There is a recent media article stating the Seresto flea/tick collar is causing seizures in some dogs. The manufacturer (Bayer/Elanco) insists the product is safe based on their research and approval process, as well as rigorous investigation into any reported adverse reactions. The original article is not based on scientific research or factual evidence, but rather the personal accounts of pet owners who assumed a link between the collar and their pets’ medical conditions.

Still, ALL tick preventives are pesticides that the body has to process AND tick prevention is still very important to avoid tick-borne diseases. This is the balance each pet owner must make for their own pet based on level of tick risk.

There are two main categories of flea and tick preventives; topical (oils applied to the skin and collars), and ingestibles. Topicals are applied directly to the skin or worn around the neck. We caution against ingestible products as there is no way to ‘remove’ them from the body if there is a negative reaction. Topicals can be washed off, and collars can be removed. Of all the choices, if based on the tick risk you must use a chemical prevention, topical is the answer (Seresto collar OR topical such as Vectra).

The first step is to be effective with tick prevention. Second, mitigate the risk of applying flea and tick preventive by integrating regularly scheduled gut and liver cleanses. This gives the body the best chance to compensate for the negative impact of any such chemical. Dr. Barrett has discussed this with you in her appointments.

Please let us know if you have further questions.

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