I took in a stray cat about a week ago and instantly fell in love with her. She is a beautiful black cat and a complete sweetheart. Since I took her in I’ve been trying my best to accommodate her needs, including today by trying to cure her fleas that cause her to scratch like crazy. My mother brought home Hartz Ultra Guard she picked up during her run to a cornerstore and, not thinking anything of it, I applied the “medicine” to the base of her skull on the back of her neck like the box instructed. She (thankfully) ran away before I could finish giving her the whole dose. Not even 20 minutes later I noticed a change in her behavior; she was crouched down in a scared position and didn’t want to be pet. I then noticed her ears were constantly twitching every couple seconds and a little bit later her skin was twitching as well. I had a sinking feeling that there was something wrong, so I googled her symptoms and the product I used and found this site, and thank god I did. After seeing the horror stories on here I ran outside where I let her out and scrubbed the spot where I applied the medicine with several wet washcloths and took off her collar. She was laying in the grass nearly motionless the whole time. I called my boyfriend and asked him to come over and help me with her, we followed this site’s advice of using Dawn soap and cleaned her fur of any of the remaining poison. She has gone back to her normal behavior since then, and I am so incredibly relieved. I am thankful for this site and everyone’s stories. You all saved my cat’s life. I will never use Hartz or any product containing permethrin ever again and will fight against this corrupt company that kills people’s beloved pets for a quick buck. I can’t believe this stuff is on the market.
This past year I have reason to pat myself on the back. I made a pledge to stop using any and all synthetic products to prevent fleas and i did pretty good. I live in the greater Cleveland area so I have never seen ticks in the 12 years I’ve lived here.
1. Get some Neem Oil at a hydroponics store along with a product called AzaMax. (Will be cheaper to purchase online). 2. One gallon air pressure sprayer or 32 oz spray bottle. 3. dish detergent.
If using the gallon hand pump sprayer: take 1/2 table spoon of Neem and 1/2 tablespoon of AzaMaz and put in hand pump sprayer. Then take like 1/2 gallon of water and warm it up a little to like 80 to 90 degrees so the neem and AzaMax can dilute easier and dump in sprayer along with a few drops of dish detergent which also will help brake up the oily Neem and AzaMax and improve dispersant. Then I fill the hand pump sprayer the rest of the way up with water. I have a De-ionization water system at home so I use the pure water. Also, I live in Cleveland and it’s a wee bit cooler here during the fall, winter and spring seasons so I keep the sprayer in a warm place in the house so the contents don’t jell up in solution.
In the house: (Before I leave the house for a few hours) I take and shake the sprayer and set the nozzle so that it comes out in the finest mist. Smaller droplets have a tendency to fall on fleas or other bugs better and I spray the whole house from the attic on down including carpets, wood floors, furniture and crate/dens until I hit the basement which is concrete. I will do this at least every 3 days and it works very well. I pick up the dogs water and food bowls and because it’s a fine mist it dries quickly. Neem is a plant and the AzaMax is derived from Neem. Totally safe.
Suggestions: Put Lavender oil or other essential oils known to drive bugs crazy, just a few drops. I include Lavender
Outside: Same thing but use a little more of the ingredients. Cut the grass and pick up poop. Set nozzle for more of a spray stream so that lager droplets spray out. Spray yard every 3 to 4 days. I understand that this could be a big deal for some dog owners especially if you have large yards. I have a nice small yard. Wish it was bigger for their sake but the one gallon hand pump sprayer will do the whole back yard.
During the 2012 season I dropped the ball and had alot of fleas but this past year I kicked ass and followed protocol and breezed right threw the Summer and Fall with no problems. No Frontline.
I would spray the dogs with Lavender, tea tree and almond oil along with a few drops of dish detergent and I will spray it on the dogs and around the house once in a while and that will keep the bugs off them.
Friday night, I noticed my 20-pound Pyrenees pup had lots of fleas so, thinking I was being a responsible owner, I applied the “best” Hartz flea/tick product I could get. Not long after this junk was applied, Silas went from being an energetic ball of fun to a trembling lump of fur on the floor. The symptoms he exhibited were:
- Extreme lethargy
- Extremely dry nose/mouth
- Gurgling, labored breathing
- Extreme lack of coordination when walking
- Elevated heart rate
- Fluttering eyes
I called my local emergency vet clinic and was instructed to immediately give him a thorough bath in Dawn detergent to remove any product from him that I could, and encourage him to eat and drink as much as possible. He seemed all right for a minute or two, then it all started again. I couldn’t deal with the possibility of something worse happening to him; he seemed like he could have died at any moment. It was terrifying. I didn’t have money in my bank account but remembered that I had recently gotten a credit card for emergencies. I was SO GRATEFUL!! I took him in, and he started acting fine once we got there. Still tripped every now and then, but what the vet said was quite disturbing. I took the box the treatment came in, and she said that it had basically poisoned my boy, and got him reaaaaally drunk. She said it looked like he had passed the risks the toxicity could have caused at that point, but was still recovering from the alcohol content. She prescribed medications to help with his tremors, and he was just fine the next day.
