I don’t like putting pesticides on my dogs, but that is, in effect what we do when we use monthly flea and tick treatments. I learned of a new product, with a new means of application. Seresto flea collar by Bayer appears to have an innovate means of delivery.
Meds in a Collar
The collar contains an eight-month supply of the same meds found in other flea and tick control products made by the same company. It is set to release a dose of the medicine once a month for eight months. What a great idea. No more checking the calendar for application dates.
The medicine contained in the collar is also said to control lice and mange. Although my dogs have never had those infestations, I assumed in must be a common occurrence or they would not have included such medicine. Several reviewers reported no problems with rash or irritation in the collar area.
The Seresto site says “Consumers participating in the 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards voted Seresto® for dogs the best new flea & tick control.*
With this information at hand, I began to read the reviews and proceeded to the final step, checking the price. These are the results of my research and why I’ve decided against trying Seresto.
Research on Seresto
I read the results of product users. Most agree that the collar did not cause itching, redness or other skin reactions. Most agree that the product does a good job of getting rid of fleas during the initial beginning of use. There is info saying the collar does not work well on dogs that need frequent bathing.
But, when these treatments are used properly, there should be few, if any fleas present upon application. The idea is to keep your dog treated at all times so as to have no fleas. Some users agreed that the product does a good job of clearing infestations, but that is not my situation.
Many of the reviewers agreed that in the first month, Seresto did a good job of controlling fleas. However, in month two or three, fleas appeared. Further research indicates the Seresto collar does not begin controlling fleas for two days and ticks for four days.
Other information on the Seresto site says the product has a 90% control rate. In my opinion, ten percent of fleas present are enough to cause a problem. One review indicated the possibility of a seizure caused by an ingredient in the collar.
Upon checking prices, I found the eight-month collar price to be comparable to a six-month supply of comparable topical, such as Advantix. This would actually be a savings, but to me, not a good value if I can’t expect 100% control.