(Closed) Fly catching in dogs

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My 9 month old lab does snap at real bugs and he is greatest fly catcher/eater! Saves me getting out the old fly swatter!

Don’t know if this helps! But could they be real bugs?

Post # 4
1235 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


It could be a neurologic issue. I would have him checked by your regular DVM asap or bypass that completely and go to a neurology specialist. Any history of seizures/head injuries/ext?

Post # 6
5 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have had two dogs who both “ate” flies. They both were diagnosed as having seizures. Have you had your dog tested for seizures? My one dog had them all the time but died from an unrelated issue and my current dog suffers from them maybe ever 6 months or so…but eats flies all the time!

I wouldn’t worry, I think it is a dog thing!

Maybe a fly was around him, or a flea jumped when he snapped.

Post # 7
4371 posts
Honey bee

My dog snaps at real flies. I find it very useful 🙂

Post # 8
595 posts
Busy bee

Go get him checked out by your vet, fly biting is a neurologic issue as a PP said and can be linked to seizures and other neuro issues. 

Post # 9
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dog also chases real flies. She likes to hunt them and snap at them; I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason she even likes to spend any amount of time in the backyard 😉

Post # 10
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My great dane does it too.  He gets *very* focused on it, even when there’s nothing to see…. *sigh*

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