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concerns about Seresto flea collars --not a recall

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Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.
Seresto, one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the country, has been linked to hundreds of pet deaths, tens of thousands of injured animals and hundreds of harmed humans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents show. DocumentCloud

Yet the EPA has done nothing to inform the public of the risks.

But thousands of pets are being harmed, according to federal documents obtained through a public records request from the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization that watchdogs the EPA as part of its work to protect endangered species. The center provided the documents to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Since Seresto flea and tick collars were introduced in 2012, the EPA has received incident reports of at least 1,698 related pet deaths. Overall, through June 2020, the agency has received more than 75,000 incident reports related to the collars, including nearly 1,000 involving human harm.

“The EPA appears to be turning a blind eye to this problem, and after seven years of an increasing number of incidents, they are telling the public that they are continuing to monitor the situation,” she said. “But I think this is a significant problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.”

The NRDC filed a petition against the agency more than a decade ago over its approval of a different pesticide than the one used in Seresto that is linked to cancer and brain development issues in children.

In April 2020, a federal appeals court called the EPA’s refusal to respond to NRDC’s requests “nothing short of egregious” and told agency officials to make a decision on whether to ban the pesticide within 90 days. The EPA decided not to ban the pesticide, called tetrachlorvinphos. That pet collar continues to be sold under the brand name Hartz Ultraguard, Hartz InControl and Longlife.

NRDC has challenged that decision; that lawsuit is currently pending.

Even so, the number of incidents linked to that pesticide pales in comparison to those linked to Seresto. From 1992 to 2008, the EPA received about 4,600 incident reports regarding pet collars containing tetrachlorvinphos, including 363 deaths, according to EPA documents.

Broken down per year, that’s 30 times fewer incidents and 10 times fewer deaths than Seresto.

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One of my dogs has seizures and I thought these were safe for her and the rest of my dogs, thank you for sharing this. My vet recommended the collars since the medicine is very risky and can cause seizures(which she already has.) Luckily we don't use flea or tick products on our indoor cats.
 
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There are natural remedies for fleas on dogs, but check them carefully as many are dangerous around
cats. Dawn dish washing liquid will kill the fleas on your dog when you bath him, just like it will those on kittens. And with dogs they are more patient about waiting 10-15 minutes soaped up.
 

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I've used Seresto collars on my dogs for about 4 years now and haven't seen any side effects. I do think I'll ask for something else for the Chihuahua though. I didn't need to use anything for fleas last year, it was kind of a weird year.

LOL. . .I hate to make light of side effects and all that, but I was reading through the "nearly 1,000 involving human harm" link and found one that said that a guy reported that his tongue would go numb whenever he "mouthed his dog". His symptoms would improve and then recur when he mouthed the dog again. Maybe. . .don't do that? :lol:
 

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I've had 3 Seresto collars on Cal with no side effects and will continue to do so. The flea infestation I had
from the Vincie girl was so costly and Cal had such an allergic reaction to the fleas. I won't put her through
that again,
 
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