Seresto flea collars may be linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths

Members of Congress are demanding one of the largest single product recalls in U.S. history after a top-selling flea and tick collar was linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets and hundreds of injuries to humans. 

“When we put the collar on, everything changed and was like a switch just flipped,” Alex Jaeger said. 

Alex Jaeger and his mother, Eleanor, say two months after they put a Seresto collar on their golden retriever Blake, he developed seizures. They say their veterinarian gave Blake epilepsy medication, but the dog has never been the same.

“I don’t want anyone to ever go through this,” Eleanor Jaeger said. 

Karen Pisano said one of her two 4-month-old kittens fell ill within two days of putting their collars on in August. The legs of her orange tabby, Oscar, began twitching. 

“That’s when I became extremely alarmed,” Pisano said. 

On a veterinarian’s advice, she says she immediately removed the collars but Oscar died that night. 

“This poor thing, he didn’t do anything wrong. We didn’t do anything wrong. To see him pass — he didn’t deserve that,” Pisano said. 

Seresto collars contain two different pesticides designed to ward off fleas and ticks. Retailer Elanco says

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Flea Collar May Be Linked to 1,700 Pet Deaths

March 19, 2021 — A top-selling flea collar that may be linked to the deaths of nearly 1,700 pets and hundreds of injuries to people should be recalled, a U.S. lawmaker says.

Since the Seresto collars were introduced in 2012, there have been more than 75,000 incidents — ranging from skin irritation to seizures to death — reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to government documents obtained by a nonprofit group, CBS News reported.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi wants a recall of the collars, which contain two different pesticides to combat fleas and ticks.

“I think that it’s only appropriate in this case that the manufacturer do a voluntary recall,” he said, CBS News reported. “We look at the situation, investigate and then proceed from there.”

Retailer Elanco says the collars are safe. The “incident report rate … in the U.S. has been below 0.3%” and the majority “relate to non-serious effects” such as skin problems, according to the company.

Elanco says it will not issue a recall. That’s something that would be up to regulators, a company spokesperson told CBS News.

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Pandemic pets: where are they now? | News & Features

The beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 saw pets being adopted and fostered at unprecedented rates. Communities all across the country responded to their local shelters’ calls for help, resulting in the clearing out of entire facilities.

Now, as the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has brought a halt to the clearing of the kennels, communities and their shelters are starting to see the impact of the pandemic on their pets.

Boone was only one month old when Catherine Gandhi adopted him. After a grueling search on Petfinder that lasted months and expanded across the whole state of Missouri, Gandhi’s hunt finally ended with Boone’s adoption in August of 2020.

“I would send in an application for a dog and before I could even hit ‘send,’ the dog would be adopted,” says Gandhi. She estimates going through about 50 applications from April to August before she was able to claim Boone.

Boone and Catherine

Catherine Gandhi and Boone take an afternoon nap on Oct. 6, 2020.

“Having Boone definitely improved my quality of life,” says Gandhi. Although Boone provided much-needed companionship during social isolation, Gandhi quickly realized raising this puppy was going to be a different experience than the

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25 Cat Breeds That Get along with Dogs

Introducing cats to dogs can be a delicate process, especially since “most cats prefer peace and quiet and tend to be solitary creatures,” says VCA, one of North America’s largest animal hospital chains.

But some cat breeds are more compatible with dogs than others, depending on their personalities.

“Despite the stereotype, many dogs and cats learn to live together peacefully. Be patient and take the introduction process slowly, but know that whether or not your pets get along will also depend on their individual personalities,” the Animal Humane Society says.

Here we look at some cat breeds that get along well dogs and other pets.

American bobtail

This easy going breed of interactive cats gets along well with most dogs and welcomes newcomers, according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats.

Japanese bobtail

These energetic cats can “adjust to dogs and other animals and are especially good with children,” the CFA says.

Veterinarian Dr. Natalie Marks, a veterinary partner with global pet health nutrition company Royal Canin, told Reader’s Digest last June: “You might see the Japanese Bobtail right in the mix, retrieving toys next to his canine housemate in the home.

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Nebraska dog rescue reunites Iowa woman with pet that wandered 100 miles

A dog that got loose in Sioux City, Iowa, last month just as record cold weather was blowing into the area was found more than 100 miles away and three weeks later.

Just how the dog, a black Lab and pit bull mix named Ivy, managed that is still a bit of a mystery.

Ivy and another dog escaped from a backyard on Feb. 12, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Posts on local Facebook groups drove many searchers to look for Ivy. But it took 23 days before she was caught more than 100 miles away in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 6, according to the report.


The trip that would take 90 minutes by car apparently took the dog several weeks.

Ivy was in bad condition when she finally approached an Omaha homeowner seeking food, according to the Nebraska Humane Society. The group said she weighed just 29 pounds, down from 40-45. She had gotten so thin that one of her front legs slipped through her collar, causing a rub wound that became infected.

“She probably didn’t have much time, so I’m glad we found

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