I posted my outrage on Facebook, where I got several responses from vet techs, friends who work in clinics, and a friend who actually had a very similar instance occur with her dog, all of which stated that Hartz (along with brands such as Bio-Spot, Pet Armor, Sentry, and Sergeant) is very known for doing this to pets, and that it is not uncommon for it to cause death.. So Silas and I got lucky!! I just can’t believe, especially not after reading these horror stories on here.. My most sincere condolences to everyone who lost a loved critter.. that these awful, despicable companies are still in business!! I swear it, if something worse had happened to my boy, I’d be typing this out from a jail cell, even though burning a building to the ground is nowhere near as evil as knowingly killing many loved pets and family members.
I started a petition on Change.org and would love your support in making change. Would you sign it and share it with others?
.. I lost my cat Goober to the Hartz flea & Tic shampoo when he was 8 months old its been a little over a year now. I just found this web site. I had bought the Sergent’s drops but counldn’t bring myself to use them tell I checked it out on the computer because of what had happened with my cat Goober from the Hartz flea & tic shampoo… I gave him his bath. and he started just crying out to me like he was in pain. I couldn’t figure it out and he was dead within about 10 min after his bath…. It was a Friday Night so we berried him Saturday Morning. I called The Hartz company Monday morning and told them what had happed. I thought they really cared what had happened to goober and I thought that something must have happened like product tampering. So she said I could send it to them and they would check it out… So I sent it to them telling them that when I gave him the bath he started crying out. I thought he just didn’t like the bath. But after I took him out he kept crying and died within 10 mins. after the bath.. I sent it to them and within 2 weeks I received a letter from them telling me they was sorry for my loss. But without me sending the cat to them there wasn’t anyway of proving it was there product…. Maybe I couldn’t But I can tell others what happened to my cat Goober… And I let anyone that will lesson in the cat isle what happened so they wont have to go through the same thing as I did… So I hope you all will pass this on. I will go to the vet now for help with this I wont try another product off the shelf… Thank you for sharing. I might have tried the Sergent’s if you hadn’t have wrote your review..Thank You
This from an email today from Nicole:
“Our story is not about Hartz, but about Sergeant’s. After finding a couple fleas on our 1 year old boxer , we went and purchased Sergeant’s Pronyl OTC spot flea and tick treatment. The instructions on the box were very unclear as to apply all of product in one location, or along back. So I opted for along her back. The very next day my husband and I noticed small places where her fur and skin were missing. We kept an eye on it, and the very next day the small places turned larger and more in quantity. We brought her in to the vet that day. Our vet diagnosed her with a chemical burn. Our baby was prescribed 5 different medications, 2 oral and 3 topical. We had to do treatments on her, lasting an hour and a half each, twice a day. Finally, after 3 months of doing treatments, she is now completely healed. No more “meat” is showing and her skin is closed up. She still doesn’t have any hair growth, and it probably wont come back, but we still love her and are thankful this situation didn’t end differently. We were reimbursed from Sergeant’s for all of the vet bills, but were told the reason she got sick was because I applied the product incorrectly. I know that if I would have put it all in one spot, being more concentrated in that spot, she might not have survived this ordeal. I would suggest to anyone else that this happens to….document everything!!! Take many pictures and be persistent on calling the customer service hotline.”
Put this product on my dog 2 days ago and noticed she would choke and then dropped to the floor. I didn’t know what was happening until I looked the product up and found this website. I am glad to find this site for all the good information to intake on this horrible product.
