Statement made by Orchard Park 3/3/2021 regarding the recent news on Seresto collars:
“We have been made aware of recent news reports about Seresto collars killing pets. This product, if bought from us, is guaranteed, and backed by the manufacturer. We do not recommend getting this product from Amazon (which the articles reference) or other online pharmacies as many of these products are found to be counterfeit. We did have a client about a year or so ago bring in their Seresto collar purchased from Amazon and while the packaging was similar, it was found to be counterfeit.
If you are concerned about their collar, you can verify their product by calling the company and they can run the lot # from the tin packaging to make sure it matches their production numbers. We can, of course, recommend other flea/tick products. We have no major reports of deaths or other side effects from the collars sold by us. Many of our staff members use these on their own pets (from the manufacturer and obtained through the hospital) without issues.”
Statement from Elanco on Seresto Collar Safety:
“Elanco Statement of Safety of Seresto® Elanco takes the safety of our products very seriously, and thoroughly investigates potential concerns related to their use. It is critically important to understand that a report is not an indication of cause. Since its initial approval in 2012, more than 25 million Seresto collars have protected dogs and cats in the U.S. from fleas, ticks and the resulting tick-borne illnesses that can impact their quality of life. There is no established link between death and exposure to the active ingredients contained in Seresto. The reporting rate for all adverse events related to Seresto is less than 0.3% of all collars sold since 2012 – defined by the WHO (World Health Organization) as “uncommon”. The significant majority of these incidents relate to non-serious effects such as application site disorders – reddening of the skin or hair loss below the collar. As a globally marketed product, more than 80 regulatory authorities around the world, including the US EPA, rigorously reviewed the safety data collected over the course of Seresto’s development prior to registration and/or approval, as appropriate. Further, the safety and efficacy of Seresto are continuously monitored and scrutinized by global regulatory bodies as well as via internal processes.”
With all of this being said, Please make sure to purchase your flea and tick preventive care from your Veterinarian to ensure quality and safety.
Several of our veterinary staff use the Seresto collars on their pets without issue as well.