What Is Seresto®?
Seresto® is a remarkable solution designed to shield your beloved dog or cat from the nuisances of fleas and ticks. These innovative pet collars are crafted to slowly and consistently release a dynamic duo of active ingredients, namely flumethrin and imidacloprid, ensuring comprehensive protection that lasts for an impressive duration of 8 months.
The powerful synergy of these active components effectively repels and eliminates fleas and ticks in dogs and cats. If you have a feline companion, Seresto® cat collars are a reliable deterrent against these pesky parasites, effectively safeguarding cats and kittens ten weeks and older. When it comes to puppies and dogs seven weeks and older, Seresto® not only repels and eliminates fleas and ticks but also tackles the annoyance of chewing lice. Moreover, in the case of dogs afflicted by sarcoptic mange, Seresto® collars can be integrated into their treatment regimen. It is advisable to consult your trusted veterinarian to determine whether Seresto® is the ideal choice for your cherished pet.
In addition to the obvious discomfort caused by flea bites, certain pets may suffer from flea-bite dermatitis or exhibit hypersensitivity to these irritating bites, leading to relentless scratching and skin afflictions. Furthermore, fleas and ticks are notorious for transmitting various infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease, tick fever, bartonellosis, tapeworms, and numerous others, posing a significant risk to your pet's well-being.
How does Seresto Works?
Unparalleled Defense Against Fleas and Ticks Infused with a precise composition of 4.5% flumethrin and 10% imidacloprid, Seresto® collars operate on an ingenious principle. Over eight months, these collars gradually and consistently release these potent active ingredients onto your pet's skin, providing a robust shield against external parasites.
When it comes to dogs and cats, Seresto® exhibits remarkable prowess in eliminating and repelling fleas. Once the collar is applied, Seresto® swiftly eradicates fleas that may already be on your pet's body within 24 hours. With the continuous use of the Seresto® collar throughout the subsequent 8-month period, any fresh fleas attempting to take residence on your pet will be promptly neutralized within 2 hours.
The efficacy of Seresto® extends beyond exterminating fleas before they can lay eggs, thus significantly reducing the population of flea larvae in your pet's immediate surroundings. However, it's important to note that immature fleas and flea pupae already existing in the environment remain unaffected, allowing them to emerge and potentially pose a threat for up to six weeks or more.
Seresto® has demonstrated efficacy against various types of ticks, including deer ticks, American dog ticks, brown dog ticks, and Lone Star ticks, as stated on the product label. Understanding that Seresto® may not instantly eliminate ticks already present on your pet before collar application is crucial. In such cases, it is recommended to remove any existing ticks manually. However, preventive action against new ticks commences within 48 hours of collar application. After this time frame, incoming ticks are either repelled or swiftly terminated, occurring in as little as 6 hours.
For dogs, the Seresto® collar also proves effective against chewing lice and serves as a viable treatment and control measure for sarcoptic mange.
How to Use Seresto®
To ensure the optimal usage of Seresto® and achieve the desired results, it is essential to carefully adhere to the directions provided on the drug label or those prescribed by your trusted veterinarian. For comprehensive instructions and helpful illustrations, refer to the detailed information on the product packaging.
Step 1: Carefully open the packaging when ready to utilize the collar. Remove and detach all plastic connectors that secure the collar in a coil within the packaging.
Step 2: Gently fasten one Seresto® collar around your pet's neck. Insert the collar end through the buckle, and gradually tighten it until there is ample space to comfortably fit only two fingers between the collar and your pet's neck. This adjustment ensures the collar is neither excessively tight nor overly loose, striking the perfect balance.
It is advisable to periodically check and readjust the collar's fit, especially for growing puppies and kittens, to accommodate their changing size.
Step 3: Secure any excess collar length through the attached loop. Trim off any surplus that extends more than one inch beyond the loop. However, it is prudent to leave some extra length to account for potential growth in puppies and kittens.
