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What is Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning?

The chemicals that are put into the flea and tick collars that many dog owners use to eliminate fleas from their pets can inflict harm if ingested. Serious effects on the central nervous system resulting in neurological deficits are possible. In fact, flea collar poisoning due to ingestion of the collar will affect your pet in the same way that the toxins affect the fleas they are meant to eradicate. In addition, the ingredients in the flea collars can leave a residue on your canine’s fur that remains for many weeks. Studies show that propoxur poisoning can occur by ingestion of the collar or by the licking of the residue found on the fur; amitraz toxicity happens when a dog chews on and eats a flea and tick collar. Both of these chemicals are used in topical flea and tick preparations, presenting more chances of accidental poisoning. Dog owners who use these products should also be aware of the potential dangers to other household pets and to children.

Flea and tick collars can contain ingredients that can be highly toxic to dogs if ingested. Amitraz and propoxur are two such chemicals, added to flea and tick collars during production. Accidental ingestion of a collar by your dog can result in severe toxicity.

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Symptoms of Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning in Dogs

Amitraz

  • Weakness
  • Loss of bodily movement control
  • High or low body temperature
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Low blood pressure
  • Obstruction of the intestines due to paralysis of intestines
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Gastric dilatation
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal heart rhythm and rapid heart rate
  • Excess salivation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Seizures

Propoxur

  • Muscle twitching
  • Loss of bodily movement control
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Salivation
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Seizures

With a skin irritation of propoxur, there may be evidence of redness of the skin, loss of fur, and a constriction of the iris of your pet’s eye.

Types

Other than amitraz and propoxur, another chemical used in topical solutions for flea and tick control and for collars used to eradicate these pests is tetrachlorvinphos, an organophosphate also known to be toxic to your dog’s nervous system.

Causes of Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning in Dogs

Flea and tick collar poisoning occurs when a pet ingests a collar or consumes the chemicals that are left on the skin and fur as a residual product. Studies have proven that chemicals that are harmful to both your family pets and children can remain (and are accessible each time the collar is touched) for a few weeks after the collar has been put on your dog. Caution should be used when putting the collar on your dog; wash your hands after attaching the collar and make sure it is secure enough that pets cannot easily remove it, ingesting it accidentally in the process. Studies show that puppies and toy breed dogs, particularly the Chihuahua and Pomeranian, are susceptible to severe poisoning upon ingestion of a flea and tick collar containing amitraz.

Diagnosis of Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning in Dogs

When diagnosing poisoning from a flea and tick collar or from the residue left on the fur and skin, the veterinarian will come to a conclusion based on the history and specifics that you are able to provide, if any, and the clinical signs. If you see that your pet is showing signs of a poisoning like loss of bodily movement control or vomiting, remove the flea collar right away, or in the case of ingestion bring the remains of the collar in with you when you go to the clinic or emergency room. Provide the veterinarian with as much information as possible, such as recent illnesses, changes in behavior that you may have noticed, and the approximate length of time that your pet has been exhibiting the symptoms. The veterinarian may order blood tests, urinalysis, and abdominal x-rays but the timing of these tests will depend upon the immediate condition of your dog.

Treatment of Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning in Dogs

Flea collar poisoning is treated with support therapy and medication. Vomiting may be induced by the veterinary team, contingent on the chemical in the collar, and whether your pet is in a depressed state (as there could be risk of aspiration pneumonia). Activated charcoal may be used to bind the poison.

Fluid therapy will be put in place and your canine companion will be closely monitored. The veterinary team will check at regular intervals, your dog’s blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, blood markers, and urine production. If your pet is dehydrated the fluid therapy will ensure that he is getting enough liquids. Medication (like atipamezole), to counteract the effects of the toxicity, will be administered as well.

If the x-rays have shown the location of the collar in the intestine or stomach (or the absence, meaning the pieces did leave the body with the vomitus) an endoscopic procedure could be considered to remove it. In addition, your dog’s fur will be gently washed to remove all traces of the chemicals released by the flea collar.

