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What are Flea Collar Allergies?

Many owners like flea collars for their dogs because it does not involve putting a liquid on his back monthly or remembering to give a pill. Unlike liquids that get dispersed throughout your dog’s coat, the flea collar remains in one place while on. Yes, the active ingredient gets dispersed throughout his fur over time, but the collar which has the most potency, says in one place. This can cause multiple types of allergies to develop in your dog. Contact allergies and respiratory allergies are the most commonly seen allergy symptoms in dogs in regards to flea collars, but in the most severe cases, it can even lead to death. If you put a flea collar on your dog and he begins to act abnormally, remove the flea collar immediately and take him to a veterinarian. The sooner you get him veterinary treatment, the better his chances of a full recovery.

Flea collars have been a type of flea preventative in dogs for many years. While the quality of the flea collars may have improved throughout the years, some dogs are allergic to the ones on the market today. If you believe your dog is experiencing an allergy related to a flea collar, remove it immediately and contact your veterinarian.

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Symptoms of Flea Collar Allergies in Dogs

Severity of flea collar allergies in dogs can vary from mild to severe. Symptoms may include

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Respiratory distress
  • Skin inflammation
  • Loss of hair
  • Rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Lethargy 
  • Death 

Flea collars can also be toxic to dogs. If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms or something more severe, remove the flea collar and contact your veterinarian immediately. In worst case scenarios, a flea collar can kill your dog if you do not seek the proper treatment.

Types

Flea collars are commonly used as a flea preventative due to their convenience. Certain flea collars can be purchased over the counter, but some must be purchased from a veterinarian only. Studies are conducted on each brand of flea collar before it is considered ‘safe’ and placed on the market. However, this is not a promise or guarantee your will not have a negative reaction to it.

Causes of Flea Collar Allergies in Dogs

Different brands of flea collars contain different active ingredients. The most common active ingredient in flea collars includes amitraz, pyrethrins, organophosphates, or carbamates. Symptoms of an allergy may appear immediately, within a few hours, or within days. When you put the flea collar on your dog, his immune system thinks the ingredients in the collar poses a threat and therefore the body does what it can to protect itself. This results in your dog experiencing allergy-like symptoms.

Diagnosis of Flea Collar Allergies in Dogs

When you first arrive at the veterinarian’s office, she will begin by performing a physical examination on your dog. This will allow her to note any abnormalities of his vitals as well as observe of all his symptoms. If your dog is experiencing any sort of coughing, wheezing, or other respiratory problem, the veterinarian may take a radiograph. This will allow her to check for and rule out another cause of the symptoms like pneumonia or bronchitis. 

Blood work will be performed to give the veterinarian a broad look as to how the internal organs are functioning. A complete blood count (CBC) and chemistry panel will provide the veterinarian with needed information for proper assessment. A packed cell volume (PCV) may also be performed to determine hydration status. If your veterinarian feels it is necessary, she may also perform a urinalysis for further evaluation of kidney function.

If your dog’s skin has a rash or is inflamed in any way, your veterinarian may take a skin scraping sample to rule out external parasites or a bacterial overgrowth. Some dogs develop skin irritation or hair loss around the neck where the collar is. This makes it quite obvious the collar is potentially the problem.

Treatment of Flea Collar Allergies in Dogs

Immediate removal of the flea collar is imperative. Depending what symptoms your dog is experiencing will determine his course of treatment. If your dog is experiencing any type of respiratory distress, he will be started on oxygen immediately. According to his need, he may be placed in an oxygen cage or receive oxygen via flow by. If he is suffering severe distress, he may need to be intubated and kept on oxygen via intubation until he stabilizes. 

Some type of medicinal ointment or cream may be applied to any areas of fur loss or inflammation to increase healing time. The veterinarian may also recommend a bath with a mild detergent to remove the medication of the collar from your dog’s coat. 

An antihistamine may be given to help decrease any swelling, itching, hives, or any other allergic response your dog may be experiencing. There are other medications your veterinarian can give to help with any itching, but in reality this only masks the symptoms. If you do not remove the source of the problem, the symptoms will continue.

Recovery of Flea Collar Allergies in Dogs

The sooner you receive veterinary care for your dog, the better his chances of a full recovery. Some dogs only have mild allergy type reactions to flea collars, but some can have severe, life-threatening symptoms. Once the flea collar is removed and as much as the medication from the collar washed from your dog’s coat, the veterinarian will treat the symptoms and offer supportive care. If you sought out veterinary care quickly, the prognosis of a full recovery is good. If you have any doubts or questions about the use of a flea collar on your dog, discuss it with your veterinarian. Together you will come up with the best flea treatment plan for your dog.

