OMG! I can’t believe what I am reading on your site. But I CAN believe it because it happened to my pet as well. Here is Stubbys story.
I own a 2 year old Basset Hound and always use Frontline flea and tick drops on him. Always except one time last summer. I needed to treat him again with drops and hadn’t made it to the vet. I was at our local Hy-Vee store and decided instead of making an extra trip in to my vet (we live in the country, far away from everything) I would just pick up some of the Hartz flea and tick drops at the store and try them this time. Got home and put the stuff on Stubby. Within several hours I noticed he was scratching at the application site on his neck and between his shoulder blades. Soon after I noticed him scratching I noticed that his skin was bright red under his white fur. I immediately gave him a bath and tried to wash the drops off. After a thorough washing I felt good about everything and didn’t worry about it anymore that night. Well by the next morning Stubby was crying and very restless. When I got up I looked at his back and was so stunned to find that the skin was raw and oozy. He seemed to be in pain and very uncomfortable. I made an appointment to see my vet and couldn’t get in till that next day. By the time we got to the vet the skin on his back, basically everywhere that the drops touched, looked like it had just been eaten away as if with acid or something. It was so terrible. And at this point it had started to get infected and was oozing puss and smelled terrible. I felt so horrible. My vet said she had seen this sort of reaction on other animals, usually cats. She told me that she never recommends anyone to use Hartz on their pets. Wish I would have known that BEFORE I used it!!! She ended up sedating him and shaving the hair off from around the wound. She scrubbed the area really well and then started him on antibiotics, prednisone and also Gentocin spray (steriod) that I had to spray on the area several times a day. Poor Stubby is still afraid of spray bottles to this day! He cleared up fine but it took a while.
I was talking to a friend and happed to mention what happeded to Stubby and she told me that she had used Hartz flea and tick shampoo on her dog and he had the same type reaction, just not quite as bad as Stubbys.
I have since started to breed Basset Hounds and I tell all my new puppy owners to not use Hartz. I will also give them the address to this site. I was so excited and shocked when I found this website. I can’t believe that Hartz is doing nothing about their products and what they are doing to our pets. I am doing everything I can to warn pet owners against using any of the Hartz flea and tick products from now on.