We’ve gotten a number of questions about the article in USA Today detailing serious reactions and even deaths linked to the use of Seresto collars. We may not have all the answers yet but we wanted to address a few things.
Flea and tick preventatives include active ingredients to help protect your pet and with any drug, there is the potential for an allergic reaction. With ANY products that you are using on your pet for the first time, we recommend closely monitoring for signs of a reaction over several days. With flea and tick collars this means checking their neck to make sure the skin is not becoming irritated and watching closely for any abnormal behavior. If you notice anything worrisome remove the collar and cleanse the skin where the collar made contact then call your vet! If your dog or cat has been wearing a Seresto collar for some time and has never had a reaction, it is unlikely that they will in the future.
The article also mentioned the high number of sales of Seresto collars being transacted via Amazon. While many flea and tick preventatives do not require a prescription, the safest option is always to acquire these products through your veterinarian. We have a direct line to the manufacturer and can vouch for the sourcing of the product you are receiving. Unfortunately, we have seen a number of imitation products that are on the market and oftentimes the packaging and presentation are very convincing. We have found that when we have seen reactions to products they are usually ones that have been purchased through places like Amazon or Walmart and we have no way of knowing whether or not the product is legitimate.
We hope this answers some of your questions but if you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by phone or by email!
Check out the link below for the statement from Elanco, the manufacturer of the Seresto collar.