Seresto: Flea and Tick Control Made Easy

 
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The Seresto collar kills fleas and ticks and is for use on dogs and cats

As a concerned pet parent, you know that protecting your four-legged friend from parasites like fleas and ticks is important. Topical pest control products can be messy and smelly, and with our ever-busy lives, it can be difficult to remember to apply every month. Have you ever wondered if there is anything new in flea and tick protection for your pet? Now available at PetMeds, the Seresto collar is the first new treatment in over a decade to offer flea and tick protection for both dogs and cats, and is also the first product to provide tick control for cats as well as for dogs. Best of all, it provides long-lasting coverage.

What does Seresto do?

The Seresto flea and tick collar provides effective control of fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae and ticks. The collar not only kills fleas and ticks, but repels ticks before they can bite, protecting your dog or cat from tick-borne diseases.

How long does Seresto last?

The Seresto collar lasts for 8 months

A Seresto collar begins working as soon as the collar is applied and will protect your dog or cat from fleas and ticks for up to eight months.  This innovative collar provides freedom from the inconvenience of applying a topical product to your pet every month, or trying to get your pet to take a monthly flea-control pill. It’s as simple as selecting the correct size collar and placing it around your pet’s neck.

How does Seresto work?

A unique polymer matrix allows the collar to slowly release controlled doses of the active ingredients, imidacloprid and flumethrin, over an extended period of time. Research has proven that the two active ingredients work synergistically together to dramatically increase their efficacy.

When placed on your pet, the ingredients in the Seresto collar are distributed on the outer surface of your pet’s skin and hair coat, where the ingredients come in contact with the parasites. The sustained release technology allows the migration of the active ingredients to adjust, depending upon the concentration of the ingredients within the lipid layer of your pet’s skin, thereby ensuring a steady, low-dose release.

What else should I know about Seresto?

The Seresto collar has a safety release mechanism

This innovative non-prescription collar is offered by Bayer Animal Health, and may be used on dogs 7 weeks or older, and cats 10 weeks of age or older.  It’s available for small dogs up to 18 pounds, large dogs 18 pounds and over, and cats of all weights. The collar is odor free, water-resistant and will continue to work even if it becomes wet or dirty, and the safety release mechanism prevents strangulation should the collar become caught or tangled.

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20 Comments

  1. Posted February 15, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    This looks like a cool product that is going to work. Although I have always found pet wash experts and their techniques to be the best dog flea treatment for my pet. I would surely try this out too, but I am definitely not going leave my pet’s wash expert. They really do a great job.

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  2. Jerry O'Connor
    Posted May 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I would like to know just one thing. I was told that most collars just work around the neck area where they are worn. Does this product protect the entire pet? I would love someone to email me the answer to this question.

    Thank you

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Most collars dispense the active chemical through the hair follicles throughout the coat.

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  3. Anna
    Posted July 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    The Preventic Collar has to be strictly in contact with the pets skin. I have even seen some recommendations that you shave some of their pets hair around the neck so the collar is in contact with the skin. Is this similar?

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  4. Sue
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    This is the best flea killer ever.. 1 month now and not a sign of a flea on my Shepard.. Getting ready to get one for my Yorkie.. So far-So Good

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  5. Sue
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    NO, I put it on my Shepard with all his fur in tact.. do not shave.. believe me, I live in Southeastern VA-NC border…We have PLENTY of fleas here..He was miserable with any other product. Now, he is a new boy ……

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  6. Arelis
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    My dog has had this collar on for over 6 mos. While I was suspect, I think it did a decent job. It cost me about $70 and I have found ticks and fleas over the last few months. While I’m not totally disillusioned, I don’t think its 100% proof and my dog is not an outdoor dog nor is it around other pets much so why has he caught fleas/ticks even with it on ? I wonder!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I am not big fan of these type of collars. I prefer topicals like flea 4x from 1800petmeds.

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    Melinda Willette Reply:

    Thank you, Dr. Michael Dym for your validation re: collars. Pls check my post re: very bad reaction with my puppy. Thank You, Melinda

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    You are very welcome Melinda

    Melinda Willette Reply:

    Dr. Dym …as the Seresto Collar caused severe seizure like activity as posted here numerous times re: my puppy, I have also decided NOT to use ‘topicals’ either, for my puppy for fleas and ticks. I have been using FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth, a non-toxic powder that can be rubbed into her coat and is even edible with no sdfx. I wish that more pet stores carried this..and as well, Customer Beware…MAKE SURE IT SAYS FOOD GRADE on the label and is NON-TOXIC. Some Diatomaceous Earth is used as pesticides and in pool filters (even being sold at pet stores, which I witnessed the other day) and some very popular websites on-line..VERY TOXIC to all animals! Hope this gives ALL an alternative..type in search, FOOD GRADE, Diatomaceous Earth (wholistic vets) and inquire, question ALL info!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks Melinda for the feedback. Diatomataceous earth is an excellent natural flea alternative

    Melinda Willette Reply:

    Thank you, Dr. Dym. Diatomaceous Earth is also used as a tick, including deer tick preventative – so a natural non-toxic option for both! Thank Goodness!