Recovery of Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning in Dogs

With both amitraz and propoxur, the prognosis can be favorable with early treatment. This is why it is so important to visit a veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your dog has ingested a poisonous substance. Your pet may recover, but the length of time it takes for him to get back to normal will depend on the level of toxicity and his state of health at the time of the incident. When dealing with a flea or tick problem, always consult your veterinarian for advice on the best products to use.

Flea and Tick Collar Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Polo
American Pit Bull Terrier
5 1/2 weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

I have an older dog that has had a flea collar on for a few weeks, and my 5 week old puppy was playing with her and was biting it. I think that it just ended up in his mouth a few times. Is there a possibility that he could have been poisoned ? I wasnt even thinking and now Im so paranoid about it. It just happened so he has shown no signs of anything yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Slight chewing or licking shouldn’t cause anything to be concerned about, but if there was a section and inch or more chewed off and consumed I would worry. It would be best to induce vomiting immediately after ingestion, but after two hours emesis isn’t effective. Look out for symptoms of depression, lethargy, lack of appetite, trembling, seizures or anything else worrying. If you have any doubts or concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kovu
Mutt
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I just found my dogs Seresto flea collar on the floor all chewed up. I am unsure if he ate any of it and when it happened. He hasn’t shown any symptoms and the seresto needed replaced next month. I gave him some charcoal at home. I’m just wondering if he exhibits any symptoms how soon would it be after ingestion? And because the seresto collar was so old does that give a better chance of no possible poisoning.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The ingredient in the Seresto Collar should not be toxic if eaten, and it is actually quite bitter to discourage chewing. If Kovu shows any signs of vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, or lethargy, he should be seen by your veterinarian.

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Flip
Chihuahua
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
Whining
Twitching

We put a flea collar on my chihuahua yesterday around 1pm. He was whining all night and has been whining all morning. When he lays on my chest he seems to have muscle spasms and seems restless until he falls asleep. I checked his neck and he seems to have a bit of a rash where the collar was. I removed the collar already.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing what type of collar, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with him, but some non-prescription flea collars do cause skin irritations in animals. Flea collars are a rule don't tend to work very well, and there are topical and oral flea preventions available from your veterinarian that are much more effective. If he continues to have this problem, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to be examined and make sure that he is okay. Taking the collar off was a good first step.

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Ellie
Australian Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I think my dog agree some of her flea collar, she has puked up a few pieces of what looks and feels like her flea collar. She's thrown up for two days now but is keeping some food down. Nothing but mild vomiting. She seams normal but shes acting a bit jealous (but we have a newborn baby) since it looks like not a lot was eaten and looks like all was puked out, do we have to take her to the vet and worry? Or should 24-48 hours of it out of her system make her feel better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Effects of flea collar poisoning may take a few weeks to get out of her system, you should keep an eye on Ellie to look out for other symptoms but a visit to your Veterinarian for a general check would be a good idea if you notice any other symptoms like twitching etc… There is no at home treatment to get Ellie past this apart from ensuring she remains hydrated and introduce her to food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiara
German Shepherd
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting

Medication Used

Doxy

My 2year old German sheperd has had a seresto collar on for 2 months, she has had severe diaree about a month ago and has ever since been losing strength, panting while sleeping, and being aggressive with other dogs, also some depression. I took her to the vet, he gave her proxy antibiotic for lungs, and a injection for the hart worm, she did not improve, I took off the flea coller 3days later, and the panting stopped,but she started shaking her ears, I went back to the vet, he said to carry on with the antibiotics and gave he a injection for mid ear infection, he said he can garentee me that the coller did not make my dog sick, I beg to differ. Tonight the panting started again. I am worried sick, how long will it take for all te symptoms to ware off? Pls help, I am so scared there are more damage then there seems to be.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about Kiara's condition and health status, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, but I have not heard of that reaction to a Seresto collar. I hope that she recovers well.

