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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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July 5, 2013

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

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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April 10, 20120 found this helpful
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Vaseline on the tips and where the flies are biting will discourage them. Put this on them whenever the vaseline goes away. Vaseline is great!

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July 22, 20131 found this helpful

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?

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By Haley B.

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July 23, 20133 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, 20132 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 10, 20131 found this helpful

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, 20132 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, 20131 found this helpful

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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July 12, 2013

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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October 2, 20110 found this helpful

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, 20111 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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June 17, 2011

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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July 14, 2013

How do I keep flies off my dog?

By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA

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July 21, 20131 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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September 7, 20120 found this helpful

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, 20121 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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March 29, 20120 found this helpful

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

How do I make a fly repellent for my dogs?

By MWorth from Bellflower, CA

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February 5, 20151 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 14, 20110 found this helpful

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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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

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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October 29, 20110 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
January 10, 2011

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, 20100 found this helpful

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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January 10, 20110 found this helpful

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 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.

Blessings,

Robyn (07/13/2010)

By Robyn Fed

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June 6, 20100 found this helpful

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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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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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

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

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June 4, 20090 found this helpful

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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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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/B0002XI7GOGood luck. (06/11/2008)

By Judy G.

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

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

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

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May 11, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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