This past Saturday, I lost my bulldog puppy to Hartz. She was only six months old. She was fine the night before, jumping around and licking everyone. The next morning was utter hell for me. I woke up to my mother screaming that there was something wrong with Alice. I immediately ran outside, grabbed the puppy and rushed to the vet. She looked horrible. She was breathing harshly, her mouth was open slightly and she was barking but the barking was muffled. I kept my hand on her chest and any time I moved her, she would cry. Her neck was very, very stiff as well. When we got to the vets, we told him she looked like she had been poisoned. He asked where she could have gotten it from and we said we had absolutely no idea. She was pinned up on our porch and the door leading outside is always locked. When we walked her, she always stayed with us and was on a leash. So, when we saw her and the way she acted, we began to question the things on the porch. My mother and I began looking round and low and behold we found a Hartz Flea and Tick Spray for Cats and Dogs. It turns out, the puppy had chewed on the bottom of the bottle, mind you the bottle was almost twenty years old and almost empty, and had gotten it open and my mother and I guessed the puppy had gotten some of the substance into her system and had swallowed it. When we mentioned this to the vet, he said that it was impossible for a puppy to die from a twenty year old, almost dried out substance at the bottom of a bottle. I disagreed with him completely. I had been on this website about two years ago after I had bought my two dogs the flea drops from Hartz. I freaked out and washed them for almost three hours for fear that they would lose their fur or better yet die from the dosage.
It came back to haunt me in a huge and drastic way. I lost a six month old puppy because she may have licked the inside of a twenty year old bottle. My mom and I looked everywhere and found nothing that would have done her that way. The vet said she was poisoned with a very high dosage. I believe it was the Hartz bottle. That was the only thing it could have been. After reading a lot of the stories on here, I have came to the conclusion that is what killed her. She was a beautiful dog and I miss her very, much. I believe with all of my heart that she was killed by a product that, even after twenty years of being shelved, was still strong enough to paralyze her, place her into shock, and slowly suffocates her to death.
I want to se this banned completely. I want it gone. If a bottle that it well over its shelf life can kill a dog in a matter of hours… there is no telling what this product could do if they amped up the dosage and made it the only thing you could buy off the shelves. I am just utterly speechless by all of this….