I just gave my 9 month old and 4 year old huskies a flea and tick bath using hartz ultraguard plus 2 days ago. So far they are still acting normal but they keep having loose stool. I used the recommended amount which was 1 tbs per 15 pounds. We had this same problem 3 weeks ago when we gave them their first bath before we moved into our new apartment. At first I thought it was because we had changed their dog food ( the kind we used to buy was not in the area we moved to). But I noticed a red tinge to the stool. Well after about a week and a half the loose stool stopped and they were back to normal. They were eating the dog food and digesting normally. Well we just gave them another flea and tick bath after waiting 3 weeks (bottle says you can repeat the bath once every week) and the loose stool has started again. I know its not their dog food this time and i am guessing since the only other thing they have in common is the shampoo i am very worried. Especially after reading all of these stories.
our cat was part of the family so naturally we would do anything for him so when we got fleas we went out and got something to get rid of them well tonight not even joking 1 hour ago my little buddy passed because of what Hartz Ultraguard flea and tick spray did to him. He started by stop eating and drinking then he hide from us all the time and when we finally got him to stop hiding he wouldn’t move not even to use his litter box so I started to syringe feeding him water and some kitten milk to try and get his energy up so maybe he could fight this off I didn’t know this stuff was killing pets like this and I couldn’t afford to take him to the vet I didn’t want him to suffer like that I felt him take his last breath in my arms that is something I will never forget or forgive this company for putting out something that could do that and not even act like they care
Two days ago I found a tick engorged in the back of my shih tzu’s neck. Desperate to help her I pulled it off but it appeared the head of the tick remained inside. I put Polysporin on the wound as it looked like an open sore and hopeful the rest would just migrate out. Feeling terrible I went to the store the next day to buy Hartz tick drops to prevent further ticks. I eagerly ripped open the package and asked for my husband’s assistance. He FREAKED!!! He told me that what I was about to do would kill her and outright refused. I had no idea what he was talking about. Here I was, trying to take preventatvie measure for my baby girl. I thought he was crazy. But he was adamant that she would die from it. I told him that I would research it on the internet and if he was wrong we were going to use the drops. Needless to say, I came accros this site. And I am so glad I did! I am in absolute awe how much tragedy has been suffered over this product. My heart goes out to all who have lost their beloved pets. I would not have been able to live with myself had I administer this poison. Thank you for sharing your heart-felt stories because it saved one more precious life!!!
My daughter had two young healthy fancy rats. Their names were Peaches and Princess. As everyone knows rats are fun loving animals, however can be very stinky. I bought the Hartz bedding spray for small animals. I sprayed it in their cages after changing the bedding. I then put the rats back into their cage. The next morning both of them were dead. My daughter is heart broken as well as the rest of our family. I will never use a Hartz product again. Shame Shame on these people for selling products that kill!!!
I had been told by mom who works for my uncle who is a veterinarian not to use this stiff because it could cause them to have seizures. I should have listened. But the thing is I just barely put But just a drop of this stuff on my 5 month old kitten. I didn’t think it would hurt him and certainly didn’t think it would kill him! I sat there for a minute after putting it on him and thought to myself “oh god what have I done mom said not to use it” and immediately took him to the bathroom and washed tried washing it off. My first mistake was putting it on him my second was not using soap and rinsing it 3 or 4 times. This kitten was an unexpected addition to our family of already one cat and my one year old son and my husband and I. But never the less he was instantly loved and attached is to him with his sweet cuddles he gave you even when you didn’t want them. He’d get right in your neck and just lay there or lay on your chest or anywhere that you let him. We only had him for 5 months but I have not been able to stop crying since Sunday morning at 2 am when he finally stopped convulsing and breathing. The worst part about it was we had just paid our rent of $400 and didn’t have a penny to our name until the next paycheck. Certainly not the $150 that the animal emergency clinic requires for just walking in their door. And the $350 plus for the valum and fluids that were required to help pass this poison through him. So for 3 hours I sat in my kitchen floor watching him shake and convulsing. He’d have a seizure every 20 minutes. I called my mom immediately with the first sign to ask her what o should do. Which was when my husband and I were watching a movie and we heard what sounded like our cat being attacked and murdered. He was screaming and hissing and on the floor acting like something was attacking him with his paws up and swatting. He was shaking and growling and hissing. I knew exactly was it was because this was what I feared would happen. My mom told me to take him to the tub and wash him again with dawn soap and try and get it off the skin as much as possible. We did about 4 times. She said to check his temp and of he was hot to put alcohol on his feet because if his temperature went up he’d have brain damage. His temp was 104.3 so I did what she said and his temp stayed the same. My husband who always does a lot of research for thongs like this said that everyone who had the same thing happened said they used a syringe to put fluids in them since they