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Why I Don’t Recommend Seresto Collars

Discussion in 'Doberman Health and News Articles' started by strykerdobe, May 16, 2018.

  1. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber


    The Healthy Dog Workshop

    Why I Don’t Recommend Seresto Collars
    December 27, 2017 admin
    If I am going to be truthful, it’s not that I don’t recommend them. I actively discourage the use of Seresto collars.[​IMG]

    Many of you know I like to use the absolute minimum of chemicals on my dogs. And if I am not OK with something on my own dogs, I would never recommend it for my patients use. I’ve never been a fan of any kind of flea collar, even the all natural ones. It just doesn’t make sense to me to put something that gives off odors or chemicals so close to the nose of an animal whose sense of smell is so keen. Or where human hands are petting the dog and contacting whatever is in the collar.

    Recently, a patient of mine began having seizures. I have known this dog for some time, and these seizures came out of the blue. They became more frequent, and severe, leading to a consultation with a neurologist, and starting him on anti-seizure medication. While epilepsy is common in dogs, it usually starts around age 2-4 years, usually in females, and most commonly in a handful of breeds. This dog did not fit these criteria. The anti-seizure medication controlled the seizures fairly well, but the dog was clearly not himself. His dedicated owner racked her brain, trying to think of what could have triggered the seizures. Meanwhile, his performance in training was declining.

    Finally, she remembered that she had put the Seresto collar on shortly before the first seizure. She took it off. Within 24 hours, the dog’s energy and focus were improved. Within 48 hours, he was back to his old attitude and performance level. After a bit more time, he was weaned off the anti-seizure medication. He has not had a seizure since collar removal and has been off anti-seizure medication for almost 2 months. His previous seizure interval was weeks.

    This case inspired me to look deeper into the safety of the Seresto collar. Under the Freedom of Information Act, I obtained a huge amount of information about the adverse reactions and incident reports about the collar. Below is the summary.[​IMG]

    You will notice that these are incidents reported between January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, for a variety of the Seresto collars.

    First look in the middle of the page for the Summary by Full Reg. #. A total of 14,135 incidents were reported (includes both human and animal incidents). Yes, 14,135! These were divided into 11 categories.

    Looking at the summary data, and using the codes provided in the box below them, you can see the following were reported:

    300 Animal fatalities

    980 Major animal reactions

    3115 Moderate animal reactions

    8515 Minor animal reactions

    1118 Moderate, minor and unknown severity animal reactions


    I have also added the rest of the codes for the human reactions, if you care to look at that data.

    So how are you feeling about the Seresto collar now? About 10% of the total incidents reported were either fatal or severe – is that a risk you would take with your dog?

    I’ll be continuing to read through all the files sent to me by EPA. Yes, that’s right, the Environmental Protection Agency. Because the chemical in the Seresto collar is classified as a pesticide, not a drug (which would of course be regulated by the FDA). As I find new details, I’ll share them here. In the mean time, I encourage you to carefully consider what chemicals you use on your dog. And if your dog is wearing a Seresto collar, consider taking it off.

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  2. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    I have seen flea collars everywhere. I can't believe people still use these things.
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  3. Brioddy

    Brioddy Active Member

    I remember my parents having the flea collars for our dogs when I was a kid, but even then can't recall them actually working. I also couldn't tell you the last time I'd seen one on a dog at all, thankfully it seems!
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  4. Regalis

    Regalis Notable member

    I typically only see flea collars on animals in really poor areas. Not entirely sure why. I'm thinking it's probably a combination of cost and lack of knowledge. Granted, that was also back when you couldn't even get topicals without going to a vet.
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  5. Antman408

    Antman408 $ Forum Donor $

    I don’t typically give my pup anything for fleas. However he hasn’t gotten any, am I doing something wrong? Lol
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  6. Regalis

    Regalis Notable member


    There's absolutely no reason to give flea stuff to an animal that doesn't either a) have fleas or b) is high risk for exposure to fleas.

    And even then, there are other options that pesticides to deal with fleas IF your dog gets them.
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  7. Brioddy

    Brioddy Active Member

    I agree, I don't give my dogs anything for fleas until they start showing up. I've found the only thing to really work is the comfortis or similar pill. It's essentially poison which is why I only give it to them when absolutely necessary, if anyone has a sure fire way to eradicate them in a more natural manner I'd be open to that.
  8. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Wondercide does kill them.
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  9. Mystic

    Mystic Notable member

    I literally just helped someone out in the Doberman owners group on Facebook by sharing this thread to them. He took the collar off his dog. There is another person in there saying they use it too. I can’t believe how many people actually still put these things on.
  10. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    Worst is that they are sold everywhere. Even in a dollar store!
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    GOD'S GRACE Notable member

    Listen...I hate this stuff too...but the facts are there are many low information dog owners & poor dog owners out here...
    So, all we can do is spread the word with compassion, and hope for change.
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