Since fleas and ticks are more than a minor nuisance to our dogs, there are many products out there that aim to keep them away. However, some flea and tick collars that release pesticides on your pet can be dangerous themselves.
The pesticide used in Seresto collars is said to kill fleas, ticks and other pests while being safe for dogs and cats. They are designed for a lifespan of eight months and each release small amounts of pesticides. Seresto collars may be a best seller on Amazon, but there have been several pet injuries and even deaths associated with them.
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Many broken parents and affected experts want action and answers.
The dangerous effects of certain pesticides on pets
Not only is the EPA aware of health problems caused by Seresto, but dozens of Amazon customers have filed complaints. Many have reported the collar causing rashes and others say it caused neurological problems such as seizures and tremors in their pets.
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This problem is also not without precedent. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a petition against the EPA over a decade ago for approval of another pesticide, tetrachlorvinphos. This pesticide has been linked to cancer and brain development problems in children.
According to EPA documents, they received approximately 4,600 incident reports of tetrachlorvinphos-containing pet collars from 1992 to 2008, including 363 deaths. The EPA decided not to ban it and it is still used in Hartz Ultraguard animal collars.
Some experts also say incidents may not be adequately reported because many parents do not associate the collar with the problems. Nathan Donley, senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity and an expert on US pesticide regulation, said:
“Most of the time, people won’t connect, or they won’t take an hour or so out of the day and figure out how to call and spend time on hold.”
Parents who have lost dogs or have had health problems due to Seresto collars have formed a Facebook group. If you are among them, be sure to report your story to the EPA.
Despite all the evidence, the EPA has not issued a warning about Seresto
The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for regulating products that contain pesticides. Seresto collars were developed by Bayer and are now sold by Elanco. They were approved by the EPA on March 16, 2012.
Bayer, the company that developed the collars, conducted eight animal studies to investigate the effects of Seresto collars. These studies were used by the EPA to approve Seresto despite its approval Interviewed California Department of Pesticide Regulations the validity of two of the studies.
Karen McCormack, a retired EPO employee who worked as both a researcher and communications officer, expressed concern about the EPA’s response:
“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. However, I think this is a significant issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. “
“The fact that the EPA did nothing to make the public aware of a problem seems to me to border on criminals. The EPA has this information gathering system and only collects dust in a database. “
The EPA and the manufacturer defend the continued sale of Seresto
Despite the deaths and illnesses, the EPA says data suggests the collars are still eligible for registration. Reaching out for comment, an EPO spokesman said in a statement emailed:
“No pesticide is completely safe, but the EPA makes sure that there are risk mitigation measures on the product label. The product label is required by law and users must follow the instructions on the label. However, some pets, like some people, are more sensitive than others and may experience adverse symptoms after treatment. “
A spokesman for Elanco said the company takes product safety very seriously. She went on to explain:
“Note that having an adverse event report does not necessarily mean that the product caused the problem. The causality between the signs observed and the use of the product is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Nevertheless, every collected adverse event, regardless of causality, is reported to the authorities. “
If you have any concerns, check out other flea and tick prevention methods. Avoid risks and protect your pet.
H / T: USA today