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    Default Fly Bite

    For the first time in all my years of dog ownership I have a problem with flies

    Poor Sebbi is getting attacked around his ears

    How do I stop this please

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    I've heard that some farmers have put kiwi shoe polish on their dogs ears to stop flies.. well i know my family does that & it works a treat.

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    Just did a littte research:

    The common stable fly is the most common cause, however, blackflies, deer flies, and houseflies can also bite.

    General Information
    Fly bites cause a common condition in outside dogs, often called "fly strike." It most frequently occurs in dogs that live near farms with livestock, and occurs when flies land on and bite the tips and top surface of the dog's ears. They may also bite the bridge of the nose. They are biting the dog to obtain a blood meal and the bite is often painful. Because of the thin skin and hair on the ears and the inability of the dog to defend his ears, flies will seek out this location. Some of these dogs will endure hundreds of bites a day for weeks at a time. Anyone that has ever been bitten by a stable fly knows how painful the bite is. If you see blood spots or flies congregating near your dog's ears then you can assume fly bites are occurring. The bite wounds attract flies which may lay their eggs in the damaged tissue. These will later hatch into maggots.

    The ears, especially at the margins, will have painful bumps, sometimes with scabs or bleeding.

    Immediate Action
    Whether you live in the city or country, do not underestimate the pain that these flies can inflict and be sure to initiate treatment at the first sign of fly bites on your pet. Gently cleanse the ear with warm water and a mild antiseptic soap. Then, apply a topical antibiotic ointment which will help to control any infection which may be present. If the fly bites are severe, or maggots are present, veterinary attention is needed.

    The most important treatment for this problem is prevention, which consists of applying a topical insecticide to the dog's ears. Pyrethrin or permethrin sprays and ointments are very effective in repelling flies. Homemade solutions made by adding DEET or pyrethrin to petroleum jelly also work well. Moving the pet indoors during the heat of the day also will help. Spraying the dog's outside living quarters will also help keep fly numbers to a minimum. Remove any materials which may attract flies, e.g., fecal material, uneaten pet food, garbage, etc. Keep your pet clean and well-groomed, removing any urine-soaked or fecal-contaminated hair.

    Veterinary Care
    General treatment: If severe, the ear may be washed with a wound cleanser under sedation or anesthesia. The maggots, if any, will be removed, as will any dead or dying tissue.

    Supportive treatment: None usually required, although a mild pain reliever may be prescribed. Rarely are systemic (oral or injectable) antibiotics necessary, unless the fly bites are severe.

    Specific treatment: Unavailable

    Good, unless maggot infestation is severe. The ear may be scarred and remain thickened.

    Source: Fly Bites in Dogs

    That is the best I could do sorry!

    I hope that helps!

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    Thanks heaps

    Have brought him inside until I can get some supplies

    Some fly traps around the back patio should help heaps

    He has no sores, thank good. But will wash them with some dilute betadine and I have some spray mentioned above so will apply that too.

    the flies must be bad atm, never seen this happen before

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    No problems.

    Happy to help.

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    We had trouble with flies on year, we put fly traps in the yard and used musca-ban insecticidal spray. This definately helped.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Devonport, Tasmania


    Hi Pandii,

    Hey, be careful spraying human repellent on the ears, that can really sting at times. Pet fly repellent's are kinder particularly for the ears.

    Got any vaseline? As you haven't got anything to put on them, and it is Good Friday and most shops shut, if you've got any vaseline in the cupboard, smear that over them regularly until you get to the shops. Flies will have a hard time biting then. Cheers.

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    Thanks for the advice about people spray I only used a tiny bit.

    I will keep him inside today as I have no vaseline, he is inside most of the time anyway, its just yesterday i was outside nearly all day so he was too

    I will be getting on top of this, quickly not fair on the poor boy

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    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Melbourne, australia


    Hi PAndii
    Paw Paw ointment for any fly wounds. You can purchase a product to repell flys, it is formulated for horses and dogs. I have some in the cupbourd will check the name later and report back
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