Hartz One Spot – Peripheral Neuropathy & Siezures

I put Hartz’s One Spot flea control on my cat, Leo, about a week ago. Then I began to notice that he was having trouble walking (peripheral neuropathy) and maintaining his balance. He gradually became lathargic and was not acting like his usual up-and-about self. This morning I awoke to Leo having a siezure.

Last night, I researched the internet for possible reasons why Leo was having trouble walking. The primary condition that I found was diabetes, but he did not exhibit any other diabetic symptoms. Luckily, I came across this web site and was able to establish the correlation between his problem and Hartz. So, when I brought him into the vet this morning, I was able to better inform her of his symptoms and of the use of Hartz. Otherwise, I probably would not have mentioned using the Hartz product, which could have lead to the wrong direction for testing.

Leo is in the hospital now. After doing some tests, the vet determined that Hartz was the cause. Fortunately, she believes that he can be treated. The estimated cost – $300. Hartz said that it will “consider” the case for reimbursement.

The vet said that the problem with Hartz and similar low-cost producers of flea control medication is that, since the more expensive products (Advantage, Frontline, etc.) are patented, these companies basically produce a cocktail of ingredients that are supposed to mimic the high-cost meds. So, really, who knows if methoprene, penothrin, or some “other” ingredient (the lable lists 2.9% methoprene and 97.1% “other” ingredients) is causing these problems.

Methoprene is the chemical that is supposedly being used to replace penothrin, which is used in Advanced Care, as the main ingredient in its products. Instead of selling Hartz’s Advanced Care products (per the agreement with the EPA – EPA and Hartz), the company is selling One Spot, which includes the methoprene. This is the product that I used and that lead to the hospitalization of my cat.

Even though Hartz was supposed to discontiue distributing Advanced Care by the end of March 2006, this product can still be found on some store shelves. I found the dog-related product at Petsmart today. You would think that Hartz would notify their retail stores that it supplies that the Advanced Care product needed to be pulled. Then again, all things considered, maybe not.

Whatever you do, do not purchase or use Hartz products. Whether the problem is penothrin, methoprene or something else, the risk is too great and the pain is too much for your pet. One Spot and Advanced Care are not the only Hartz products that can adversely affect your pets. Even if you have used Hartz products before without any negative reactions, be on the safe side and do not use Hartz.

LOVING PET OWNERS BEWARE OF THIS PRODUCT

I USED THIS PRODUCT ON MY CAT RECENTLY. NOT KNOWING THAT IT WAS MEANT ONLY FOR DOGS, I APPLIED THE HARTZ ONE SPOT ON MY CAT. WITHIN A FEW HOURS SHE BEGAN CONVULSING AND SALIVATING. I RUSHED HER TO THE ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTER WHERE SHE SPENT 2 DAYS WITH SEVERE CONVULSIONS. THE VETS GAVE HER A POOR PROGNOSIS. THANKFULLY SHE SURVIVED. AFTER SEVERAL DOSES OF METHOCARBONAL AND DIAZAPAM SHE IS SLOWLY STARTING TO RECOVER. SHE IS STILL EXTREMELY WEAK AND STILL UNBALANCED. MY VET INFORMED ME THAT THIS PRODUCT WAS TO BE RECALLED IN OCTOBER OF 2005. I WENT SHOPPING ON MAY 24, 2006 AND TO MY SURPRISE, EVERY STORE I VISITED STILL HAD SHELVES FULL OF THE PRODUCT. THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN NO RECALL. AT LEAST NOT IN MY CITY.
I WOULD ENCOURAGE PET OWNERS NOT TO PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT. CONSULT YOUR VET FOR OTHER ALTERNATIVE, SAFE FLEA CONTROL FOR ALL YOUR PETS.

my mini poodle and a hartz collar

I have a mii poodle about 20lbs. A couple of years ago I had gotten hm a flea collar from Hartz, becasue it was cheaper than other ones and had similiar ingredients than other ones. That same evening I looked at my puppy (not really 2 yrs. old then) and couldn’t believe it. His eyes were so red and puffy, it looked like they would jump out any minute.
The first thing on my mid was, get the collar off, it must be irritating.
Since then I was always afraid of putting any flea collar on him, thought he was allergic or so. He got better right away.
I bought a different flea collar with caution this week, because the fleas are really bad this summer. To my surprise, his eyes are still sitting in their spot. So afterall it was the crappy HArtz.
Beware!
I’m just glad I caught it that early. To all of you that had less luck and lost your loved ones (pets), they are in dog-haven (or pet-haven) watching over you no to make the same mistake again, and are blessed with all the love you were able to give them.

Flea Collar Poisoned My Cat

I just got back from the vet’s. My cat had been stumbling, weak, sleeping a lot, and not purring when petted. He kept eating and drinking, but he had trouble jumping up on his favorite perches, and he had lost all interest in playing.

I was worried about Lyme Disease, because we just moved to one of the worst areas for Deer Ticks. The vet tech asked what we used to control ticks. I told her that we had usually used Frontline TopSpot once a month, in Oregon. But I was dismayed that the Frontline only seemed to work for 2-3 weeks here in New York State, so instead of reapplying it (not wanting to overdose my sweet kitty), I just put a Hartz 2-in-1 Flea Collar on him.

She got a horrified look on her face and said, “Hartz?! Oh no!”

I then told her that the next day he was outside all day (much longer than usual) and came home collarless, so he only had it on for a 12 hours at most. But then the vet told us that in pulling off the collar, cats sometimes bite it, and get a toxic dose of the pesticide.

