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Seresto Flea & Tick Collars No Warnings of Pet Seizures California Class Action

Bayer HealthCare, LLC and Elanco Animal Health, Inc., the defendants in this class action, are the companies behind the Seresto Flea & Tick Collar. The complaint alleges that the collars “have a propensity to harm humans, particularly children, and are prone to cause seizure, thryroid gland damage, and death of cat and/or dog pets wearing the Products as intended…”

The class for this action is all California resident citizens who bought one or more of the Seresto products at issue for household use, and not for resale, during the applicable statute of limitations.

The complaint quotes the product’s packaging and labels as saying the collars are for “dogs of all sizes” and offer “full[-]body protection.” What the packaging and labels do not provide, the complaint alleges, is a warning that the active ingredients in the product may cause seizures or death in pets. The complaint alleges that the companies “deceptively marketed, distributed, and sold the Products to unsuspecting consumers, who suffered injury as a result.”

The plaintiff in this case, Steven Schneider, bought the Seresto collar for his dog Ayshe in the summer of 2020. He did not see any warnings on the product or insert about serious injuries, seizures, or deaths. The complaint quotes the insert as saying, “Rarely, mild application site reactions may occur, such as scratching, redness, and hair loss, which usually recover within 1 to 2 weeks without the need for collar removal. … In very rare cases application site reactions such as dermatitis, inflammation, eczema or lesions may occur. In these instances, collar removal is recommended.”

On or around July 4 of that summer, he noticed that Ayshe showing symptoms of seizure and struggling to walk. Ayshe had previously been a healthy dog. Schneider rushed her first to an emergency veterinarian and then to his personal vet. Neither could explain how a previously healthy dog could begin having seizures.

An anti-seizure nasal spray was prescribed for Ayshe, and the complaint alleges that Schneider “noticed repeated, but increasingly milder, symptoms associated with seizures.” After this, Schneider took the Seresto collar off and replaced it with an organic one that did not contain harsh chemicals. Once the collar was removed, Ayshe stopped showing seizure symptoms.

The complaint refers to an article from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today, published March 2, 2021, “that disclosed that an unusually high number of dogs, cats, and even people were reporting serious adverse health consequences due to use of the collars…”

Since the collars were first released to the market, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has logged more than 75,000 “adverse incidents” associated with the collars. Among the reports are 1,698 pet deaths and 907 reports of health incidents with humans.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Seresto Flea & Tick Collars No Warnings of Pet Seizures California Complaint

April 21, 2021

Bayer HealthCare, LLC and Elanco Animal Health, Inc., the defendants in this class action, are the companies behind the Seresto Flea & Tick Collar. The complaint alleges that the collars “have a propensity to harm humans, particularly children, and are prone to cause seizure, thryroid gland damage, and death of cat and/or dog pets wearing the Products as intended…”

Seresto Flea & Tick Collars No Warnings of Pet Seizures California First Amended Complaint

Case Event History

Seresto Flea & Tick Collars No Warnings of Pet Seizures California Complaint

April 21, 2021

Bayer HealthCare, LLC and Elanco Animal Health, Inc., the defendants in this class action, are the companies behind the Seresto Flea & Tick Collar. The complaint alleges that the collars “have a propensity to harm humans, particularly children, and are prone to cause seizure, thryroid gland damage, and death of cat and/or dog pets wearing the Products as intended…”

Seresto Flea & Tick Collars No Warnings of Pet Seizures California First Amended Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Defective Product, Fraud