Hartz Knows

Hartz KNOWS this product is dangerous to cats. That 800 number to call on the packaging? That is an ACCOUNT Hartz has with the ASPCA Poison Control Center. Ask them. For a normal person to call the ASPCA Poison Control it costs like $29.95 or something. If you use that special number on the packaging, it is included in the huge sum Hartz pays. They have that account because SO MANY cats are injured or killed by their products. I HAVE SPOKEN TO VETS {off the record} that work full time for the ASPCA Poison Control. They told me MANY MANY calls come in because of this product.
Of course Hartz will never admit it, not in the letters they reply with, not after your vet sends in a signed affidavit. They already KNOW but are not doing anything about it.

We need to petition major resellers like WalMart to get them to stop selling it. Maybe this whole group, each and everyone of you who has had their cat harmed by this product needs to file a class action lawsuit and get this out in the media, not to mention reimbursement for your veterinary bills.
Hartz will not stop. Something needs to be done to stop them and make more people aware BEFORE they purchase the product. Unfortunately most people will not even know this website exists until after it has been applied to their cat and it has done harm.

Call for authoring help

Would any of you be interested in writing up an article to be published on animalhelp.com on behalf of HartzVictims.org? I will give the author full credit upon approval. See animalhelp.com’s request below.

Please submit your article, with links, to me as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Josh

Can you provide a fair but firm article on the harmful side effects of Hartz products, backup by the many stories submitted to your site? AnimalHelp.Com would be interested in running this information in the Consumer reports Section of the site. We will also provide a link back to hartzvictims.com. BUT this article would have to be politically correct in that it should not be a bashing fest, but rather facts and figures, what to watch for, safe alternatives, etc. Our site gets approx 400,000 visitors a month and we CAN help spread the word. I do know hartz products are not safe and would be very interested in featuring this story.

My Angel almost went to heaven

Yesterday afternoon I applied Hartz flea and tick treatment to my one and a half old kitten, who is appropriately named Angel (because that is what he is for me, my Angel). At about 11 o’clock last night he started shaking uncontrollably. I figured it had to be a reaction to the flea treatment, because he hadn’t been into anything new that day. I washed it off and he kept shaking. I called my Mom crying and she recommended a 24 hour vet to call. I called the vet and explained that I had applied some flea treatment and I thought my kitten was having a reaction. The vet replied “It wasn’t Hartz, was it?” I almost died. I brought the kitten in right away. Thank GOD he’s going ok today and I’m about to go pick him up. When I saw all the stuff online about cats and kittens suffering from this product it enraged me! I called the hotline today and got a spiel about it being safety tested and FDA approved. HAH!

Photos of TJ – Hartz collar

This is the letter and photos that Cheryl submitted to Hartz regarding her cat, TJ.

WARNING: The photos below are very disturbing

Per my vet, my cat, TJ, was poisoned by one of the Hartz Cat Flea collars. His neck looks like a turkey’s, his tail, paws, mouth, ears….any place that he touched with the collar, also become severly infected. As he was a very furry friend, until he began to smell, stop cleaning himself and lose his appetite did we take a closer look. With a $200 vet bill, and hopefully a successful next 14 days, he should be back to normal. After receiving steroid & antibiotic injections, fluids via IV, several antibiotic flushes & oral antibiotics (antibiotics will be given for 14 days, flushes at home 2/day and to get him to eat/drink, special "milk" and food "gravy".)

I’ll take him back for checkup in a week. He seems alot better but the pics I am sending were AFTER the vet. He also weighed about 18 lbs. and seemed lighter and more picky about eating…he is down to 14lbs. The vet said that it was definately caused by the collar. I am surprised TJ didn’t die and did so well as he’s no youngster…about 11 yrs. old. Given research that I have done, apparently there are thousands and thousands of animals that are being maimed and killed by your products (example- www.hartzvictims.org) . I am furious that this product is still available and that I hadn’t heard anything about it until TJ almost died. Please advise.

Click here to see photos of TJ.

My Kitten, Chicken, Almost Went to the Light

I am more than willing to join anyone in Missouri, trying to sue the Hartz company. I am a college student with enough money to pay for shots, etc. I was not prepared to pay for extreme vet bills after my cat, Chicken, was poisened by Hartz Flea and Tick Drops. Yet, I can definitely conjure up enough money from my bank, where I work, to sue the Hartz company. I am in shock that out of all these complaints, they still have their lethal products on the market. I gave Chicken flea and tick drops 5 days ago and 2 days later it started having muscle spasms, which totally freaked me out. So, I took him to the emergency vet hospital and he had a fever of 105.5 F. Anyone who knows cat’s normal temp. knows that once they hit 106 F. they start getting brain damage. So, they put alcohol on his feet and his temp., luckily, went down to 103 F. If his temp. did not go down I would have had to put him to sleep because I do not have beaucoup bucks to put him in the hospital. Anyways, he is still not out of the woods because I have to force him to eat and when his temp. rises I have to put alcohol on his feet so he does not get brain damage. The doctor prescribed him antibiotics as well, so I gave it to him yesterday and he is starting to meow again and he drank water today!!! So, hopefully things are looking up for Chicken. If my cat dies I will sue the [email protected]! out of Hatrtz myself because helpless animals should not be dieing, when taking over-the-counter medicine. This is crazy!

Our Cats Are Twitching Today

This isn’t a news story or anything, I’m not sure if this is where I should be writing, but I applied the Hartz Advanced Flea & Tick care drops to my two cats last night, and now they both have head and ear twitches, and one cat is very lethargic, when she is usually very playful. I had no idea that this could happen, I bought it from PetCo and followed the directions, and even washed both cats off thoroughly this morning. I’m waiting to meet with my vet, and when I called the Hartz helpline, the woman insisted that news stories about the product being bad were false. I’m pretty pissed, thought you’d ought to know that yet another problem has occured. I can’t believe they sold me this.

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Saving Coco from Hartz!!!

I am presently at home without my kitty. She is at the animal hospital being treated for poisoning after using the Hartz 4 in 1. I applied it last night and by this morning she could barely walk. Her body shakes non stop and her muscles are convulsing. She is scared and miserable. You can see it in her eyes. My anger is immeasurable. Our Vet said these products should NOT be on the market. He has written to Hartz himself and received NO reply. Imagine that! I intend on calling our Attorney first thing tomorrow along with poison control and the SPCA. She cannot be replaced if she does not survive but I intend to make sure this has not all been for nothing. No creature should have to suffer because of this kind of negligence. Anyone in Alabama interested in persuing this with me please call me at 205.601.0871. Thank you