Prince William’s Story

This story was sent to me via email today:

After noticing fleas on my one-year old Shih-Tzu, Prince William, I bought Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and tick drops.  I parted the hair and applied it down his back.  That was on Saturday May 17th.  By Sunday, William was acting different, but I thought it was because we had a visitor, and he doesn’t like to share his attention.  My son gave him a bath and after the bath, Prince William collapsed on the floor and began to loose control of his bowels.  I rushed him to the vet and he was severely dehydrated, he had blood in his stool and urine.  The doctor ran tests and told me that she suspected toxins in his system, but at the time I couldn’t think of anything that would have caused that.  She asked me about the bath he took and decided that maybe he drank some of his bathwater and there-in laid the problem.  He was released the next day, but was unexplainably irritated.  He would not allow any touches on his back or sides.  I had to lift him from his stomach.  The next couple of days I noticed bleeding from his neck and took him back to the hospital.  They shaved his hair in order to clean the sore and noticed that his back had third degree burns from his neck down his back.  At that time they asked me what I had poured on Prince William as if I had mistreated him.  I told them the only thing we put on him besides Hartz shampoo, was the Ultra Guard flea and tick drops.   He is currently being treated for his burns, and it’s getting very costly, but more importantly, he has been in pain.  He has not been my playful Willie in almost two weeks.  The hair on his back will possibly never grow back.  The worst is that the vet says he has a long, uphill battle ahead of him, and it all started with Hartz UltraGuard flea and tick drops.

Hartz Flea and Tick Drops and Yorkies Don’t Mix

My yorkie has been through a lot the past few days; and thank goodness that I remembered to wash off the Hartz.  My little (11.8 lb) Peyton was in heat and we had her bred for the first and last time.  I wanted my daughter and family to be able to get a precious Peyton like mine.  On Friday, I found a tick on her and I quickly went to put her flea treatment on, the last time she did fine, unknown to me, I did exactly what the directions said this time, parting the hair and starting from the neck to the tail, it quickly started to absorb and that is when the troubles began.  Later the evening she wasnt herself, she wouldnt eat – I had assumed it was that she might be pregnant, so I brushed it off, then Saturday morning, she was throwing up, lethargic and not playful at all, she wouldnt eat or drink.  I was severly getting concerned.  It was a holiday weekend and no one was open.  I called the vet, they suggested Pedialyte and chicken and rice or bring her in.  She wouldnt take either.  I had to syringe the pedialyte into her mouth – she would vomit it all up.  By Sunday, it was progressively getting worse, but I kept fluids down her and told my daughter to give her a bath.  I took her to the ER Vet on Monday and they thought it might be Pyrometra, they took Xrays to find it wasnt it, I then asked about the Hartz – they said it could be a possibility or the Pyrometra could still be a possibility – but blew off the Hartz, they gave me antibiotics and fluid under her skin and an anti nausuea shot, she held down liquid and started drinking water a little; I gave her another bath and scrubbed her good.  I gave her pedialyte by syringe and she started drinking it more on her own.  Today is Tuesday, she is at the beginning to acting herself, she is more lively and giving kisses, she still is not on food yet, but to my surprize, she reached up on a small table where as I had a snack for her and she took it.  I am hopeful she will start to eat.  She is drinking water again.  I truley believe it was the Hartz…..I feel terrible that I put it on her – this stuff should not be sold over the counter or at all.  I could have lost her to this… I am still going to have her checked out again to rule out pyrometra – but by the signs of how she is acting – it was the Hartz.

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The battle with Cute Overload continues

Last night, after receiving an email and saddening photos of Lacy’s MinPins, Frosty Paws and Gauge, who suffered severe skin damage from Hartz treatments, I posted a comment over at Cute Overload.

The comment was actually posted, so it seems as if I’m not banned from posting my comments, but I was quickly moderated and the comment was deleted.

Cute Overload comment

Shortly thereafter, “Theo” commented on my personal website:

A new comment on the post #1162 “Best Mac ad that I’ve seen to date” is waiting for your approval

Author : Theo (IP: ,
E-mail :
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Whois  :
Mr. Janicek —
As an adult in this country, you’re entitled to your opinions.  You’re free to try and convince others of them, on your own time and (let’s say just for instance) on your own blog.  Heck, you’re free to give all your money to Scientology if you want, not to mention the rest of the years of your life, should you so choose… as long as it doesn’t interfere with me, my time, or my blog.