  7. Robert Brake
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I used the Seresto collar for large dogs on my 90lb German Shepard, Winston, last year. It worked extremely well, no fleas and an occasional dead tick. We live in the woods. So this year I ordered another collar. A week after putting it on Winston, WINSTON DIED. He started swelling after 5 days, fell down on evening of the 6th day, and died the morning of the 7th day in the Vets office. Be careful with this product.

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    Sue Reply:

    Robert. First, Please allow me to send healing prayers. My dogs are my children and my heart is hurting for you.
    Are you 100% positive the Seresto collar did this to Winston?
    I think it must be made public far and wide if this is in fact what made him pass.
    While it worked fantastically for my Shepard, I am very scared to use it now as I take NO chances when it comes to my babies.
    Has it been diagnosed as the cause of death? I would ask you to please find out every answer, the hows, whys, and every other answer I could get from Bayer. We owe it to the people who Love their babies to pass on every tidbit of information possible. Please let us know everything you find out that has to do with Winston’s passing.
    I volunteer for many rescues and want to pass on all information I can get. I / We are all obligated to let it be known so we can save the lives of other animals.
    I, for one will never use Trifexis on any of my babies. My baby took one and within 3 hours I had her to the emergency vet. (they will still not say it was the Trifexis that caused this reaction.) It made every one of my babies sick (throwing up sick). Why would I want to give this poison to my babies if it has this reaction?
    Please get all the info on this for us as we are all only wanting what helps our Pets.
    I again am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless and Godspeed Winston.

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    Melinda Willette Reply:

    Sue, pls check out my post re: Seresto collar – BAD NEWS! Thank you, Melinda

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  8. Robert Brake
    Posted April 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, but Winston was already dead & cremated when my neighbor, who rescues dogs, told me about the Seresto. She had researched the product and did not use it on her dogs. She told me about the side effects and they seem to match up with Winston’s reaction prior to his death, loss of motor skills and shortness of breath. As I said in my prior statement, He wore the same collar all last year with no problems.

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    Robin Reply:

    My vet told me to use Seresto and to discontinue the flea and tick preventitive (we live in the woods) but to continue with the heartworm meds. After hearing of Winston I’m not so sure! I’m going to have to do some more research! I’m with you Sue, and Winston, please give my Angel and Ginger a hug!

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  9. Michelle
    Posted May 29, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Should my dog be taking Sentinel with Seresto collar? We switched to Sentinel after a bout of whipworms.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I dont think this will be a problem.

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    Michelle Reply:

    Since this post in May, I have taken the Seresto collar off of my dog. The sores and flaky skin have resolved and he no longer has “dandruff.” He is still taking Sentinel.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing

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  10. Posted July 11, 2014 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I have my dog ware this collar but do can leave it if nned bath? let me know thank u

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I would take collar off if you bathe him and then reapply 24 hours after bath.

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  11. Melinda Willette
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    My vet recommended a Seresto Collar for my 6 month old Large Breed, Great Pyr/St Bernard. After 2 weeks of use, happening 3 different times, my puppy began a pre-seizure like dance then lunged at my face, (while standing) and tried to bite me. She did cause puncture wounds on my arms! I was very, very scared and NOT TYPICAL at all of my loving puppies behavior! I had her checked and not a behavioral issue – but rather reaction to collar as proved, removing collar and still six weeks later NO SEIZURE LIKE activity! I notified Bayer and they by law told me they’d notify the FDA! BE VERY CAREFUL of this product – IF YOU SEE any changes in activity/behavior for either cat or dog, REMOVE COLLAR!!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    HI Melinda. Thanks for sharing. So sorry for your experience with this collar. On different note, I sometimes see this type of neurological issue come up after rabies vaccination, so I would be vigilant in monitoring for further relapses, especially after vaccinations.

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    Melinda Willette Reply:

    Dear Dr. Michael Dym, VMD – I so appreciate your feedback and help. I will be very diligent in reactions after rabies vacs or any other vacs. I have been wavering on a Lyme’s vac as my vet recommended – hearing pros and cons, I have decided not to, especially after this last experience and your info. Many, Many Thank You’s!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Glad to have been of service to you….

    Melinda Willette Reply:

    As an update re: Seresto Collar. Am seeing more and more posts re: seizure activity concerns from pet owners using a Seresto Collar for their dogs. I notified the FDA today and they were kind enough to send me back this email: It is NOT the FDA to report to – it is the EPA! Here’s the info to report adverse side effects to EPA:

    Thank you for contacting the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine. I’m sorry to hear about your puppy’s illness and I hope she is doing much better now.

    The Seresto Collar is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you look at the package insert for the product, on the very bottom, you will find an “EPA Reg. No. 11556-1155”. This means the product was reviewed by the EPA for safety and efficacy.