Flea Collar Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sailor
Goldendoodle
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

itching, scratching
Itching

My 3 1/2 year old female Golden Doodle has severe food and seasonal allergies. I wonder if her Seresto collar is also causing her intense itching (feet and bottom) since she is on allergy shots and supplements and I feed her human food (not raw) and the vet says she is very healthy otherwise. I do work closely with my vet but just saw this site and wonder if I should take the collar off and if so, how long should I expect to wait to see if her symptoms subside?

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Doug
Doberman Pinscher
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Vomiting

Used a flea collar as well as some topical flea stuff for my dog. He's 115lb dobermand great dane mix. He threw up a little bile. I took the collar off and washed him down with dosh soap. He's sleeping now and seems to be okay. Do I still need to take him to the vet? He seems alright now, just tired.

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Angus
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Diarrhea

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My 8 year old lab started having loud weird breathing sounds as well has excessive panting.... my vet said possibly sinus tumor and took an xray which came back clear,,,
I am curious if anyone has heard of this type of reaction from Seresto collars?? I asked the vet and she said hadn't heard of this but I took collar off and hopeing he improves!

Oh my goodness! Our 10 year old lab had the exact same breathing problem with the Seresto collar. We just discovered this was the problem this weekend. He also seemed very depressed and wasn't very interested in his food. This is Tuesday. We took the collar off on Saturday and gave him a good bath. We noticed a major change in him by Monday morning and today he seems to be back to his normal happy self.

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Fletcher
Lab mix. Med. size
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

over alert
Hyperactivity
needy
anxious

Is my dog allergic to his flea collar? Or what could be wrong with him as he is not acting like himself. He is already somewhat shy because he was abused before I rescued him. But it has been worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are using a new type of flea collar or just put one on him it would be best to remove it and wash the area with mild soap. There are other products which can be used to control fleas, flea collars can lead to reactions and may not be very effective (depending on the brand and quality). Behavioural issues may be caused by many different causes (medical and physical), if Fletcher continues with these symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog ate his hartz flea collar. Hes eating drinking not crying. He is not crying he is just walking funny will he be okay

We put a flea collar on my dog and he now has a red bump on his neck and he keeps scratching his neck, what should I do?

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Penny
Boxer Mix
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
Itching

I put a flea collar on my 3 yr old boxer mix. Now she has hives, itching and hear ears are a little swelled. What can I do at home for her I'm low on funds and can't afford to take her to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Penny may be having a reaction to that collar, and the first thing that you should do is take the collar off. If things don't improve, she may need need to see a veterinarian. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first exams so that you can have Penny looked at if things don't improve for her.

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Dexter
English bulldog
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eating ice
Eating grass
Restless needing to go outside to pee
Different breathing

I gave my English bulldog a flea and tick bath and then put a flea and tick collar on and he seem to be fine. Then when he went to bed he seem to be breathing differently and became restless and keep wanting to go outside and eat grass. I took the collar off and he seem to calm down. What should I do now

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some dogs have some reaction when using flea collars; the best course of action is to remove the flea collar (as you have done) and to wash any remaining residue off the neck area. There are many types of external parasite control, spot-on treatments are usually more effective and are tolerated well by dogs. If you notice any symptoms of breathing troubles or neurological signs, visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Anika
Mixed
8 weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Small non puss bumps

I have an 8 week old female pit mix with German shepherd. She has small bumps on her head on snout on her upper lip, some green discharge from nose but very little. Like one small bugger on each nostril. She has some eye snot one one eye. Last week when I got her she was covered in flees bathed her in baby shampoo and put a flee collar on her she slowly developed these bumps and the discharge is new today. I am thinking it might be an allergy to the collar she does scratch it sometimes throughout the day. But not real bad.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you suspect that Anika is having an allergic reaction to the flea collar, the easiest way to find out is to remove the collar and bathe her; monitor her for a few days to see if the bumps disappear and the scratching stops. For the eyes and nose, if there is a greenish discharge this would be caused by a bacterial infection which would require antibiotics so a visit to your Veterinarian would be required; the bumps on the skin may be due to a bacterial skin infection (associated with the eye and nose discharge), but removing the collar to check if the bump disappear would be a useful thing to try. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Shih Tzu/Yorki mix
8 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting

