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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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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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 10, 2013 Flag
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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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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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July 22, 2013 Flag
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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
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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
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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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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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August 19, 2013 Flag
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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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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
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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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September 7, 2012 Flag
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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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July 5, 2013 Flag
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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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August 5, 2009 Flag
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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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April 10, 20160 found this helpful

a holistic vet has stated opposite with what you have stated Garlic was recommended raw and not powdered forms of garlic to be given

one bulb in low quantities a few times weekly ,not every day. The natural pet magazines with DVM advises also it is beneficial to a dogs digestion.

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January 16, 2014 Flag
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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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January 17, 20140 found this helpful
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Vaseline works for some flies

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