didn’t have an IV. So we carefully without drowning him took water and put it on his tongue so that he’d have some fluids going through him in hopes to help flush his system a little quicker. I posted on Facebook what was going on. My friend who works at a vet clinic saw and called me. About 2 hours after it started she told me to meet her at the clinic where she worked and she would put him on fluids. She couldn’t give him a lot of valum because she would get in trouble since the doc was not there. She just made it look like a miscalculation error. She gave him a steroid shot and a shot for pain. We had trouble getting the IV in but we eventually got it in. It was only 15 minutes after we got everything in him and he started to slow down with the convulsions. He had only been peeing when he had his seizures. This time he had a bowel movement. And I could tell this was the end. As soon as he pooped he stopped shaking and starting breathing hard and slow. My friend checked his heart. It was still beating so she thought it may have been the bladder. She checked it and of it was very full. But something still wasn’t right and that’s when he stopped breathing. She got a syringe and checked his abdomen for blood. And there was. It was too late. He was gone. I wasn’t going to cry. Until I looked up at her and I lost it. I haven’t been able to stop since. It all plays over and over in my head. I didn’t mean to kill him. I just wanted to kill the fleas. Its all my fault because I knew that it was a poison. I looked up reviews of the product out of curiosity. Someone mentioned this website. I dont know what it is I’m I’m looking for on here. I know telling my story along with everyone else isn’t going to take the product off the shelf. I know it’s not going to bring my sweet Magwa back. I’m not even looking for sympathy and comfort. I just want it to stop replaying in my head. Maybe if I get it out somewhere on paper or on here it will stop. I have only cried for one other cat this much and this hard in my life and it was my Matilda when I was 10 who was am outside cat and she disappeared one day and never came back. I cried for months. And more than likely she was caught by natures hands. But Magwa was such a sweetheart and just loved everyone and loved to snuggle and he looked at you and you knew that he was saying I love you. I’m thankful my other cat was okay. He only had eye twitches and walked like he was drunk for an hour and a half and he was fine. He didn’t have any seizures. I just want him to walk from our living room and jump on the bed and come lay down on my chest like he always did. I want him back. I want to undo it all. I love you Magwa. I love you so much. I miss you. RIP my sweet baby.
I had no idea about the terrible side effects of hartz flea and tick treatment. After finding a few fleas in the house I gave my wonderful cat jake a treatment and shortly after everything started going wrong. He’s twitching uncontrollably, his balance is off and he’s very confused. He is also biting his own feet vert hard to the point that the bleeding badly. I’m scared for him and I’m currently calling vets and begging them to treat him and allow me to pay in payments but iv had no luck.. I hope jake pulls through this and I hope all the creators of this poison know that they will one day be judged and harming gods creatures will not make him happy. May you all suffer the same fate as my poor cat. God willing.
I was watching 3 kittens, all different ages (5 weeks, barely 2 weeks, 3 weeks)all from different places. I was using the Hartz Milk Replacement to feed them all. The youngest and the second youngest I had for 2 days. They were both fine, eating, playing, and pottying fine. The youngest was barely beginning to open eyes, he had an eye infection, which we got medicine for and within 30 minutes his eyes were better. He was so sweet and would come to the sound of my voice. Around midnight the second youngest wanted to run around and play, so I grabbed the youngest and layed him on me to keep him warm..Everytime I layed him on me he would pee all over me. When I finally went to bed, I woke up at 6 am and checked on him and he was fine, went back to sleep and woke up at 11 am and he was fine, went back to sleep and woke up at 2:33 pm and he was dead. I disposed of his body properly. Later that day is when I got the oldest kitten to keep the second youngest company. The next day, the second youngest was acting funny, which we considered as him mouring…he would just lay there and randomly have spurts of activity. Around 3 pm he puked formula all over my boyfriend, as my boyfriend and I were cleaning up the mess, the cat puked around 3 more times. And had loose stool. I called my mom and we both thought it was distemper, we had him put down so he didn’t have to suffer..the oldest we had given a shot to help fight distemper/prevent if incase he got it. He was very tired after getting the shot and slept the whole way home (about a 20 minute drive). When I got home I layed him in the bathroom with some formula and a blanket and had to leave for school. My mom who gets home around 6:30 pm was checking on him regularly, when I got out of school around 7:45 pm I called my mother to see how the kitten was doing. She said he was doing well but they had run to the store when I got home at 8:06 pm I went up stairs to get the kitten, when I walked into the bathroom he was laying on the bathroom rug, all 4 paws out, he head down laying in dried clumps of formula. When I went to touch him he hissed and moved as far away as he could, continuously hissing. I called my mom upstairs and she picked him up and he was just stuck in that position, shaking. He could barely move his head at all. She set him down and I wrapped him in a blanket and picked him up, every little movement he meowed in pain, he had spit coming out of his mouth, still shaking and not able to move out of the position. We knew he had to be put down so he didn’t suffer…
The one thing the kittens had in common? Hartz Milk Replacer.
