Why Do Dogs Eat Flies

Many cats and dogs just enjoy the challenge of collecting flies, in addition to their drive to catch prey. For them, it serves as a light sort of entertainment or enrichment. This activity might give your pet the impression that they are doing something, especially if they become bored fast or have a lot of energy.

Cats have a hard-wired instinct to hunt, so collecting flies is just like catching mice or birds for them. If your pet isn’t getting enough activity, is anxious or stressed, or is bored, hunting flies and other insects can help.

However, just because your pet consumes sky raisins does not imply that they require additional food. Their instincts and sense of fun are probably more at play in this behavior than their caloric intake. Therefore, even though your pet wouldn’t mind, the scale might indicate that you should, there is no need to refill the food bowl.

Is Eating Flies Safe for Pets?

In most cases, it is probably nothing to worry about if your pet eats a fly. While it’s true that flies can spread a variety of diseases to people as well as bacteria and parasites, most bacteria are killed by the stomach’s acid.

Using pet-safe bug spray is the best choice because there have been reports of toxicity from eating insects that have been sprayed with insecticide. If you chemically spray a fly, wipe up the mess soon away and get rid of the fly.

Off-Limits Insects

Not every insect is safe for your cat or dog to consume. Some can have symptoms ranging from stomach problems to poisoning from their venom. Make sure your curious dog or cat doesn’t eat any of the following insects.


Even while these crawling insects appear to be rather harmless, some varieties can be dangerous. Certain caterpillars, including those that turn into Monarch butterflies, contain the deadly compound cardiac glycoside, which is lethal to animals. Other species feature spines and hooked stingers that hurt when bit down on.

odorous bugs

Even the name suggests that the food should be avoided. In certain pets, stink bugs induce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Lady beetles from Asia

Due to the defensive compounds in their bodies, these insects can severely burn a pet’s lips, throat, and GI tract.

Earthworms, slugs, and snails

If consumed, these seemingly harmless gooey creatures can transmit lungworm to pets.

LadybugsLadybugs possess a chemical that, when consumed by a pet, causes mouth and tongue ulcers.

Bees and wasps

Of course, if a pet consumes them, they may get mouth and lip stings. Pets who approach nests too closely risk suffering several painful or even lethal stings as a result.

SpidersThere are a lot of innocuous spiders, but the brown recluse and black widow can inject their venom, which can be fatal.

Fleas, mosquitoes, and cockroaches

These bothersome insects spread disease and produce infestations while carrying a variety of parasites.

In conclusion, it might not be so bad if your furry friend eats a few flies. They do seem to enjoy it, after all. The only restriction is to prevent them from consuming more than one or two of these more dangerous insects, as well as to keep them out of the house and your pet’s mouth. Another important reason to keep an eye on your pet when you’re outside is for this.

My dog likes to eat flies, is it okay?

Yes. Some dogs enjoy playing catch with flies, and they are perfectly safe to eat. On the other side, stinging insects can “bite back” if stung, resulting in itchiness, swelling, or worse if a dog is allergic.

Why does my dog have a compulsion to eat flies?

Even when there aren’t any flies around, does your dog act like she’s swatting them?

A kind of obsessive-compulsive disorder may be present. Dogs can develop OCD behaviors by chasing laser pointers or just chasing too many flies to the point that they are constantly on the lookout for bugs, which significantly impacts their quality of life.

A form of focused seizure may also be the fly-snapping condition. If so, your dog will need to visit the vet for a CAT scan and, if the problem is serious, possibly medication.

Can dogs acquire maggots from consuming flies?

I saw a dog staggering drunkenly along the street while doing campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in the Pilibhit area of Uttar Pradesh. It lacked an ear, had a bloody side to its skull, and its tongue lolled out in agony. Everyone cried, “It’s mad, it’s mad,” as I got closer, and some even grabbed stones to throw at it. It wasn’t crazy, but it needed medical help immediately.

Because little white worms had entered its head and eaten their way into its brain, it could not sound very pleasant. It appeared to have not eaten or slept for days since it was in so much pain. I returned it to the rest stop and called the government veterinarian (just the compounder showed up; the real veterinarian only visits the facility “only in emergencies”). The compounder and two peons typically manage the heavy amount of traffic. A thousand maggots were removed from the incision, it was cleaned up, and the head was bandaged. After eating, the dog dozed down for 14 hours. It felt better the following day. Its brain was visible through, with a few yellow parts hanging around, yet it lived. We gave him the name Buddhu, and after my hospital sent him back to Delhi, we are now looking for a foster family where he may live.

