Losing Tigger

It has been a month now since tigger has passed away, and I had no idea of how harmful the Hartz products are. If I would have known about all these sad stories, then I would have never given the treatment to him. He was 10, I gave him the Hartz flea and Tick treatment, and when I gave it to him, he started foming out of his mouth, I then washed it off of him with mild soap. The day after for about a week went downhill for tigger. He wouldnt eat, causing him to lose a few pounds. By the 3rd day after giving him the treatment, I took him to the vet. They gave him fluids, and meds. It didnt help, that night he could hardly walk, didnt touch his food, and it seemed like he was going blind. Then the next day tigger passed away….. After reading and researching about hartz I am so outraged, I went into a Kmart just the other day, where I had bought the treament from and there it sat on the counters. I read an article where the production was supposed to be stopped. I told the service counter about the products, so hopefully they will look into it further. I just wish I would have been more educated about hartz, I tried contacting them and they provide no email, just a number.

Sergeants Gold Flea drops DANGER!!!!!!!!! 12-15-08

I have three Pit bulls and used this product for the first time last night. I have never had such a problem with my dogs. They all ran around panting and wheezing. They all threw up thru out the night and into this morning. This product should be banned from use. How can a company put out such a hramful product. Have we no government oversight on this stuff. I just bathed all three after calling the sergeants hotline for advice. NEVER use this product on your pets.

I hope I have not poisoned my dogs using this garbage. This company should be sued!


How long will my dog be effected by this stuff?

Gave this to Spike Thursday night, spent all day Friday at the vet.  He is home now but still itching all over, scratching himself raw and walking like he has some muscular problems.  Psychologically he is not right either.  He is normally such an active dog but he has been moping around and really listless for the last two days.  He whines everytime we leave the room and cries all night long.  i know the itching will stop but I am wondering if anyone has experienced the psychological breakdown I have and how long that will last??  Thanks!!

What You Can Do (Besides Lawsuit)

1.  Here is the WhoIs info for Hartz’s purchase of Hartzvictims.com and Hartzvictims.net:

Administrative Contact , Technical Contact :
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
[email protected]
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: 201.271.4800

Hartz doesn’t have an email address contact info on their website (wonder why).

Email them and let them know what happened to your pet!  Ask them why they are interfering with hartzvictims.org by purchasing related domain names.

2.  Write a complaint to the Better Business Bureau.  Here is a link:  http://newjersey.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=89&bbb=0221&firm=12001623

File a complaint with the BBB.  If you can’t use the link then goto www.us.bbb.org and do an advanced search for “hartz” and use “Secaucus” (in the city field) and “NJ” (in the state field).  Use Microsoft Word to check your word count (characters including spaces must be under 2030 characters).

3.  Contact your state consumer affairs division.  Google it.

4.  File a complaint at the store where you got the product – insist on filing the complaint with a manager.

5.  Let everyone you know (friends, families, facebook, myspace, etc…) to AVOID Hartz products because they will harm/kill your pet.  Don’t use the word “boycott” because that implies that you are objecting to Hartz products based on a political agenda.  This is not political – this is a SAFETY issue!

6.  Here are some additional email addys I found for hartz:

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7.   Keep all the receipts for Vet care. Have your Vet give you a written diagnosis. Make sure it states he feels the use of the product is the cause of the animals need for the current medical treatment or death. Photo copy this and add it to all written complaints you send.

8.  * File a complaint/report with Hartz at 1-800-275-1414   Follow that with written complaints to the following:

HARTZ Contacts
Consumer Relations Department
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA
Associate Director  Consumer Relations and Technical Services  The Hartz Mountain Corporation

9. The Owners of Hartz
Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA)
Atsushi Nishijo Executive Vice President General Manager for the Americas
Director & President, Sumitomo Corporation of America
There Amerciacn offices- New York (Headquarters)
Sumitomo Corporation of America
600 Third Avenue  New York, NY 10016-2001
Tel: 212.207.0700 Fax: 212.207.0456
Web site http://www.sumitomocorp.com/      Email contact at http://www.sumitomocorp.com/contact.html

