On Sunday September 25, 2005 at about 8:30 pm I applied Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens 6-10 lbs on my three cats. By 1:00 am that morning my littlest cat Jinx was having a severe reaction to the product. he was flailing around, panting, and convulsing. It was a terrible thing to watch. I immediately contacted the poison control center and they advised me if he continued to do so to take him to the vet in the morning. I knew Jinxie didnt have that much time, I could see that he was losing his battle. I contacted my nearest Emergency Vet, which is about 30 minutes away from where I live, and they told me to bring him right in. I drove 90mph to get him there as soon as possible holding him and trying to reassure him we were on our way to help.
Upon arriving at the Vet I was informed Jinx had a temp of 108 degrees, they immediately put him on IV fluids, a sedative to calm him, and gave him some other drugs to help with his symptoms. I just knew that I had killed my little Jinxie. The blame we as humans suffer after an episode like this is unreal, I felt so responsible, I didnt know how I was going to live with it if anything happened.
Jinxie stay at the Vet for 4 days and I am happy to report he is at home and doing very well, his coordination is a little off, but he is slowly returning to the kitten I knew before this happened. My other two cats also showed signs of the poisoning the next day but I gave them several baths and pushed liquids with a baby medicine syringe. They too are doing well.
I just want people to know that Hartz was a trusted name in our household, we have bought their products for years, have complete faith that a company that had been around that long would never do anything to harm our pets. Please be aware they are killing our pets.
Today I am sending them my $900.00 plus vet bill and I am hoping they are going to compensate me for it, but no amount of money will ever be able to repair the trauma they put myself and my family not to mention Jinx through. Please. please be aware of these animal killing products they sell and dont purchase them because they are less expensive than the name brands, they honestly knowingly kill our pets and all just for a profit.
Thanks to this website for letting me know there are others out there just like me!!!!!!!