My poor cat is fighting for his life after a single treatment of Hartz Ultraguard Plus. I found this junk at Wal-Mart while shopping for a better, more expensive brand that I’ve used before, but it wasn’t there. Unfortunately, Hartz was. Literally minutes after the application, he started having a reaction. By that night, his inner eyelids were completely swollen shut with puss running down his face. He was having difficulty breathing and was completely lethargic.
This was on a Friday night, and I live in a very remote town. There wasn’t even an emergency vet within hundreds of miles that could help, so I spent the weekend paying Internet vets for advice to keep him alive until the following Monday. All I could do was wash it off and try to help him eat and drink.
There is no way to describe the fear and agony of watching something you love suffer – especially when you know it could have been avoided. He was a very energetic cat with lots of vitality, and now all his energy is spent on breathing.
He has been to the vet twice now and has received 2 steroid shots, a Benadryl shot and an antibiotic shot. His eyes are constantly draining the puss, and he’s very congested. I don’t know if he’s going to live. The worst part is that my dad died recently, and my sister is away doing volunteer work in the Philippines until the end of summer. She missed our dad’s funeral, and it would just be too much to lose her beloved kitty, too.
I hope others don’t have to go through what we’ve gone through. I can’t believe this garbage is still on the shelves!