I have an 8 year old wiener dog name Sallie. She is a little small for most wiener dogs. Anyway, I noticed she has been having fleas for a few weeks and I started getting fleas too. My mom put a white flea collar on her (I don’t know if it’s Hartz). Sallie still has fleas and I just wanted to help her get rid of them. I remembered that we had Hartz 2 in 1 rid flea shampoo, we have had it for a bit and it’s half empty from it being used either on sallie before or out blonde lab, I’m not sure. I didn’t put too much on her, so little that on some parts where I put it I couldn’t even see the foam from rubbing it on her fur. I washed it off well and then dried her off with a towl. As always, she started running around the house and wanted me to chase her. She liked her paws and legs because they were still a little damp (I didn’t put the shampoo on her legs because they were submerged in the water). That was a few hours ago and she didn’t seem ill or anything. I read that they get sick within 1 – 2 hours if they do get sick. Afterwards, I was looking up the information on Hartz to see if it’s known to do the job and get rid of fleas well and then I came across the page. I immediately went upstairs to check on her but she was sleeping with my patents, I went to pick her up but she growled at me like always and she seemed a little tired (I just woke her up). My dad wanted to keep her so I went downstairs but I threw out the Hartz shampoo and I’m never using Hartz again! I’m still worried that she might get sick. She has been my friend for 8 years and knowing that she got sick or died from a product I used on her would be unbearable.
So, I just recieved a letter from HARTZ- following up on my complaint from May 2011. They claim PYRETHRIN TOXICITY, which was my vet’s diagnosis was not caused by The Ultra Guard One Spot Treatment for Cats because it “doesn’t contain pyrethrin.” They sent me a $10.00 refend for the product, I’m suppose to just catch the vet bill of close to $400.00. This company needs to be shut down. This is ridiculous
We had no idea that Hartz Flea and Tick medication’s main ingredient is BANNED by the EPA as a pesticide but is still being sold on shelves at chain store to APPLY to your dog! This is absolutely unacceptable and we are sorry we had to learn by seeing our 4 month old puppy get extremely sick. This product needs to stop being sold and people need to know that it can kill your best friend! I will do whatever I can to make sure people know the dangers of this product and we are writing a letter now to the grocery chain.
We ran out of frontline, so my husband bought what he thought was reputable – the hartz ultra guard pro for cats. Two cats had no noticeable reaction, but the third was twitching immediately. She continued to act funny and I was watching her. I found this website and immediately bathed her. She calmed down considerably after drying off. I then took the remainder and threw it away. I told my husband we would never buy any hartz products again, and got the other two washed off. I’m horrified that these products are allowed to be sold, but I’m glad I saw this website and probably saved my cat’s life.
I PUT HARTZ FLEA POWDER ON MY LITTLE DOG,THE NEXT MORNING WHEN I GOT UP HER WHOLE BODY WAS RED RAW,SHE SLEPT FOR DAYS AND HER WHOLE BODY WAS HOT.I GAVE HER A BATH RIGHT OFF TO WASH AWAY WHAT I COULD AND STARTED HER ON ANTIBIOTICS, CLAVAMOX 2XDAY,FOR 7 DAYS,THEN I HAD TO GIVE HER ANOTHER BATH TO GET ALL THE SCABS OFF AFTER SHE HAD HEALED,I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO LOSE HER, I FELT SO BAD FOR USEING HARTZ ON HER, I LOOKED AT ALL MY PET SUPPLYS AND IN THE GARBAGE WENT EVERYTHING FROM HARTZ!!!!!!!!!!
A couple months ago I put a Hartz flea collar on my healthy, happy cat Sarah. The next morning she was bleeding out of her mouth – we found so much all around the house – it was so scary! But it slowed down by the time we woke up and so we decided to keep a close eye on her – maybe she had lost a tooth? She stays to herself mostly and we never heard any cries from her of discomfort but a week later we noticed the collar (which I had made extra loose so it wouldn’t come in contact with her skin directly) was stuck to her. Curious, I made her sit in my lap and lifted her chin up to see – it was just as big as I had left it, but it was stuck to her because it had made her completely bald on her chin and neck and sores has started up and the puss had dried to the collar! I, of course, immediately cut it off and started giving her rub downs with aloe and fish oil capsules in her food for an extra boost. She was looking better, but then started scratch again when I noticed she had more fleas. I asked around and my in-laws said that while their cat had the same reaction to the collar now they just use kitten drops and she’s fine. So I went and got Hartz drops (safe for cats and kittens it said). I didn’t even use the whole dose and here I am again this morning having to wash it off of her because she’s bleeding from the mouth again. Looking at what people have said I know this is due to the twitching the drops can cause and she has bitten her tongue!
