Post # 1
So my 4 year old Yorkie has been doing something weird called “Fly catching” where a dog will snap at invisable bugs in the air. Does any one have any experience with this? He’s prefectly healthy otherwise so I don’t know if it’s just a thing or something more serious.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@FMM: They’re aren’t any bugs that we can see and he just had a bath and he’s up to date on his flea stuff.
@MsNarwhal: No, nothing. It just started the other day, he did it a few times and then he stopped, but he’s been doing it more the last day or so. This is definitely weird new behavior for us. I’ve read that it could be seizure related, but i’m really really hoping it’s not. 🙁
Post # 6
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
My dog snaps at real flies. I find it very useful 🙂
Post # 8
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
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
My great dane does it too. He gets *very* focused on it, even when there’s nothing to see…. *sigh*