I had found two ticks on my dogs nose the other day. One tick was small so I assume it hadn't been on him very long, but the other one was larger and much more noticeable. I had gotten both ticks off of him and put a small tube of flea medicine on his fur and a flea collar on his neck. I called the vet and explained to her the situation and she said to wait about a month or two to see if he shows any signs of sickness from the ticks. But today (which is one day after putting on the collar and medicine), he threw up once a tiny bit and shortly after, had a bit of diarrhea. Is he sick from the ticks, from the medicine or collar, or is him getting sick irrelevant to both?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a chance that the sickness is caused by the ticks, collar or spot-on treatment; I would remove the collar and bathe the neck area well. Monitor for improvement, but if the symptoms get more severe you may need to visit your Veterinarian. Flea collars are quite effective but some dogs have problems with them and is best to remove them and use alternative treatments like a spot-on medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis Tyrell
Dachsund mix
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

I placed a flea collar on my dog an within 48 hours he was throwing up, lethargic, not eating but still drinking. The next day the vomit had turned into a bill like substance which continued for 18 hours or so. That same day we removed the collar and he seems to be improving. He has not vomited in 18 hours or so. He is still drinking but will not eat. His urine is also very dark. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bathe Otis’ neckline where the flea collar was placed to remove any remaining residue, mild soap would be sufficient. With a dark colour of urine after using a flea collar in a dog which is drinking, I would be concerned about kidney function; I would strongly advise you visit your Veterinarian immediately for urinalysis and blood tests. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dallas
Shih Tzu
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mild scratching
whimpering
twitching

My dog is a 6 yr old shih tzu and weighs roughly 7lbs, bought her the Salvo flea collar. Put it on around 5:30 pm throughout the night she began to toss almost restless like. At 6 am I awoke due to her, removed the collar and bathed her. Throughout the day she lays her head down, picks it up moves it to the side, picks it up again...then her lower body begins to twitch. She hasn't slept. She has eaten and does drink. She also whimpers now. Bathed her again. And about to do it again with blue dawn dish soap. I gave her rice. It's a Sunday and low on cash....what can I do? Would children's benadryl help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Deltamethrin is considered to be of low toxicity in dogs, the symptoms you are describing would be more consistent with a poisoning event than an allergic reaction since there are signs of tremors and restlessness. Whilst Benadryl is for allergies, it wouldn’t be harmful to give 2ml of plain childrens Benadryl to see if some symptoms improve. Toxicity caused by Deltamethrin has no antidote, only supportive care whilst a dog gets it out of their system. Try to syringe feed some wet food mixed with water which should feed and hydrate Dallas. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I put this collar on my 5 month old puppy and the next day he was running from corner to corner like a mad man.He kept whimpering and whining , scratching his neck and became very lethargic. I called his Vet who told me to take the flea collar off immediatley and give my puppy a bath in Damn dish liquid. Once i took the collar off the crying ans itching stopped!This Scalibor collar should be taken off the market.

Same here with the Scalibor collar. My dog had worn the Scalibor collar with no problem for several months. He hadn't worn it doing the winter months, however, but we got him a new one that we put on him 5 days ago. Yesterday he became lethargic and started cowering in the corner and acting spooked. He also started twitching and acted restless and became startled every couple of seconds while he was trying to fall asleep. So scary. Our regular vet couldn't figure out the problem, but fortunately the vet we went to for a 2nd opinion realized that the collar was the problem. His behavior started improving very quickly after we removed the collar!

This describes almost to a T shady I'm seeing in one of my dogs after having the Scalibor collar on a bit over 24 hours ... night #2 i don't think he's slept sure to the"twitching" , and neither have i likewise. Collar is now off (both dogs) and i may give him a bath in the morning too hopefully speed recovery/ return to normal.

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Bear Cub
German Shepard Lab mixed
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not himself
Not eating as much
Jumpy
Timid
scratching/reopening scabs
overlyGuarding me from everyone

i haev 2 11month old male shepard lab mixed pup who are from the same litter. we just got them each a serresto collar one seems to be ok with it... the other pup the day after putting it on developed a cyst on the side of his neck hive all over its been horrid immediatley i removed the collar from him and hes doing better but the wounds from the hives are no bald spots some of them have like this caked up matted scabby moist thing going on... ive been cleaning the wounds at least twice a day and they seem to be getting better... and then out of no where he projectile vommited this morning undigested food that was covered with what to me looked like maggots... what do i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Personally I prefer topical spot on flea & tick medications over flea collars as I see too many issues with flea collars; you should ensure that area around the neck is free from any residue from the flea collar and treat the wounds with a dilute antiseptic and apply a thin layer of Neosporin as well (make sure the other dog doesn’t lick it off). If you noticed some parasites/worms being brought up, you should also give an anthelmintic like Drontal Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel). To be on the safe side I would also remove the flea collar from the other dog in case contact causes a further reaction. If there is no improvement or there are large wounds you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blanco
Chihuahua
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Restless

