Last night at 9:00pm I put Sergents flea drops on my dog, and 4 cats. Around midnight I heard some “noises” in the hallway and thought it was the cats playing, then at 2:30 am I woke up to heraing the noise again but, then following it I heard something fall down my stairs. I got up and found my cat Kaymin laying at the bottom of the steps having a sezuire. I thought she fell down the stairs while playing and that was what caused the sezuire. I quickly got a pet carrier and put her in so she could not get hurt any further. I spent all night sitting up with her and watching over my other pets. (none of them seemed to be affected). When the rest of the family I started to retace the steps of the night before. and I was shocked that I finally put 2 and 2 toghter! I quickly told my son to do research and he comfirmed my belief about the flea drops. I quickly got her in the bath tub and washed her down 3 times top to bottom! Then I bathed all the other animals just in case. Kaymin is not having sezuires anymore at the moment but she has strange shake and shiver reaction still. She cannot sit or walk right, I think she has brain damage now. I have got her to take water by dropper and fed her some food by hand. (she wanted both) I guess that is good news. But I am still fresh into this and she may still die. I called my vet and they said I am doing all they would and it is a wait and see time. I am scared I will be putter her down. I hope I do not have to do that, If I have to take care of a brain damaged cat I will. I am just shocked that this is allowed to happen in the first place. This item should be pulled off the market! If anyone can tell me if there is anything else I can do to help my cat please reply!
Over the Christmas holiday Sadie ended up with some fleas. She normally doesn’t have them because we use Frontline plus on her. Yesterday I was out of it and no vet office was open on a Sunday. So we went and got her this Sargeants Gold squeeze on because I felt so bad for her for itching so much. BAD MISTAKE!!! It almost killed her! Within an hour of putting this on her, she starting spinning in circles and her right hind leg wouldn’t lay down and it would stay in the air. She had muscles twitching, and worse of all, her throat swelled up and she started drooling uncontrollably!! No vet would even look at her without any form of money, I’m not rich but I love my dog! I told them “so I should just watch her die”. Vet said not but there was nothing she could do without some form of payment. So I bathed her 3 times and gave her a big dose(3) of Benadryl. She got better by this morning, but still not her usual self. I AM TELLING EVERYONE I CAN ABOUT THIS POISON!!! DON’T BUY IT! Regulations don’t sell poison over the counter to our kids, why should they for our beloved pets! They are our family too!
Christmas Eve I had to say good-bye to my loved one “Binx”
Binx was a kitten I found in the garage at 2days old. I hand raised him and he was my baby. He would have been 10yrs old inJune/09. My other cat Salem had gotten the (ickies)worms, so the vet gave him a shot and sent home profender for binx. We applied and he managed to ingest some. Within 72 hours my cat was so deathly sick, I was in the Vets office Christmas Eve at 8am until I said goodbye. The vet stated he had the makers of profender on the phone and that they only know 2 cases of fatal ingestion. NO BLOOD work is required before putting this on your animal, IT SHOULD BE. Binx kidneys could not get rid of the toxins. My vet was very compassionate and stated that he will in future do blood work on any of the animals that need this toxic drug. If Binx life can save another than I will be ok. I thank God for the time I had, but I deeply miss my Binx….. 🙁
I applied the sargeants gold flea treatment to my dog. Dosage matched with weight. Within 15 min my dog was extreemly distressed. Crying, scratching, rolling all over the place. I have been up most of the night with her, it seemed to have calmed her down. This product should be taken off the shelves. I wish I did my research first. I have bathed my dog, and gave her aniexty medication to calm her down. Hopefully things improve soon.
Most civilized people, they love pets quite a lot.
But the Hartz, who lived in New Jersey, did NOT!
Hartz hated pets! No matter what season!
Now, please dont ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasnt screwed on just right.
It could be his sweatpants were cinched up too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
Whatever the reason, his heart or his sweats,
Hartz stood there angrily hating your pets,
Staring down from his office with a sour, Hartzy frown,
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew that people were feeding their cats
Or tucking their dogs into warm, cozy mats.
They take them on walks! he snarled with a sneer,
They buy them chew toys! How perfectly queer!
Then he growled, and he said without any misgiving,
I MUST find some way to stop all pets from living!
Then he got an idea! An awful idea!
THE HARTZ GOT A MURDEROUS, AWFUL IDEA!
All I need is some poison. The Hartz looked around.
But, since poison is scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Hartz? No! The Hartz simply said,
If I cant find some poison, Ill make some instead!
Ill sell this to people! The Hartz laughed at his plot
As he whipped up a lethal brew in a pot.
And he chuckled, and clucked, What a great Hartzy trick!
This will kill cats and dogs, but not harm fleas or ticks!
Unlike the Grinch, who realizes the error of his ways and whose heart grows three sizes, the Hartz remains an evil, unrepentant, animal-killing monster. Hartz will continue to sell its toxic flea and tick products as long as there are people who havent heard the awful truth.
Please send this Grinch parody to everyone you know and even people you dont know and warn them to steer clear of all Hartz products. Lets make 2009 less profitable for Hartz and safer for cats and dogs everywhere.
Also, pet owners everywhere owe enormous thanks to Josh for leading the crusade against Hartz. HartzVictims.org is starting its seventh year of collecting victims’ stories and warning the public!
