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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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Surge Of Pet Deaths Linked To The Most Common Pet Food Ingredient

Pet Owners plead with FDA to go beyond recall.

CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Truth About Pet Food.com reports that since late December 2020, hundreds of pets have died due to contaminated pet food; the deaths could have been prevented through proper monitoring of ingredients and pet foods. In the same timeframe – but only after pets died – 60 million pounds of corn-based dog and cat food were recalled containing deadly levels of aflatoxins, poisons produced by molds on agricultural crops.

The FDA maximum limit of aflatoxin in pet food is 20 parts per billion. FDA states: “Pets with aflatoxin poisoning may experience symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and/or diarrhea. In some cases, this toxicity can cause long-term liver issues and/or death.”

Pet owners across the US sent an urgent plea to Dr. Steven Solomon, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine to take preventive action against mycotoxins in pet food; telling the Agency recalls are not enough. “Proper monitoring of hazards and prevention is vital to pet food safety” said veterinarian Dr. Laurie Coger. “More immediate and consistent action needs to be taken by the

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows

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Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.

Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during the lockdown period. (23 March—1 June, 2020)

The study—from the University of York and the University of Lincoln—found that having a pet was linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness. Around 90 percent of the 6,000 participants who were from the UK had at least one pet. The strength of the human-animal bond did not differ significantly between species with the most common pets being cats and dogs followed by small mammals and fish.

More than 90 percent of respondents said their pet helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown and 96 percent said their pet helped keep them fit and active.

However, 68 percent of pet owners reported having been worried about their animals during lockdown, for example due to restrictions on access to veterinary care and exercise or because they wouldn’t know who would look after their pet if they fell ill.

Lead author, Dr. Elena Ratschen from the Department of Health

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