Flies emerge in their droves the moment the weather warms. For us, they’re a nuisance around food and bins but for our pets, and especially dogs, they can lead to serious injury, infection and even death of tissue.
Flies carry bacteria and are capable of causing not only damage to your pet’s body, but also serious stress and discomfort if not repelled. If flies have access to infected skin, they can lay eggs inside the wound. These eggs will hatch to become maggots which, in turn, will begin to eat your pet’s unprotected flesh.
Here are our six tips for making your dog a no-fly zone:
Keep your yard clean
Remove faeces from the yard every day, and in hot weather as often as your dog defecates. Poop attracts flies the way honey attracts bees.
Somewhere to escape
Ensure your pet has somewhere to go to escape the flies. This may be a kennel or area where fly screen or plastic strips can be applied to the opening to allow the pet to pass through, but leave the flies out.
Do not leave food out
Do not leave your pet’s food out during the day in summer. This includes bones, as flies will be attracted to the smell of the food once it starts to spoil in the heat.
Keep your pet’s bed clean
Your pet’s bedding needs to be cleaned 1 – 2 times a week during summer to remove as much of the “doggy or pet smell” as possible.
Treat your pet’s coat and ears
There are several products available, like Shoo Fly, which are safe for your pet. Shoo Fly is available as a spray or ointment. Flies hate it but you’ll love its fresh, clean smell. It’s long-acting and protects against biting flies like horse flies too. Available at all EberVet Vetshops.
Remove dried blood
Once your pet has fly bite on the ears or nose, it is imperative to use warm water and cotton wool to remove any dried blood or scabbing, as this material attracts the flies. You should then immediately apply an antiseptic cream with a fly repellent property or antiseptic cream followed by Shoo Fly.