I usually use Frontline or Advantage but was working late last night and couldn’t get to the vet. I stopped at WalMart and picked up Hartz 3 in 1 Flea and Tick Drops for my cat. I honestly thought it was the SAME THING! She scratched the area a few times and besides a VERY unpleasant odor she seemed fine. Within a few hours she was acting a little strange, though I took no notice at the time. She seemed especially “needy”: sitting on my lap more; rubbing and whining. She had some more-intense-than-usual manic episodes later the next day.
24 hours later, guess what? She was still infested with fleas. Frontline and Advantage have always killed them by now… sooo I decided to do research on the active ingredient “Phenothrin”. I am absolutely horrified by what I am reading. Not just here but many many many pages from reputable veterinary sources. Now her weird behavior is suddenly explained. She never had the extreme symptoms that are described in some of these posts, but she IS having symptoms! I wonder how many cats are out there having minor symptoms and their owners just think they are being strange? What cats aren’t now and then? She had a long bath this evening and I intend to observe her very closly over the next few days.
Moral of the story: The Hartz products are obviously causing problems and they DON’T EVEN WORK. I just pulled a flea off of my cat’s face just a few minutes ago.
The very fact that they have PULLED the product at the request of the EPA but are STILL SELLING IT until 2006 makes me ill.
Jennifer in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
I just adopted two kittens. They were both infected with ear mites. Thinking that products over the counter were safe, I bought HARTZ ear mite treatment. Boy was I wrong. Almost immediatly my kittens were sluggish , tired and almost seemed blind. They were running into walls, swaying side to side while they sat, it seemed like they couldn’t hold there own head up. I didn’t know if this was normal but I had a feeling it wasnt. I watched them closely for a couple of hours. All they did was sleep. Finally I picked them up. Poor Chopper was shaking and started to urinate while I was holding him. My other kittens symptoms were not as severe. I called a 24 hour vet and they then told me that the active ingredient PYRETHRINS can be fatal to cats and kittens. The Dr. told me to wash them off with dawn soap and bring them in right away. Chopper died a couple of hours later. He was brain dead. Thank God my other kitten pulled through. HARTZ did kill my kitten. The next morning I called HARTZ and they treated me like I was an isolated case. I called other local vets and they had alot of the same sad stories to tell about other pets. Now this website with so many other horror stories . WHEN IS ENOUGH GOING TO BE ENOUGH !!!!!! Thanks for listening. Stephanie Gross
Thanks to hartz my cat sneezes out blood and has blood on his nose I had no idea what it was from until I found this site.
I have 2 indoor cats and 2 indoor dogs. On Monday, June 13,2005, my husband had purchased Hartz Flea and Tick liquid for cats, knowing that the fleas would soon be visible. He applied the Hartz to the back of their shoulder. Around 3:25 a.m. on Tuesday, we were woke up by noise coming from the bathroom area. We
got up to investigate when we saw “fluffy” flopping around in the bathroom out of control. It looked like she was going nuts. At that time we noticed she was foaming at the mouth and slinging it everywhere. My husband grabbed fluffy by the nap of the neck, she went limp. He immediately put his jeans on and took
fluffy to an all night emergency vet clinic. While my husband was on his way to the emergency vets with fluffy, I noticed that the older cat was acting really strange. I called my husband immediatlely on his cell phone to let him know that “Sandy” also was acting the same as “Fluffy”. We had given both cats the same treatment for fleas. That is the only thing these 2 cats had in common.
These cats are kept in different rooms, eat out of different bowls, use separate liter boxes. They do not socialize with each other what-so-ever. Both were having convulsions, foaming at the mouth. Almost dying. Our vet immediately tranquilized both cats and had to administer IV’s and antibiotics for several hours. We almost lost both cats and we would have if we had waited any longer than we did. These cats were suffering and something needs to be done about this. It had cost us $285.00 to save both cats, which was worth it considering the alternative.
But something needs to be done. How many cats/dogs have to die before something is done to this company? This is inhumane and needs to be stopped.
It’s a real shame and it’s sad to know that millions of people out there do not know that these products are KILLERS! How do we get the word out there? How can the people at the Hartz Corporation sleep at night knowing they are killing these helpless animals?
I used the Hartz Advanced Flea and Tick killer on my 3 year old cat, Rose, last August 2004 . It was the worst mistake of my life. The next morning, she was very sick, vomiting, and almost totally unable to move. My kids were very upset and crying, so I took her to the vet here in town, and after spending $450 was told she’d die from kidney failure quickly if not sent to the Auburn College Veterinary Hospital 60 miles away. After surgery and a week long stay, I had to charge the $2,300 bill to a credit card to save my beloved kitty. She is a part of my family, so of course I did it. Now I’m in debt, having a hard time paying this off all because of Hartz’s negligence and lack of concern. What angers me most is seeing all the stories of Hartz victims that happened long before my cat’s encounter. Hartz knew of these kinds of problems before this even happened to my cat and kept selling this product anyway because all they cared about was making money. In my opinion, this is just plain evil. I’ll never buy another Hartz product again, I’ve even heard heard the flea shampoo is dangerous! I’m also spreading the word as far as I can to save other pets and pet owners from what I went through. The emotional suffering is as bad as the bill.
