Hartz, how could you?

I wish I had seen this site sooner.

My husband & I treated our cat Hunter, who spends a lot of time outdoors, with Hartz Ultra Guard Pro drops last night. I had been putting off going to the vet lately to get his Advantage drops, and I figured this might work until I could get to the vet.

What a mistake. When we put it on him he immediately acted as if it was bothering him and tried to start licking it off. He has never acted that way with his Advantage drops.

Today when I got home from work, I saw that he had spent most of the day inside (which is rare, unless he isn’t feeling well) and he was having trouble climbing our stairs. He was fairly lethargic, even when our kitten tried to play with him. His back kept twitching as if he was unable to control it.

Luckily we found so much information on these Hartz drops within a matter of minutes after seeing his symptoms, and he seemed almost delighted as we washed his fur with Dawn dishwashing liquid and a warm washcloth.

How could Hartz make such a terrible product? And isn’t it convenient that you cannot email your complaints through their website?  You can call an 800 number from 9-5pm only, Monday through Friday or write a letter to their human resources department.

I think I will go to the Better Business Bureau with this one.

My heart goes out to those who have had similar problems, and worse, with these products. Very sad. I never in a million years would have thought you couldn’t trust Hartz products, but now I know better.

2 thoughts on “Hartz, how could you?”

  1. If you really want to save the lives of dogs and cats (and teach Hartz a lesson), compile all of these postings, and send them (along with a compelling cover letter) to the CEO of Wal-Mart and ask Wal-Mart to discontinue these products. To really make the letter strong, you can also have everyone on Hartzvictims.org “sign” the letter to show Wal-Mart how widespread Hartz’s pain on the pet community has been.

    We cannot let Hartz continue to hurt pets, but unless a major retailer (or the government) tells them to stop, that is exactly what will continue to happen.

    Good luck!

  2. The Hartz spot on flea killer almost killed our cat. After application , he started foaming at the mouth but that went away and looked good after. We went to sleep and woke up seeing the cat twitch and shake. He could barley walk without falling. It was obvious that he was going to die as he laid on his back and convulsed uncontrollably. My girlfriend and I nursed him back after washing him with mild dish detergent. I hate Hartz!! they dont care what they kill. Its F.D.A. approved which means nothing!!! I read other horror death stories on the net and we were lucky, very lucky. After 28 hours, he is starting to regain his agility slowly. At 24 hours, he was still hopping and falling. We hope he will live without permanent damage. Terrible product!!!

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