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    I adopted a little moodle from a shelter a couple of days ago. She was in foster care, and she is lovely.

    However, her page online said she had been flea treated and heartworm treated, but today I discovered that she was completely infested with fleas, about 50 of them that I could see without looking very closely. I immediately went out and bought frontline and treated her. I wanted to get something that also treats worms, but they told me if she has been treated for heartworm I can't use the stuff that you drip on her neck that prevents heartworm, hence why I got something for fleas only.

    When I got home I checked her vaccination card, and she has never been given an injection for heartworm.

    So I paid $250 for a dog that they didn't need to desex (she was already desexed when they got her) and who wasn't treated for fleas or heartworm. They were given the dog, stuck her in a foster home for a month, then adopted her out. She would have cost them maybe $30 in food and that's it.

    It wouldn't have been a huge deal, except we have 6 cats in the house. Treating 6 cats for fleas and worms costs $65 for one month's treatment, so they normally only get treated every 6 months, or when needed.

    They were treated a couple of days before the dog was brought into the house, so hopefully that will prevent them from getting fleas, but I am not happy that I was not told that she hasn't been treated for fleas in the last month. If I had been told, I obviously would have done that before bringing her home to meet the cats and sleep on our bed and sit on our laps etc etc.

    So what do I do now? Can I complain and get a partial refund or something? The frontline cost me $30, which isn't really a big deal, but it should have been included in the $250 I paid for the dog... Plus it's really icky. I found one on my hand that was biting me!

    I would appreciate any advice...

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    Just because she wasn't given an injection for heartworm, doesn't mean she hasn't been treated. I refuse to get the injection and give my dogs monthly heartworm chews instead.

    If you got her from a shelter they could have very well put flea treatment on her but it wasn't effective. I have put Frontline on and have had it not work. Plus I would think with so many dogs coming and going it would be hard to get keep it out. I am confused because you also say she was in foster care - in which case this probably wouldn't really apply

    You could try to get a refund, but they may just say your dog got them at your house (not saying that she did, but you can't really prove otherwise?) I don't think it would be worth it honestly. $250 seems pretty cheap

    eta, also fostering is more than just feeding a dog...
    Last edited by Cat; 08-09-2010 at 09:47 PM.

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    She was in foster care, but the person who was fostering her works for a shelter, so technically we got her through a shelter... if that makes sense?

    The stuff you drip on them isn't heartworm treatment, that just prevents it if they don't already have it. If they already have heartworm the drip on stuff doesn't do anything. So technically, she was never 'treated' for heartworm.

    And there is no way she could have picked up 50+ fleas from our cats in a couple of days. She must have had them for ages to get to that point.

    The frontline seems to be working ok, I treated her this morning and this evening most of the fleas are dead, but I still see a couple of live ones which are crawling around, which is really grose.

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    I think that is usually what people mean when they say heartworm treatment. the injection is a preventative as well.
    Does she have heartworm? She may have had a blood test to make sure she didn't and then the preventive applied.

    You may also want to try Capstar to kill the remaining fleas. Some people have said that Comfortis is good too.
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    Well, the heartworm stuff also kills fleas (dunno about the chews, but the drip on stuff does), so I am guessing that she hasn't had one applied recently.

    I checked the frontline site and it said it could take up to 24 hours to kill the fleas, so I will give it until tomorrow before trying the capstar.

    Thanks.

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    Not all the chews do.

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    They would have heart worm tested her and I doubt they gave her the annual heart worm shot. She was probably treated with Advocate which does treat heart worm and is a spot on. I'm sure it would have stated on her vet card that she had the heartworm shot.
    If your cats are only treated every 6 months there is a chance the dog could have picked them up from your cats. Unless every animal is treated monthly for fleas in a multi pet home the chances are possible, besides you have only just noticed?
    $250 is cheap really and shelters and foster careers survive on a shoe string budget.
    You can give her an all wormer, Drontel for example, this is given every 3 months and doesn't do heartworm.
    The only thing I would suggest is to ring them to find out which product they used so you can continue to use it. If you let the heartworm treatment go too long she will have to have another blood test.

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    I would check to see what they actually gave her. Was it the heartworm chew?

    The fleas may have been resistant to whatever they gave her as well; for example Frontline doesn't work for our cats, Advantage does, but I know some people have the exact opposite.

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    There is no way the dog picked up 50+ fleas from our cats in 2 days, especially seeing as I haven't found a flea on any of our cats for a couple of years at least, and they were treated for everything a couple of days before bringing the dog home. Our cats only get treated every 6 months because they are mostly indoor cats, and so they are very low risk. When they do go out, it's into the enclosed backyard.

    For the dog to be crawling with fleas in that amount of time, the cats would have to be completely infested too, and they are not. The dog also has a big bald spot on her tummy where she keeps licking and gnawing, and she wouldn't have gotten that in a couple of days either. I actually noticed that when I brought her home and thought, "Hey, that's what my cats had when they had lice" which was back in 2005. But then I figured, "Nah, she's been treated, she's fine".

    Seeing as she hasn't had an injection for heartworm, I will just use the drip on stuff to prevent them in the future.

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    Hi Julie

    We use Interceptor Spectrum. It treats all gut worms and heart worm. It is a chew that needs to be given once a month. We also use Advantix, because Frontline Plus wasn't working

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