WFLA, the Tampa NBC affiliate, carried a story about the deaths caused by Hartz Flea & Tick. In a phone interview, Hartz said, that the deaths caused by their product are an acceptable amount.
I am watching my cat closely and have been now for about the last three hours. It is now 3:15 a.m. and I am afraid to sleep because I don’t want to leave my cat unattended.
Thank God my husband found your website! We purchased the Hartz Flea & Tick medicine for cats in a package of three seperate applications several months ago and while the first two just caused him to appear upset and annoyed at having some smelly products applied in a place he couldn’t well reach to lick off, the third application was not without serious effect, on both our kitty and on us.
Our kitty spends most of his days indoors but does go outside from time to time and when we noticed fleas, we applied the medication, as directed. Today we applied it around 1:30 pm and while he spent some time cleaning himself, trying to remove the smell and the oil, I didn’t think anything out of the ordinary had happened. I noticed he was acting strangely by about 5 or 6 pm, as he usually acts as my shadow, following me from room to room. Twice I called him and found him curled into a ball on my husband’s desk chair the first time and the second, on my bed, and if a cat could turn a shade of green, he would have been a royal emerald. When I found him, both times, he looked up at me with glazed eyes and gave a muffled “meow,” his movements slow and it was just apparent that he was feeling sick.
Had I not been distracted by other activities going on today, I may have made the correlation between his symptoms and the application of the Hartz product sooner, however it was not until my husband mentioned that Sam was ‘hiding’ in a small space behind the bathroom door and when later, I noticed him lying amongst my shoes in our dark closet that I recognized these behaviours as those of a sick or injured animal and feared what was to come next.
By coincidence today, I happened to pick up some non-tick repellant cat shampoo (Sergeant’s) that was on sale and was able to put it to good use after my husband discovered your website while searching for FAQ’s about the product and possible effects and read a few testimonies which mentioned that washing an animal helps. We bathed Sam right away and the funny thing is that he didn’t even seem to mind the water (and he always has in the past). It was almost as though he knew what we were doing and wanted those chemicals off of himself ASAP. He is curled up on my lap right now – kind of odd – he tends to give affection only on his terms and usually does not stay put for long when picked up so I am still a little worried. We cannot really afford a trip to the emergency clinic so chances are I will be up all night and have to spend some time at the vet’s office during regular hours – not exactly my idea of a great Valentine’s Day.
Reading others’ stories makes me both sad and so angry at a company so irresponsible and lethal. Why is Hartz still in business? My husband and I are now convinced that we must dedicate some serious time and effort to awareness about the dangerous effcts of these products in hopes that we may, in some way, prevent further incidents from occuring.
Growing up I was always in a household that contained at least two or more well-loved and well-taken-care-of-pets and while my parents have always been able to afford Advantage for their babies, my husband and I, being recently married and in our early twenties, thought we could save some money by purchasing an over-the-counter remedy. I remember staring at our choices and eventually going with Hartz over a couple of other brands which I either didn’t recognize or had just assumed that Hartz was a more trusted brand in pet care. Boy, was I way off the mark. Had I known that I was endangering the life or health of my cat, I could have cared less about the extra $20 or so I should have spent on Frontline.
I read that the products can cause kidney damage which can shorten the length of your pet’s life or cause permanent damage that can result in lifelong tremors or seizures. I am worried about my kitty but he seems to be doing better and I fed him some canned food (a treat he gobbled up) and some milk to hopefully absorb some of the toxins in his system.
We may be one of the lucky ones here and I do think that may have something to do with the fact that we didn’t apply the whole container, though it was directed, it just seemed like a lot. I can remember helping my mother apply Advantage to our pets and it seemed like a much smaller amount. I think that the excess amount of treatment may have something to do with some of the experiences. Let’s take this company down and expose their irresponsible ways!
On a different note, has anyone known a child to be exposed to this product? I can only imagine that it would be harmful to humans, especially children, as well…
It started when i bought Hartz 3-in-1 flea drops. in about one hour i notest that one of my cats was shaking in another 30 min my other cat started to do do the same thing so then i took him to the vet ande leav her over nite the next day i could go pick them up. the vet bill was $500.00
Last night i had put hartz 3 in 1 flea medication for Molly( our one year old cat) and about one hour or 2 hours later she started shaking and rubbing her eyes with her paws and acting weird like something was happening..so we took her to the bathroom and gave her a bath to try to get rid of the medication on her back..and she got worse..the medication came off but it made her disoriented..and her furr was oily.
We contacted the 24 hours vet and brought her in..the vet (or nurse) had asked me if we used hartz i say yes.. and she say it was toxic to her..we were very shocked !
