Safety of Soresto Flea Collars Examined

At The Big bad Woof we are always trying to find natural ways to prevent fleas and ticks, and having had a number of “seizure dogs” over the years, we have avoided using flea collars with pesticides which may cause adverse reactions. Susan Thixton posted today about a lawsuit regarding Soresto flea collars which the public needs to know, especially if they have used this product.

Recently a lawsuit against Seresto flea collars was settled for $15 million. Pet owners would be eligible for “up to $13” for every collar purchased, and “If your pet died in a manner ‘allegedly related’ to wearing a Seresto product, you’re eligible for $300 plus medical costs plus fees for burial or cremation.”

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Further, the report from the Office of the Inspector General at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is available for review with a side bar stating this:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General conducted this evaluation to determine whether the (1) EPA’s response to reported pesticide incidents involving Seresto pet collars provides assurance that the collars can still be used without posing unreasonable adverse effects to
human health and the environment and

(2) EPA adhered to pesticide registration requirements in its approval of Seresto pet collars, specifically
toxicological data requirements in 40 C.F.R. part 158. This evaluation is the result of multiple OIG Hotline
complaints. As of August 2023, the EPA was reviewing the active ingredients, flumethrin and imidacloprid, in Seresto pet collars, pursuant to Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act requirements.

The Act mandates that the EPA determine whether a pesticide “will not generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.” To read the full OIG Report, click here.

If you need help with a natural approach to flea and tick prevention and care, please contact us at The Big Bad Woof and we can help make recommendations.