SHAWNEE, Kan. — Could the flea and tick collar you put on your pet be hurting them? The results of a new investigation are concerning for pet owners.
Whether its man’s best friends or a furry feline, pets are a part of the family, and many owners love them like their own children. When you put a flea and tick collar on them, you expect it to be safe for them to wear.
But an investigation that published this morning by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting along with USA Today discovered a troubling trend.
After looking over thousands of federal documents from the EPA, investigators learned there have been more than 75,000 complaints about the Seresto-brand flea and tick collar over the past nine years. They discovered close to 1,700 dogs and cats wearing this collar died.
Elanco Animal Health recently bought Bayer Animal Health, which for years did research in Shawnee on animal products like the flea and tick collar in question.
Bayer created this collar with the brand name Seresto, and Elanco now sells it. It uses two types of pesticides to kill fleas and ticks, releasing small amounts of chemicals onto your pet over time. Investigators found evidence this collar might be killing dogs and cats, too.
“There is no established link between death and exposure to the active ingredients contained in Seresto,” A spokesperson for Elanco wrote in a statement. “We take the safety of our products very seriously, and thoroughly…