris O.

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    For flies, I would ask the vet. I had fly spray I used on my horse but I think it would be too strong for a dog.

    Good luck!

    By Jennifer in Northern Virginia

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    To keep flies off of my dogs ears we use a product called SWAT. It is really greasy but works great. We got our at a farm store. It comes in a jar in either pink or white salve.

    By Kathy.

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I have the same problem and have found success with 2 products. The first is Skin So Soft bath oil by Avon. The other is Buzz Off, an all natural insect repellent. You can find it at http://www.buzzoff.us online. Both of these can just be wiped on.

    By gazookeeper

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I would try too put vasoline on the dogs ears too keep the flies away.

    By Joyce wis

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    We also have two Rottweilers who grace our back yard and have had the same problem with flies. It must be a common problem here in Alabama because we had to call a couple different vets in order to get what we needed. They recommended VIP Ointment. It seems to be working well. It is supposed to be a fly repellant and help heal the ears at the same time. Hope this helps.

    By mistydel

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    VIP last only 1 day, and my other dog licks it off. Also it won't work with them rubbing it off.

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I feed each of my dogs a 5000mg. garlic oil softgel daily. Haven't had a flea for years (used to get often) and I haven't seen any flies either. Not sure if this is keeping away flies. I put the softgel in a prune and the dogs eat it right down. Easy way to feed and med.

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    You can also us OFF just as you would use on yourself.

    By suzi homemaker

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    Dont use DEET for dogs! I just read an article that said that it doesn't work and just further irritates the dog.

    By Elizabeth

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    Boy, thanks guys for all of your feedback! We have a lab/chow mix who is 16 years old. He loves to be outside and lies on our front porch all day. This year is the first year that flies have been at his ears. After reading all of your feedback, I went and grabbed my insect repellent from "Burt's Bees". It works great and smells good too! It's oily so it soaked in and I only have to use it about once a week! It worked better than anything I have purchased through a vet or Avon. I sprayed a little on my hands and rubbed it over the rest of his body too just to be sure they stay away from the rest of him. His last years shouldn't be spent in the pain those flies must cause. Thanks Burt's Bees!

    By Sandi

    Archive: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    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. Does anyone have any inexpensive remedies that can be not only used on their ears, but the body as well?

    Stacy from Wichita, KS

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    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    Use insect repellent from "Burt's Bees" on the dog's body and a thin layer of Vaseline on the ears. It will help a lot trust me.(/I)(/b) (07/13/2007)

    By candleglows

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    Go to the tractor supply company and get a fly spray for horses and dogs its called Bronco and it works really good. It is about $6.00 for a spray bottle of 32 oz. or something, but it is worth every penny. (07/13/2007)

    By Boomer_Squirt

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    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    What a pair of sweeties, we put zinc oxide cream on our cat's ears to stop sun damage. The stuff is thick as can be and I doubt that flies could bite through the stuff. It is has good healing properties, as it is otherwise known as diaper cream. Also, I would suggest that the area they are kept in be hosed down daily to remove any "doggie" presents. The one thing flies like better than to annoy dogs and people, is poop and peepee. You might also try the old fashioned sticky fly strips hung around the dogs compound, it certainly can't hurt. Good Luck. (07/14/2007)

    By Hedera

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    My vet told us to get Flys Off spray at the pet store. It works and is not too costly. (07/14/2007)

    By Rosa

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I went to the local Feed and Seed store and they sell a product for horses (it's a gel) to keep flies and mosquitoes away. Flies go after dogs ears, because it is the closest spot they can get through the skin to get to blood. The gel will harden and protect the area. (07/19/2007)

    By Laurie

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I mix Vaseline and clove oil and rub it on my dogs ears. So far it seems to work. (06/02/2008)

    By momma of 2

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I have a Lab and his ears are always swarming with flies, and the stuff our vet gave us wasn't working what so ever. My friend told me about k9 Advantix and after about a week or two the flies were completely gone. It works great. (06/21/2008)

    By Jasmine

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I had a terrible problem with flies biting my dog. I was told to go to Southern States, a farm supply store and purchase a fly tag, about 3x2 in diameter. It is used for cows and hung on their neck. It worked. My dog's ears are healed and no more flies. I tried everything, spent a lot of money and drove myself crazy trying to stop the problem. It is the only thing I have found that works. (07/16/2008)