I called the Hartz emergency line only to get a person who while she was nice and only doing her job, would not admit that the ingredients or product would ever do something like that to my cat. I’m hoping that I can get Sarah back to good health by babying her today and keeping her close – I can’t afford a vet bill. (But if I have to I will take her of course)
HARTZ products should be off the shelves – they’re horrible. I’m never buying another Hartz product as long as I live… my poor cat!!!
Hi, i have 2 dogs and a cat and one day i realized hat one of my dogs were itching, so first thing that came to my mind way fleas. i searched the 3 animals throughly and found 2 fleas. so my first thought was the vet, but after having my animals at the vet for check ups not too long before and the bill not being that cheap , i decided to shop around a little. I was at walmart and i was told by an employee that HARTZ flea and tick remover for dogs works well on dogs and would be fine on cat to, and with that being the answer i was looking for i bought it, without reading what was contained in these little tubes, and what they would do to your pets. I got home and with the pack containing 3 tubes and the directions ssaying use a full tube on each animal with a couple drops on the neck and by the tail, i did. The two dogs were normal but within a few hours the cat was walking funny like it had arthritis or somthing and limping. i thought it was normal becasue his fur was a little wet from the flea remover that was put on. I woke the next morning and went to my living room and my cat was just lid there shaking like it had parkinsons or something, then i was worried and knew right away what had did it to him, his breathing was almost stopped, he was shaking, had a major fever, not eating, and not using the bathroom. i rushed the cat to the vet 3 hours away, and the cat was hooked up to iv immediately, and givin some medication, the cat was doing ok within 24 hours. The doctor at the vet was sooo mad, telling me that this s*** should be taken off the shelves and also that its being sold in the same isle as food, treats and toys for dogs and cats in disgraceful.Anyway i picked the cat up from the vet today, two days later and he seems to be doing ok but not 100% back to normal. I have a letter written from the vet herself saying that this stuff should be taken off the shelves and is not safe for pets or humans to even be in contact with, and i will be sending this in to hartz themselves. i advise taking your pet in to the vet to be treated properly.
I was convinced that my older cat (and myself) was suffering from fleas so I bought Sergeant’s Silver Flea and Tick killer in powder form and rubbed it over her body. Within minutes she starting behaving very strangely and foamed out the mouth profusely. I put her in the garage where she continued to behave very strangely and I noticed that her eyes weren’t dilating properly.
We called the helpline and got no response and it wasn’t until I found this website that I figured out that the product was extremely harmful to my cat. I washed her off in the shower and she seems to be doing better now but it breaks my heart to think I could have KILLED her if I had applied a stronger dose or she had gotten outside and I wasn’t able to bathe her.
My cat has a flea allergy and gets very itchy from the bites, so I used a Hartz spot-on treatment from the grocery store to get rid of his fleas. Overnight, he began moaning in the hallway and threw up a few times. In the morning he kept throwing up and I noticed his back right leg would twitch as if he was trying to get a piece of tape off of it. This got worse throughout the day. His leg would twitch and he’d almost fall over, and he tripped on the stairs several times.
After looking up his symptons online I realized that it was a reaction to the flea treatment. I quickly bathed him with mild dish soap and called the vet. They told me to bring him in right away. When I got there they gave him another bath and administered charcoal to get the poison out of his system. He was also given fluids for his dehydration from vomitting. $262 later I was able to bring him home.
I was told that I caught it fast enough and he should not have any lasting effects. I am so angry that a product that is so readily available is so toxic. Every person I talked to at the vet agreed that Hartz is a terrible product and they would never recommend it. I feel guilty for having used it on my cat and so frustrated that it is still for sale.
A few months ago, my sweet little cat Oliver contracted some ear mites, and I could just tell he was miserable, so I went and bought Hartz ear mite treatment and applied it to his ears. Within moments, he started drooling uncontrollably, urinated on himself, wouldn’t move, and hid from us, which, we knew was unusual, because he is normally the sweetest, most needy cat in the world. It was a Saturday, in the middle of the night, and we rushed him to the pet emergency room, but didn’t really have the money to get him treatment. They were kind enough to wash him thoroughly, but by then his back legs weren’t working, and I honestly thought that he wouldn’t survive the night. I felt HORRIBLY guilty, and stayed up with him the whole night. Miraculously, he made it through that night, but he still had no control over his bladder or his back legs, and we kept expecting the worst. It was almost a week before he finally gingerly started walking around on his own again, and weeks after that he was miraculously back to his old self. It was a miracle, and I know, from reading these stories how lucky I truely was. Today, Ollie is a happy and healthy kitty, back to his overly affectionate self.
I tell everyone I can what Hartz did to my sweet baby. I just wish no one else had to go through what we did.