Nigel Huckleby, HartzKills.org
3 days ago, my wife went to Walmart and bought Sargeants Gold Flea and Tick. Within 1 hour of applying it on our Siamese, she started foaming at the mouth, and would shake her right hind leg when walking. We wiped off the medicine (not knowing about these posts here) and went to bed for the night. When we got up in the morning, she was still severly foaming at the mouth and hiding from us in the closet, but our Maincoon was also foaming at the mouth and hiding. Our Russian Grey was no where to be found, and our Manx was acting like she was on speed, running around, scratching at her neck, and trying to force herself into mine or my wifes lap (she is pretty anti-social, so this was not normal behavior). We ended up giving the Siamese and Maincoon a milk bath, in the hopes of diluting the Sargeants. When this didn’t work, we then started checking the internet, and were totally suprised by all the posts. We immediately washed all of our cats with mild soap and water. While most are doing marginally better in the last 24 hours, our Russian Grey has gone almost totally blind. It almost looks like he has gotten sever cataracts (they have completely clouded over) in both eyes in the last 48 hours. Has anyone else experienced this with their cats? Having been out of work for the last 3 months, I just can’t afford to take them into the vet, to make sure they are all going to be ok.
I guess my greatest frustation is that this obviously dangerous product is allowed on the market. I could chalk it up to an allergic reaction if it was 1 of the 5 who had a reaction, but all 5? That is not a co-incidence! Hartz, please do the right thing and take this poison off the market before any more loved ones are injured or die.
Michael Bacon – Vancouver Washington
Harts One Spot flea treatment killed my cat. It caused acute liver failure and it happend quickly. I had called the company and was told that it contained no pesticide, just give your cat a bath, I’m sorry she’s having a reaction. They took my personal information and told me that if I could get a refund if I sent the reciept and the leftover product. Why would I save a receipt, I didn’t know this was going to happen! The refund was the least of my worries. By the time I got her to the vet she was almost gone. I was told the best thing to do was end her suffering. A couple of days later the Harts Company called me back to see how my cat was doing. I told them she had to be put to sleep because of liver failure. The lady said that it had to have been going on for a long time. I told her she was healthy before using the product and hung up. I was furious!! I’ve warned all my friends & family. I wonder how many other beloved family pets have to die this way before something is done?
I gave my dog Sergeants Gold Flea Medicine and within an hour and a half he was jittery, foaming at the mouth, and scratching himself uncontrollably. So now I will have to stay up all night to nurse him and not feel guilty for giving him what turned out to be a very dangerous product. Save yourself the stress and guilt of trying to take care of your valuable pet. Use FRONTLINE I highly recommend it, I gave it to my dog and he was fine. Instead of purchasing Frontline Flea Medicine I decided to use Sergeants Gold Flea Medicine and now i’m regretting the poor choice I made. I called the emergency hotline number and the lady told me to bathe him in dawn dish soap 3 times and take him to the vet. She said this happens all the time. Well if it happens all the time then why continue selling this product to people??? Its a shame that they are willing to harm animals for a quick buck. P.S. my dog has been scratching for over five hours straight, he is even scratching in his sleep. DO NOT USE SERGEANTS GOLD!
I have never posted any comments about anything before, but after what my dogs have gone through, I want as many people as possible to be warned and not have their animals suffer. We have had a terrible problem with ticks here in VA this year, deer ticks especially, and I have had two dogs come down with Lymes disease. I use Neem oil shampoo, lavendar spray, but still am constantly removing ticks. After removing an extremely large number of ticks from my four dogs, I in a moment of desperation, bought an over the counter product, Sargents Flea and Tick Gold. I put it on all four of my dogs on a Tuesday evening and within less than an hour all began having reaction symptoms. The two pugs were the worst. Extremely hyper, scratching, heavy breathing, panting, elevated body temperature. The sharpei began foaming at the mouth and excessive drooling. I immediately bathed all of them, gave them all benadryl, and it helped some. Three of them settled down after a few hours, but one of the pugs (who also is diabetic) still struggled. She finally succumbed to exhaustion at about 2:30 in the morning. The excitability, itching, panting, and elevated body temperature continued through the next 48 hours. We managed to control it with cool water baths and using cooling pads we have for the pugs. We have endured other trying times with out animals, but this was the worst, especially with the guilt of knowing I had brought this on them. I will be personally telling everyone I know to stay away from not only the Sargents but all over the counter flea and tick treatments, but I just hope this posting will reach those I cannot personally talk to.
I used this stuff on all 5 of my dogs: a malamute mix, a pitbull, a chihuahua mix, and my two chihuahuas. I used the correct package for the size of the pets. Unfortunately, 3 of my dogs got very ill within a few hours. I didn’t really think too much of it, until I was trying to sleep and my pitbull was running around crazy trying to scratch herself. When I woke up I found out from another family member that the two chihuahuas also had not slept and they had been washed 3 times but were still all wet in the area I had put the medicine. I then went on the computer to look thist stuff up. I felt terrible that I didn’t do my research before putting the product on the animals.
I called the emergency vet and took them in. He told us to watch for foaming mouths. We had to wash all 5 of our dogs with Dawn Dishsoap. Eventually the malamute also became sick with diareah. Two of them are still itching consistantly, much more than they would have if they had fleas. It is so sickening that they can sell this stuff. The local store that we bought this at was informed of what has happened but has not done anything about it.
Fortunately all of our dogs made it, but I think that it they still have psychological side effects. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!