Flies can really take a bite out of your dog's ears, especially if their ears stand upright – such as with German Shepard's or Dobermans. The flies climb inside their ears and bite at the tender flesh. Fly bites itch, which will make your dog start scratching. Unfortunately, the scratching can lead to infections. If you've seen flies swarming around your dog, and you've noticed small bloody sores inside its ears, you can use the treatment described below to provide relief from the pain and itching.
Remove the Scabs
Before you can treat the sores, you need to remove the scabs. This will require a bit of gentle patience. Soak a washcloth in warm water and place the cloth on your dog's ear. Leave the washcloth in place for about 5 minutes. Once the scabs are softened, gently wipe them away with the cloth. Repeat the process on the other ear.
Cleanse the Skin
Once the scabs have been removed, you'll need to cleanse the skin. Fill a bowl with warm water and add about a teaspoon of antiseptic soap, which is available at any pharmacy. Soak a clean wash cloth in the solution. Wring the excess liquid out of the cloth and gently wash your dog's ear. Be sure to cleanse the entire ear. Repeat the process on the other ear.
Treat the Infection
Fly bites can get infected quickly, especially if your dog has been scratching. If the sores are red and oozing, you'll need to protect them with an antibiotic ointment. Apply a thin layer of ointment to each ear. Repeat the application at least twice a day.
Repel Future Flies
Now that you've treated the sores on your dog's ears, you'll want to prevent future bites. One way to is to remove the attraction to your yard. Inspect your yard. If you see piles of dog feces – which attract large quantities of flies – be sure to clean them up before you let your dog back outside.
When you're ready to send your dog outside, dab a few drops of lavender essential oil behind its ears. Flies are repelled by the scent of lavender, so they'll leave your dog alone. Apply the oil at least once a day to provide maximum protection for your pet.
Fly bites can make your pet miserable. If your dog has been attacked by flies, you can treat the bites by following the simple steps provided above. If the bites do not heal after treatment, or they show signs of severe infection - such as a thick yellowish discharge - be sure to contact a local veterinarian (such as one from Bearss Animal Clinic).