What is a common summertime problem that not only irritates our pets, but also us? If you guessed black flies, then you are spot on. Its officially black fly season and these are unavoidable nuisances in some parts of the Grey Bruce area. Black flies may not only find you a tasty feast, but also your pet.
Black flies most favorite area to chow down is on a pet’s underbelly and in their groin region. The welts leftover from the bites are usually quite distinctive: a bright red circle about the size of a nickel found most commonly on areas where hair is thinner. They can also be found on the inside of ears in pets whose ears stand up straight. The picture below shows the common appearance that is seen with fly bites in pets.
The good news is that, despite these welts looking very angry and sore, pets do not seem to mind them. They generally disappear on their own over time. However, some pets can be more sensitive to these bites than others and can develop a skin infection or inflammation. Signs of this may include itching, scratching, licking and redness of the skin.
The best way to manage fly bites is prevention. Black flies are more common around compost heaps, garbage, and streams. Keeping your pet away from these areas will reduce the risk of obtaining a bite. If your pet is an unlucky meal of black flies, there are a few things you can try. First, cleaning the area with tepid water and soap will help soothe the skin. Placing antibiotic ointment (ie-Polysporin) on the area can help reduce the risk of infection. If the welts are extensive, excessive itching is present, or you want to confirm that you are dealing with a black fly bite, please do not hesitate to contact us!