I was doing some research after a bad experience I had and stumbled apon this website…. In reading some of your stories I found that my cat had the same reaction that your pets did. I used the zodiac flea and tick spray on my 4 year old cat, and that same night he started acting funny….. hiding, not affectionate, his fur looked horible but I just thought he was angry, and that that was what the product did to the fur. The next morning he looked even worse, and he had started twitching especially in the ears, but again I didn’t really think anything of it, cats flick thier ears all the time. I didn’t see him again for the rest of the day (very unlike him). When I went searching for him that evening I found him lying on the floor twitching uncontrolably (later found out it was seisures he was having) He couldn’t even walk and he was foaming heavily at the mouth dripping gobs of saliva everywhere. I called the emergency vet clinic, they told me to bring him in immeidiatley, they called him a “zodiac cat” they said that they see this frequently. He had to have over 12 hours of medication (muscle relaxent through an IV) We got the IV out yesterday Mon. this happened Sat. night. He is getting better by gods grace, but is still foaming a bit at the mouth.. PLEASE, PLEASE, becarefull with other brands as well. I will never use another over the counter medication for my cat again. I am now talking to the company about getting some compansation for my vet bills, it doesn’t look to good at this point, but you never know. I thank you for this site and for helping people become aware. Hopefully other people and thier pets won’t have to suffer, because of it.
A week after getting Duncan, a cairne terrier puppy, I moved into a new apt. that turned out to be infested with fleas. The prior apt. dewellers had a flea problem that went unreported due their trying to get around the pet weight restriction.
Anyways, it was 10 pm at night when I took Duncan over to our new home.
I freaked out when he went into the back bedroom to become covered with swarming fleas. I ran up to Super Kmart and carefully (so I thought) selected a flea product I could use on a nine week old pup. According to the Hartz label on the Flea and tick spray, it could be used on puppies over 6 weeks old. It even broke down how many sprays would be needed for a terrier. Well that night I put it on him and we went to bed.
The next morning Duncan had diraherra, I thought it was due to the treat I gave him for being such a good boy the night before. Then about an hour or so later he began throwing up and acting unusually tired. I rushed him to our vet we had just met the week before. His heart rate had dropped down and he didn’t want to eat or drink.
The vet had to basically give him an aderline shot and a shampoo to strip off the Hqartz spray I had used. That was when the vet told me about Hartz. Next time I use anything over the counter for Duncan I am calling to check with my vet!
I called Hartz to complain. They told me that it was a rare reaction that happened to my Duncan. The labels have been recently modified to read the product should not be used on puppies under 12 weeks. I pointed out my label was their old one listing the product as usable on puppies older than 6 weeks. They said the product with the old labels are still good and that the label’s age requirements change was conducted by all companies making flea products. Hartz stated that since the product’s reactions are just rare side effects in dogs (and that cats are naturally sensitive creatures) these products with the old label do not need to be recall.So that is why the old label is still on shelves. I think this is stupid and danagerous.
Hartz people just kept telling me that my puppy had a rare reaction and they changed their labels to an age limit of 12 weeks to use. They asked me to mail them my vet bill and a statement from my vet. It is great Hartz is willing to reimburse me for my trip to the vet; however, I am concerned about the principle of what is going on rather than the money! They failed to realize that in some form they are committing false advertising since they have a product on most shevles that still contains mis-information that may prove harmful to these smaller pets! They do not seem willing to have a recall or some sign stating the new age limits. I had even felt nausated by their product after treating Duncan with Hartz Flea and Tick Spray…they need a caution label on every product of theirs that states:
Caution: We are a bunch of idots may harm you and kill your pet. Reactions are believed to be rare side effects. Possible side effects includes: nauesa, dirharrea, and death. Check out the website HartzVictims.org! for more information!
I have called Super Kmart and Super Walmart in my area and spoke to the store managers. They seemed shocked and wrote reports to their buyers and corporate headquarters. Hartz may not be disclosing information to their distributors…What do you think? I also called PETA to invite them to investigate since they are headquartered in my area.
We shall see were this will go…I want these products made safer or totally be removed from the shelves. I thought Hartz wanted to help create a better quality of living for pets not kill them!???!!! What kind of business are they in besides to make money?!
Virginia Beach, Virginia
My best friend, his name is Tuffy. Running a little short on cash, so I bought some of the Hartz drops for dogs. He weighs about 14 pounds. I followed the instructions to a tee. About one hour after I put it on him, he started shaking and it became more violent by the minute. I rushed in a gave him a bath hoping it would help some. Made him eat some bread and drink water. After about 3 hours, he could not stand and was quite disoriented. Vet bill, with IV’s–$278.00
I have tried Hartz now on my dogs and cats and it has cost me much more in the end. Stick with the good stuff. A little more initially, but no vet bills later.
I am extremely angry with Hartz and they will not reply to contacts.
I used Hartz flea spray on my cat and she overdosed on it. She was high as a kite, could not walk. $280 later she is OK. She still seems out of it though. I will never use hartz on her again. I threw the stuff away.
This Hartz flea treatment is crap !!! I would rather my dog have fleas then to have tremors and be lethargic! I put those drops on my maltese/poodle mix baby and now she is at the vet! About an hour after I placed the treatment on her she becamse lethargic, would not move and shaking all over ! I bathed her twice and she still is out of it. Hartz needs to pay my Vet bill ! I just pray she is going to be ok. This is ridiculous. They shouldn’t be allowed to sell this crap in any store. DO NOT BUT THIS STUFF ! It’s not worth your pets health and lives.