Dogs can respond to any type of pet product, including dog food, grooming products, and preventive products. However, there is a difference between some allergic reactions and thousands of incident reports. Seresto flea and tick collars get a lot of heat for this reason. Numerous customers report illnesses and even deaths related to the collar and it seems more than just a coincidence.
Despite everything, Elanco Animal Health has refused to recall the products. A subcommittee of Congress has asked the company to do something about this unfortunate situation. Will it be enough to fix this problem?
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Seresto is the most dangerous flea preventive
Flea and tick repellants are essential to keep your pet safe during the warm months. But of course, applying a pest control product to your pet can have downsides too. This is especially true for products like Seresto, which slowly release pesticides over your dog’s body over several months. The pesticides should repel fleas, ticks, and other tiny pests.
But Seresto contains two pesticides: imidacloprid and flumethrin. These ingredients could be linked to animal and human diseases, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not made consumers aware of them.
Animals that react to flea and tick products are nothing new, but if you look at the EPA’s statistics, that’s shocking. The EPA received over 75,000 Seresto-related incident reports. In these reports, at least 1,698 pets died and 907 people were injured.
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While some of these reports may not be directly related to Seresto, they are by no means just a coincidence. So there is clearly an issue with Seresto collars that needs to be addressed.
Congress tries to call Seresto back, but Elanco struggles
A subcommittee of Congress was involved in following these reports. They are demanding that Elanco, the company that sells Seresto, voluntarily recall the products immediately. Not only are incident reports much higher for Seresto than for similar products, but officials also suspect there are many unreported events.
“We believe the actual number of deaths and injuries is much greater because the average consumer would not know if they could report damage to pets to the EPA, an agency that appears to be unrelated to pet products,” Rep said. Raja Krishnamoorthi.
Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee, sent Elanco a letter asking for the recall. He asked that they give full refunds to customers. He also reached out to Bayer, the company that developed Seresto, asking them to release information about Seresto’s potential toxicity.
But it seems that Elanco is not following. They have already made it clear that they see no problem with their products.
“There is no medical or scientific basis for a recall of Seresto collars and we are disappointed that this creates confusion and unfounded fear among pet owners trying to protect their pets from fleas and ticks,” said Dr. Tony Rumschlag, Senior Director for Technology Consultants at Elanco.
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How can you help
The Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee will continue to investigate the situation. Amazon has also said they are reviewing the product after receiving numerous complaints. But while the problem seems obvious to the rest of the world, Elanco and even the EPA seem to be ignoring the problem. Perhaps Elanco cares more about money than pets in this heartbreaking scenario.
“The EPA seems to be turning a blind eye to this issue and after seven years of increasing incidents they are telling the public that they are continuing to monitor the situation,” said Karen McCormack, a retired EPO official. “But I think this is a significant problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.”
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Customers have reported vomiting, hair loss, irritation and even seizures after using Seresto. If you suspect Seresto is affecting your pet’s health, please contact the EPA. You can also share your experience on a public Facebook group organized by a dog parent who claims to have lost both dogs after using Seresto collars.
No product should cause so many problems. Please spread the word and make sure you use safer flea and tick repellants.
H / T: usatoday.com
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