Hareton

My 2 year old cat died today (july 4) after using Hartz UltraGuard Onespot for cats.  I put it on him last week. I thought his lethargy and loss of appetite would pass.  he stopped eating. Last night he started walking funny as if he was dizzy.  when i came home he was asleep IN his cat box.  today before i could get him to a vet he had a seizure and died in the middle of my livingroom in front of my 7 year old daughter. We are both heart broken and devesated.  I feel immense guilt for putting this poison on him..  I thought his comdition was temporary and I wish i would have taken him to the vet right away last week.  I was told that sometimes pets have a slight reaction to the chemicals but it can pass. I know not all animals will die from this product  as some are more sensitive to the chemicals than others, but this is not a chance i will ever be willing to take again.   I now know there are  many ways to treat fleas other than putting pyrethrins on your cat.  It is logical that if these chemicals are hazardous to humans they surely are for a pet as well. Why does it suddenly seem okay to put a dangerous chemical on your cat just because the package has a robust looking cat on the package? Sure these chemicals kill fleas (if they have not a resistance yet) but they will also kill your pet.

After reading  letters and articles extensively accross the internet it is abundantly clear to me that Hartz’s main intrest is their bottom line, as many of their products have not been tested appropriately and are toxic or useless. I have noticed while shopping  in the pet isles of many stores Hartz is the only brand available, amazing for such awful products.  I will stress with much importance to everyone I know to avoid all Hartz products and I will pesonally boycott them.

I have noticed on the lable of the product it is not stated that Hartz UltraGuard Onespot is systemic, which means it will get into the blood stream and into the nervous system.  For $4.99 I thought (silly, naive me) that it would be a simple topical oinment as some other kinds of flea medicines.  I did wash him 3 times with Dawn dishsoap  after I noticed he was acting  unsusal an realized his condition was not mild enought to seem temporary.  It also does not state anywhere on the package not to use the product more than one time a month which leaves me concerned that since the product doesn’t work, a person may be inclined to apply more.  If one dose killed my cat in under a week think what pain and suffering two doses would cause a pet.

3 thoughts on “Hareton”

  1. I want to thank you all for posting your stories here because you may very well have saved my cats life today. I noticed a couple fleas on my 4 year old cat this week so I picked up the Seargeant’s Gold Flea and Tick drops to get rid of them. I put it on my cat this morning and immediately knew something was terribly wrong. He was rolling around on the floor and running around in the house as if something was chasing him. I wanted to try to give it a few minutes to subside but he then bagan feverishly scratching and trying to lick the site where I put the drops. I went to the web site since there was no information on the packaging about adverse reactions only to find there was nothing on the website either! That’s whenI googled adverse reactions to Sargeant’s flea and tick product and found hundreds of horror stories. I immediatly cleared the kitchen sink and gave my cat a bath. He is still twitching his skin at the site where I put the drops but is feeling uch better and acting like himself again. He hasbeen eatingand rinking also so I hope I got it off in time. Something is seriously wrong with this product. My cat has been on Frontline before and had no reaction. Something needs to be done about this- its criminal! Had I not read these horror stories I would have done the same thing and waited it out and who knows what could have happened. I am thinking about calling the local newsstation and asking them to do a consumer alert story about this.

  2. We need to start a lawsuit. I am calling tomorrow. Please email me at [email protected] so I can follow up with people interested in knowing what we can do. My grandmothers cat died June 4th from the flea collar. We are waiting on word of what Hartz is going to do but it could be 6-8 weeks! Crazy!!! I also started a page on Facebook called….Flea Collars are killing our pets…here is the direct link to it….
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Flea-Collars-are-killing-our-pets/124989644198166

    This needs to stop!!!!

    Missy Eckberg
    Green Bay, WI

  3. I just woke up this morning to find my pet white rabbit I’ve had 5 years, and a brother had about 5 more,dead.It was from an overdose of flea spray I put on it last night.
    I used it a week ago and it worked great and she was fine.I even used less this time cause most the fleas were gone.However I sprayed her bedding too and it was hot yesterday so I had turned on the A/C for a while, and it was just an accumulation of things I guess.I am so sad tho.I just found this site browsing around for some kind of consolation I guess.I hate the fact that I killed my pet, and the spray said it was also for kittens.Oh well, live and learn.Life goes on.

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