I took my 3 month old twin cats (Tom & Jerry) to the vet on a Friday for the rabies & distemper shots. The vet found a few fleas on them so and told me to get Frontline for them both. I went to Wal-Mart after their appointment and was looking at cheaper products and found Hartz UltraGuard Flea & Tick dip for Cats & Dogs. I dipped them both that night. I figured they were both worn out beings that they each had the same shots and got dipped because they slept all day, all night, and all day Saturday. Saturday night, Jerry was back to his usual self. Meanwhile, Tom was just sleeping and sleeping, and sleeping. He would barely open his eyes, wouldn’t drink, eat, didn’t go to the bathroom, and just would not play with his brother Jerry.
We had a birthday party that Sunday for my fiance, and Jerry wasn’t as active as he was Saturday. I think it’s because of all the people that were at the house. Tom, on the other hand, was as hot as can be. He had a fever and everything. I had bought a dropper so I could give Tom water by hand to keep him hydrated. His fever broke at one point because his nose was cool again but he still wasn’t himself. I called the vet Monday morning and they wanted to see him immediately. I told them that I dipped him and they said that Hartz is very toxic! They wanted to keep him overnight and they wanted to know the active ingredients in the product. In tears, I went home without my Tommy Boy and called them with the ingredients. It was a reaction to the ingredient Pyretrhins. I cried my eyes out. My kittens are my babies. It hurt me knowing that my baby boy could have died over this. They kept him for the day and bathed him 2x and ran bloodwork to check his kidneys and liver to make sure there wasn’t any damage done.
I have him home now with me. He seems to be doing a little better. He is eating and going to the bathroom ( i have to put him in the litterbox) and i am still giving him drops of water (more for my well being knowing that he has some fluids in him). He is still sleeping a lot but hopefully that wears off in the next couple of days.
I can’t believe that there is a product out on the market that is literally killing these poor innocent animals. Something must be done. Something SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A WHILE AGO!!!!
My heart goes out to all the innocent victims of this HORRIBLE company!!!!! I am throwing all of my HARTZ products in the garbage and calling the company tomorrow morning and filing a complaint with them. It breaks my heart to see my Tommy in such pain, as well as my Jerry because he is brother is in pain!