My dog starting acting odd after one day with the Seresto Flea Collar, kept shaking her head and compulsively moving in circles, uncoordinated movements and loss of appetite,weakness,panting and loss of appetite. I took off the collar and gave her a thorough bath.

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Oakley
Beagle
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Jumping more hyper
Biting herself
Licking floor and furniture

We have a 6mo old Beagle..She has been licking tb floor an furniture nonstop and also bites herself. She wears the Seresto flea collar..starte udding it msybe 2 mo ago....thes past 2 weeks she seems to lick more and seems more hyper and not listening...could this be a reaction to her collar or maybe food ? She eats Blue Buffalo and thinkng about changing to Fromm grain free. Just not sure what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the behaviour is from either food, flea collar or other cause; the easiest way to check would be to remove the flea collar and give Oakley a good bath, then wait and look for any improvements over the next few weeks. Changing her food is also another good idea but if it is done at the same time you won't know which was the cause if there is a resolution. Personally I don’t like flea collars and prefer topical spot on treatments; in a month or so try moving over to a spot on treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have tried several different formula topicals for flea control on my dog (the expensive ones) and they just weren't working effectively and no she was not infested with fleas, that is why I tried the Seresto Flea Collar which has caused a bad reaction.

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Bentley
Long haired datchsun
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking and yelping weak and distant

I put a flea and tick collar on my 7 to 8 pound dog he was acting weird so days later I removed the collar now he is shaking and yelping for no reason also very weak just wants to hide and not come to me very unusual behavior for him what should I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Im not sure if his behavior is related to the collar or not, but without examining him, I can't say for sure what is going on with him. That is very strange behavior, and he should probably be seen by his veterinarian to make sure that he is okay, and find out why he is having these problems. I hope that he is okay!

I put this collar on my six year old Springer. This dog is probably one of the most gentle animals who ever walked the earth. He was until i put the collar o in September. We noticed subtle changes in November. By mid December he was a nervous wreck. He even began to growl at us. By Christmas he was out of control. He began panting, pacing, and stopped taking our commands. We took the collar off December 28 and almost overnight we had our dog back. I believe that if we had not removed the collar he would have died. My advice to a dog owner who is considering using Seresto is to investigate reports of behavioral changes and even death attributed to this product.

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Hanna
Manchester Terrier
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up

My dog chewed her flea collar off, some of it is missing. She has been throwing up for about 3 hours. She's weak, shaking her head, eyes are glassy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is good that Hanna is vomiting as anything consumed will be expelled rather than absorbed. Generally treatment consists of supportive care including induction of vomiting (ingredient dependent), administration of activated charcoal and fluid therapy. I usually recommend visiting a Veterinarian in suspected cases of poisoning, especially if there other symptoms like head shaking which may indicate neurological involvement. Try to visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible for symptomatic therapy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I put this collar on my six year old Springer. This dog is probably one of the most gentle animals who ever walked the earth. He was until i put the collar o in September. We noticed subtle changes in November. By mid December he was a nervous wreck. He even began to growl at us. By Christmas he was out of control. He began panting, pacing, and stopped taking our commands. We took the collar off December 28 and almost overnight we had our dog back. I believe that if we had not removed the collar he would have died. My advice to a dog owner who is considering using Seresto is to investigate reports of behavioral changes and even death attributed to this product.

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Scarlett
Doxie-Pin
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching, jerking
Twitching

I put a flea collar on her yesterday. Today she is having jerking movements. Removed immediately (3hrs ago), but she is still twitching. It is Christmas Eve, so no vets are open. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Scarlett is twitching, you should ensure that the collar is removed (which you have done already) and bathe the neck and paws with a mild soap to remove any residue of the collar from the skin and fur; in these cases there is little medical treatment that can be given apart from symptomatic and supportive care as required, generally it is a case of waiting it out for any active ingredients to leave the body. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bobbie Jean
Yorkie
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My Yorkie that is about a year old has been having diarrhea, and some vomiting i feed her some Turkey over thanksgiving no skin and no bones, but I put a flea collier on her the Saturday after Thanksgiving she started having diarrhea and some vomiting, I have removed the flea collier do you think it could have been the flea collier or the Turkey and what should I do? She is playing some and she has a wet noise but she has had diarrhea for about 3 days

