My cat, Brownie, a 4 1/2 year old (otherwise) healthy cat is now in the vet emergency clinic the day after I used Hartz Flea & Tick Drops Plus on her. She began rolling on rugs trying to get it off while howling pitifully. She now needs hydration. I hope she will be better soon. I have removed all Hartz products from my household and will never purchase Hartz again. In addition, I plan to let all my friends and family know the danger of this product. So they recalled the product IN ORDER TO RELABEL IT!!!!! How thoughtful of Hartz. My vet bill now stands at $350 and is likely to cost more. This is true corporate irresponsibility.
I had used the Advantage flea and tick drops a long time ago and they did the job wonderfully, but my cats fleas came back… This time, I just picked up some of the Hartz flea drops from the drugstore, hoping it would do the trick – BAD IDEA!
I put the drops on my cat, being sure to get them high enough on her neck (when i used the Advantage, it wasn’t high enough and she was able to lick it off, making her a sick) so that she couldn’t mess with it, but I guess she used her paw to try and get it off… I don’t really know. All I know is that she started acting strange, a little lethargic, and kept lifting up her back paws and shaking them like they were wet. I was getting concerned, so I did a search online and that’s when I found all of these websites and stories about cats who’ve gotten ill or even died from this horrible product. I was horrified! I told my father about everything, but he didn’t really seem to care. He kept telling me she was just fine, but I knew she wasn’t fine at all. At 3 A.M. I woke him up, telling him we needed to take her to a vet or something – he said there was nothing he could do, because the drops were already on her and he wouldn’t pay four hundred dollars to take her to some emergency clinic.
Because of my father being a total jerk, I sat up all night with my poor cat, hoping and praying that her “symptoms” wouldn’t get any worse. Luckily, she seems to be better this morning. I’m hoping she doesn’t end up getting worse, though.
I feel terrible that I put that stuff on her to begin with and didn’t even do a little research before. I looked everywhere on the package before using it and saw NOTHING about it being harmful to cats. That Hartz can continue to put that product out with hardly any information about what it can do to your pet disgusts me. I’m tempted to leave slips of paper next to this product in all the stores in town to warn people 🙁
I felt obligated to follow up on my recent story I submitted to Hartzvictims. I was the woman who submitted the story about my cat opee, who was sick from the Hartz flea and tick drops. I wanted to let everyone know that I am extremely happy to inform you that my sweet opee made it. Well he was real sleepy yesterday and not active at all, but today he is back to his normal self. I haven’t noticed any permenant damage as of yet. I want to say though, I was lucky. Normally I would have been already long a bed and sleeping that night, but I had a horrible headache. If I had went to bed as normal, my cat would of surely died. I just hope my story helps someone else from going through what I have. If you love your pet as I do, you would never want this to happen to it. It was the saddest thing I ever saw. Watching my poor animal go through that, and feeling so helpless. So please if you read this, don’t ever use that product on your pet. I know for a fact that there will never ever be another Hartz product brought into my home. My kitty is now laying on my lap, as where if I hadn’t caught it soon enough, he would not be here today.
We’d used Hartz flea drops for a couple of months without problems. But this last month, after treating our 6-month-old kitten, we had problems. Apolo became lethargic and started experiencing muscle spasms. He would try to meow, but didn’t seem to have the strength to make any sound. I called the emergency animal hospital and as soon as they heard the words “Hartz flea drops” they asked us to bring him in. Apolo had to spend the night at the hospital to receive treatments, and is now healthy again. But it was a terrifying experience that no one should have to go through. I’ve been in touch with Hartz regarding the problem, but have received the same “canned” response as everyone else here. I sent the vet report and itemized bill as requested. So we’ll see what happens.
Four days after Apolo’s experience, we saw a special report on the news about Hartz. Until then we had no idea how far-reaching this problem truly is. Through the news report, we found this website. We’ve since emailed everyone we know asking them not to use Hartz products of any kind. We also emailed Petsmart and Petco and told them of our experience (that was where we had purchased the drops). Hopefully we can help save at least a few pets.
My wife and I just got back from the grocery store. You can never help but look at what other people are buying while waiting in the check out line. Today, the lady in front of us was puchasing Hartz Advance Care Flea and Tick drops. I tapped her on the shoulder and told her not to buy them. She handed them over to the cashier and said she didn’t want them. This, of course, after I told her about how she would be spending the rest of the evening at the emergency vet clinic. I also wrote HartzVictims.org on a piece of paper and gave it to her. Hopefully she’ll come to this site and will realize how much grief she’s been spared.
It felt good to make a difference in the tangible world. My wife and I just saved a cat or two!
I am telling my story because i was just so shocked to see all the other pet owners who have went through the same thing. I got on the web to find out more infomation on the ingredient in my flea and tick drops called phenothrin. My mainecoon cat had a severe reaction to this product. He started twitching and acting like he was drunk. It broke my heart to see him this way. I called my vet right away and she said to bath him and get that Hartz flea and tick drops off of him. Well I am the mother of 4, so vet bills are impossible for me. That is why I bought this product to begin with. Now my Opee is sick and I feel helpless. He has had a seizer already and is now calming down some, but I am still not sure he will make it. I got on the web to find some answers for people like me that cannot afford vet bills. I was amazed on all the stories about this product. Now I only wish i would have checked it out before I gave it to my sweet cat Opee. I only hope I can save him from my mistake. Please don’t make the same mistake I did. That is the reason I felt I had to tell my story. The strange thing to me is that if this is so dangerous why is it even on the market????? I read the product information and I never saw anything about seizers and severe twitching. I saw the ingredients, but I am not scientist nor doctor, how would have I known that phenothrin was so toxic?
Hi! I saw the story on CBS2’s website and was appalled that this is going on. I want to know if anyone knows of any cat owners here in Kansas City who are going through the same thing.
If so…please e-mail at [email protected].
I think if every media market does a story…it will put more pressure on Hartz.
We are the owners of Piccolo. I brought him home after paying almost $700.00 for them to put him on an IV and take blood tests and charge so much to find out that I would have had to keep paying more and continue to traumatize him. He did start eating again, at least, but no definite answer as to what caused this, except that they admit that Hartz is a harmful product and they believe that it poisoned him and that he had toxins in his system. A few days later, we tried to take off the catheter and was it a difficult time trying to get the tape off that held it on. Finally, the cat took it off himself, when we had given up trying so hard. That was quite a surprise. He is such a loving and intelligent cat. They left the catheter in for me to take him home and if he got worse that I would have to take him to emergency and then they would put on the IV to attach to the catheter. We never left him alone before anywhere, but we did this time and I think it made him nervous and feel that we abandoned him. Anyway, he can’t keep food in him and throws up a few hours after eating. He wants to be close to us, but we are at wits end with this. I’ve contacted Hartz and talked to Rosemary Tini, so if any of you would call her, too, and tell what has happened to your pet. (Please see first story of ours). My vet has faxed them the bills and diagnostic report. So, you must make sure that you call them right away if you know that your animal has been affected by this Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops Plus +. Please do this right away, as they will have to recall this product or will have many lawsuits on their hands. Let’s band together.
Mona and Nick from El Segundo, Ca.