Our Basset Hound, Betsy died last Sunday just three days we used Hartz Flea and Tick Drops on her.
We applied the drops on the 12th and the morning of the 14th we awoke to find her lying on the grass unable to move. She had been vomitting and had diarrhea for hours. We rushed her to the vet. She was so dehydrated and lethargic. They tried everything to save her. Betsy died on Sunday morning.
Pleae help pass the word that these products are deadly.
We loved our Betsy and she died a horrible death.
2 nights ago our 4 year old lab-mix (40lb) had a seizure. Of course it was very frightening! She is an acitve healthy dog but she does suffer from seasonal allergies with itching and hair loss. We tried to think of any reason for the seizure, exposure to toxins, overstimulation etc. Then we figured out that we had just put on a new Hartz flea collar, a product we have never used on her before. We have removed the collar and are watchng her very closely. We decided to wait to see if she had another seizure before paying a high emergency vet bill, especially if they are going to tell us what we have concluded. I can’t say for SURE that the flea collar is the culprit, but so far no more seizures. If the story changes, Ill let you know. I found your web site looking to see if there was any connection between seizures and flea collars. No more flea collars in this household!
Last summer I had a near disaster with Hartz Cat Flea Drops. Within 2 hours of having applied them to Pixel she began to stagger & looked dazed &
confused. I immediately bathed her to remove as
much of the drops as I possible could. When I took
her to the vet he told me of the awful reputation the drops had and that he had seem more than one similiar case. He told me that Hartz had taken them from the market once, acknowledging the problem, but they reissued them and the problem remained. Lucky for me & Pixel, I had noticed as
soon as the side effects began & removed them
quickly enough to prevent serious illness or death.
I now bouycot EVERYTHING with the Hartz name on it!
On Sunday I purchased the 3-1 drops (flea, tick and mosquito) for my dog and my two cats. the dog suffered no adverse reaction (yet) as he is a large dog. I used the ‘for cats -10lbs or more’ drops for my two adult cats. last night my girl started licking herself obsessively and acted manic and disoriented. she couldn’t take but a few steps without sitting back down to lick herself all over. her mouth was open and she was breathing fast. when i picked her up she was all wet from licking herself. i knew this to be very very unusual behavior and quickly looked up on the computer if there were any reports on these Hartz drops as i had a quick idea that must be the cause. I came across this website and after skimming some of the stories i quickly rushed her to a 24hour vet. he put her on Robaxin IV and gave her some pills to be administered later. this morning she is licking herself a lot less and isn’t in a panic. she’s calm and eating and drinking like normal. I’m watching both cats like a hawk for any symptons and in the mean time i’m very upset that this has been an ongoing problem and nothing has been done. i feel compeled to do something ANYTHING to prevent anyone to have to go through the guilt of having administered these drops and have their pets get ill or die. I think the only thing that saved my cats is that they are overweight (17lbs each) and the poison was slow to act. Please don’t use these products, if you have WASH YOUR CAT IMMEDIATELY (i did this all of sunday and monday after i gave them the drops because i only read the fine print on the Hartz box AFTER i put the drops on them and it said something about seizures. besided, i could see my cats hated the product on their necks and were trying to scratch it out right away. even though i washed the area (with soap and water) a half dozen times it still remains oily. even after all the bathing the boy cat is still scratching to this day. they are clearly unhappy with this on their bodies and i suppose it gets into their bodies. they find a way to scratch at it (my girl did it with her hind paws) and then they lick those paws therefore ingesting the poison. my girl did this a lot more frequently over the last two days then the boy cat and i think that is why she was the one with some symptoms.
we must all get involved.. send an email to everyone you know letting them know your story and sending a link of this website with it. WE MUST ACT to PROTECT our innocent companions..