I miss Pumpkin so much I didn’t spend much time
With her since she died at 4 months old in Nov 2012
I wish I knew what damage this shampoo would cause
Her and pain to all of us. I didn’t post this a
Year ago I proably wouldn’t get half through the draft
Without breaking down but I refuse to let her memory
Turn vain and not let someone else know what this
$&#* brand did to my baby I know shes in a better place
But I still wish I could’ve done so much more like pay
Thousands at a vet to make her better or make her very
Happy her last days but no her last days were full of pain
Sadness and only God knows what else because she knew
She wasnt going to make it, we miss u and love u very much
Hit HARTZ where it hurts, Sergeants, as well, by writing a petition, forceing HARTZ and Seargents to be pulled from ALL shelves carrying it… It’s the ONLY way it will be recalled, and removed.
From an email from Winsley:
“My 7 month old cat has typically always used revolution or frontline. I was in a hurry and at Walmart and knew he needed another treatment so I picked up a box of the ultra guard not knowing that not all flea and tick treatments are created equal. I applied the treatment as directed and within days my cat had large scabs on his back at the application site. I called my vet and he told me to never use that product and to bring my cat by if any other symptoms show up. I haven’t noticed anything else happen to him but he has lost large chunks of fur where the scabs are falling off. I feel so lucky to have him after knowing that people lose their animals to this stuff. How can it be legal?”
From an email from Sarah in Michigan:
“Our cat died this weekend shortly after I put Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and Tick Drops for Cats on him. He was only 3 years old, we had rescued him from a local shelter a few months ago and have been battling fleas since we got him. Saturday it was time for more flea meds, so I got all the animals together (I had two cats and a dog) and put on their meds. I went about my day, never dreaming that there would be any problems. Later that day, I found our cat, Sunny, standing in the middle of my bed convulsing and salivating. I grabbed him and took him the living room, calling my husband. We had no idea what was going on, but Sunny was convulsing and totally unresponsive, while I was on the phone calling the vet, Sunny had what appeared to be a major seizure followed by him losing his bowels and urine. I got in touch with an afterhours vet and described his symptoms, she asked if he had been exposed to any poisons, I told her I didn’t think so. I went through our day, feeding, putting flea meds on, she stopped me as soon as I mentioned that I had used Hartz flea medicine on him and said, get him in right away, he is suffering from toxification from the flea medicine. We ran him to the vet, as soon as we got there she gave him an “antidote” and we washed all of the medicine off of him. He was convulsing so severely that she had to intubate him and anesthetize him so that his temperature didn’t get too high.
“Unfortunately, even though we tried for several hours, we could not save him. The vet told us that this is not that uncommon and that the Hartz products are some of the worst culprits. I cannot believe that this product can be legally sold. If it kills one cat out of a million it is one too many! My eight year old son had to watch his cat suffer and then helped to bury him the next day, all because of a product that was supposed to help him!!! We are heartbroken and on top of everything else we now have a $569.00 vet bill we can’t pay. I am attaching a picture of Sunny, I do not have any pictures of him intubated and hooked to an IV, it was not a memory I wanted to keep. This picture is him before we used this poison on him. He was a great cat and did not deserve to die like this.”
I was in a rush to keep fleas off my new cat Bastet, although the problem wasn’t too bad and I’m low on cash. I found a Zodiac flea collar on Ebay for less than ten dollars, and from my Googling, it looked like it would do the trick without any huge problems.
Bastet wound up licking it for several minutes until my roommate noticed and brought me into the room to see that she was drooling. I admit that it was partially my fault in not clipping the extra collar length off right away, but I didn’t realize it was so urgent. We clipped it right away, but for a while after, Bastet was not only drooling, but was very unsteady on her feet and acting… drunk, for lack of a better word. Her behavior was odd and she was still drooling much later. I started to panic, thinking of horror stories like those from Hartz, and looked up a vet hotline. My sleep schedule is the opposite of most of the world’s, though, so my vet wasn’t open and I couldn’t afford the hotline bills that cost more than a vet visit. I took off the collar and washed the area with soapy water and she seems to have calmed down… I’d like some advice and to warn people about this. The warnings on the back of the box didn’t mention any side effects, and only gave poison treatment options for if someone swallowed it or got it in their eye.
I looked up the active ingredient (propoxur) and found this horrifying list of possible side effects:
So yeah, I’m still kind of scared. I haven’t induced vomiting or anything, but I did encourage Bastet to drink water, and she ate something on her own without throwing it up.
Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences?
My neighbors have three beautiful cats, and just last night they applied the Sergeant’s flea and tic gel on all three. By morning the cats were convulsing and bleeding at the mouth, so my neighbors bundled them up and drove them to the vet. Alas, it was too late. All three had to be put down.
My neighbors are gentle, kind souls who love animals (just as I do), and seeing them lose their “babies” is heart-breaking.
Please tell all your friends to avoid using any Sergeant’s flea and tic product. They’re deadly!
I want to spread Awareness about Flea and Tick Medicine. I bought Piper from a shelter for my daughter who is 13 last year for Christmas. She is a very sweet cat and was 7 month old when we got her. She is now a year and a half. Now just to get it straight i didn't get it because it was cheap. I got it because i didn't think our cat Piper who is an indoor only cat needed as much protection as our dog Regan who goes outside all the time. I just wanted something to make sure the fleas stayed off Piper in case one happened to come in the house. Monday morning 9/8/13 I put the Hartz Ultra flea and tick dot medicine on Piper it was her 3rd dose and all other times she was fine. On Tuesday Morning 9/9/13 I noticed Piper was shaking a lot and could not walk as well (Piper is a year and a half). So i called our Vet. The Vet tech said that she was having a toxic side affect of the Hartz. to bath her with dawn to get it off and if she is not better to bring her to the pet ER. I bathed Piper twice with dawn to get the poison off of her. Now most of you know that cats do not like water and will claw you to death during a bath. I bathed her twice and only have 2 minor small scratches pretty much came out of it unscathed. It just shows you how sick she really was. After an hour she was still not getting better. So I took her to New England Animal Medical Center we arrived around 10 am. The Vet that took care of her confirmed she had flea product toxicity. The shaking was actually tremors. They wanted to keep her over night for treatment and observation. This being my daughter's cat and love of her life right now of course i would do anything to save this sweet kitty. While we were there they started her on IV fluids and meds and said that i got most of the Hartz off of her with the 2 baths. The DR gave me the game plan and told me she would call me around 6pm with an update. That call came around 4pm AMAZINGLY Piper was doing great. she was meowing and acting like a cat. They said she could come home. I was at work so i called my neighbor and asked her if she could take my daughter to the Vet to pick up Piper(this neighbor came with me in the morning so i could hold on to the kennel and make sure she was ok on the trip). Piper came home with a cone around her neck and muscle relaxers we have to give her 2 times a day for 3 days. and we have to keep the cone on for 3 days too. My daughter was worried because piper was not acting herself at home but she was fine and just tired from being sick and from the medicine. Today 9/11/13 Piper is doing wonderful although she HATES the cone and tries get it off. But all in all she is wonderful and getting back to her normal year and a half old cat self. This picture I took last night she was just relaxing with her feet on Regan our puggle and Regan knowing something was wrong was perfectly fine with Piper resting her feet on her. It was a very sweet dog/cat moment I really want to Thank the staff at New England Animal Medical Center for all the help they provided and saving the life of this sweet little girl.
I had no ideal I was killing my baby by trying to protect him. My 5 year old beautiful boy. I put Hartz flea and tick (the last one on a package of 3) and within 10-15 minutes he was having seizures. We rushed him right to the vet who worked on him for over 18 hrs of continuous seizures. They called the Hartz help line but received NO HELP. I watched as my lovable baby had the reaction that a tick would have. 5 years old he was still a puppy. Surely we can band together on all social medias and stop this before another one is killed.
Yesterday two cats, Ali & Penelope, almost died due to Sentry Purrfect for Cats & Kittens. After finding fleas my friend called her vet, after a short conversation the vet recommend she go ahead & buy something over the counter. So my friend headed to Petsmart where they recommended Sentry. Even after asking if it was okay they insisted it was fine & that all she needed to do was read the instructions. She headed home & Put the application RIGHT where it said and sat down. Minutes later her cat started to jump around and run all over the place, then she started to foam at the mouth. Scared out of her mind she washed both cats with Dawn dish soap (She complained how oily the stuff was). Dried them off & they were both fine. She even called the company (Sentry) to tell them that her cat was having a reaction to there product. All the lady said was “You did it wrong, your fault” & did nothing else. So she hung up & called a few emergency vets all of which wouldn’t take her in or told her to wait it out that it was ‘just a reaction’. She kept watch on her cat until 7am when I got a text. I rushed over with my cat carrier only to find her cat with what WE thought was constant seizures, come to find out it was tremors. She continued to call more emergency vets just for them to tell her don’t bother, it’s just a reaction. Feeling it was ‘more’ than a reaction we rushed her to the vet only to find out that she was poisoned. The minute my friend gave her the application it started to seep into her skin & caused her body to shut down, it was only a matter of minutes before she would pass.