Stop trying to sneak stuff like this into our comments:
Fur rls? (Srsly.)
Totally cute!!!
You should TOTALLY check out these photos of Frosty Paws:
And make sure to check out and
And make sure you NEVER, EVER buy a Hartz product that Cute Overload endorses.


You have your forum, we’ve got ours.  OK?
– Theo

I replied to Meg Frost (“Theo” used my email address to post the comment on my website):

Subj: Why?
Date: 5/16/2008 9:13:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent on:

Got it.  So, you’re just trying to make a buck?  Right, Theo?


As usual, no response.

Recalled Hartz items ON EBAY!! HELP!!!

Alert reader, Mia, writes in and recommends:

I think you should read this bulletin i posted on ebay, some people dont think the recalled hartz products should be removed from ebay, but i say they SHOULD be removed, here is the link…. please read and feel free to post it on your website.

Thanks, Mia!

Hartz flea and tick drops for dogs

Apologies for the delay in posts recently.  Below is an email and photos from Lacy, whose miniature pinschers suffered the wrath of Hartz poisonings.

Hi Josh,

Last July and August I posted a few things on your website about the hartz flea and tick drops killing our MinPin, Milsie Baby, and causing a lot of harm to our two other dogs, Gauge and Frosty Paws.  I am sending you some pictures of all of this.  I hate that it has taken me so long to get these to you.  Most of the pictures are of Gauge, the two close-ups of fur-loss is Frosty Paws.

After only one treatment, we lost Milsie one week later, left Gauge with a scar down her back and Frosty itching so badly she pulled out her hair and developed skin infections.  They saw three vets at the emergency clinic and two more at their regular vet (and I spoke to a 3rd there, also), totaling around a thousand dollars, yet, none of them were willing to give us a statement.

I am so glad that at least one person in the world has kept up the fight, and I thank you for taking the time to do so.

I also sent you a email through your web site about a hartz ad being in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  I got an error msg., so I do not know if you got it or not.  I have already sent them an email through their ‘contact us’ link, but think that others should, too.

Thanks again,


DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT.  IT MADE MY CAT VERY ILL.  we gave it to him 9 days ago and he is still sick.  This product has synthetic pyrethrins in it which are very toxic to cats.  Not all cats will get sick from it but too many have!!  I have been watching my normally very active and happy 3 year old cat be extremely lethargic now for 9 days, he can barely walk.  It started the night we gave him the Bio-Spot.  He had a very high fever by the next day and was tremoring.  Has has been to the vet twice and spent a night in the ER.  He is still very lethargic and still having trouble walking.  Thank god he is improving and it looks like he will be okay.  But no one should go through this.  So many people have lost their pets already to this product and others like it.  The EPA needs to be alerted by everyone who has had a pet get sick from this stuff so it gets taken off of the market.

Hartz One Spot for Cats and Kittens

5-14-2008: Today, as my daughter was brushing our long-haired Siamese cat (named Romeow), she found fleas with bite sores on his head and neck.   She came to me pleading I do something for him to stop his agony.

Every year, I purchase flea collars for our family pets (consisting of 2 dogs and 1 cat).  This year, I had purchased all natural and organic collars from, but was still in the process of waiting for the shipments arrival when I made a HUGE mistake.

I had my daughter run to Target and buy some Neosporin and some kind of flea treatment for our cat.  She came home with Hartz OneSpot Flea Egg and Larvae Treatment for Cats and Kittens.

Romeow had bloody sore spots above his eyes and in and behind his ears, so the first thing we did was put a dab of Neosporin on each of those sores. We then applied the contents of one full tube of the Hartz treatment between Romeow ‘s shoulder blades.

He seemed content at first, but within an hour, he began howling a horrific cry (if you ‘ve ever owned a Siamese, you know what I mean).  As I went to check on him, I found him hunched over in a corner of my daughters bedroom.  There were piles of vomit surrounding him.

