- Seresto flea and tick collars have been linked to 1,700 animal deaths, a USA Today investigation found.
- Despite 75,000 incident reports between 2012 and 2020, the EPA hasn’t issued any warnings about the collars.
- Elanco, the company that sells the collars, told Insider “a report is not an indication of cause.”
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A popular flea and tick collar has been linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths in the last seven years, USA Today reported.
The investigation, published Tuesday, found that these Seresto dog and cat collars have also injured tens of thousands of animals and harmed hundreds of people.
The report relied on documents acquired through a public-records request, which revealed that more than 75,000 Seresto-collar-related incidents were reported to the Environmental Protection Agency between 2012 and June 2020. Many involved pets having allergic reactions in the spot the collar touched their fur. Some animals had seizures.
More than 900 incidents involved humans — one severe case involved a 12-year-old boy who was hospitalized with seizures and vomiting after sleeping with his collar-wearing dog, the report found.