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Home remedies for keeping flies off dogs

Updated February 21, 2017

Flies tend to gather in areas that contain things that are attractive to them such as animals and their waste products. When dogs are outside, flies will often flock to them and land on their faces, mouths and bodies. Sometimes dogs will snap at the flying insects in an attempt to eliminate them as a source of annoyance. You can save your dog the trouble by concocting a home remedy that will repel the flies and give your pooch some comfort.

Vinegar and eucalyptus

Pour the following into a medium-sized container: 480 ml (2 cups) vinegar, 240 ml (1 cup) dry oil body spray, 240 ml (1 cup) water, 18 ml (1 tbsp) eucalyptus oil and 18 ml (1 tbsp) citronella oil. Mix well with a spoon and pour through a funnel into a clean spray bottle. Spray on your dog's coat as needed to repel flies. Avoid spraying in your dog's nose or eyes.

Apple cider vinegar

Pour 80 ml (1/3 cup) apple cider vinegar, 80 ml (1/3 cup) water, and 80 ml (1/3 cup) of pine cleaner (any scent) into a small container and mix well with a spoon. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it onto your dogs coat. Be careful to shield its eyes and nose when applying.

Neem oil

Pour 500 ml of warm water in a container and add 2 ml of mild soap. Stir the mixture to dissolve the soap. Stir in 5 ml of 100 per cent pure neem oil. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray on your dog's coat within eight hours. After eight hours, the mixture will begin to break down. Avoid spraying the oil mixture into your dog's eyes or nose.

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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.