Flies and Gnats Attacking Dogs?

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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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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January 6, 20170 found this helpful

Some people have to go to work and can't bring their dog with them.

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May 30, 20170 found this helpful

Answer the question don't give your opinion

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July 27, 20170 found this helpful

Some people have no clue! My dogs are English Shepherds. They are a working dog designed for farm work.


Herding and protecting my animals. Not everyone has a lap dog that sleeps in there owners bed!

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

I have a dog Sherman sheppard he does not like the house I try to keep him in and he just wants to go outside could be the same and the labs so should not judge

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October 3, 20170 found this helpful

Mary I don't have an answer about flies, as my 4 dogs are kept in when it's hot. But I gave to say I agree 100 % with your answer dogs are pack animals and as your are their leader they should live in your cave with you.


Well said girl

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful

Mine are inside at night but not the day I work

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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 23, 20130 found this helpful

Flies and gnats misquotes are blood feasting insects. They are attracted to carbon dioxide which is how they locate a subject, human or animal. Dogs breathe open mouthed so they become a prime target. If you went fishing and there were lot's of insects trying to feast on you, and they are.


What would you do? repel them of course since you cant kill them. There are a lot of commercially sold products for insect repellent. 1. Buy one of those off battery operated devices and attach it to your dogs collar. 2. Meanwhile, apply the repellent to your dog. it takes a while for the application to start working so the battery operated device will provide protection until the stuff kicks in that you applied. after the repellent you applied obviously is working, then you and your spouse can use the devices to do your gardening fishing or what ever outdoor activities you may do.

The population of these pests like outdoor water sources and such. So make certain you arent raising them. Keep garbage cans ponds closed and high grass cut. keep the devices for you because when they leave the dogs you will be the next in line for their feeding...

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

Bring your fur babies inside where they can be relaxed and loved and not bothered by those nasty flies and gnats, thats what I do.

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