My kitten- Dangerous Situation by Hartz flea spray

The day I adopted Lilly, a shy silver tabby kitten, I discovered she had a little flea problem. I purchased the Hartz flea spray and read the directions. I stayed on the safe side and rubbed only a little into her fur. Just seconds later, little Lilly began foaming at the mouth terribly. I rushed her to the bathroom and washed all of it out of her fur. I called the vet and told her about the event and I took Lilly in to be examined the next day. She was going to be fine.

Later I searched the bottle and saw a tiny pull back tab. When I pulled it back, it told me that it was only meant for kittens at a certain age. I was very angry. The fact that Lilly could have died and the fact that the appropriate age range was almost completely hidden from view really set me off.

Luckily Lilly has grown to be a beautiful “young woman”, but sometimes I still think of that Hartz product and how it could have cut Lilly’s life short.

My advice:
Before you use a pet product, you should search for information about the product and see what other users have said. This can ensure your beloved pet’s safety and health.

Newfield, NY

An Update On My Ill Cat

Hello.

We were able to bring my cat Tayter home last night. We have to give him Lixotinic every 1/2 hour until he eats. As of right now he still has not eaten.

Our vet has agreed to write a diagonosis of Tayter’s reaction to the Hartz 2 in 1 Flea Spray. When I recieve that fax I am going to begin filing complaints. I was advised to bring copies of all my reciepts to Walmart (where the spray was purchased) and see if we can have our vet bill reimbursed. If that does not work I will be further advised on pursuing this in reconciliation court.

I have been letting everyone I can think of know about what happened to my cat and that Hartz is a dangerous product.

My Experience at a Vet Clinic

I worked at a Vets office for 3 years and have heard many stories of people complaing about Hartz products. Since we only sold Advantage and Frontline, we really pushed those products. I have seen many animals come in and spoken with owners after they’ve used the product on the animals and it’s not pretty. With symptoms ranging from rashes, frothing at the mouth, and “hallucination”, I would definately not use ANY OTC products on animals. The only advice we could give owners was to give the animal a bath and try to get the product off. Unfortunately, that’s all we could do for them (besides IV fluids, etc.). It’s sad and infuriating that a product that is manufactured and sold for animals can lead to their demise.

My boyfriend and I joke about having our own cat sanctuary. We have taken in four homeless cats over the last three years. We also have two that were kittens we’d wanted.

We brought home two adult males from a shelter. They both had fleas and one had developed a tapeworm. The vet advised us to spray each of our cats with a flea spray we purchased from them. The vet’s spray was expensive and we combed through our other cats fur and were fairly certain they didn’t have fleas. We decided to use the Hartz flea spray we found at Walmart because we thought it wouldn’t be as harsh and we didn’t want to use up the expensive stuff.

After spraying our 18 month old 1/2 siamese, Tayter, he fell ill almost immediately. He was sneezing and appeared to be very sleepy. We had also sprayed our 3 year old DSH, Yuki, who seemed “mopey”. We followed the directions on the back of the bottle.

We decided to bathe both of them after Tayter seemed to be getting worse. Yuki started to come out of it after the bath, but not Tayter. The spray didn’t seem to wash off. Tayter’s fur remained greasy, smelly, and just had a wet look. The following day my boyfriend’s father and his wife came over. They have cats of their own and thought his behavior was extremely odd. Tayter is normally very playful and loving, but instead he just remained curled in a ball, like he was cold. When my boyfriend’s stepmom went to lift him off of her so she could stand up he fell into a sitting position and allowed his body to just fall over. No one had seen anything like it.

My boyfriend was home the next day and I had to work. He told me that Tayter had remained in the same exact position the entire day, curled in a tight ball on the couch. He refused to eat and vommitted. We were concerned about the cost of bringing him to the vet and decided to see if he would get better.

The next day I decided to see what information I could find on Hartz products and googled it at work. I came across this site, Hartz Victims. After reading some of the horror stories I panicked. I left work early. The drive home I thought I might be going home to a dead cat. I felt awful, that it was my fault. I wished we would have just used the spray the vet had given us. I had phoned our vet who told me as soon as I got home to see if Tayter would eat some Tuna for me. When I opened the can of course the five other cats were swarming around me, Tayter just sat a distance away. When I put the Tuna in front of him he sniffed it timidly and turned away. The vet told me to bring him in right away.

Tayter stood and walked around a little at the Vet’s office, being in a new environment seemed to wake him. He was very timid, which is not normal for him. I brought the bottle of Hartz Flea Spray with us and after reading the label the vet concluded Tayter was most likely having a reaction from a toxin that started with a p, listed as an ingredient. He said Tayter would have to be put on an IV over night, they’d be giving him an antidote to the Toxin. They also gave him vitamin drops for nourishment since Tayter refused to eat.

I called the vet at ten this morning to see how he was doing. The vet said he is okay, but still won’t eat. I have to call at 2 this afternoon to see if I can bring him home.

