Fake Medicines: What Every Owner Needs to Know to Keep Their Pets Safe

The Seresto Scam

The UK veterinary press currently carries warnings to alert owners to fake Seresto collars. The ‘real deal’ is a great flea and tick collar which provides eight-month’s protection against these unpleasant parasites. Quite simply, the fake collars don’t. And this matters because tick-borne diseases are disabling and in some cases shorten life expectancy.

Tick-borne diseases posing a risk to pets include:

  • Babesiosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Ehrilichiosis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Bartonellosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Hepatozoonosis

None of which are conditions your pet wants to pickup on a dark night. So imagine the distress of thinking your pet pal is protected, only to find the collar was a fake and your dog has Lyme disease as a result.

The makers of the Seresto collar, Bayer, are concerned not just because it impacts sales of the genuine article, but because of the risk of pets being put in harms way. If you have recently purchased a Seresto collar from a store or online, then here’s how to check if its a fake or fur-real.
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