    By JAH

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    Hang plastic baggies full of water with a small piece of foil paper inside, around the home of your pet and on any area that you don't want flies, the flies will disappear with in hours. (07/27/2008)

    By Mary

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I got stuff from the vet that cost $15 and did not work. I went to the store and got $4 Desitin cream and in 2 days, the open sores were gone and now are only little scabs. They will try and wipe it off, but the flies stay away. Thank you, it really works. (07/30/2008)

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    We melt a large jar of Vaseline and add 2 oz. of oil of citronella. (08/04/2008)

    By Dianne

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I can only tell you what not to do. Do not get the fly attracting jar. (08/18/2008)

    By Sammi

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    WD-40 works really good for some relief. It is safe for use on the dog. Creams are OK until the dog paws away at it then the problem reoccurs! (09/04/2008)

    By Ken

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    All comments seem valid to me but it's really trial and error. I've been dealing with this problem of biting flies for over 10 years now and have found a measure of success.

    • Yard care: Pick up all animal excrement and fruit which attracts flies. Try to do this daily. I prefer late afternoon once the sun has dried it out. If that's not possible lightly spray RAID on the excrement to kill roaming flies.

    • Animal care: Initially my dogs would run and rub Fly's Off ointment all over the grass. Now I go to my local butcher and order 2" steaks of cow thigh bone and freeze them. I've learned to use thick and long-lasting chewables as rewards. Little pepperoni-type sticks just don't hold their attention that long.

    • My procedure with two Golden Retrievers here in So. Calif.: One at a time I'll spray and rub in a citronella spray like "Bronco" then rub in about a tablespoon of Gel Fly's Off, ears, throat, between eyes and snout, paws, tail...you get the idea. As I finish one dog I give it a bone treat. Then I'll repeat with the other dog. Once they have the bone they will take off and eat solo in the sun, which has the added benefit of further melting the gel.

    An aside, you can spray Clorox Disinfectant in the bucket of dog droppings which you may keep in a bucket till trash day. No smell, no flies. I know it is a process, but not a sacrifice for my beloved dogs. Good luck.
    Carlos (10/27/2008)

    By Carlos

    Archive: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    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. They were not fleas, I know what fleas are and look like. I just don't have any idea what they are. They were small like fleas, but didn't seem to bother them much (no iching). Are these fruit flies? I have never heard of fruit flies on a dog, but they are bad around here this year? Any idea?

    Mindy in Ontario

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    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    There is a product used for horses to keep flies off. It can be found in the pet stores or online pet stores.I think it is called "Fly-off", but cannot remember for sure. Best of luck. (04/30/2005)

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    Why not call a vets office and ask? They deal with animal problems all the time and I'm sure they'd have a solution for you. I don't, or I'd post it. (05/02/2005)

    By MrsMoted2

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    Avon sells a bath oil that I can't remember the name of right now. Soft Sense? Look for an Avon representative, they will know. It also works for fleas. Fill the tub with warm water, adding the bath oil under the running water. Then dip them. Just like a flea dip basically. Please don't use the "Fly-off", it is safe for horses and cattle because they don't lick themselves. I also have those fly-catcher bags hanging up, they really work. (05/03/2005)

    By Barb

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    Avon's Skin So Soft, bath oil-supposedly spritz on animal and will keep fleas off. Personally I use Advantage, (around $10.00 per vial) get from vet, pet store or EBAY. Seems pricey, but really isn't when you consider cost of shampoos and spray. Really does last at least one month and keeps fleas off. A friend lives in country and has large dogs and uses the "Bio Spot" products. Less expensive than Advantage and she says it works. (07/20/2005)

    By Sandy

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    You are not by yourself in getting rid of flies on dogs. However, I found that Vaseline (trade name) can help protect the dogs ears from being chew by the flies. However, you will have a problem if another dogs keeps licking the dog ears. (08/12/2005)

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    For getting rid of those pests, I use vinegar. I'd rather have a smelly dog than a sick one. I use the Albertson's cheap vinegar. (08/23/2005)

    By Jeri

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    Someone just told me that you can place cat nip and basil in cheese cloth, hang it in the area where dogs are, and it will keep the flies away. Could be worth a try. (08/29/2005)

    By Kathryn

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I have a Lab who lives outside. He also has problems with flies. I try to bathe him on a regular basis and coat him with baby powder. Flies don't seem to like it. Also for his ears, I found that Desitin diaper cream (thick version) does the trick. It contains Zinc which also helps heal any existing wounds from flies. It works better than Vaseline and it promotes healing. I apply a thick coat to the tips of his ears. I have been through several products and it works the best. Considering I have worked for a veterinarian for 10 years, I use what works. However, it may leave some residue on dog's head (if they shake a lot). Try it consistently for 7-10 days, it might work for you. (05/22/2007)

