Popular Flea Collar Linked to Pet Deaths Across the U.S


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Alex Herman, Reporter

Warning! Dangerous flea collar! Nearly 1,700 pet deaths have been recently linked to the Seresto flea collar for dogs and cats. This collar has also been linked to tens of thousands of animal injuries, thousands of human illnesses, and even some seizures, reported from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Rhonda Bomwell holding a picture of her dog, Pierre.

The Seresto collar is for smaller dogs, larger dogs, and cats that deposits small portions of pesticide– imidacloprid and flumethrin onto your pet’s fur to get rid of any fleas, ticks, or other pests your animal might have. The collar can even be left on your pet for “up to eight months.” Now while some owners thought this collar would help clear out their animal’s fleas…it did quite more damage. Dog owners have spoken out sharing their concerns with this collar. Dog owner, Rhonda Bomwell, shared her own experience with this collar that she used on her 9-year-old dog Pierre and it wasn’t what she expected, saying, “Pierre had a seizure, collapsing while Bomwell was making dinner. Lying on his back, the dog stopped breathing and his eyes rolled back.” Then concluding, “Bomwell didn’t think to take off Pierre’s collar. I just didn’t put it together,” she said.

Not only had this collar been the tragic cause of these animals illnesses and deaths, but it has also been linked to “more than 900” human cases. One of the severe cases even involved a 12-year-old boy who was hospitalized with seizures and vomiting after sleeping with his collar-wearing dog.

As more cases and concerns circulate around this dangerous collar, the public says the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has yet to do something to inform the public of the risks. “They appear to be turning a blind eye to this problem, and after seven years of an increasing number of incidents, they are telling the public that they are continuing to monitor the situation,” Karen McCormack, a retired EPA employee said. “But I think this is a significant problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.”