A dog visited the clinic for treatment a time back. One could practically fit a fist into the hole in its lower back due to its depth. The dog’s owner had an embarrassed expression. She explained that she had left the dog with a neighbor who allowed it to wander free in the community while she and her family traveled out of town to attend a wedding. The dog had frequented the colony’s trash dump throughout that time and had even spent the night there once. On the dog’s body, flies had laid eggs, and the hole appeared as a result of the maggots munching their way inside.

One of the more frequent issues dogs encounter is myiasis, or the infestation of the animal’s body with flies and their larvae or maggots. The green bottle and the blue bottle are the flies at fault. What do these flies do and how do they pick their victims?

These insects can infest any animal with a wound, including cats, horses, cows, sheep, and goats in addition to dogs. For instance, the majority of instances in dogs happen right after the two mating seasons. In an effort to win the female for themselves, the males bite each other on the head or tail during this time. These injuries are at risk right away. The monsoon is another season when the animal is harassed by various vermin and scratches itself inflicting wounds. Even a little cut that is neglected can eventually bleed or produce pus, which will attract flies. The fly deposits its eggs on the wound, and up to 200 of them might hatch in a single day. The maggots that appear are slimy white wormlike critters that start eating the animal by penetrating its body deeply. They eat their way through the pupa stage in around eight days before dying.

The wound is still active. In order to continue the cycle, secondary flies like the Flesh Fly and Common House Fly move in. The animal is practically eaten alive by flies in two weeks and then dies.

A wound covered in maggots is obvious. Any kind of hole, a distinct fragrance. In the wound, you can really see the maggots moving. Between the toe joints—a location where very few people look—under the tail and on the head are the places I have encountered them most frequently. Look closely if the dog appears restless and keeps getting up, turns around to tug at his behind, or refuses to lift his tail while wagging it. Either ticks or maggots are the culprit.

The procedure is easy. The veterinarian removes each maggot one at a time by inserting chloroform into the incision. Since it is slightly less expensive and we have hundreds of cases, we use equal doses of chloroform and turpentine in the hospital. The veterinarian uses an antiseptic to disinfect the area in small animals like dogs. Then he uses ointments made expressly to eliminate maggots, such as Lorexene or Maggocide. A bandage is placed over the incision after cotton gauze has been pushed into the opening to seal it off. Keep in mind that if the wound is not airtight, the maggot will continue to breathe oxygen and not die from suffocation. In severe cases, like Buddhu’s, the gauze and dressing swab may need to be changed twice day. Every time he opens up the incision, the veterinarian must be extremely careful to get rid of all the maggots. Even after three days in my care, my doctors discovered that Buddhu still had a few maggots in a little hole beneath the ear, close to the chin, when I sent him down to Delhi. These would have kept consuming him.

Zincolak is a supportive therapy that promotes wound healing. You might administer sulphur-range antibiotics or the tissue-healing drug amoxycillin. In the hospital, we use Betadine and Furacin ointment once the incision has begun to heal. Recovery happens frequently very quickly.

Examine your pet frequently. Make sure that wounds are promptly dressed. The eggs can be retrieved with a brush dipped in antiseptic in the early stages when they resemble little white streaks in an exposed wound.

I detested spending so many days in Pilibhit campaigning, but Buddhu made it seem worthwhile.

Which animals consume flies?

There are insects that prey on fruit flies, but because they may also be considered pests, they are rarely used as pest management methods. Fruit flies are vulnerable to being eaten by ant and beetle larvae when they are in their small, larval form.

The frog is one of the most frequent predators of flies, notably fruit flies. Frogs consume a variety of foods, but they dine on flies as frequently as they can. The fruit fly is frequently preyed upon by the spider. These spiders create their webs to catch flies. Ants and staphylinid beetles may feed on fruit fly larvae.

Chickens and other poultry may devour fruit fly larvae that are found on overripe fruits and vegetables, as well as fly pupae that are occasionally discovered under trees. Predaceous wasps, mites, and crickets are some other frequent predators of fruit fly larvae and pupae. But bringing these species into your house is not a workable way to get rid of a fruit fly infestation. The absence of natural predators inside homes also contributes to the rapid population growth of fruit flies. The best preventative and eradication strategies involve identifying and removing breeding and feeding grounds. After taking these precautions, if fruit fly infestations still exist, speak with a local pest management expert to go through additional elimination options.