You love your pet - which is why you take the time to protect your furry friend from fleas and ticks. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of your protective instinct.

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Seresto collars are designed to protect pets from fleas and ticks. These collars are not cheap - ranging from $35-$50 each. If you search the web trying to save a few dollars on the collars - you could be getting scammed.

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Several vets have posted warnings about counterfeit Seresto collars that have been purchased online, and are giving consumers tips to tell if the collar they purchased is the real deal.

  • The tin that the collar arrives in should be printed with the image and information. There should not be a paper label or sticker on the tin.
  • A counterfeit collar will have an odor.
  • There should not be a date printed on the tin.
  • If the collar is not working, it's likely a fake.

According to one veterinarian, "Seresto collars should have NO dates on the tin. The inside of the tin color should have a metallic sheen. The print on the collar should be lasered/etched in collar, not stamped on collar."

If the price you're paying online for a collar seems too good to be true - it probably is. This is a time when you want to purchase your collar from a reputable outlet or your veterinarian.

If you have any doubts whether a collar you purchased is the real deal, bring it to your vet, or contact the Bayer, the manufacturer of the collar. 1-800-255-6826 is Bayer’s Consumer Contact Number.

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