Hi everyone. O.k. I don’t really have a story of Hartz medicine causing seizures or death in our dogs, but this is my issue….
I had heard that Hatrz was one of the cheapest and best ways to get rid of fleas in your animals. My girlfriend and I just decided to go back to college, so of course the finacial situation has been hard, we decided to try the Hartz because we heard it was great stuff.
The first time we used it – it worked great – we could of swore by it. I take care of dogs for a living in a dog kennel, but still decided to try the hartz (my mom swore by it). This is my issue: Our dog is now INFESTED with fleas. EXTREMELY BAD. If you roll our dog over on his back, you can see TONS of fleas crawling all over his tummy, he is CONSTANTLY itchy. I’m am without a doubt positive our other dog has them as well, as she is constantly itchy, we just can’t see them as well on her. When I have applied the hartz on our one dog, he freaks out and runs through the house tryin to "rub it off" his body.
I called the vet for advice on what to do about this situation… he said "NEVER use Hartz" he told me that EVERY WEEK he sees an animal who is having a "BAD" reaction to the Hartz. He told me Hartz uses a very old chemical that should NOT be allowed… he said this chemical causes VERY BAD reactions and death in many animals…."
With that my whole point is…. Hartz DOES NOT work as well as people claim, we now have flea infested dogs who are very UNCOMFORTABLE and on prednisone, because I can do NOTHING about these fleas and can not apply BETTER flea medicine until the Hartz has wore off.. I warn you DO NOT trust this product, not only does it not work, but it can kill your animal!
Thank you for your time.
A disturbed pet owner!
MY NAME IS KATIE, I AM THE PROUD MOTHER TO THREE VERY SPECIAL ANIMALS. CALLIE, MY CAT, MILO, MY MEXICN CHI, AND ROXIE, MY FERRET. I WENT TO THE LOCAL PET STORE ABOUT THREE DAYS AGO AND ASKED WHAT THEY RECOMMENDED FOR FLEAS. THEY GAVE ME A THREE PACK OF THE HARTZ 3 IN ONE DROPS, FOR CATS. THEY TOLD ME THAT I COULD USE IT ON ALL THE ANIMALS. I PUT ONE APPLICATION ON EACH ONE, JUST AS THE DIRECTIONS DESCRIBED. ABOUT 3 HOURS LATER I FOUND CALLIE UNDER MY BED SHAKING VIOLENTLY, AND FOAMING AT THE MOUTH. I WRAPPED HER IN A TOWEL IMMEADETELY AND RUSHED HER TO THE ALL NIGHT VET CLINIC!
AS SOON AS I WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR THE VET TECH LOOKED AT ME AND SAID. "YOU GAVE HER FLEA MED! wHAT KIND AND WHAT TIME?" I TOLD HER AND ASKED HOW SHE KNEW THAT. SHE SAID THAT SHE SEES THIS ALL THE TIME. NOTHING OVER THE COUNTER IS SAFE AND HARTZ IS THE VEY WORST!!!!
CALLIE IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL ALMOST A WEEK LATER. THEY THINK THAT SHE WILL LIVE, BUT SHE HAS SUFFERED SO BADLY! IT WAS HEART WRENCHING TO WATCH MY BABY LIE THERE IN THAT MUCH PAIN! IF I WOULD HAVE KNOW THAT THERE WAS THE SLIGHTEST POSSIBILITY THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN I WOULD HAVE NEVER HAVE PUT HER THROUGH THIS TOURCHER!!
HARTZ SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES FOR SELLING THIS TOXIC POSION AND PASSING IT OFF AS SOMETHING TO HELP OUR ANIMALS! THEY ARE MURDERS! I HAVE MADE IT MY NEW MISSION TO HELP RID THE WORLD OF THE CRAP! I HAVE CONTACTED ALL MY LOCAL NEWS CANNELS, PETA, WALMART(THEY SELL IT), THE PET STORE I BOUGHT IT AT, AND EVEN STARTED EMAILING TALK SHOW HOSTS, OPRAH, ELLEN AND MONTELL! I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO DO THE SAME! IF WE ALL MAKE A LOT OF NOISE SOMEONE WILL LISTEN.