Medication Used

None

Bought my Chihuahua a flea collar 2 days ago and notice within a couple hours he was having an allergic reaction, he was squinting a lot and kept on scratching close to his eyes which then both got irritated. I took the collar off , gave him a bath and used warm water and salt to calm down the irritation. He is now restless and keeps moving a lot and can't seem to get good sleep..any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from bathing Blanco, there is little else you can do at home; administering Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb twice daily may help with some irritation but it is just a case of riding this out. You should see some improvement over the next few days; if there is no improvement or symptoms worsen, visit your Veterinarian.  Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks so much!!! Our 8 year doberman has had a flea collar on for about a month and in the past few days he has been super itchy. I took his collars off and found his neck to be all dry flakey and patches of hair missing. I have removed his Id collar and flea collar and gave him a bath in Dawn. I gave him a dose of benydrill and sprayed his neck with vetitracin. With in a matter of minutes he was feeling better. Thanks so much for the information.

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Brasi
Pit bull
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
open sores
Pacing
Itching

My dog always bites and scratches at himself, but I have noticed it has gotten worse since putting the flea collar on. He is panting, pacing, and has open sores from biting himself. I took the collar off and plan on giving him a bath using an oatmeal dog shampoo for sensitive, itchy skin. I also give him benadryl. Is there anything else I can do. When we told the vet they just simply said skin allergies and didn't really do much.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With flea collar reactions, the only real course of action is to remove the collar and to bathe the neck and surrounding area (also the paws if scratching around the collar); once that is done it is just a case of waiting it out. Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg/lb up to three times per day; there is no other course of treatment unless other symptoms like tremors or vomiting occur which would be treated symptomatically. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

How long does the medication stay in a dogs system, after removing the collar?
I have an 75lb pitbull who is allergic.
Thank you

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Carter
Siberian Husky
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, diarrhea

Why is my puppy having diarrhea everyday? I tried blue buffalo chicken flavored puppy kibble. Then I had to switch back to Purina beef and it's still the same. It hard poop in the morning then goes back to diarrhea.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Puppies are often affected by parasites, intestinal infections, and eating things that they aren't supposed to. It would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, and have a fecal sample looked at to see if he does have parasites, or if there is anything else going on.

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Sarah
Bichon Frise
1.5 years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Severe itching
Severe rashes and scratching

My bichon dog - 1.5years old- reacts to flea treatments such as front line and to 8 month flea collars. Severe itching and bald spots develop. Have ruled out food allergies. Environmental causes not ruled out yet. Have tried itch sprays, creams, mess but other symptoms happened. Skin on underside very dry dry and rough . Are there any flea prevention products that are available for dogs who are super sensitive?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases when a dog is sensitive (or suspected sensitive) to flea treatments the problem may be down to the chemical itself or to the excipient in the product; usually I don’t like natural products due to a lack of efficacy in comparison to commercial products, however in some cases a water based product with pyrethin extracted from the chrysanthemum plant. If you continue to have problems, it may be a case of treating the skin irritation symptomatically after each administration. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My puppy is 12 weeks old. Only symptom seems to be really itchy around the neck and head, no inflammation or baldness. He's still the same crazy puppy as before. Should I still take it off???? He has an e collar still from surgery, so I thought maybe the mix just makes it itchy from being there constantly. What should I do?

My puppy seems to be itchy anywhere I touch him. But, he still has fleas. And he has a cone on from surgery. That is the only symptom. What should I do?

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Fella
Chihuahua
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety

We put a flea collar on our dog and instantly stated to whine and would not stand almost like a panic attack. We have removed the collar for well over 24 hours but he is still very anxious and not himself. We put some spot on treatment on him tonight and he is acting the same way. Eating and drinking just scared to death of everything.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some dogs do have reactions to topical medications and collars, and Fella may need to be seen by a veterinarian to help settle his skin and anxiety down if he is continuing to act this way. It might be best to wash the topical medication off with a dog shampoo and see if that helps. There are many oral products available for flea control, and he may do better with one of those - you would just need a prescription from your veterinarian. I hope that he is okay.