Later on in the evening after already having to put an animal down her other cat started to act funny. Her tail twiched, her legs when out, & her eyes were twitching back & forth. After one call she found a vet to take her in asap so she rushed over and they managed to administer medicine quickly & stop the tremors. After a round of blood work the vet said she TO had traces of the toxin somehow (She didn’t have it applied to her) and her body was trying to fight it. She was shocked to hear a vet had recommenced using something over the counter & even more so how many told her to ‘wait it out’. Ali is home now doing better & on meds. for 3 days but Penelope sadly wasn’t going to make it & was put to sleep her body had already started to shut down.
I have no idea why I didn’t think of this years ago, when I first started fighting Hartz. Rip off Reports is an online free service where you can make a complaint about a company. http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/search/HARTZ
There are only 23 reports about Hartz. The more reports there are the higher the likelyhood that anyone running a search on Hartz, ( or even looking to buy it cheap online) will also see Hartz Rip Off Reports in the search returns. I’ll be filing one later this evening, I hope you all will also . It’s not much but it is another way to help get the word out about how terrible these products really are. Why not let search engines help us out!
Dani, Founder Against Hartz
PS I see Hartz is again telling consumers they need to be more careful about appling their dog products to cats. I don’t know about you but I figure you can read if your reading this . LOL I hate Hartz insults
My cat is my world. I got her right before my sister died and I would’ve been a complete wreck without her. That being said, I will never ever use Hartz ever again!!!!! Whenever I visit my brother’s, I always manage to bring back fleas because he doesn’t bother to give his own cats flea medicine. Being low on money I decided to get something cheap at walmart, which unfortunately turned out to be a 3-pack of Hartz flea remover medicine. A couple friends assured me despite the cost it worked great. I wish I would’ve reconsidered.
The first dose had no effect whatsoever. My cat wasn’t bothered and neither were the fleas. The second time (one month later) however, I knew something was wrong the day after applying. My cat likes to climb, and when she jumped onto my desk she slipped and fell, twice. I didn’t think anything of it at first, until it began happening again and again. Soon she was running into walls and falling off the bed like she didn’t know how to gauge distance anymore. It scared me to death.
The next day she wouldn’t play at all and seemed extremely tired and uninterested in everything. I got worried and googled “wobbliness in cats” thinking maybe it was an ear infection or something that had messed with her equilibrium and was making her fall over and run into things. I just so happened to see pages relating to Hartz products. As I read through the symptoms that someone had described (uncannily similar to my cat’s), I researched further and found this website to find that Hartz products mess up pets in all sorts of ways. I picked up some Dawn to wash out what might’ve been left on her skin and fur and immediately took her to the vet, along with the flea medicine packaging.
The vet determined that the flea medicine had caused “hypersensitivity” which began to slowly poison her as the medicine was absorbed into the skin. He praised me on washing the remainder of it off because if it had been on for one more day (and therefore more of it had been absorbed) I probably would’ve woken up to a dead cat.
I have used Hartz Ultraguard Pro Flea and Tick Drops for cats on both of my cats for the past couple of moths and it seems to have kept the fleas at bay. The first one or two times I used them my cats seemed kind of lethargic after I put it on them, which seemed strange, but they seemed to come out of it within a day or so, so I didn’t worry much about. Last night I put it on them though and not only did they seem lethargic and like they didn’t feel good but today I noticed one of them shaking its back leg occasionally like she had something on it and also scratching the back of her head a lot. There wasn’t anything on her leg and both cats were still acting like they weren’t feeling good so I started Googling her symptoms and what might be going on. That is when I came across this blog and MANY reviews on other websites that indicated their cats had the same reaction. It is scary thinking that a product that has so many negative reviews and can cause these types of problems in cats, is still being sold! I am really hoping that my cats don’t have any long term effects. I think they are going to be ok but was so displeased with this, that I wanted to post something to warn others not to use this product at all! It is not worth the well being of your cat!
I did not know about this site until a few days ago. But after reading several of your stories I feel as if I should share mine.
Now before anyone says that I do not care about my cat I am sure that many pet parients here would agree with me when I say “I would rather die a thousand painful deaths than to knowingly cause harm.”