10.  * Make a report with the EPA National Pesticide Information Center  (NPIC): 1-800-858-7378,
seven days a week excluding holidays, from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time – or fax them on(514) 737-076 or send an email  [email protected] (or do both)
You can write to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs at:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs (Mail Code 7509C)  Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW  Washington, D.C. 20460

11. Also file a report with Pesticides: Topically Applied External Parasiticides
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  800) 858-PEST

12. Also contact your State EPA office to file a report.

13. Write your government officials ask them to bring pressure on the  EPA over the tremendous numbers of complaints filed over the years about animals being seriously injured and/or dead after this product  being applied by humans that do read and follow the instructions. Include your State Attorney General and Consumer Protection advocates for your state.

14. The members of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer
Affairs and Product Safety:

15. The members of the House Subcommittee on Environment,
Technology, and Standards:

16. File a complaint and have your Vet do so also wite
Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration at the web address:  www.fda.gov/cvm/contactcvm/contactCVM.html and following a link for “Report a  Drug Reaction”. You can also submit an adverse drug  reaction to the Center for Veterinary Medicine by telephoning

17. File complaints with the FDA
Animal Drugs, Devices and Foods
Veterinarians and animal owners may report adverse drug experiences to FDA by:
Telephoning the Center for Veterinary Medicine: 1-888-FDA-VETS
IMPORTANT:The identities all persons and animals is held in strict  confidence by FDA and protected to the fullest extent of the law.The  reporter’s identity may be shared with the manufacturer or distributor unless requested otherwise.

18. File a complaint/report with:
Animal Biologics: Vaccines, Bacterins and Diagnostic Kits
U.S. Department of Agriculture (800) 752-6255

19. Call your local Poison Control (see the front of your phone book) and  make a report.

20. The HSUS would also like to keep track of these cases. Please send  your contact information, the product name, a brief description of the health problem, and a brief summary of your  veterinarian’s  findings to The HSUS at the following address:
The Humane Society of the United States  Companion Animals Department: Flea Products 2100  L St. NW Washington, D.C. 20037

21. Contact your local news stations, TV, radio, and newspapers about  what Hartz did to your beloved companion.

22. Make a written complaint to the main office of the store where you  purchased the product from  Do not give them the package until you’ve  written down every number on it. Hartz and the store will ask you for the UPC code, the batch number and any other number they think of. The store may claim they need to test any remaining residues of  the product you may have in the tube to see if it was a  ‘bad batch.’  Let them, but only after you’ve gotten all the info off  the box. Even if you don’t have the box or tube anymore, still make  the complaint.

Petsmart Customer service email address   [email protected]
1-800-738-1385, EXT 2518
PETsMART, Inc.  19601 North 27th Avenue  Phoenix, AZ 85027
[email protected]

Corporate Address:
PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. 9125 Rehco Road San Diego, CA 92121
Telephone Number:(858) 453-7845  Phone: 1-888-824-PALS(7257) (Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm PST)
Email form http://www.petco.com/corpinfo_contact.asp?webt=0

Walmart too!


