Black fly bites are caused by small, blood-sucking flies that are common in wooded and damp areas. Black flies can bite any part of a dog's body, but they are most attracted to the ears, belly, and groin.
Black fly bites are typically red and swollen, with a small, raised bump in the center. They may also be itchy and painful.
Most black fly bites will heal on their own within a few days. However, you can help to relieve your dog's discomfort by applying a cool compress to the bites and giving them an oral antihistamine.
There are a few things you can do to prevent your dog from being bitten by black flies:Avoid wooded and damp areas, especially during the summer months.
See a veterinarian if your dog has any of the following symptoms:Severe itching or swelling,Signs of infection, such as redness, discharge, or pain,Lethargy or loss of appetite.
Puppies are more susceptible to black fly bites than adult dogs. This is because their skin is thinner and they have less natural immunity.
Dogs with allergies are more likely to have a reaction to black fly bites. If your dog has allergies, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the best way to prevent and treat black fly bites.