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Wed Mar 10, 2021, 12:58 AM

Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.

Rhonda Bomwell had never used a flea and tick collar before. Pierre, her 9-year-old Papillon service dog, was mostly an indoor animal.

Still, her veterinarian recommended she purchase one, so Bomwell went to the pet store near her home in Somerset, New Jersey, and selected Bayer’s Seresto collar.

A day later, on June 2, 2020, Pierre had a seizure, collapsing while Bomwell was making dinner. Lying on his back, the dog stopped breathing and his eyes rolled back.

Bomwell tried giving him CPR. Then she called the police. An officer helped her lift the dog into her car, and she rushed him to the hospital. Pierre died before he could receive medical treatment. Bomwell didn’t think to take off Pierre’s collar.

“I just didn’t put it together,” she said.

Bomwell isn’t alone. 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.

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

Seresto, developed by Bayer and now sold by Elanco, works by releasing small amounts of pesticide onto the animal for months at a time. The pesticide is supposed to kill fleas, ticks and other pests but be safe for cats and dogs.



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.

Domestic Animal - Moderate, Minor and Unknown
40,087
Domestic Animal - Minor
21,439
Domestic Animal - Moderate
7,743
Domestic Animal - Major
3,767
Domestic Animal - Fatality
1,698
Human
907
Chart: Johnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting Source: EPA Documents Get the data

The company sold its animal health division to Elanco Animal Health, a former subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Co., for $7.6 billion in 2019. The deal was finalized in 2020. As part of the deal, Bayer received $2.3 billion in Elanco stock, which the company said it would sell over time.

More here:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2021/03/02/seresto-dog-cat-collars-found-harm-pets-humans-epa-records-show/4574753001/
Seresto Incidents

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As some may or may not remember, I lost my cat due to these products several years ago. My other two cats were also sickened, one has brain damage from these products. I still have two cases open with the company that makes the product that sickened/killed my cats. I have never received any restitution or acknowledgement for what has occurred.

I am glad to know that this topic is finally getting some press although the deaths of 1,700+ pets and human harm is a horrific price to pay.

The bottom line is don't use these toxic products on your pets please!

Thank you for reading this.

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CountAllVotes Mar 2021 OP
spooky3 Mar 2021 #1
CountAllVotes Mar 2021 #2
spooky3 Mar 2021 #5
CountAllVotes Mar 2021 #10
Ka-Dinh Oy Mar 2021 #3
CountAllVotes Mar 2021 #4
Ka-Dinh Oy Mar 2021 #6
CountAllVotes Mar 2021 #8
SheltieLover Mar 2021 #7
CountAllVotes Mar 2021 #9

Response to CountAllVotes (Original post)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:07 AM

1. I am so sorry. nt

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:14 AM

2. Thank you

Not a day passes that I do not think about my poor sweet girl.

She deserved so much more.

As for the other two, one is fairly stable. The other one suffers from outbursts at times and I've been bitten by him more than once. You cannot touch his back as he thinks you are putting the poison on him and he responds by biting the hand that is now petting him.

It is very sad and it is not his fault. I refuse to have him put down. He is almost 8 years old now and we take life one day at a time.

This crap pisses me off so bad I cannot tell you. I've tried everything to get someone or some place to do something about this but money talks and bullshit like me walks.

How many more pets will die because of these poisons?



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:31 AM

5. It is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time.

I believe that one of my cats was poisoned by RoundUp, even though I was very careful to follow the instructions and the manufacturer claims to this day that it is safe for pets if the instructions are followed. My cat succumbed to lymphoma after a long valiant fight. Like you, I think of him every day. Needless to say, I no longer use that chemical on weeds. Humans with lymphoma have been winning big awards from the manufacturer, but there is no recourse for pets and how many more pet owners continue to use this product because they believe the labels?

So I do very much sympathize with you and am so sorry you and they have gone through this ordeal.



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Response to spooky3 (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:40 AM

10. I inherited my mother's dog when she died

I'd take him for walks and he would never walk on the nice green Round-up Ready lawns around here, never.

He died of cancer.




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Response to CountAllVotes (Original post)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:17 AM

3. I have never used flea collars.

All of the chemicals are localized around the neck, can rub the hair off and then be directly on the skin, and us touching it directly when we pet or pick up our fur balls.

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Response to Ka-Dinh Oy (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:20 AM

4. One of the more popular products

It is a well-known one ...

It bores a hole in the leather of of a piece of furniture it if it is touched by the shit.

Can you image how much it must HURT the animal?

No wonder I got bit! I deserved to GET BIT!

Good god!



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Response to CountAllVotes (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:31 AM

6. Poor animals.

I won't use the natural one either. No matter how natural it may be it is still a chemical. I have seen what flee collars do and it ain't pretty.

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Response to Ka-Dinh Oy (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:35 AM

8. I've been on this ever since the death of my cat

I got nowhere.

The big pharma deck is stacked against our pets and us.

Its all about money.

That is what big pharma is all about, big money.

I won't take this subject any further given the environment we are now in with big pharma running the show right now with all of their new products.

I would like to go there but I won't because it is likely not advisable and will get my ass kicked from here to hell and back but I will say this much, I do not trust these evil fuckers!



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Response to CountAllVotes (Original post)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:32 AM

7. I am so sorry to hear about your kitties!



Bayer...

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 10, 2021, 01:37 AM

9. and don't forget the other evil one

ELANC0 indeed!



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