Romeow is a very large cat.  He weighs 22 lbs., has asthma (treated by our vet with Prednisone), and has never been fed anything but Iams dry cat food (the most recent being Iams Healthy Naturals).  Knowing Siamese can have allergic reactions or sensitivities to certain foods, we ‘ve always been consistant about his diet.

So, all this vomiting he was doing surprised us.  It was obvious to me he was very stressed.  His ears were back, he had a glare in his eyes, his howls were deep growls, and he did not want to be approached.  Totally out of character for him!

I did a quick Google search to see if vomiting was a symptom of this Hartz treatment, when I came across this website.  I could not believe the horror stories I read about this particular product!

I bathed Romeow with an unscented castile liquid soap, then picked up the phone and immediately dialed my veternarians office.  I was told by my vet that they would never recommend this product to anyone for use on their pets.

When I was asked if he was eating or drinking since all this vomiting occured, I replied, "no, he hasn ‘t, but that I was kind of force feeding him water by cupping my hands and placing the water to his mouth, making him swallow some."

Their major concern for him right now is dehydration.

I told my vet that since I bathed him, the vomiting had subsided for the past 20 minutes, and that he was wrapped in a warm blanket sleeping right now.

Their advice was for me to offer him some tuna, tuna water, chicken, chicken broth, or even baby food (such as liver meat).  If he did not eat or drink, would vomit further, or show anymore signs of distress, I was to call back so he could be seen by the vet immediately.

Right now, as I write in this blog, I ‘m praying these poison toxins were all washed off in time, and our beloved Romeow will come out of this okay!

I am angry!  Not only at myself for having applied this to our family friend, but at Hartz, for manufacturing a product that can be lethally toxic!

Please, Please, don ‘t EVER use this product!  For the safety of your pets, use an all natural organic remedy instead!  If only I had waited for the arrival of my shipment, which consisted of a 100% Herbal Rechargeable Flea Collar that is safe for cats and dogs, and manufactured by:  Natural Animal Health Products, Inc.

Lily spent the night at the vet

After using Sergants flea and tick on her, she became really sick. I finally took her to the vet. After a couple of shots and a night there she got to come home today. The vet also showed me a cat that the owners had given the same stuff to last week. It had been there for a week. I only had a small bill but it could have been alot worse if I had not gotten her in there when I did. The vet called Sergants and told them about it. I also called them today and made an incident report. Everyone who has used this bad stuff needs to do also. It is really bad to have this on the market, and have lots more really sick dogs and cats out there. Please do not purchase this spend a little more an go to the vet for your flea and tick prevention.

Rocco SEVERELY HURT by Hartz Chew & Clean intenstinal blockage

I bought a Hartz Play ‘n Snack Triple Pack for my 8 month old French Bulldog puppy Rocco.  This product included three items: 1. Chew n’ Clean Durable Nylon Bone 2. Snack Bursts – Beef & Bacon Flavored Treats3. Bacon Bone – Corn Starch Chew BoneHe is an active 8 month old puppy who likes to chew.  I have had great luck with similar products, however the Hartz Chew n’ Clean “durable” nylon bone unfortunately was partially ingested by Rocco.  He was perfectly fine and then Sunday morning after our am walk and breakfast he stopped playing and began to vomit.  This continued all day and night Sunday.  1st thing Monday morning I called my vet and made an appointment.  Rocco would not eat.  He would drink water, but could not keep anything down.At the time I did not know what was causing the problem.  The vet examined Rocco. He was not running a fever and she ruled out illness as a cause.  She X-rayed Rocco but couldn’t see anything.  However, she was very concerned that he had eaten a foreign object and there was an obstruction.  To make a long and painful story short.  Rocco had swallowed pieces of this “Durable” Nylon Bone which caused a very severe partial blockage.  Basically the pieces were stuck in his stomach and being pulled into his small intestine to no avail because they were stuck.  He had emergency surgery on Thursday which removed the pieces.  Fortunately we caught it in time but it was very touch and go.  He is still in the hospital and I HOPE to be alble to take him home Monday. I am posting this in hopes that other doggie parents will know that this product IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS it can severely injure your pet and even KILL!  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THESE KINDS OF PRODUCTS TO YOUR PETS!!!