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    Hi, Geoff is getting bitten on his ears by what we are assuming are flies. We haven't actually seen them biting them, but there is a small part of the edge of each of his ears which is sore and scabby.

    I have been bathing them in betadine, putting paw paw lotion on the sore bits and a spot of aerogard roll on next to the area. They must be sore as he doesn't like you touching them, and he is generally the most tolerant boy you can imagine.

    He gets Advantix top spot fortnightly (we have bad paralysis ticks here on the Northern Beaches in Sydney), which I thought was meant to repel flies, but it isn't seeming to do the job.

    Is there anything else I could/should be doing to stop this from continuing to happen. Or anything else I can put on them to get better more quickly.

    Thanks for your assistance.

    Curly Girl

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    If you can deal with vaseline smeared in unlikely places around the place, I'd smother them in this. You can also buy specific dog gels and creams that will ward of flies. Bascially though anything with a repellant in it and that is thick will stop flies biting him.

    Just on a side note, some skin cancers can cause a similar thing. Is he dark eared or light?
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    I know a staffy who has really ugly ears from constant itch of mites from grass. Ie if she spends time out on the grass she turns into an itching scratching red raw wreck of a dog. It's horrific.

    We used to bathe our aussie terrier in malathion solution after a walk down the park to kill off the mites. Pretty sure there must be better options now - maybe ask a vet.

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    What anne said always works for me
    put vaseline on his ears should stop the biting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    If you can deal with vaseline smeared in unlikely places around the place, I'd smother them in this. You can also buy specific dog gels and creams that will ward of flies. Bascially though anything with a repellant in it and that is thick will stop flies biting him.

    Just on a side note, some skin cancers can cause a similar thing. Is he dark eared or light?
    We used to do this for our kelpies in Summer, it works well and is cheap. if they came to us with trouble we would use Rawleighs ontment, it fixes anything
    Pets are forever

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    Here is a Pug I rescued with badly bitten ears. They bled almost constantly.

    With antiseptic cream and vaseline over the top, plus having him inside away from the flies, his ears healed in no time.
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    Here's another pic of the same dog.

    (Ooops, not sure how I ended up with 2 of the same pic and I can't figure out how to delete one!!)
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    Wipe the ears with tea tree oil solution. Ie the pure oil and water. not the alcohol blend one.

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