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
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)
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)
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)
My vet told us to get Flys Off spray at the pet store. It works and is not too costly. (07/14/2007)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
We melt a large jar of Vaseline and add 2 oz. of oil of citronella. (08/04/2008)
I can only tell you what not to do. Do not get the fly attracting jar. (08/18/2008)
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)
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.
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.
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