In this article, we will be taking a look at how to keep flies away from dogs. There are a number of things that may attract flies to your dogs such as an unclean coat, old food in their bowl, waste, and a dirty kennel amongst others. This can also get worse depending on the time of year or the typical weather where you live.
We have seen a number of dog owners asking questions based around keeping flies away from their dogs so we decided to research the topic and publish this article. Our hope is that this will help as many of our readers as possible while improving your dogs quality of life as flies can be a real pain.
How To Keep Flies Away From Dogs
We will be taking a look at two main ways to keep flys off your dog, the first is by using specifically designed commercial products that have proven to be very effective. The second is by using a number of home remedies that have proven to be successful at repelling flys. No matter what option you choose to use, we are confident that your dog will be fly free quickly with minimal effort from you.
The Best Doggy Fly Repellant On The Market!
Features And Benefits
Although your main use for this product will be to repel flies away from your dog, it can also work perfectly well on your other pets, especially any horses or ponies you have out in the open. Unlike some of the lesser products on the market that will only work against one or two fly breeds, Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment will work against house, stable, face, and horn flies offering maximum protection for the same low price.
It is totally safe to use if your pet has any wounds, sensitive areas or sores helping to keep flys away and reduce the chance of infection taking hold on your dog. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the label as apply the treatment as instructed.
Question – Does this also work with mosquitoes?
Answer – Although Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment was made to target flies, there are multiple reports of it working well to repel mosquitoes too.
Question – How do I stop my dog from licking the ointment once applied?
Answer – Try applying it to the backs of your dog’s ears and shoulders where your dog will be unable to lick. This should prevent your dog from licking the ointment off while still providing protection to your dog from flies.
Question – Where is this product made?
Answer – Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment is made in Pheonix, Arizona.
Whenever we recommend a product to our readers, we also like to share a number of reports from third-party independent dog owners who either currently are, or have recently used the product on their dog. We have summarised some of these reports below but you can click each of the links to read the reports in full if you choose.
- This report comments on how the owner has four large dogs that love playing outdoors, especially in the hot weather when flies are most active. They go on to comment on how they tried a large number of different products in the hope of repelling the onslaught of flies to their dogs that was starting to result in hair loss. They then comment on how they decided to try Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment and rubbed it on each of their dog’s ears. They say that it worked well at keeping flys away from their dogs and hair is now starting to grow back on the areas that were most prone to biting.
- This report comments on how flies were biting their dog’s ears so much her white ears were beginning to turn black. They then go on to say how they turned to Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment after seeking help from their local veterinarian. They decided to apply the ointment directly to their dog’s ears and were pleased with the results. They confirm how their dog had no reactions to the medication and how it helped keep the flies away from their dog long enough for its ears to heal.
- This report comments on Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment is recommended by their local veterinary office as a way to repel flies from your dog. The owner decided to give it a try and confirms that their dog has not had any problems with fly bites since investing in the ointment.
- This report comments on how Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment was able to keep the flies off their dog for a week, they then go on to comment on only a small amount is needed for the treatment to work.
- This report comments on how one of their dogs began to have trouble with flies biting their dog’s ears that ended up resulting in open wounds. They go on to comment how they use Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment every year as soon as it gets hot and the flies come out to help protect their dog from further fly bites.
The image below shows the full ingredients list for Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment.
How To Keep Flies Away From My Dog Kennels
Many people think that keeping flies away from your dog’s kennel is a major issue that is problematic. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy things that you can do to help discourage and repel flies away from where you keep your dogs kennel.
All of these take advantage of using either plants or herbs that have various fly repellant properties to help keep your dogs safe in their kennels. You can either plan these around your dogs kennel or get some plant pots to put them in if your kennel does not have any soil near it.
Kicking off our list of herbs that you can plant around your dog’s kennel is basil. It is an excellent herb for repelling flies and mosquitoes as it grows and releases its natural scents. It can prove extremely effective at protecting your dog’s kennel from flies as it is able to repel flies for up to five meters.
You may have to plan basil at a number of locations to fully protect your dog’s kennel area. Two or three plant posts should be enough depending on the size of the kennel area.
Basil is also a delicious herb that is commonly used in various meals meaning you can grow your own herbs for your kitchen while also protecting your dogs from flies.
Another excellent herb that you can use to help keep flies away from your dog is bay leaf. Similar to the basil covered above, you are able to plant it around your dog’s kennel to help keep the flies away with minimal effort.
With a stronger aroma than basil, it has a file repellant area of around seven meters and should be able to protect the full kennel area from flies. If not, simply place some pots at the front and back of the kennel area to deter flies.
Again, bay leaf can be used in your kitchen means you are protecting your pet dog from flies while also helping to bolster your herb rack.
Moving on from herbs, Lavender is the first plant on our list that has proven very effective at repelling flies while also having a scent that humans usually find pleasant.
Simply plant a few lavender plants around your dog’s kennel area, not only will it add some color to the area but also add a pleasant scent to mask any bad smells from your dogs.
You can also take cuttings of the lavender to put in your house to add a nice scent without the need to splash out on expensive air fresheners.
Another popular plant that you can use to help keep flies away from your pet dogs is Tansy. Although lavender is much more popular due to humans preferring its scent and colors, tansy can be used in the exact same way.
Just plant it in a few locations around your dog’s kennel and garden to help repel flies from the area and protect your pet dog. Its effective radium is usually large than that of lavender meaning you can usually get away with planting less of it while getting the same effect.
Home Remedy Dog Fly Repellent Recipe
The video below is an effective home remedy for repelling flies from your dog suggested by one of our viewers that we thought we would share rather than typing up one of our own.
How To Keep Flies Off Newborn Puppies
Unfortunately, due to their age, you can not use Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment on a newborn puppy to protect it from fly bites. It is recommended that you only use the ointment on puppies that are at least six weeks old. Thankfully there are a few tricks that you can deploy to keep flies away from the area your newborn puppies live in until they are old enough to have Farnam Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment applied to them and letting them go outside protected.
In our opinion, one of the best ways to keep flies away from your newborn puppies is to use a high-quality but cheap flypaper. We see a large number of dog owners placing the flypaper directly above where their puppies and their mom live and sleep.
In our opinion, this is a mistake. Flypaper works by attracting flies to it to trap them meaning more flies will be attracted to this area and may harass your pups.
Try placing your fly paper in the entries to your home, by your doors or windows that you will have open regularly. The paper will still attract flies to it but as it’s not close to your puppies, it reduces the chance that flies will be attracted to the paper then change their attention to your dogs.
Next up, we have a high-quality citronella candle. These work in the opposite way to fly paper, instead of attracting the flies to it to trap them, the citronella repels flies and other bugs away from that area of the house.
Try and find a safe place near where your newborn puppies are living and get a slow-burning citronella candle to help keep the flies at bay. Time and time again these candles have proven effective.