So they were goin to give her a full bath and IV and such to make her feel better.. when we called today to find out how she was doing.. she was aggressive and we are supposed to take her home tmw morning( i hope)
I just cannot believe that it happend! It made me mad and upset and worried and sad..
We want them all the hartz products off the shelves EVERYWHERE.
Thanks for reading this
I want to tell you an update on how my cats are doing now. I submitted a story in January to this websight. I have a beautiful lilac simaese cat. I absolutely love her. She is so special to me and my daughter. Thank goodness I found this websight when I did. It just never dawned on me that those hartz products were why my cat was acting so horrible. Immadiately after finding this websight and reading how simular my cat was reacting to the hartz products, I washed her as soon as I got home from work that night. I started noticing a huge difference. I would like to tell you her remarkable difference since I have thrown all my hartz products away and gotten them off her skin…..my lilac simaese use to hide in my daughters closet all the time and she had so many sores on her body, she constatly licked and scratched her body, she didnt want to be around anyone and she had lost her playful spirit, she looked and acted so sad. NOW a month later….she has her playful silly spirit back, she does not even go into my daughters closet, her hair has all grown back, she doesnt stratch anymore, she just all around seems so much happier. Thank you so much!!! NEVER again will I poision my cats with those horrible hartz flea drops or any of their products.
I will never forget the first time I applied Hartz Flea and Tick medication on my cat. She was 6 years old, and very active and healthy. She had her own agenda, and was never very clingy. That night, she had seizures that kept getting worse, she was crying and throwing herself around and even appeared to try to run away from whatever was hurting her. We rinsed her off and took her to the vet the next day. The first thing the vet said when we started our story was “you didn’t use Hartz, did you?” Without another word, he started treating our cat, and thankfully was able to save her. It’s been over a year since it happened, and our cat is finally starting to act normal again. For a while she was clingy and extremely skiddish, and we will never forget the night we almost lost her. She’s a member of our family, not just our pet.
Unfortunately, I am legally unable to produce any more details, and probably shouldn’t have disclosed as much as I have, but I can’t help but pray for the day to come when I can walk into Walmart and not see one thing from Hartz on the shelves.
I live in Fresno, California. My Vet. is in Reedley. I trust him with all of my pets. One day I brought my kitten in after putting the Hartz drops on his neck. I didn’t put the recommended amount because it seemed quite alot to me, thank God. My Vet. immediately washed Mo (my kitty) and told me that several cats and kittens have died and suffered seizures from the Hartz products. That is from the Vet. himself. He is the only Vet. at the Reedley Vetrinary Hospital. I’m sure he would be interested in this website.
I recently bought a toy by hartz that was supposed to be indestructable to puppies. My five month old Great Dane totally destroyed it. GD’s are not known for their deadly jaws, so this toy does not stand a chance against any Bully breeds.
This toy is a yellow ball with different color ‘pegs’ that stick out the sides. It came with a tag that had a huge explanation about the strength and pictures of how this toy is put together in the center. Please do not buy this toy. Almost 10 on the ‘pegs’ were ripped off, many could have been swallowed, resulting in blockage and death.
Anubis and Athos’s Mom
Some years ago I had a pit bull puppy I called Hammer. Right after we got him, I used a puppy flea shampoo on him from Hartz. I don’t remember exactly which one, but I know that it was Hartz because I bought it from the supermarket, and that is all they sell.
That night Hammer looked woozy and a bit out of it, but I didn’t think anything of it, he had had a big day and it was the middle of summer, I thought maybe he’d a little heat exhaustion. But the next day he was worse, he couldn’t walk, and would sit on his rump and kind of rock back and forth. When he started vomiting, we rushed him the University of Penn Vet Hospital. All they could tell me was that he’d probably been poisoned by something, but I never thought it was the shampoo. It was something that was supposed to be safe, and when I told the vet, he never said that was a possibility.
They said we could take him home, but as we walked out the door, he started having seizures, so we rushed him back. After a couple hours, they told me there was nothing they could do for him. He had been convulsing the whole time, and they couldn’t make the seizures stop. There was swelling on his brain, and even if he recovered, he’d probably be severely debilitated, mentally and physically.
I told them to euthenize him, I didn’t want Hammer hurting anymore.
It has been ten years since, and I have always wondered what happened to him. And I am sitting here realizing for the first time. that I killed my puppy. That the shampoo I put on him poisoned him, and I was naive enough to think that just because it was allowed to be sold, that it was something that was safe.
I never knew.
My cat was 13 years old but she was still active and healthy. I started using Hartz spray after I moved into an apartment because of the dog next door. I used the carpet spray and the spray that actually goes on the cat.