Hartz dog victims

Last summer my cat Squiggy became very ill and we were spending alot of time at the vets. 3-4 days a week for 6 weeks. He was finally diadnosed with a brain tumor and PTS. Twice during this time people came in to pick up their dogs while I was there and told me the story about how trying to save money they used Hartz flea preventative on their pooches and ended up with several hundred dollar vet bills because their dogs almnost died. These were not puppies or sick animals. I remember years ago when they came out with another flea product I think it was called blockade? and it was killing dogs left and right. But they never admitted to any wrong doing and they won’t now either.

Hartz dog victims

Last summer my cat Squiggy became very ill and we were spending alot of time at the vets. 3-4 days a week for 6 weeks. He was finally diadnosed with a brain tumor and PTS. Twice during this time people came in to pick up their dogs while I was there and told me the story about how trying to save money they used Hartz flea preventative on their pooches and ended up with several hundred dollar vet bills because their dogs almnost died. These were not puppies or sick animals. I remember years ago when they came out with another flea product I think it was called blockade? and it was killing dogs left and right. But they never admitted to any wrong doing and they won’t now either.

My cat had a bad reaction

When we stayed in a motel during a cross-country move, our two flea-free cats got a bad, bad, bad infestation. Since we had no vet in the new town, and I very mistakenly assumed that over-the-counter flea meds would be less toxic than prescription ones, we dosed both cats with Hartz. Our short-hair cat developed neurological symptoms–shaking her paw–and other symptoms of a bad reaction. We wiped her down and brought her to a vet who told us how bad the product was. Luckily, our cat survived with no apparent ill effects. I’m astonished, though, that a product that can be so harmful is not only marketed but still in stores. The Hartz flea repellent we got was not, by the way, the one with the really bad chemical; it’s the one that Hartz claims is safe (I’m sorry, I don’t remember the name).

Channel 9 in Secaucus

If you’re a victim in the NYC metro area, I urge you to contact Brenda…

Sender’s Name: Brenda Flanagan
Sender’s Email: [email protected]

Message: I’m a reporter with the Investigative Unit of Ch9 TV News —
NYC metro area. Ironically, we’re actually located in Secaucus —
same town Hartz is in! I want to do a story about the Flea/Tick Drops
— that animals are STILL getting sick/dying — and I need to contact
victims in my
area … New Jersey or metro NYC. Can you help me get in touch? My
phone number at work — 201-330-2288 — Please call me — perhaps you
have a spokesperson we can interview as well. Thanks.

Brenda

My puppy died in my arms

Last night, Penelope, the 9-week-old puppy my wife and I were raising, died in my arms. I came home, opened up a pack of Hartz Premium Prime Beef Brand chewing strips and gave her one. Thirty minutes later she was staggering around and foaming at the mouth, choking on a piece of one of the strips. The wife and I tried to save her, but she was gone. She was 9 weeks old. I feel like vomiting.

After she died, I was cleaning up her stuff when I noticed the pieces of the stick she had gnawed off. One in particular was a little shard, about one-eighth inch long, that was just perfect for killing a dog.

I’ve contacted Hartz and told them what happened, but while the phone rep was very nice, I have yet to hear back from them. I’m out the money for a registered Pekingese, and, more importantly, I’ll have to live with the image of her dying for the rest of my life.
Jim Dunn
Birmingham, AL

Hospitalization

I really wish I would have found this site sooner! Jerry is a 6 year old overweight cat we adopted about 3 months ago. He is extremely playful and full of life, up until about 5 days ago. We applied Hartz to Jerry as directed Thursday night. Friday he seemed a bit out of it and tired, but still up and about. Saturday he did’t really come out of the room too much and didn’t seem interested in treat…but he would still eat them. Sunday I started noticing he wouldn’t eat his food. This made me a bit concerned, but cat get finicky sometimes. Monday night he wasn’t drinking water, but what was worse is that he would stand by the bowl and not drink anything. Tuesday early morning we took him in for diagnosis. He was running a fever and was dehydrated. They pumped him full of fluids and sent us on our way. All night Tuesday he was vomitting, and Wednesday morning he was vomitting blood. So this morning we took him in only to have the vet tell us he is still running a fever and now has signs of jaundice. The vet let us know NEVER to us Hartz because of the adverse effects like these. Now Jerry is in the hospital getting bloodwork done and has to stay over night. Luckily the vet is really flexible, because all these visits now cost $650. I will update as soon as he gets out. Yet one more customer of Hartz.

