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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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Tip: Lavender Scented Oil For Flies

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.

    By jdeloach2012 [1]

    Tip: Keeping Flies Off Pets

    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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    Here are questions related to Keeping Flies Off Your Dog.

    Question: Flies Biting Dog's Ears

    What can I do about flies biting my dogs ears?

    By Antranette


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    By NEWFIEGIRL [8]07/14/2013

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

    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]07/12/2013

    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.

    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

    Most Recent Answer

    By queen2481212/06/2014

    Make him an indoor dog.

    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]09/26/2013

    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.

    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dog

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

    By Eric

    Question: Flies Biting Dogs Ears

    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 HallT08/26/2012

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

    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]10/04/2011

    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.

    Question: Keeping Flies Away from Outside Dogs

    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]06/21/2011

    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.

    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]07/25/2013

    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).

    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]09/10/2012

    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.

    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]08/16/2011

    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.

    Question: Fly Repellent for Dogs

    How do I make a fly repellent for my dogs?

    By MWorth from Bellflower, CA

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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.)

    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dogs

    How do I keep flies off my dog?

    By Claudia from Philadelphia, PA

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    By Ce [4]07/21/2013

    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.

    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]01/17/2014

    Vaseline works for some flies

    Question: Keeping Flies off Dogs

    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]06/20/2012

    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~~

    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 beckydurfee07/23/2013

    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.

    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

    Most Recent Answer

    By Jacketbacker [30]10/30/2011

    Stick with the Skin So Soft. I know it works. Don't recognise the other oil. Might draw more flies! haha

    Question: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    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]01/11/2011

    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.

    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dogs

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

    By Buffie from Slater, SC

    Question: Keeping Flies Off Dog

    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

    Question: Keeping Flies Off a Dog

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

    By Jeannette


    Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.

    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

    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 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.


    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.


    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.

    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

    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?


    Archive: Getting Rid of Flies on Dogs

    How do I keep flies off of my outside dog?