    By Mrs.K

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I use a product you get from the vet. It cost about 8 dollars, and you rub it on their fur, and can rub on their ears, and hard to reach places, like between eyes. It lasts for 2 or 3 days. You can smell the insecticide in it, but man, it keeps the flies from biting them. It is called, Pet-Guard. It is made by Virbac, only sold by licensed vets, although I wonder if you could buy on internet. My dogs ears get eaten up, if I do not use it. I have had the same bottle for about 2 years, it is worth it. Good Luck. (05/28/2007)

    By K in Kansas

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I use Larry's Fly repellent its mostly for horses, but the latest bottle said its OK for dogs. You mix it with water and it lasts for year for me. I have 4 dogs and I spray them all over especially the ears and I also spray their beds and the back door. Works very well. (07/05/2007)

    By Guest

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    Whatever you do, if you have kittens, do not spray fly spray around them. My grandson sprayed a kitten and it died. Probably licked it's hair and ate it. (08/25/2007)

    By Little Suzy

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I have a Rottweiller and the flies were tremendous on him all over, his ears especially. There is an auction barn across the street so there is no shortage of flies that's for sure. I tried canola oil last year and it seemed to work even after he rubbed most of it off in the dirt. His ears were very chewed before I tried this and it seemed to allow them to heal faster without the flies bugging him, but I am going to try the diaper cream too that sounds like a good idea. I guess it's only canola oil that works (I tried olive first cause it's thicker, but it didn't work.) (05/22/2008)

    By Amber

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I saw one person say that a friend has used Bio Spot for fleas. Please do not use this product or any of the cheaper versions. There are numerous animals (mostly cats) that have become deathly ill after having these cheap products applied to them. It's much safer to use the veterinarian approved products and cheaper in the long run. If you have an animal that becomes ill, it will require immediate veterinary care to keep it alive. Please pass this information on to all animal lovers. (05/25/2008)

    By Tracy

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I have found that Swat is the best product out there, a little on the messy side, but I have no complaints because it does its job. Another thing is if you can hang one of these things outside near the kennel. It is awesome in attracting and killing flies. I promise you'll love it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Trap-N-Toss-Disposable-Fly/dp/B0002XI7GO

    Good luck. (06/11/2008)

    By Judy G.

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    My vet told me to get the word out to make sure no one puts a product with Deet in it on a dog. It is very bad for the dog. (07/15/2008)

    By Nancy

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I just discovered my poor old Mastiff has a badly infected ear from the flies eating him alive. My younger Mastiff was starting to get eaten by the flies. I bathed them both with medicated shampoo, applied Bag Balm to the ears and applied "Bronco" fly spray to them both. I used to work with horses and Bronco is good stuff $5.99 for a huge spray bottle. Make sure you apply it to a cloth for the face, you don't want that stuff in their eyes or being inhaled by anyone. I'm going back to the feed store today to get oral antibiotics for my old boy. I will post again in a few weeks to let everyone know how it goes. My poor dogs. (07/23/2008)

    By JoAnn

    RE: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    I found a good natural solution. I use Bag Balm on the worst effected areas. i.e. the dogs snout and ears. Then I apply Burt's Bees All-Natural Herbal Insect Repellent. It contains caster oil, rosemary oil, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, peppermint oil, citronella oil, clove oil, and geranium oil. It works great and isn't toxic. Smells good too. (09/05/2008)

    By Kim

    Archive: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    My Pyrenees had puppies outside and the flies are very bad. Is there anything I can put on them to stop these biting flies?

    By lingreen

    Editor's Note: Zinc and Zinc Oxide can pose a risk to your dog's health.

    Feedback:

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    I used to put a thin coating of Bag Balm on ears, seemed to keep the flies away. (05/11/2009)

    By nanner1

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    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)

    By Stngray

    Archive: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

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

    By Samantha from Parramatta, NSW

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    RE: 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

    RE: 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

    RE: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

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

    By Judy

    Archive: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    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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    RE: 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

    RE: 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

    RE: 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

    Archive: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    How do I keep flies off of my outside dog?

    By hatefiles

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    RE: 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

    RE: 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)

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