    You can still report this to the EPA. The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is a facility run by the EPA and Oregon State University. They take adverse reaction reports and they can also give you information about other topical pet flea and tick products. Their website address is: http://npic.orst.edu/. Their phone number is: 1-800-858-7378. Hope this helps.

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  12. Vicki B
    Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    My small 5lb chorkie is having episodes that last a few seconds and since my vet hasn’t seen them she isn’t sure what it is. They started after I put the Seresto collar on him, and about the same time he was diagnosed with a luxating patella. He stops, freezes, and yips for a few seconds, with his head down. No other seizure type activity and also doesn’t pull leg up or limp. He then walks away like nothing happened! Can it be a small seizure, or just pain? Should I remove the collar? I’m so confused and concerned.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    PRobably best Vicki to remove the collar as any topical pesticide may cause rare neurological or other reactions.

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  13. Vicki B
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Dr. Dym for your quick response. I actually did remove the collar today. I purchased Sentinel at the vets office last week when he tested negative for heartworm I’m going to wait a few days and try it. Is it good for flea prevention also? I guess I’ll just check him thoroughly for ticks regularly. He’s only goes out when he potties.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Sentinel is good for flea prevention a swell.

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  14. Barbie
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Our 2 yr old german short haired pointer started having seizures after being in the seresto collar about 10 days. He had 5 seizures in one day. We took off the collar and he has not had a episode since. oes anyone else know of this connection?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Any topical pesticide may cause seizures in a rare case in sensitive animals.

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  15. Melinda Willette
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Dear Vicki B and Barbie – I am so very sorry your precious pups experienced this as did my Snowy – (posted above)! That’s 3 of us NOW who experienced neuro- seizure like activity caused by the Seresto Collar…and ALL, once collar removed, became healthy again! To be honest, on the web, all I see is promoting this collar and I am furious!!! In addition, many vets, as did mine, highly recommend this collar. Yet, when seizure activity began, my vet suggested I put my precious puppy down! I REFUSED!! Removed the collar and she is fine – gentle and loving. This is a HORROR SHOW! Pls. report to FDA and as well would like to create a blogpost re: Seresto pro’s and cons. Any idea, Vicki or Barbie on how to do this??? I realize this is a public forum but I AM AN ADVOCATE..!!! Pls send a friend request to my f/b, “Melinda Willette”. Want to go behind the ’smokescreen’!!!

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  16. Michelle Schlegel
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Could these terrible seizure-like reactions be caused by the combination of the Seresto collar used along with a topical heart worm preventative, such as Revolution or Heart Guard? I have done research on combining these treatments and have found none that approves Seresto be used with another preventative. There is a collar (Preventix?) that has been approved for a combined use. Any advice on this?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    I find that combination products used at same time in sensitive pets may result in potential rare neurological reactions, which is why I always recommend animal guardians separate out products by at least 7 days.

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  17. Barbie
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Good question. Our german short-hair is on Iverhart heartworm pills, and was before the sereto collar. Please let us know what you find out :-)

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  18. Michelle Schlegel
    Posted September 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Here is a link that may be helpful…

    http://www.petcarerx.com/article/combining-flea-treatments-what-you-need-to-know/140

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  19. Jackie
    Posted October 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I have two labs, a 3 yr old and a 12 yr old and they were wearing the seresto collars for the past 6 months. After hearing back from my breeder and reading these posts, the collars are in the trash. I admit we have not had one tick on either dog during that time. Coincidentally for the past 5 months the 3 yr old has been having seizures. The first seizure was 3 weeks after the collar was placed on him. The last seizure was a couple days ago and was termed as a grand mal seizure. I witnessed the whole thing and initially thought he dropped over dead. Then the spasms rather violently started, finally easing after a couple minutes. Blood tests were performed after the first seizure and compared to tests from the last seizure -everything was normal. What I find interesting is that the vet never recommended, even as a precautionary course, to remove the collar. I am now faced with giving him daily doses of phenobarbital to \maybe\ manage the seizures. Does anyone know how much time it takes to for a dog to be clear of the chemicals in the collar? Do the chemicals in the collar show up in general blood work? I am inclined to wait on giving him the phenobarbital and see if the collar may be the source.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    HI Jackie. Sorry to hear about your dog with seizures. All excellent questions. Hard to say if your dog is now a permanent epileptic, who will need life long medication, or possibly due to built up toxicity from the collar. Probably best thing is to proceed with the phenobarbitol medication and then if seizure free you could work with a local vet over time to gradually wean him off, but since we cant be sure whether drug is direct cause or just a trigger for the underlying epilepsy, then best to probably use the drug.

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  20. Posted October 15, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I have 3 cats wear the sereto collars and my dog lso wear,too but they had been wear now for 2 yrs but they have no problems and good health but I do take the collar off for bath but great that all of them have no fleas but before had flea pills but was still haved lots of fleas .

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