Counterfeit flea-and-tick products are on the market. At best, they don’t work as you expect. At worst, they can harm or poison your pet.
Since my dog King is nearly 13 years old and no longer plays with other dogs, I decided to try Bayer’s relatively new flea-and-tick collar Seresto. My vet recommended is as one of several options available to protect him from the many diseases (sometimes fatal) that insects spread. For me, the collar means one less pill for King to absorb. He already takes six pills a day for his arthritis pain and loss of strength in his back legs. Plus, it is easy to use.
The first Seresto collar I purchased from a local pet store cost around $84. That was last February. It is good for about eight months. Since I am an Amazon Prime member, I decided to see if I could get a discount on the second collar I purchased.
A seller called “RGALZLLC” was selling the collar, on Amazon.com, for $54.95.
When the canister arrived, I discovered that there was a white label pasted on the back of the canister stating “Made in China.” Otherwise, it looked like the normal Seresto canister.
Bayer is a German company and that a bonafide Seresto collar is made in Germany, not China. I telephoned Bayer customer service regarding the Seresto product (800-255-6826) and learned that in fact that product is made in Germany and that there are counterfeit products out there and to beware. I have no proof that my product was counterfeit, other than the ‘Made in China’ sticker. I haven’t seen any investigation documents, and don’t know if there are any. I am simply a former daily newspaper reporter and editor, and a concerned, caring, and suspicious animal lover.
I also saw on an eBay chat site that a counterfeit Seresto is showing up there, too. I informed Amazon, but I haven’t heard anything back from them about my suspicion. They did give me a refund, however. And, I noticed today that “RGALZLLC” no longer seems to be a seller of the Seresto collar on Amazon. Again, I am sharing with all pet owners what happened to me. I have no proof that this seller was dealing in counterfeit material.
My advice here is to be careful about the products you buy, and that if a paper “Made in XXX” label is stuck on the back of any food or pesticide product, check it out with the manufacturer. While I am not saying pesticide products are inherently safe, the ones I want to buy to protect my pet from the diseases carried by insects should have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before I purchase it.
Check out the EPA’s warning on counterfeit pesticide products. The site has lots of information and lists some things to look for when suspicious of a counterfeit product: https://www.epa.gov/pets/avoid-counterfeit-pesticide-products-dogs-and-cats
Check out Bayer’s own warnings on fraudulent brands: https://www.bayer.com/en/fraudulent-use-of-brands.aspx
Wilson, my previous dog, is pictured on Twitter. She was a ‘party’ Portuguese Water Dog. I lost her in a divorce a few years ago.