I want to thank you so very much for the information you post on your website. It saved my little Sunshine’s life. (aka Dolly, Angel, Doll baby, Angel baby, Yellow, Sassy Cat, and comes to “I need you!”.
It has been about 6 months since I used the Hartz flea and tick drops (purchased them at a local Casey’s gas station), but I didn’t post right away because I was so very emotional about it that when I sat down to write my story I couldn’t get it to come out right.
In short, here is the story. I applied the drops according to the package directions and photo before bed one night and woke to find my beloved Dolly having tremors and seizures. My husband refused to believe that the drops could cause this. He told me, “You better watch that cat today, I think she is on her last leg.” Sunshine is 12 years old. My first thought was, “How many people buy flea product from Casey’s gas station? It must have been an expired product.”
I immediately jumped online to look up Hartz so I could ask about expiration dates, and with the search term Hartz, found Hartzvictims.org. I was just SICK to see an actual website with reference to deaths from the product IN GENERAL, soon finding stories that caused fear so deep that I couldn’t breathe through the tears. Thanks for this, it is why I decided not to ‘Wait it out.” It was then that I realized that I was responsible for the condition of my cat, and that my dear Sunshine was unlikely to recover. I searched your website and found the Animal poison control phone number which I gave to my Veterinarian. Angel’s doctor worked with poison control to save her life. She was shocked when she saw the directions on the box for application, made the poison accessible to the animal’s tongue.
They gave her fluid under the skin to get her rehydrated, put her in a small pet carrier with a hot water bottle on each side, under towels for comfort. (Water bottles were simply plastic pop bottles filled with hot tap water… clever- nice shape for a kitty.) AND the real HELPER was that they gave her the medication Prednisolone to relax her muscles. The local pharmacy had it, as the Vet clinic didn’t usually carry it. I don’t know how much she had at the clinic, but the directions on the bottle say, “Give one half tab orally twice a day for two days then a half a tab once a day for two days, then one half a tab every other day, until gone. There were 5 pills in the bottle and the tablets were 5 mg.”
She stayed at the Vet clinic overnight for observation – The tremors were SO SEVERE, that they kept knocking her little head down.
I mailed the bills and remaining product to Hartz and they paid the bill, refunded me for the product, and I assume paid my Poison Control Bill. Poison Control’s answering message states that there is a $50.00 charge for calls, but they said not to worry about it, as Hartz may pick up the charges.
I was appalled to find it on the WalMart shelves, when I searched for a new toy for my now, spry again Sassy Cat.
Anyway, thanks to you, I can now tell this story somewhat calmly, with my little Angel baby by my feet!