I’ve been a vet. tech for almost a year now and cannot tell you how many cases of hartz poisioning I’ve seen. As a pet owner myself, I understand how expensive products like frontline and advantage are. Both products are worth it for the health of your pet. Did you know that the active ingredient in frontline was first used in Europe to cure head lice in infant children? A dog can ingest over a hundred tubes of frontline and be ok (Dont try it though). I own a small cat and a 5 pound chihuahua and the best cheat I have found is to use frontline spray on both. Its more cost efficent over time and lasts one month, just as long as frontline plus top spot. Spend the money for products that your vet recommends. After all, they did go to school to give your pet the best health care.
It started a year ago when we brought home some fleas from my fathers house. The next day I went to walmart and bought Hartz brand flea shampoo and the flea control drops. I washed and applied the drops to My Female 3 year old choclote lab. Never has she had any heath problems. She broke out on her hind at the base of the tail. I didn’t think much of it. I just thought she was biting at the fleas and making it worse. I then got her a E-collar. Problem solved. Last week the fleas came back and in a big way. I bought the Hartz 2 in1 flea dip and followed the directions to the last word. The following morning she was not as energetic when I went to feed her. I thought nothing was wrong though. When I arrived home from work that same day, she did’t come out to greet me. I went out back and that is when I knew something was wrong. She was lying in the kennel not moving and un responsive to my calls. She was lying in a pool of her own vomit and fecies, and barely breathing. Her eyes were drooping and covered in pus. I loaded her up in the car and rushed her to the Vet. Dr. Bailey asked me all sorts of questions about anything she could have gotten into and I told him there was nothing but her water dish, her food and the kiddie pool. The next morning he called me with the bad news that she never made it though the night. He told me that her symptoms were consistant with Pyrethrin Toxicosis. This happens to be the main ingredient in all hartz flea control products. and is very toxic to humans and animals. He said he could not tell for sure unless I had her body sent off to a lab and that it would cost around $400. I could not come up with the money. But both him and I are sure it was the pyrethrin that killed her. EPA or somebody needs to have this stuff yanked off the shelf of all public stores. I wish there was something that I could do, but whatever I do will not bring her back. My male labrador now will not go in the back yard or get in the kennel. He knows she is dead, and it seems he is the most depressed about this whole suituation. If there is anything I can do please contact me at [email protected] I want to see this stuff off of the shelf. It is way too toxic for anyone to handle or administer to their pets.
I am 15 years old and I just got my first cat. We lived near a busy street so I kept her inside all the time. One night I stayed the night at a friends and I put her in my room so she would not get out side. Well my parents were bbqing and she got out some how, I came home the next day and she was missing. I looked all around for her and a day and a half later my 8 year old sister found her hanging from a little tree in our backyard. It was all because of the stupid flea & tick collars from Hartz. My cat was only 7 months old. With that much pressure I think the flea collar should have snapped or broke. We followed the instructions and it still killed her. I advise everyone to take all collars off of their animals. Hartz need to make a some type of snapping collar so when that make pressure would get put on there then it would snap off. No animals deserves to die like that.
Last week, we bought Hartz products. We used them on our west highland terrier. She then started to lose her hair on her hind legs and was not acting like herself. We took her to the vet they said they think she had a reaction to the Shampoo and spray. which we only used on her once and used the spray a little on her bed. When we left they called us to tell us that from her blood work she is having kidney failure. She is at the animal hospital now on IV’s and being monitored closely. We will get her in the morning and take her to our regular vet. They will do more blood work to see if she has showed any signs of improvement. We need to spread the word!!