I was trying to protect my cat from ticks, but it turns out I just put him in greater danger. The vet said it’s much safer to reapply the Frontline every three weeks, and just pull the ticks off with tweezers when they do appear. He said he has never seen Lyme disease in a cat, but he sees dozens of Hartz poisonings every year, and about 10% of the animals who have a reaction, cannot be saved.

Luckily for my family, our cat is young and was in very good health, and had already started to improve before we got to the vet, so he will most likely be okay in a few days. But if my cat had been older, or a kitten, or had swallowed part of the collar, he might have died.

Hartz needs to take all its pesticide products off the market. There is no excuse for marketing this DEADLY POISON over the counter as “medicine”, when humans need prescriptions for relatively harmless stuff like antibiotics or cough syrup! This is not a matter of not following directions – this is a bad product that tricks people into exposing their own beloved pets to harmful, potentially deadly poisons.

Just as guilty are the retailers who continue to sell the stuff, if they know about this problem. I don’t like class-action lawsuits because they mainly benefit the torte attorneys and often result in compromise settlements that allow the product to stay on the market. And although I’m a paralegal, I’m not particularly litigious, and would not sue just for myself, either. This website is very helpful, and I hope it leads to more news articles and publicity. Tell your friends to boycott Hartz food, litter and toys until they pull the poisons.

birds are hartz victims, too

hi. just wanted you to know that even birds can be hartz victims too. i have posted links here that tell the whole story as it unfolds, but the gist of the story is: the hartz bonanza cockatiel food caused malnutrition in a family of i cockatiels i rescued. (i am an avian rescuer, once it was safe to do so, i switched their diet.)

the results of eating a daily diet of hartz food were: the mom died after laying eggs (from malnutrition), 3 of 4 babies died (again of malnutrition) and the one chick that did survive had serious health issues (rickets (which was fixed), stunting, and air saculitis – for the rest of its life)

here is a link to the web thread where it all unfolded:
http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/community/showthread.php?t=3080

here is a photo album of dando & uno, the survivors:
http://daniland.phanfare.com/album/40612

the father and lone chick were adopted together and have a great loving home, a better diet, and fine medical care now.

An hour longer and he would have died

I recently went to Target to buy my new cat something for fleas. I happen to be looking in Target by the animal supplies when this women came up to me and out of no where said “If you want your pet to live do not buy any Hartz product or it will kill your friend.” I stood and thought to myself yea yea just another crazy lady. But my fiance and I decided to go to pet supermarket to see what they had. When we went to the aisle where the flea and tick supplies where we noticed that there was no Hartz products to be found. So I asked a clerk about the product and his eyes about came out of his head when I told him that I was about to buy Hartz products. He also instructed to NEVER buy their products. So at this point I was convinced. I proceeded home to my kitty and our roommates puppy. When we arrived home my roommate had already put Hartz flea and tick control on her pug. I told her what I was told and she shrugged it off and went on like nothing happened. The next night we were playing with dog when it looked as though the pug was having a stroke. He stuck his leg out and looked like he was very dizzy. We monitored him for about 5 minutes. Then all of a sudden he thumped to the floor and was unable to stand. He could hardly open his eyes. We ran to the car and went to the emergancy hospital at 9 pm. Once there the vet asked if we had given him anything out of the ordinary. So we told her that we had put Hartz on our friend and she also about had her eyes pop out of her haid. She grabbed the dog and rushed to the back and said she would be right back. She came back about 10 minutes later and informed us that if we had let him go for another hour we would have lost our friend because of the Hartz. She said that it always happens at night on the first or second night. All dogs that come in like ours taht have had Hartz put on them respond in the same way. It’s a good thing there is an animal hospital 5 minutes away! What if there was not one close by? We would have lost our friend do to a company that does not care about animals. If they did care they would have taken their product off the shelves by now. Please please do not put this product on your animal. It is worth the $60 more to go to the vet and get the kind they supply like Advantage.

My dog is dying

Two weeks ago I put Hartz flea and tick drops on my healthy 13 year old Golden Retriever. The next day he started vomiting and stopped eating. I took him to our vet, who unfortunately hadn’t heard about any of these reactions. He sent us home with antibiotics and stomach medicine, but my dog just kept getting worse. I took him back to the vet, and he tried IV hydration and more medicine, still not knowing what was wrong. We scheduled an ultrasound. We were even thinking we would have to put him to sleep. If only I had seen this web site before now! I ran and scrubbed him with Dawn, but I don’t think he’s going to recover. My poor dog hasn’t eaten in almost two weeks, and he is so weak he can barely stand. I am so angry! Please get the word out about this horrible product.

Skin irritated on my beagle

We applied Hartz 3 in one to our 9-month old beagle a week ago. Now his hair is coming out and his skin is infected where I applied the drops. What do I do? He does not seem to be sick, just has a skin infection. It is gross looking and I know it is hurting him. After reading some of the posts, I just bathed him in Dawn. What about Benadryl?

Mt. Pleasant, TX

adverse reaction in cat

I was out of Advantage and borrowed a tube of Hartz for my cat from a freind. Bad idea, long story short, we ended up @ the emergency vet around 6 the next morning. Molly having seizures the whole way there in my arms! Why this product is on the market is beyond me. My vet as well as emergency vet both say adverse reactions are common. What’s wrong with this picture. I think all veterinary offices should display info on this subject for patients. How many pets need to go through this. The lucky one’s make it. Still waiting to see how Molly’s story ends.

seizures

I never knew what was happening to my 9 year old Lab until I read on this site. Today My Lab Jake had his second seizure in 7 mo I used to use advantage then 1 year ago I swithced to hartz Oh my god how I wish I hadn’t . I will never give him anything hartz again and I hope there is no permanate damage. Please be careful with thier flea and tick Meds.
Paula