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By Jennifer Broome

I have lived in New England for 25 years and I am outdoors with my dogs every day.  Over the decades, flea and tick options for my dogs were typically Frontline, K9 Advantix, and Vectra 3D topicals or Verbac Preventic Collars.  I’ve had varying success over the years with these collars or topicals but it seemed that the ticks were becoming resistant to these products. My dogs were still being bitten and affected by tick-borne diseases.  Three years ago I began to use a product called the Seresto collar.  It came highly recommended by a sports veterinarian that I had used in Florida named Dr. Jennel Appell who said people were swearing by its effectiveness.  While the upfront cost may seem high, about $55 to $65 dollars, this collar proves its value over the course of 5 to 8 months which makes it more economical than most monthly topicals.  Additionally, the topical’s effectiveness wears off near the 30-day limit and the application is often messy. Dogs cannot swim or bathe afterward and I always seemed to pet them on the greasy spot inadvertently after application. Since I began using the Seresto collars, I have NOT found any engorged ticks on my SEVEN dogs! I still find ticks on them BUT they are dried up and die immediately!  Not only does the collar repel the ticks, it kills them instantly before they attach and can suck the dog’s blood.  I understand that there is controversy with using ‘chemical’ treatments for our dogs in order to control parasites. Our sporting dogs and all dogs in the Northeast and East coast, in general, have such a high exposure to harmful tick diseases that the long-term exposure or infection of tick diseases can be more dangerous than the preventative. My recent attendance to a Retriever Symposium and Seminar on Sporting Dog Health explained the long-term damage of tick illnesses.  Their recommendation was to be highly proactive by using these tick treatments on our dogs as well as yearly full panel blood tests and antibiotic treatments to control the disease even when detected as positive for the bacterium but asymptomatic.

Here is some information about Seresto®

With its innovative delivery system, Seresto® offers a breakthrough in flea and tick protection for dogs for 8 months.

For 8 months, this product:

  • Kills and repels fleas before they lay eggs
  • Kills and repels ticks
  • Provides odorless, non-greasy and easy-to-use protection
  • Aids in the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange on dogs
  • Kills chewing lice
  • Is water resistant*

 Product Label

*Seresto® is water-resistant and remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for 8 months. In order to maintain an eight-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to 5 months for flea control and reduced to 7 months for tick control

How does Seresto® work?

Inside the unique polymer matrix of Seresto® are two active ingredients:

  • Imidacloprid has been used in products for years to control flea infestations.
  • Flumethrin effectively repels and kills ticks.

Flumethrin works together with imidacloprid to provide dual action against fleas and ticks. No other treatment has this combination of ingredients.

The active ingredients spread from the site of direct contact over the skin surface of the cat or dog.

Sustained release technology

Seresto® works similarly to a monthly topical, but as the active ingredients wear off over time, a new supply is continuously replenished in low concentrations. The active ingredients spread from the site of direct contact over the skin surface.

Bayer’s polymer matrix technology is designed to slowly and continuously release the active ingredients for eight months, a duration that makes it clearly different from other flea and tick collars.

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