I HAVE SOME HOPE MY BABY MIGHT RECOVER FROM THIS DEVASTATING ORDEAL. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE NOT SO LUCKY MY HEART FELT CONDOLANCES. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES RIGHT NOW! MAY GOD BLESS YOU, AND HOLD YOUR ANIMALS IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND!
AND TO YOU JOSH WHO WROTE ABOUT THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR! LAY THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS!!!!!! THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT THINK THAT ANYTHING OVER THE COUNTER WOULD HAVE HURT THEIR PETS! I DID NOT BUY HARTZ TO SAVE MONEY, I BOUGHT IT BECAUSE I WAS AT THAT STORE BUYING SOME OTHER THINGS AND IT WAS RECCOMENDED TO ME. BUT THERE ARE SOME OTHERS OUT THERE WHO CAN NOT AFFORD THE PRICER STUFF. THAT DOSE NOT MEAN THEY LOVE THEIR PETS ANY LESS! BE A LITTLE MORE COMPASSIONATE!!!!
I don’t have a tragedy to share, nor do I have any kind of lawsuit success. Instead, I just want to give some general flea and tick removal advice so as to avoid these kinds of problems in the future.
When it comes to flea and tick medication, you get what you pay for. Either the cheaper brands will offer little-to-no protection or they will cause serious harm to your pet. If your animal can’t handle Frontline, Advantage, or K-9 Advantix, stick to Zodiac since it’s a weaker brand and is appropriate for animals that have high sensitivties to flea medication. Zodiac is also the recommended brand for flea shampoos, powders, and sprays.
Also stay away from flea collars. Collars are only effective at killing fleas if they land ON the collar or within one inch of the collar. The best use for a flea collar (of any brand, including Hartz) is to put it in your vaccuum bag/canister before you vaccuum any flea-infested carpeting and upholstery. The poison will coat the inside of the bag and will kill any vaccuumed flea eggs that try to hatch inside the bag or canister.
I’m so sorry for all the terrors/losses that everyone on this site have suffered and I only hope that if anyone reads this before getting Hartz flea products, it will avoid another tragedy.
I WAS VISINTING IN MARYLAND WITH MY THREE DOGS AND ONE OF THEM CAME IN FROM A WALK WITH A TICK. I LIVE UP NORTH SO I HAD NOT HAD TO START OUR YEARLY PREVENTATIVE. I USUALLY USE FRONTLINE PLUS. I WENT TO THE LOCAL PET STORE AND BOUGHT BIO SPOT, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE FRONTLINE PLUS. ONCE I APPLIED THE BIO SPOT, ONE OF MY DOGS GOT A BIG RED BLOTCH ON HIS BACK. SOON HIS ENTIRE BACK WAS ENFLAMED, ITCHY, RED AND SWOLEN. HE WAS EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE AND COULD NOT "GET AWAY FROM HIMSELF". AS SOON AS I NOTICED HIS DISCOMFORT, I WASHED IT OFF WITH SOAP AND WATER, FOLLWED BY AN OATMEAL BATH. I APPLIED ICE PACKS TO COOL DOWN THE ENFLAMED SITE BECAUSE HE WOULD JUMP UP, RUN ACROSS THE ROOM AND ATTEMPT TO BITE AT HIS BACK. ONLY AFTER GIVING HIM BENEDRYL AND KEEPING HIS BACK COOL WITH ICE PACKS FOR APPROXIMATELY 36 HOURS DID ANY RELIEF COME. THE OTHER TWO DOGS ALSO HAD SOME REDNESS AND SOME IRRITATION AT THE APPLICATION SITE, WITH WAS SOOTHED BY A COOL SOAP AND WATER BATH FOLLWED BY OATMEAL SOAKS.
My cat Tigger has had ear mites off and on all his life, usually I have 2 cats, plus the cat nextdoor likes to visit us all the time, they are all out door cats close by a big corn field. My job keeps me away from drug stores during the day and the vet, so thought I would try some over the counter stuff. Needless to say after reading some of the stories on this web site, that was a big mistake.
He now has a sever inner ear infection that has cost me big buck with the vet and is taking a long time to clear up. We have tryed several different meds, but he is not well yet and it has been three weeks. Dawn soap has been used regularly too. Please pass the word.