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The turkey may have affected her, especially if it had some seasoning which had seeped into the meat; many seasoning may cause gastrointestinal symptoms in dogs and it is worth keeping an eye on her in the meantime. If you remove a flea collar it is also important to bathe the area around the neck to remove any residue from the skin and hair; also you could add some plain canned pumpkin to her food which may help firm up the stool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much for your suggestions, I didn't get the email in time I don't know if it was my system or what but I thank you for responding so quickly. Bobby Jean is doing great know thank you again... Vickie

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Rolo
English Bulldog
2 years old
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Tired no motivation

I have a English Bulldog I put a flea collar on him last night and when I got up this morning it was gone he's allergic to fleas so I have to put a flea collar on him but I cannot find the flea collar anywhere I do believe he may have eaten it it was a flea collar that I got from PetSmart one of the organic ones so I don't know if that one could be harmful for him if he ate it

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Many natural organic flea collars contain substances like geraniol and peppermint oil which are both toxic to dogs in the right amount; I am not sure about the specific flea collar you bought but I would recommend finding it online and calling the customer service line for product specific advice, I’ve added a product below which I know is a commonly found product in PetSmart. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Only-Natural-Pet-EasyDefense-Flea-Tick-Dog-Collar/999561.aspx

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Jax
Shih Tzu
1 year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Jax is one and a shih Tzu. put pet armor flea collar on him wed. eve at 7pm. he has had very little sleep as when he relaxes he will moan and have jerking preventing rest. collar removed thurs. at 2pm. he is eating and drinking well. not sleeping

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important if you suspect the flea collar is causing the symptoms is to 1) remove the collar (which you have done); and 2) bathe Jax around the neck to remove any residue that may be left behind. Treatment is usually supportive and symptomatic according to the symptoms; you need to wait out for the effects to decrease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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treble/wanheda
Pit Pei
7 months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Our two pups(from same litter) share a large kennel and both have flea collars since we've been battling fleas the last few weeks. We left for about an hour or two and when we returned and let them out one was missing her collar. We found pieces(approximately 1/4) of the collar in the kennel and assume the rest was ingested by one or both pups. It's been a little over three hours now since and we haven't seen any symptoms so I'm just curious if we need to take them to the vet preemptively. They are acting as they usually do. And have ate, drank, and gone to the bathroom just fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly, I do not like flea collars personally as they seem too troublesome especially when there are two dogs in close quarters like that; also consumption of a flea collar may cause a variety of symptoms including seizures, tremors, slow heart rate and other concerning symptoms. Inducing vomiting is usually best within the first hour or so; otherwise you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for supportive and symptomatic care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/flea-collar/

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Hunter
Chihuahua
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite

Hi Doctor, only after our dog was showing a flea problem did we put a flea and tick collar on him to help his condition. The next day he was showing signs of lethargy, depression, and lack of bodily movement. Very bizarre behavior coming from a very strong and active dog. There is swelling in the legs and lost of appetite. All advice is appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing this reaction after putting a flea collar on Hunter it is important to remove the collar and to bathe his neck with a mild soap; if the symptoms are severe I would highly recommend you visit your Veterinarian immediately for evaluation. Most symptoms will subside after removal of the collar but I am concerned by the swelling of the legs; also, for more information about adverse reactions to the flea collar call the manufacturer's consumer line which is found on the packaging or their website. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Golden Retriever
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
uncontrollable bowel movement

