Hartz flea drops almost killed my cat

I am SO glad that I found your site….thanks so much, you saved my cat from death.  On Thursday evening, I gave all of my animals their flea drop medicine.  I always use advantage, but about a month ago, a friend lost his beloved pet and donated the leftover food and flea medicine to me.  One item was a single sample of Hartz flea drops specifically for adult cats.  I decided I might as well use it up and poor Kitty was the unlucky recipient.  I did notice as soon as I administered it, she was immediately upset and ran outside.  I figured she was just annoyed at me for giving her the medicine and didn`t think much of it as both of my cats are indoor – outdoor cats and are free to come and go as they please.  I didn`t see Kitty again until she came in the next afternoon.  I immediately noticed some very odd behavior.  She was twitching and jerking uncontrollably and seemed to be having a seizure or spasms.  She immediately went for her food and water, but the uncontollable jerking made it very difficult for her to eat and drink.  I picked her up and tried to soothe her and only then noticed how bad off she was.   The jitters she had were so strong, it was difficult to hold onto her.  And she kept opening and closing her mouth like she wanted to scream, but no sound came out.  Neither of the other animals were having this type of reaction at all, so I immediately went online and searched for reactions to the Hartz flea drops and found your site.  I immediately bathed Kitty using dish detergent, and slept with her that night to try to soothe her jitters.  The next morning, she seemed better, but still was shaking involuntarily.  She was able to eat and drink.  Again, I gave her another bath with dish detergent and carefully dried her off.  She slept most of the day, but today when she got up, she was like her old self.  No jitters, very happy, purring and eating and drinking normally.  I am hoping that the baths have gotten rid of the poison that is so obviously in Hartz flea drops.  I will continue to monitor her closely, but believe she is on the path to complete recovery.  Thank you so much for your information and for creating this web site.  I fully believe it saved my cat`s life.

5 thoughts on “Hartz flea drops almost killed my cat”

  1. I to just came from the vet. My 12 year old dog was not acting like himself, I called the vet told her I put the hartz flea drops on my dog Wed night and that he was not able to walk, they said to get him in asp. They gave him APO-Diazepam for 3 days I pray that works or so I could have just killed my own family member. I don’t know what to do!

  2. I to just came from the vet. My 12 year old dog was not acting like himself, I called the vet told her I put the hartz flea drops on my dog Wed night and that he was not able to walk, they said to get him in asp. They gave him APO-Diazepam for 3 days I pray that works or so I could have just killed my own family member. I don’t know what to do! I also put this sh;; on my other dog and cat.

  3. Wash your pets immediately in mild dish soap (I used Dawn.. safe on pets affected by oil spills) to get it out of her fur immediately. The sooner the better.. before it soaks in their skin and can adversely affect their organs. Please see “Hartz Products Are Killing OUr Pets” on Facebook.. we have offered information to help you and file claims against Hartz. Sorry for what you had to go through.. Together we can get the point across to the EPA and they will pull Hartz off the shelves! Please keep us posted..

  4. I have been a licensed veterinary technician for 20 years and have seen many, many cases of seizures/tremors over the years due to the use of Hartz flea products. So the next time you buy these products because they’re “cheap” or “convenient” reconsider and think of how much it may cost you in vet bills to save your pet’s life. Frontline Plus, Advantage, and Revolution are much safer and more effective, and well worth the price.

  5. Frontline, Advantage, Revolution aren’t really much safer. The EPA is investigating these after many complaints of side-effects, etc. You’re essentially putting poison on your pet(s). And they’re losing effectiveness because fleas are becoming immune to them.

    Try natural repellents like cedar, pine, citronella, etc. Try food-grade Diatomaceous Earth, which is safe and non-toxic and dries the little buggers (fleas) up. You just have to make sure it’s food-grade and not the kind sold in pool supply stores- that’s toxic.

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