Hartz Hurt my Lab Chow mix

My baby is a 11 month old LabChow mix, I never had any problem with fleas and ticks so did not use any products. Then one day while shopping at the grocery store I saw Hartz UltraGuard Flea & Tick and decided to get it as I am going camping and thought it would be wise.

Over the next 3 weeks my pup started losing hair, he developed bald patches on his legs and underbelly. Then small tiny scabs started appearing on his head and as they fell off they left horrid bald spots. He started acting strange as well, hiding from the family, being restless at night, a lack of energy and appetite. The last straw was when I saw that his tail was bright red under the hair from where he had been gnawing the scabs. I still did not make the connection to Hartz until I went to my Vet today. He told me that the scabs were an allergic reaction to Hartz and the poor pub had chewed his tail raw. He prescribed some antibiotics and gave him a shot for relief. Only hope that will help him get better. I will tell everyone I EVER meet who has a dog about Hartz. SHAME on you, there is a special place in the afterlife for people who peddle death.

5 Replies to “Hartz Hurt my Lab Chow mix”

  1. Oh for Christ sake.. You let your dog suffer for 3 fucking weeks before finally taking it to the vet? And it’s a simple allergy? Get over it. It’s not Hartz’ fault your dog is allergic. Or why not we start blaming peanut farmers.. And shrimp, those fucking bastards make people sick too! I bet Hartz is just out to make money, too.. We should just stop with all flea and tick medication… The pets that die from that won’t be all that many. I’m guessing.

  2. I am very sorry that this terrible incident has happened to you and your puppy. I am also sorry about the pathetic comment left above by “ffs”. Please know that there are many others who sincerely care about this and wish you all the best.

    Please do what you can to ensure that this horrible legacy of injuries and deaths does not continue. Please report this incident to the proper organization. The manufacturers are counting on people like you to NOT report these problems. The EPA knows that the number of injuries and deaths is under-reported but they are concerned about these pesticide ingredients. How do I report a suspected adverse reaction?

    1. Contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378. They maintain a database of pesticide-related illnesses for the EPA. The EPA uses this database to determine if dangerous pesticide products need to be removed from the market.

    2. Also, contact the manufacturer of the product. Their phone number is on the product packaging, or you can find their phone number by clicking here. The manufacturers are required by federal law to keep accurate records and submit them to the EPA. Hartz Mountain has been cited and fined by the EPA for failing to do this…keep the pressure on the manufacturers.

    3. If you would prefer to contact the EPA directly (provide them with the EPA Reg. # of the product, which is printed on the packaging), please write to :

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Office of Pesticide Programs (Mail Code 75
    Ariel Rios Building
    1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20460
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Again, I am very sorry this has happened and wish you and your puppy many wonderful years together.

  3. Thank you Matt,
    I sincerely appreciate your comments. Rest assured that I have personally written the EPA and my veterinarian has lodged a complaint as well.
    Please keep up the great work, in the words of Henry de Bracton “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

  4. So sorry about your dog! I have a lab/chow mix and love her to death. About 30 years ago, my family had a cat that had the same trouble as your dog. Vet couldn’t find anything wrong with her and wanted to send her to Purdue for testing. My parents wouldn’t do it, but took the flea collar off so she could at least be comfortable. Within an hour that animal was better. Turned out to be a Hartz flea collar! No collar for my dog, just flea meds every month.

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