Sargent’s Gold brand flea & tick treatment

I have used flea & tick treatments every 4 weeks for one year on my four year old, 11 pound Maltese, ever since we moved to a wooded area with a flea population that is relentless. I have used Zodiac and FrontLine without problems. I picked up Sargent’s Gold from an end cap at the local grocery store, thinking I was buying a top of the line, high quality product. I was a victim of packaging / commercialism. I applied the treatment 3 days ago and went out for the day. When I returned later the same day, I found my dog, Gracie, unable to use her back legs, I found vomit in four places, she was shaking. I examined her the best I could, at first thinking she hurt her back or hip. She suddenly seemed relaxed and proceeded later to chew vigorously on her paw. I carried her outside to have her avoid stairs and she proceeded to rub her face into the ground with great vigor. I have never seen her behave like that. At this point, I thought it was her paw that was the issue. I soaked it and we went to bed as she seemed to become more playful at times. In the morning she was shaking uncontrollably, her back end kept going sideways, she then hid under the bed and did not respond when I spoke. I truely thought she was dead. After about 10 minutes, she moved her tail and started to walk around, getting to be more herself as the morning progressed. That evening I suddenly remembered the application of flea treatment! It had been such a routine thing that I had not even thought about it! I researched the product only to read one horror story after another…almost word for word, symptom for symptom as what we had experienced with Gracie. I am horrified that this is still a product being sold so casually. I am angry that I did not research flea treatments more thouroughly, I am mad as hell that the companies rarely take responsibilities here. I have yet to call Sargents as I have been putting all my energy into ridding my home of this toxin. My husband experienced dizziness, unable to focus  his vision, and developed a rash on both forearms which I attribute to holding Gracie before I bathed her in an effort to remove residual pesticides from her coat and skin. When I bathed her, I discovered her eye socket area was swollen, like a golf ball was trying  to protrude. She still itches and has a sore at the application site. Her face still itches. The neurological effects have been frightening, to say the least. I will be in a meeting with our VET to discuss this, I have sent mass emails to folks in an effort to educate, I will be in touch with Sargent’s, the EPA, and anyone else I can as this needs to be front page news and the warnings need to be in large print. The package should be labeled PESTICIDE in large letters, as many of us subconciously think “medication” when we think “treatment”…a common mistake due to our own ignorance. Gracie is steadily improving, we are very lucky here. Please…….do your homework…..and do not buy Sargent’s Gold!

Hartz Ultra Guard Pro Flea and Tick Drops are poison!

I have two cats and gave them both an application yesterday.  I have used this product before (once) and had no reaction.  I switched to flea collars and wish I had stayed with that choice.  Anyway, one of my cats, Nina, started acting weird about an hour after application.  She is a sensitive and high-strung cat anyway so I didn’t think she was acting that out of character.  Until i noticed her breathing was very heavy and her eyes were dilated all the way.  I immediately gave her a bath and washed that crap off of her.  After that she started hiding whenever she could which was out of character.  I know she felt vulnerable and scared b/c she is usually the alpha cat, the dominant one.  She also was hissing a lot and doing loud cat moans.  She was furious!  I didn’t see any skin irritation but she was acting like I poured acid on her back.  Anyway, I watched her all night and she slowly started turning back into her normal self.  Less scared and she slept pretty well.   Today I gave both of them a more thorough bath (not happy campers) and Nina seems ok.   her back is still twitching here and there but I think she’s going to be OK.  If this happens to your cats, wash the stuff off immediately with mild soap (like it says on the box) and monitor them closely.  I bought this stuff to save a few bucks. (frontline can be costly) but it’s not worth my baby cat’s health.  This stuff is poison and should be eliminated from the market.  I am beyond pissed.

Hartz One Spot Killed My Cat

I applied Hartz One Spot to all 4 of my cats 3 months ago.  The two youngest cats, Bear and Tiger are 4 year old siblings.  Tiger was a grey Maincoon-Tabby breed that took very good care of his sister, Bear.  They groomed each-other immediately after the application of the flea medication.  I worried about this and called the vet the next day.  He said they should be fine. Two months went by and we noticed Tiger losing weight.  He originally weighed 29lbs.  The vet weighed him in at 21lbs when we brought him in after noticing that he wasn’t eating at all.  We thought it was a problem with his mouth.  Upon examination and blood work, the vet noticed jaundice and discovered diabetes.  We gave Tiger insulin shots for 2 1/2 weeks and he still wasn’t eating or drinking.  At the next visit the vet confirmed the diabetes was a secondary symptom and he actually was in liver failer.  2 days later, the day after Thanksgiving, we had to put my big boy ,Tiger down.  We have spent a fortune on meds and vet bills and I knew something didn’t add up.  I found this site that confirmed my suspicions.  Hartz KILLED my cat.  And now I worry that Tiger’s sister Bear, is ill too! I am taking action!  I am calling Hartz and the FDA.  These products have to be taken off the shelfs!!!!!