Step 4: Seresto® collars offer optional light reflectors that enhance your pet's visibility during nighttime activities. Attach the three reflective clips at equal intervals along the collar, applying gentle pressure until a distinctive clicking sound confirms their secure attachment. These reflective clips will remain firmly in place, serving their purpose effectively.
Notably, Seresto® collars are water-resistant and retain their efficacy even after your pet's bathing or swimming sessions. However, repeated exposure to water may slightly reduce their longevity. Therefore, replacing the collar after five months is recommended for dogs that engage in regular swimming activities or are bathed more than once per month.
Did You Forget a Dosage?
Ensure your pet's well-being by diligently replacing the Seresto® collar every eight months. However, if your furry companion is an avid swimmer or enjoys frequent bathing sessions (more than once per month), replacing the collar every five months is advisable. These carefully designed collars feature an expandable mechanism, enabling them to widen swiftly if your pet becomes trapped. If such an incident occurs or if the collar happens to be misplaced, promptly replace it with a brand-new collar to maintain continuous protection.
Potential Effects of Seresto® Collar
It is common for some pets to exhibit initial discomfort by scratching at the collar for a few days until they become accustomed to it. As a responsible pet owner, it is important to ensure the collar is not overly tight, as excessive rubbing under the collar can lead to minimal hair loss and mild skin redness. In most cases, these signs improve within 1-2 weeks without requiring collar removal. However, if these indications persist or worsen, you should consult your veterinarian for further guidance.
While rare, more severe skin reactions can occur, such as skin inflammation and eczema. If you observe any signs of skin inflammation or notice notable changes in your pet's skin condition, it is recommended to remove the collar immediately. In such instances, it is crucial to seek prompt veterinary consultation, mainly if the irritation is severe or fails to subside even after collar removal.
To ensure your pet's safety, it is vital to refrain from placing the collar in their mouth or near their eyes. Additionally, it is essential to keep the collar out of the reach of children to prevent any potential mishaps.
Concerning Human Interaction
Please note that Seresto® is intended exclusively for pets and should not be used on humans. It is advisable to practice thorough handwashing after prolonged contact with this product. If you experience skin irritation following contact with Seresto®, we recommend contacting your physician or contacting your local poison control center for further assistance and guidance.
While no specific monitoring requirements are associated with using this product, your veterinarian may recommend routine testing based on your pet's individual needs, any concurrent medications they may be taking, or the underlying condition that led to the prescription of this medication. Regular check-ups and discussions with your veterinarian can help ensure your pet's well-being.
When to Consult Your Veterinarian
It is important to promptly contact your veterinarian if you observe severe skin irritation or any other unexpected side effects in your pet (as mentioned earlier). Additionally, if your pet chews or ingests the collar, it is advisable to seek veterinary assistance immediately. Feel free to contact your veterinarian if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the use of Seresto® or its impact on your pet's health.
Insights on Seresto® Overdose
Overdose can arise if your pet licks, chews, or ingests the Seresto® collar. It is crucial to ensure that the collar does not come into contact with your pet's eyes. Suppose you suspect that your pet has chewed, swallowed, or encountered any severe side effects from the Seresto® collar. In that case, it is imperative to promptly contact your veterinarian or an animal poison control center. Please be aware that consultation fees may apply for such services.
Pet Poison Helpline (855) 764-7661
ASPCA Animal Poison Control (888) 426-4435
Proper Seresto® Storage Practices
To ensure the safety of your household, it is imperative to keep Seresto® collars out of the reach of children. Store unopened packages in a dry, cool area inaccessible to children. Take care to prevent any contamination of food or water sources. It is essential to refrain from reusing the packaging for food storage or any other purposes to avoid potential risks.
When it comes to disposal, discard the packaging and used collars in the trash. Ensure that these items are properly sealed and disposed of suitably. Additionally, it is worth noting that the outer container of the Seresto® product can be recycled as per applicable recycling guidelines and regulations.