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Bear
Pit mix with German wolf
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lose of hair

Medication Used

none

My dog hasn't had any allergic reaction to the flea collar but I just noticed that he is losing his hair where the collar was but he had it on for a month or so and never noticed it before is this normal for having the collar on for so long or what.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Allergies to flea collars may be immediate or may develop over time, it seems that Bear has had a reaction over a period of time; it would be best to remove the flea collar and to bathe the area around his neck and not to apply another flea collar, other products like spot on preparations are usually tolerated better. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Will a flea collar give a dog diarria and cause vomiting. When I put it on my dog she started getting diarriah

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Benji
Chiuahuah
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
swelling and redness

Do you think my dog has a severe allergic reaction to the collar or to something else?
We took him earlier to the vet for some vaccinations and they also gave him some sort of liquid for him to swallow and then we went to go buy him a flea prevention collar. He tried to take it off and so we took off the collar and then he started throwing up and later having a swollen eye. What should i give him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Benji may have tried to take off the collar due to it being unusual for him or because it was irritating him and if the collar was irritating him he may have some residue on his paws which may have rubbed onto his face. I would recommend bathing Benji especially around the neck and over the face with a mild sensitive shampoo and see how he is over the next day or so; if symptoms progress, visit your Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Appa
German shephard / cannani
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Runny Nose

I went to get my dog a flea and tick color today after having found several on him...before i used a liqiud but the pet store told me this would be better...its been just 12 to 14 hours since i first put it on him and he has begun to drool and have a runny nose though it is clear and clean...should i take the colar off to make sure it doesnt get worse? Or should i see how he is doing if i leave it on a little longer? He is a rescue that we've had for nearly 4 months now, but he has never had a runny nose or drool...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Personally I don’t like flea collars as I see more problems with them than with spot on treatments; pet shops generally recommend flea collars as many cannot sell spot on treatment products (depends on your local laws). You should remove the flea collar and bathe around the neck, monitor for improvement but if there is no improvement or you have general concerns you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
Chihuahua
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
Swelling
Itching

My dog is having an allergic reaction to the flea collar. His throat is swollen, the area is red, and the hair is gone around the area. He has been running back and forth like crazy and itching the area since we took the collar off. What is the best thing to do for the animal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Wash the area where the flea collar was with mild soap and visit your Veterinarian; swelling in the neck region is never good as it may impede the airway. If you have the packaging of the flea collar still take it with you. Your Veterinarian will administer some medications (not OTC) to relieve the swelling. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Rhodesian Ridgeback
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

Since putting Seresto callor on my 11month old Rhodesian Ridgeback she has been sneezing. Nothing serious,but definitely a lot more than usual. Is this something I should be worried about or will it go away?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sneezing is not a typical reaction we see to flea collars, but if you noticed the sneezing start after you place the flea collar on Sadie you should try removing the collar and bathing the area around the neck then monitoring for improvement over the next few days. I personally prefer topical spot on treatments than flea collars; but that is my preference as I find less issues generally. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Border Collie
15 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My puppy is 15 weeks we put a flea collar on her 12 hours ago. She is acting tired and just not herself . I removed flea collar . what else should we do ? I'm gonna wash her neck off now..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Don’t put the collar back on and wash the area around the neck with a mild soap; ensure that Luna remains hydrated and look out for blistering of the skin as well as neurological symptoms and vomiting. If you notice any neurological symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cheyenne
Maltese
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

restlessness
Itching

My Maltese almost 2.5 years has worn a soresto flea collar for a year with no problems. I changed her collar last week and since changing she has been itchy and biting at her feet and body. The last collars I received said cat collar but had a sticker on it that read for cats or small dogs. She weighs 6lbs. I have removed both her collar and my other Maltese collar too. I am going to bathe them and I’m giving her Benadryl.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
The Soresto collars don't typically cause any reaction, especially if Cheyenne wore it for an entire year previously with no problems. Her itching may be related to the collar, or may be unrelated, to some environmental allergy that may be happening. If the itching continues, it would be best to have her seen by her veterinarian to determine if she needs any treatment, and to discuss flea control options for her. You may be able to return the Soresto collar, as well, and exchange it for another one, it you want to try again once her itching has stopped.

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Shiloh
Great Danebull
1 yr
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My ESA service baby is a Great Dane mix and we just bought the zodiac Flea collar for him I put the collar on him around 7pm last night we took him for a walk like we do every night well long story short he was not hisself on this walk he was misbehaving pulling and tugging he was walking all over the place like he didn't know what direction he wanted to go got home he wasn't playful like he always is, he has been laying around and when I got him up to move him he was walking sideways couldn't keep his balance, and then bout two hrs ago looked like he went into convulsions and it took like a min to make him wake up I took collar off and washed his neck and paws what should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If you noticed these symptoms after putting the flea collar on him, you did the right thing by removing it and bathing the neck and paws; apart from seizure control (which you would need to visit your Veterinarian for) there is nothing else to do apart from monitor him and ensure that he is eating and drinking normally. If you don’t see any improvement or he continues to have seizures you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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