I work for a law firm and after telling my boss about this ordeal he is going to speak with a couple of the lawyers here to see if they can refer me or if they’d be interested in making a case out of this. I’d like to know what actions if any are pending and how I can get in contact with those involved. I don’t understand how this is being allowed. I see these Hartz flea products on the shelves of many stores, I purchased ours at Walmart. I’ve seen them at Target, Pet’s Mart, and Petco. How can this company be profiting off of harming people’s pets? Something needs to be done.

2 kittens so sick from hartz flea and tick spray

I adopted two 3 month old rescue kittens on the weekend, and planned to take them to my vet in a few days when they had settled in. I noticed fleas on one, and someone brought me hartz flea SPRAY (not the drops that so many have written about here). It said on the label that it could be used on kittens older then 8 weeks. Mine were 12 weeks, but to be on the safe side, I used the product sparingly, spraying it into my hand and wiping it over their coats. They started getting sick right away. I immediately tried to towel off as much of the product as I could, and hoped it was temporary.

To make a long story short, it is now 24 hours later, and they are still not well. The vet advised me to bathe them, which I did. Even so, I can still smell some of the product remaining on their fur. They were shaking, vomited, and had some diarrhea. Now they are doing much better, but I am really angry that a product which can make animals so sick is sold over the counter.

If I hadn’t bathed them, or used as much as the label suggested, I don’t know how much worse it would have been. I’ve seen a lot on this site about the drops, but the spray is also no good.

English Setter stopped eating and ultimately died 2 weeks after Hartz 3 in 1

My English Setter had fleas for the first time this year. She always wears a flea/tick collar. I had the Hartz 3 in 1, applied it per directions. I noticed the next day she was very timid and would start shaking if I approached her. Over the next 2 weeks she stopped eating and was having diarrhea. When we brought her to the vet she was weighted and had lost 12 pounds since her yearly physical only 3 months earlier. She was put to sleep that day.

It Killed Her

My dog, Koody, A Bishon Frize cross maltese, had fleas. So I went to the local pet store, the staff were wearing hartz shirts. I asked them for the best flea stuff the had, so they gave me hartz. When we got home I applyed the drops to Koody. She was only 1 and half years old. About an hour later she started trembling violently, after that day by day she got worse, she couldnt walk and she had trouble standing up. I had to feed her with a baby bottle. I took her to the vet and he said he had never seen anything like it. 1 month after I put the drops on her she died. I found her lying under a bush. I cryed for week, and almost had a breakdown, prevent this happening to you and your pet by NEVER, NEVER USING HARTZ!!! NO HARTZ PRODUCTS ARE SAFE!!!!!
And please if you ever see a Hartz product in a store, PLEASE, Ask the manager to stop selling it imediatly!

It Killed Her

My dog, Koody, A Bishon Frize cross maltese, had fleas. So I went to the local pet store, the staff were wearing hartz shirts. I asked them for the best flea stuff the had, so they gave me hartz. When we got home I applyed the drops to Koody. She was only 1 and half years old. About an hour later she started trembling violently, after that day by day she got worse, she couldnt walk and she had trouble standing up. I had to feed her with a baby bottle. I took her to the vet and he said he had never seen anything like it. 1 month after I put the drops on her she died. I found her lying under a bush. I cryed for week, and almost had a breakdown, prevent this happening to you and your pet by NEVER, NEVER USING HARTZ!!! NO HARTZ PRODUCTS ARE SAFE!!!!!
And please if you ever see a Hartz product in a store, PLEASE, Ask the manager to stop selling it imediatly!

After seeing this my heart goes out, and so do the products.

After seeing the pictures and reading the stories, my heart really does go out to all the little kitties and doggies who have to endure painful treatment like this due to a line of products you could pick up at your local drug or grocery store and we think are safe. My 4 kitties have used all sorts of Hartz products and nothing has ever happend to them, but I rather no longer take the chance. To all the animals and their owners I hope nothing like the pictures I saw will happen to another one again.

Zodiac Poisoned my Cat

My fiance accidently gave our cat the dog version of Zodiac Spot On flea treament and she was severly poisoned. We have a dog as well so he just grabbed the wrong package. Both packages look identical. The dog treatment does say “do not use on cats” but its VERY VERY small… too small.

My Kitty (yes thats her name!) was severely tremebling and non-responsive. I rushed to emergency care and while there she had a seizure. Now its a waiting game. She has to be observed for 72 hours. The vet says she may never recover.. soo sad..

I simply cannot believe that a company such as ZODIAC that makes products for both dogs and cats would create packaging that is so similar. They should be totally different so owners cannot make this mistake. Is there not a different way to formulate this treatment so it wont kill animals? It should say in HUGE letters on the front, WILL KILL CATS!

I also need to mention that my vet said a cat could be poisoned even from being around a dog with the Zodiac treatment! This is unbelievable!

All I can say is DONT USE THESE PRODUCTS, EVEN ON YOUR DOG!.. please.. and I’m going to tell every person I know to not use them and I may even set up a table and talk with strangers about the danger of ZODIAC.

Thanks for listening…