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.)
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.
I know that it is diff to control flies, but also be sure that you have something. Sticky fly strips pinned up out of reach of animals, fly bait jars, etc, something to help get control of them.
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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I have 2 large dogs and the flies are eating on their ears. Does anyone have a home remedy that I could use to repel the flies from my pets safely? Thank you.
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I have successfully used fresh Aloe plant especially on our dog's nose and on his body. You break open the leaves and smear it on. If you taste it you'll know why flies don't like it. (09/17/2008)
Flies Off only works for a few hours then you have to reapply. I'm still looking for something better. (07/11/2009)