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Fleas Despite Using Advocate

We have come away for the weekend and I am horrified to find my westie has fleas. I spent an hour yesterday evening with a flea comb and found around 5-6 fleas crawling on him and lots of the small poo specks.

He has never had fleas before and was treated on Tuesday this week with his monthly dose of Advocate. I thought dogs couldn't get fleas when they were regularly treated with Advocate.

I do not know if he picked them up at home or if they were in the holiday cottage where we are staying. He sat on my lap for part of the journey yesterday afternoon and I am sure I would have seen them if he had them then but only spotted them when he was in his bed late last night.

I have checked him over today and have found 1 flea and a few specks of the poo.

I am not sure whether to complain to the holiday cottage owner. I spoke to my vet and they seemed to think it was more likely that he picked them up from the rugs and soft furnishings in the cottage rather than from our home.

They advised me to continue combing him regularly.

Is there anything else I should do? Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • KxMxKxMx Forumite
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    The flea treatments work by killing the flea when they bite the pet, the insecticide is then ingested by the flea which is fatal.

    So to see a few fleas doesn't mean the Advocate isn't working.

    Sometimes the fleas can become immune, it is not typical and is usually linked to Frontline.

    I don't think you need to do anything other than what the vet has recommended.
  • silverbeetlesilverbeetle Forumite
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    KxMx wrote: »
    The flea treatments work by killing the flea when they bite the pet, the insecticide is then ingested by the flea which is fatal.

    So to see a few fleas doesn't mean the Advocate isn't working.

    Sometimes the fleas can become immune, it is not typical and is usually linked to Frontline.

    I don't think you need to do anything other than what the vet has recommended.

    Thank you for your reply.

    I have been regularly combing him today and have removed 4-5 fleas each time. I am squeamish and they are so disgusting.

    When I get home I will boil wash his bed and bedding which hopefully will get rid of them.
  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    If he has been in the car when he hd them there could be eggs laid in the car.

    Buy a long lasting household treatment such as ACCLAIM and sPray the car.
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