With that said my story starts on the evening on April 12 2012. I was between paydays and a little short on funds. I had just payed some bills and bought food (even food for whisper) so I just grabbed one of the first items I saw (Adam’s Flea and Tick drops) cost me 15 dollars. When I got home I followed the instructions on the box. Jump to the morning on April 16 Whisper poops on my desk so after cleaning it up I call the vet. When we get there just after they open the doctor runs her tests which I was told would take 15 minutes . When the doctor came back I was asked “What did you use?” when I told her what I had used the doctor said that is the problem. But knock on wood Whisper’s tests came back clean.
Now these days I set aside money every 4 months to get the better treatments.
For those who have survied the illness may you have many happy years. For those who have lost may you find peace. For those who have not suffered any ill effects may you never do.
Hello, I put my 11 month old Shih Tzu to sleep today 8/16/13. I had a rambunctious vibrant puppy. I had given her a bath on the morning of 7/21/13 and I saw that she had 2 fleas on the top of her head. As a concerned pet owner I went to my local Walmart and purchased a Hartz collar and put it on her when I got home. She started to show signs she wasn’t herself a day later and I couldn’t for the life of me think as to what was making her so ill. The only thing I had did different was that I put on that flea collar (mind you that was the ONLY flea collar that she had ever worn). I took it off of her immediately and her appetite returned for a brief period of time. I had read so many horror stories about how peoples pets have died because of these products. But being a Hartz Guard customer for years with my other dogs and NEVER have had a problem I just thought that the flea collar was to strong for her and that maybe I should bathe her with your flea shampoo (which does not have a weight limit on it) and also read in conjunction with your flea drops that the flea problem would be under control, her symptoms returned and I had stopped using these products. From July 21 until today August 16, 2013 the only thing I did different was use these products on 3 different occasions. After using the shampoo and the drops within the same week (August 4-August 10) she deteriorated quickly. I took her to the vet as soon as I noticed she hadn’t eaten within a close to 48 hour period. Our vet treated her for an infection and told us to go home and wash her with Dawn and sent home antibiotics. That was on August 10, 2013. It is now August 16, 2013 and due to her being poisoned by these products she started seizing at 2pm and by 3:30pm she was GONE!! She was my life and due to all the health issues that I have had since the end of the year last year she gave me strength to move forward. Now because they don’t put harder restrictions on their products my baby girl is GONE!!
In december 2013, I had bought my girlfriend a cute, beautiful, little turkish angora kitten. We took it to the vet and found out it had mites and fleas. We updated all of her vaccinations and got vet friendly drops for the mites, but found their flea shampoo expensive. We went to wal mart and bought hartz flea shampoo. We have another older 9 year old cat Poose, who we thought would have picked up the fleas as well. So we decided to give both cats a shower to rid of the annoyance. A couple of days later, Poose was constantly in the cat litter meowing in pain and would vomit and lie around. Mind you Poose is all around a healthy cat. We took her to the vet and had to leave her over night, We had gotten blood tests done which came back saying the poor old girl was poisoned. Staying over night, the vet had given her antibiotics and she came back within a day, slightly recovered. The bill had come to over $200 and we weren’t very financially settled at the time. So, we decided to contact hartz to let them know that their flea collar and flea soap had poisoned our cat. We filed all of the paper work to apply for reimbursement. It took a few months for all the paper work to go through and we finally called because of no word from them. They had simply said that Poose’s symptoms didn’t match up to the other symptoms of other animals being sensitive to their product. What? please make sense of this for me. Poose lives a simple life. She is an indoor cat and eats the same food all the time. I’m out $250 and my intelligence is insulted and there’s nothing I can do.
Thanks for reading
I applied the Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Drop on my cat today. Within one hour she began making strange noises and expressions. At first I just thought she was maybe uncomfortable with the product on her back but then she started to run around and then became completely lethargic and had a hard time breathing. I googled this product and came across your website.
I’m praying that based on all the advice (bathing the animal and washing him/her with dawn dish soap thoroughly and providing lots of water to flush out their system) that my cat survives this horrible incident. In the meantime, I suggest WE ALL PRINT OUT THESE COMPLAINTS and take them to all our local grocery stores and demand that they pull Hartz products off the shelves immediately. These forums are incredibly helpful and informative but in order to make a real difference we need to do more than just write a couple sentences. LET’S TAKE AGGRESSIVE ACTION (Print out these complaints and take them to Petco, Petsmart, local grocery stores, post of FB etc. ) AND TAKE HARTZ OUT OF BUSINESS! To all of you who have lost a loving pet because of this disgusting company….keep fighting so we don’t lose anymore!
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