According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the country, the Seresto brand, has been linked to tens of thousands of injured animals, hundreds of pet deaths and hundreds of harmed humans. However, to date, the Seresto collar remains on the market and the EPA has yet to inform the public of the risks to their pets and themselves from the use of this collar.
The Seresto was developed by Bayer. It works by releasing small amounts of two pesticides -- imidacloprid and flumethrin -- onto a pet over the course of up to eight months. The pesticide is supposed to kill fleas, ticks and other pests but be safe for cats and dogs. However, through June of 2020, the EPA had received more than 75,000 incident reports related to the collars, including nearly 1,000 involving human harm.
The reported animal symptoms range from hair loss and lethargy all the way up to seizures and death. Reports of human impacts include skin rashes or hives, neurological symptoms including numbness and headaches, seizures and heart problems experienced by people who slept in the same bed as their pets after wearing the Seresto collar.
While the EPA continues to investigate, the data collected to date is concerning for all dog and cat owners, particularly for those of us that also have children who are likely to have close, extended contacts with pets. If you believe that you or your loved one (animal or human) have been harmed by exposure to Seresto pet collars, you should contact an experienced law firm right away to explore your rights.