My 8month old, 45 pound golden retriever dog has been having diarrhea whenever she goes to the bathroom for about 36hours now. I don't know what could have caused it. I fed her some of my apple yesterday but I don't think that would do it. My father said she had part of a seresto collar in her mouth so now I'm worried it could be poisoning. She still acts, eats, and sleeps normally except for the diarrhea and twice she went in the house when she is potty trained. Could it be from the collar?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Seresto collars may cause diarrhoea among other symptoms; it is important that Daisy no longer has access to the collar and you should look out for symptoms of poisoning listed on this page. Oral exposure to flea collars has no specific treatment and it is a case of riding it out; there are many other causes of diarrhoea in dogs which may include infections, parasites, foreign bodies and other poisoning. If you have any concerns, visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side or call Bayer’s Veterinary Technical Team on (800) 255-6826. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I put a seresto on my 8 year old great dane and she started having weakness in her back legs and instability. Lost her appetite and dry heaving. This all progressed over about 3 weeks and we had to put her to sleep yesterday. Do you think it could have been poisoning from the seresto collar ?

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Wookie
Lasa aphso
19 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Twitching
scratching and chewing paws and legs
Eye Itching
Panting

What can I do to help my dog stop twitching and when should I take him to the vet? I had a flea collar on since we recently found a tick on my mom, but we had it on my dog and he was fine for the first 5 hours then he started getting symptoms of poisoning but I'm not sure if that is it. It's been almost 24 hours and he's still scratching. I'm unsure of what step to take next.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to remove the flea collar, bathe Wookie with a sensitive shampoo and to wait it out; if you are seeing twitching, you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for a check over to be on the safe side and supportive care, there is little else you can do from home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Edi
Yorkie
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up
Throwing up

Hi, I owned a a yorkie diagnosed with an enlarged heart last year at 7. Put on Benzopryle. Doing fairly well. She started throwing up for no reason. Took her to vet she gave her a shot to stop the throwing up. She said her heart sounded good not dehydrated and no fever. She said she may have a little gas. She seemed to do a little better but could tell she didnt feel well. Woke up and she had passed away. A few weeks earlier she had I believe chewed her seresto collar off, because I found the broken collar in the floor. What do you think happened? Do you think her heart gave out poison from collar.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Condolences on the loss of Edi, it is normal to be looking for some answers especially after a visit to her Veterinarian; I cannot tell you the specific cause of death, only a necropsy will help there, but I can go over a few things. The flea collar incident would have shown symptoms at the time of ingestion, not weeks later; vomiting immediately afterwards with other symptoms like tremors would have been seen. Sudden death may occur in dogs for a variety of reasons including heart conditions (dilated cardiomyopathy for example), poisoning, infections or an underlying disease process. As I have mentioned, it would be best to have a necropsy done to put your mind at rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tulip
Beagle/terrier mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

barking all the time, hyper, won't eat

Medication Used

flea and tick collar

We have a one year old terrier. We got her at the rescue. We put a flea and tick collar on her now her behavior has changed. Biting everything, jumping, barking. She's not eating. Yesterday I had a calm dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Flea collars come with various different active ingredients which normally cause weakness, depression and seizures. If you are noticing a distinct change after placing the flea collar on Tulip, remove the flea collar and wash the area around the neck thoroughly with a mild soap; with these types of contact reactions, you normally need to wait for the active ingredient to be eliminated from the body for a reduction of the symptoms. You can try to encourage her to eat with come wet apetizing food; if the behaviour remains unchanged over a few days (or worsens) visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog eye was swollen and she was itching in spot and made herself bleed

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Gracie
Labrador Retriever
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None, mouths the soresto collar off another dog

I have 2 labradors, one is a 7 month old puppy and the other is almost 7 years old. The puppy likes to try to drag Amelia by her collars, I am concerned about the soresto collar she has on. Is this going to make her sick? She has no symptoms and we try very hard not to have her do this but she is a "teenager" and does not always listen well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I do not like flea collars for this reason, dogs can chew each other's collars especially if they get slightly dirty with an interesting flavour. Topical products applied behind the neck or between the shoulder blades as well as other products may be more suitable; obviously if you apply a topical product, don’t let them lick each other for a few hours after administration (another common problem). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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