How to Spot Puppy Flies
Flies always seem to be a big problem faced by tutors, especially if your dog has the habit of staying in the outside area of the house, especially in the summer. At first, avoiding flies may seem only a nuisance to the dog, and an irritating hygiene issue, but recent research has found evidence that flies carry 351 different bacteria in themselves, and not all of them are known, therefore, besides known diseases of veterinary importance that flies can transmit, there are still microorganisms unknown to man, of which we are not aware of what other diseases they may also bring.
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In addition, flies are still the cause of wounds at the tips of dogs’ ears, a very common problem faced by breeders such as German Shepherd, Siberian Husky and others. And, they can transmit berne or myiasis, which are actually larvae. That’s why YourCatCareguide has prepared this article with everything you need to know to scare away the dog flies and end the problem .
How to avoid flies not environment
Infestations of flies are more frequent in the summer, because the high temperature affects the rate of reproduction of the species known in Brazil. Among them, one of the best known species of veterinary importance and that infests our homes, backyards and consequently our domestic animals, is the species known as Musca domestica in Latin, the domestic fly .
The domestic fly species reproduces rapidly, and an adult fly can live for about 30 days, even putting around 500 to 800 eggs throughout its life. Preferred sites for egg deposition are litter, feces, moist locations with any fermentable and organic substance without much incidence of direct sunlight, eggs hatch in the first larval stage within 24 hours, and about 8 to 10 days after completion the second larval stage, turn into young flies.
Because of this, maintaining the hygiene of the environment in which the dog lives is of paramount importance, especially in outdoor areas, always picking up the animal’s faeces and washing the urine from the yard so that the odor does not attract more flies. Keeping the outdoor area organized, free from waste and decomposing organic material like a forgotten garbage bag, for example, contributes to the decrease in the fly population, as it will not be able to complete its breeding cycle. The housefly does not reproduce in the animal, but as they are opportunistic insects, it can happen when the animal is with some open wound without treatment. That’s why YourCatCareguide prepared these other two articles on Myiasis: causes, symptoms and treatment andBerne in a dog – how to take a dog’s berne , when such cases happen.
How To Stop Puppy Flies
Flies are attracted to fetid and sugary odors , so some opportunistic flies may bite the tip of their dogs’ ears to feed on blood, as it is a region where the skin is thinner and easier to pierce.
The wounds on the tips of the ears caused by flies form crusts of coagulated blood, which can be very painful with the dog visibly troubled, shaking the head constantly, causing the bleeding in the place to increase. And as the dog is bothered by the ears, it can trigger another problem called Otohematoma, which is when smaller vessels of the ear burst and the blood accumulates in the region, forming a kind of bag with blood and sometimes pus.
Generally, this problem is found in dog breeds with pointy ears as German shepherd, Siberian husky, however, can also breed breeds of dogs with short-coat fallen ears like dobermans, dalmatians, mastiffs and mastiffs. Cats are rarely affected by this infestation.
The treatment of wounds with ointment and other remedies should be evaluated and guided by a veterinarian, as depending on the size of the lesions the dog may need antibiotic ointments, as well as daily cleansing in the regions with saline or antiseptic soap. In addition, other flies should be prevented from landing on the spot with the aid of repellents.
Little Mosquitoes on the Dog
In addition to maintaining the environment in which the dog lives always clean and sanitized not to attract more flies, the best way to keep flies away from the dog is with the use of a spray repellent, associated with frequent baths, at intervals of 1 week, since they contribute so that there is not much dirt accumulated in the hair of the dog, especially for those animals that live in external areas.
Homemade fly and mosquito repellent
Tick and tick remedies are not effective against flies and mosquitoes, although some collars promise to protect against mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as heartworm disease and leishmaniasis, and flies, in endemic and summer areas, extra protection is needed through the use of repellents
There are ready and natural products made from citronella oil and Neen oil that you can find in the Pet Shops of your region, for veterinary use, since the repellents for human use, even containing citronella essence are not indicated for animals. It should be sprayed the whole body of the animal, being careful with mouth, nostril and eyes, once or twice a day, if the infestation of flies is very big.
And, since prevention is the best solution, it is also possible to make a fly and mosquito repellent for your dog totally homemade:
- Mix 300ml of mineral oil and 40ml of citronella oil. Citronella oil can be found in natural food stores, and this solution can be applied to the dog’s ears.
- Mix 100ml of citronella oil in 500ml of vehicle for perfumery, and place in a spray bottle to apply on the dog’s body. It may even be used in humans.
How to eliminate kennel flies
When buying Citronella Oil, care should be taken with the dilution to be used in the animal and the environment, since their smell is much more accurate than ours.
To clean the environment and eliminate the kennel flies, in addition to keeping the animal’s utensils clean and dry, the water should be changed 2 to 3 times a day , and always sanitize feeders and drinking fountains. In the pet market, there are citronella essence disinfectants with which you can wash the kennel or the house where the animal sleeps at least once a week . It is important to remember that these should not be passed on the animal, and the dilution guidelines on the packaging label should be followed for better efficacy.
Natural citronella repellents for dogs can also be sprayed on the walk, house or kennel where the animal sleeps 1 or 2 times a day. Do not spray on the feeder, drinking fountain and toys.
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