I put hartz flea drops on my beautiful cat from the day he was born. I put the drop on and few days later he had a bald spot just thought minor skin reaction, he then started to act different …sat he could not walk and past away ..how is this stuff still being sold
Yesterday(8/16/04), around 8:30 PM, i noticed my calico cat, Izzys eyes were shaking. I felt around her and her whole body was shaking. It was obviously from the Hartz flea and tick drop that was applied about 7 hours earlier. I called the 1800 number for hartz and they were closed. What kind of “heart felt company for 75 years” would have a hotline for hours from 9-5? I called the vet emergency clinic and they didnt even let me finish explaining and told me to rush her there. I did so. And about an hour later, they gave me her back but there was something wrong with her. She wasnt her self. She tried attacking me and my sister. She clawed me and got my upper lip. $200 for a shot of valium, and a bottle of pills for the twitching. The vet said the way she was behaving was because of the hartz toxins. I cried because this wasnt her to be like that. When we finally got her home, i video taped how she was walking, stumbling around, scared not knowing what was going on. That was so painful to see this. We are not out of the woods yet, I still have to watch her and make sure shes ok. If i can do anything, please let me know!
As I sit here my heart is broken over the loss of our beautiful persion Precious. But more than this awful sadness I am outraged that this is allowed to go on. Can Nothing be done?
We had her for 8 long wonderful years. She was kind and loving and loyal. I feel so guilty for putting her through so very much all because she had fleas. She unlike the other stories did not have convulsions not untill today when she died. Hers was a slow death that killed her over a long week. She was sick and felt to bad it seemed. She laid on a heating pad or on the back of my computer monitor. She did get up and drink a little water and eat just a little several times this a day this week.
Initialy I bathed her as the vet said to do . I was told to watch her and she seemed to get better this week end. But on SUnday she seemed to get sicker. and by last night it appeared she was refusing to eat again. We were to take her to the vet this afternoon but at about 3pm cst she had a seizure and never woke up.
Please please get the word out that these products are dangerous and are real killers.
Killers of cats but the r4eal sad thing here is that even in killing her the flea never completly all died.
Sad and angry.
A few years back my mom and I purchased the flea powder and flea spray (which came in a spray bottle) and atttempted to get rid our dogs fleas. It left such bad rashes on their skin that they laid on cool cement for a few days. They wouldn’t even get up to eat or anything. Finally we called the vet and he told us to bathe the dogs and not use Hartz products anymore. We haven’t since and now only use Advantage. My heart goes out to those who have lost animals due to this horrible company.
Yesterday I applied Hartz Mountain Flea drops to a stray cat that has been in the neighborhood for months. This morning I found her under one of the parked car shaking and twitching. I offered her food and she appeared to be near death. I coaxed her out from the car and she ran like she had mad cow disease. I immediately came inside and called the nearest vet. They told me that they had 4 cats already being treated from complications from flea drops. Hartz Mountain was called and gave me a case number and knew that their product caused this. Why is this product still on the market? What can be done to hold them responsible for all the innocent animals that are poisoned from their products? Why isn’t there noticable warnings posted about these products? Do you know how I feel as a pet owner that the reason this cat is near death is that I applied this deadly product to her? I can’t explain the hurt and sorrow I feel for her. She doesn’t and shouldn’t have to suffer like this.
Please help me and thousands of innocent animals that are harmed or killed by these products and make Hartz mountain held responsible for their actions.
I am just dumbfounded about the fact that a corporation that is supposedly manufacturing products to better the lives of our pets are selling this type of deadly product.
My 16 week old kitten is barely standing up after 2 days from applying the Flea and Tick Drops. To most of us pet owners, our pets are our children. The Hartz Corporation obviously does not share our point of view, and I will NEVER purchase any of their products as long as I live.
If anything happens to my kitten, I will do everything in my power to make sure the fellow pet owners are aware of Hartz’s heartless business practices, and pursue a legal course of action. I know that I would do this for my children, and my pets are my children.
SHAME ON YOU HARTZ!!!