Terry I Stiner in WI
We recently had used the Hartz Flea & Tick Collar on our mini pinscher. He’s a tough little dog very strong. After about a week of him having this flea/tick collar on he started to become extremely aggressive, bearing teeth when we wanted to get close to him. He was never be calm always tearing around the house as if he has gone crazy. This went on for weeks and we could not figure out what was wrong with him. My husband suggested that perhaps it was the flea/tick collar, so we experimented and have finally taken it off of him and now a week later he is almost back to his normal self. Calm lap dog. Of course he still plays and chews, however he is not bearing his teeth and not tearing around the house like a "mad dog". We also experienced this with the Advantix brand flea/tick collar. We were unsuccessful using the frontline liquid drops. The collar seemed to work great except for the fact that the chemicals drove him "crazy". We now use a flea/tick spray which work great.
Thanks for listening
On August 17th I applied Hartz flea drops for cats to my beloved 3rd generation Himalayan cat Cuddles. At 4 AM Saturday August 18th I awoke to him Having convulsions, foaming at the mouth, vomiting and unable to stand. I called my vet at 5:30 in the morning, told him the symptoms, that I had just applied Hartz the nite before, and that we needed to get him into the vet asap. He Had tremors, twitching and constant seizures til 7:30 AM , when my vet opened his door. We held him in our arms the whole 3 1/2 hrs trying to comfort him. My vet explained that there were thousands of cases of Hartz and Seargent flea product poisonings and death. He also stated that he had saved some-But that there was no guarantee, That Iv fluids, flushes, drugs and days of hospital treatments were the only way to attempt and save his life-But that after 3 1/2 hrs of constant seizing and vomiting-he may not make it. He also informed me that Hartz HAD BEEN TAKEN OFF THE MARKET-5 yrs ago, But after reformulating their flea products was allowed to Reenter the product on the Market..THIS IS A TRAVESTY…. THIS should NOT go on in the USA
AT 7:45 we put Cuddles to sleep-I could not bear to see him in pain, and tortured any more.
I have contacted Hartz, Walmart who sold me the drops, and NBC Channel 10 News Providence, RI.
I am heartbroken and appalled that this could happen in the US. I am appaled at Hartz LACK OF CONCERN-
CAN ANYONE HELP ME to Form a CLASS ACTION SUIT???????
WE MUST SUE-there are THOUSANDS of cases out ther
My Cuddles is buryed in my yard-and WILL get an autopsy if NEED BE
THEY KNOW they are POISONING animals
I have a 10 year terrier and I used the hartz 2 in 1 rid flea dog shampoo with oatmeal and I’ve had nothng but the best results with the dog but my girlfriend who actually washed the dog has had problems with her hands…dry flaking skin to the point of bleeding sometimes…her nails are actually chipping away to nothing… and she lost all the hair on her arms…if its not safe on humans why would they sell this product on dogs! I’m discusted! ***** HARTZ! Those dumb mother *****ers I hate shitty ass products from those *****es…thank you.
My dog is currently at the vets, on an IV drip. She was poisoned because I used the foaming flea and tick shampoo that promises it would kill not only the fleas, but the flea larva and eggs. Not only did it not kill the fleas, but it nearly killed the dog. I was going to sue, but the vet says its too hard to prove that is what it was. I can’t believe they are still allowed to sell this crap even though it’s so dangerous.
I have 3 indoor cats who somehow managed to get fleas. I looked online to see how much the vet recommended flea medicine was and found that it was about 45 dollars for 3 months, thus to do all my cats once it would be 45 dollars. I decided instead to by the Hartz 4 in 1 flea drops for cats for about 10 dollars. BIG mistake. I went home and put it on my 2 year old cat. At first he seemed okay but the next monring he wasn’t himself at all. He hid downstairs and refused to come up and be around us (very unusual considering my cat loves people, especially me). Worried i went to work and had my husband check on the cat throughout the day. By the time i got home I knew something was wrong. He was laying in a basket of towles in the basement shaking. I rushed him to our local vet who told us apparently this is quite common with Hartz products. I was outraged when I found out. Thankfully he is okay… The vet gave him some muscle relaxants to stop the shaking and we went home and gave him a bath in Dawn. Still it was a very scary experience! After reading other stories online I feel lucky it wasn’t worse. i will NEVER EVER use another Hartz product again and I am going to tell EVERYONE I know about this! Its horrible that this happens all the time to cats yet the product is still being sold!!