Flea Collars Linked to Thousands of Pet Deaths and Injuries to Pets AND Humans — EPA Still Won’t Warn Public

By B.N. Frank

If we can’t depend on the EPA to warn the public about something so thoroughly documented, should we depend on the agency to warn the public about anything at all?

From USA Today:

Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.

Johnathan Hettinger

Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Rhonda Bomwell had never used a flea and tick collar before. Pierre, her 9-year-old Papillon service dog, was mostly an indoor animal.

Still, her veterinarian recommended she purchase one, so Bomwell went to the pet store near her home in Somerset, New Jersey, and selected Bayer’s Seresto collar.

A day later, on June 2, 2020, Pierre had a seizure, collapsing while Bomwell was making dinner. Lying on his back, the dog stopped breathing and his eyes rolled back. (See link for article)


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This collar will tighten on its own but not loosen so if your dog pulls against it there is the potential for strangulation, which has occurred.


After the Seresto Tick and Flea collar was put on, Billy the cat started began sleeping, stumbling around and wouldn’t use his litter box.  After removing the collar the symptoms went away.  When putting it back on, within 30 minutes he became lethargic and stumbled around again.


Steve Lehto reads the USA Today article on how the Seresto tick and flea collar has killed nearly 1,700 pets.  He also states you should call the EPA if you suspect your pet’s death is due to a flea collar.


Veterinarian Dr. Andrew Jones talks about flea and tick product side effects.  He also gives his receipe for a “natural” flea and tick spray for dogs here.  (He uses witch hazel, aloe vera juice, and essential oils)

For more on tick prevention:  Please talk with your veterinarian for the best prevention products.  

Our own dog’s health spiraled down after we put a tick collar on him.  Despite our vet’s assurance it wasn’t due to the collar, I’ve always been unsettled by it.  The article in this post reignited my concerns about products that are supposed to be “safe and effective.”  Listen to your gut.  

RIP Bucky

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