A trip to the emergency vet

Two days ago, when we discovered fleas on my 11 month old kitten, Persephone, we cringed. The idea of washing all four of our cats to treat the infestation was not pleasant, especially given the disposition of our two adults. Imagine our excitement when we found Hartz Flea & Tick drops at our local pet store yesterday afternoon.

We came home last night and treated three of the four cats, opting to wash the adult male as he was far too large for the drops to be effective. The three cats immediately started shaking their heads and scratching, but we thought that type of behavior would be normal considering they had something cold and wet on the back of their heads. Two hours later, though, we noticed something was wrong with Persephone.

Persephone was hiding under my fiance’s desk, trembling and squeezing her eyes shut. I tried to get her attention, but she didn’t respond. I picked her up and she went completely limp and continued to tremble. This cat is typically very alert, even when you wake her up from a deep sleep, and when picked up either complains or plays. To put it not-so-nicely, she’s usually a hyperactive pain in the butt. I knew something was very very wrong.

We washed the drops off and took her to the emergency vet. After a little while, the vet came out and told us that Persephone was having a toxic reaction to the drops, but that she would be fine. She told us to never use Hartz products on our cats ever again, and to wash the drops off of the other two cats when we got home and to keep an eye on them as well. She told us that it is very common for cats to have severe, sometimes deadly reactions to the Hartz drops.

I can’t believe that this product is still on the market, and that the EPA and other government agencies have been so relaxed about leaving it on pet store shelves after all the complaints they’ve recieved. Furthermore, I can’t believe Hartz is being so irresponsible in continuing to produce such an obviously harmful product.

I’m glad I found this site!

Although I have not had any personal bad experiences with the Hartz flea drops, after seeing this site and all the testimonies, I will never use this product again. I had used the Hartz flea drops in the past, and I thank God everyday that there were no adverse reactions at the time. As I’m sure that are a few people out there that have used this product without an adverse reaction. And those of us who have should be very thankful that our precious fur babies are ok. I think I would much rather see a cat or dog have fleas than to take a chance on using an OTC product.

My 3 year old Jack Russell had 3 seizures

My 3 year old Jack Russell named Jack has had 3 seizures
I was not sure why after 3 years of age that my very healthy dog would have seizures, My vet tried to tell me that my dog had epilepsy, the vet also after the third seizure put my dog on Phenobarbital, because they felt it could only be epilepsy, I never in a million years thought it might be the flea medication that I used on my dog that would be causing him to have seizures, ?until I ran into a lady at the Pet smart pet store in the Isle where the flea treatment was keep, this lady told me that after she used the flea drops on her dog that her dog had seizures, well I put 2 and 2 together and called my vet to inform them that I have started to reduce the Phenobarbital until I will not give it to my dog at all, I felt the medication had altered his personality, he was depressed, and he also seems as if he is drunk from the drugs because he wobbles around the house running into table legs and the walls. I hated giving my dog any type of drug that would cause him later down the road more harm then good and if he didn?t have epilepsy then there is no need to give him Phenobarbital, needless to say they were not happy with me because I have made this choice because they said I could be right but then what if I were wrong, I told them I know I am not wrong and they also said they had heard of Hartz flea drops causing problems, I had also explained to them that my dog was in perfect health before I started using the Hartz 3 in 1 flea drops in December and that my dogs Seizures all started after I used the HARTZ 3 in 1 Flea & Tick drops, before December 2004 I had never used any kind of flea drops on my dogs, in January I used the drops again and my dog had he?s second seizure in February I ran out of the flea drops so he did not get a treatment and he also did not have a seizure in February, on March 7 I bought more Hartz flea drops by March 9th my dog had another seizure.
Had I know that the Hartz Flea drops caused problems such as seizures as well as death in many pet I would have never used it.

Has anyone?s dog had mild seizures after they used Hartz 3 in 1 Flea Drops?
Please email me at [email protected]