Thanks for saving Meatball.

I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories. ¬†When I was growing up Hartz was the flea medication recommended by my¬†veterinarian¬†for our oodles of cats. ¬†Recently we found a tick on our dog, Ted, and ordered him some Frontline Plus from 1-800-Pet-Meds, but as a side thought when we were at the local grocery store, we picked up some Hartz UltraGuard for our cat, Meatball. ¬† Meatball hadn’t had any issues other than dry skin, but we thought if Ted was picking up things in his daily romps outside, there was a chancy Meaty could get something by just hanging out near Ted’s favorite sleeping spots.

We put the Hartz on Meatball and that night he¬†vomited¬†all of his food back up and turned our bathroom into a horror story of half chewed food. ¬†His litter box could have been considered a WMD due to the horrific smells from his bowel movements. ¬†He was lethargic; he didn’t want to eat (very serious for him- he’s a fat little guy, hence “Meatball”). ¬†I searched Google for pet reactions to flea treatments and came across this site. ¬†Many of you reported the same issues.

Needless to say, he immediately got a bath with Dawn dish soap (it works for oil covered ducks, right?) and he is on his way back to normal. ¬†Half a day later, his stomach seems to have calmed down , he has taken an active interest in drinking water (and chowing small meals) and is overall acting better. ¬†We are still keeping an eye on him, but he’s¬†definitely¬†headed in the right direction.

One thought on “Thanks for saving Meatball.”

  1. My 4 yr old calico, Chloe, has dry/sensitive skin and reacted very badly to the flea drops. We treated our 4 cats and she was the only one (so far), to react. I woke up this morning (treated her 8pm last evening), to a table full of fur. She has a 3″ x 1″ bare patch on the back of her neck/back area from the application site. She doesn’t seem to be sick…so far. I bathed the area this morning and put Cortizone cream on it for the skin irritation (that helps with her hot spots). I had my son bathe her again with cool water on the spot and I am on pins and needles until I get home to see her. She’s my baby…I love her to pieces. I had not researched HARTZ products prior to use as it was recommended by a good friend and the HARTZ name has been out there for years, supposed to be a company we can trust. I read all the directions before use, so I felt, as a good pet owner, that I was doing a good thing. Guess we all need to research well ahead of time. A hard lesson learned. I am thankful, so far, that it’s only lost hair and skin irritation. I feel like such a bad Mommy ūüôĀ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *