I stumbled upon this site by accident and thought I’d go ahead and submit my story. It’s been awhile, so I dont have the amount of money it cost to fix the problem, but it did take over SIX MONTHS for everything to get back to normal. I lived at a college apartment complex…. I’ve had pets all my life and never had a problem with fleas. It wasn’t until college that I bought my own dogs and became responsible for applying flea protection. I used Hartz. I figured it was all the same. I should have done my research… there’s a reason brands, like Frontline, cost more and are more well known. My dogs both caught fleas and I discovered them hopping all over my bedding, the floors, my furniture. I even found some in my own hair! And yes, they were fleas, not lice…. they were jumping everywhere! I had to go to the vet and he gave my dogs pills to kill the bugs for the next 24-48 hrs and I used that time to try to kill the stubborn eggs and larvae. I shampooed carpets, applied flea powders, bathed my dogs in extremely concentrated flea shampoos, even smothered their skin in vaseline… which did kill the live fleas but not the babies… I didn’t know that at the time and thought after all I did to kill the eggs and larvae, I rushed them off to my parents house and worked on treating my apartment. Even without the dogs around, the fleas still hatched and took over the place. I had to put EVERYTHING in plastic bags and rush the laundromat but it still wasn’t enough. I fummigated the apartment as well. I’d still find fleas in the carpet and on furniture. I finally just gave up and moved in with my boyfriend. Thinking everything was ok…. shortly later, my parents called me because their dogs had gotten fleas… then my boyfriend’s roommate’s dog’s got fleas! It took months before we finally got it under control. Vet’s had no answer for how to get rid of them other than to just keep doing what I was doing every day for a LONG time. After half a year, we were ALL finally flea free. Only one of my dogs got excessively sick, but I never had thought it could be linked to the Hartz before, until reading other posts. She vomitted constantly, was extremely dehydrated and her anus was leaking blood. She had many medications, xrays, tests, etc until she was finally ok. I’m not sure if it was because of the Hartz or not… the vet’s said she never ate anything weird. I never got an exact answer as to what the cause was; I was just happy when she was better. I have NEVER used Hartz again… not even shampoos…. I stick with reputable brands now. Your pets are your family…. your kids. Give them only the best!
The weekend before Thanksgiving I noticed a flea on my 15 year old miniature poodle Duncan. I went to Wal-Mart and being November in Wisconsin, the pickings were a bit slim, and the only thing available for his weight range was Hartz Ultra Guard. I gave him the dose along his back as instructed.
Until this point, he had been in good health for a 15 year old…he was a little stiff sometimes but he was still very active and outgoing. He would jump up on my lap with ease, still played with his squeaky toys, and I felt he had years left on his life. Unfortunately, I made the horrible mistake of choosing Hartz that day.
The day I gave him that poison was the last day he played with his toys or was ‘in good health’. It started with massive diarrhea and vomiting, and on the third day he had a seizure. That’s when I googled Hartz Ultra guard and found this site. I immediately bathed him, but by then the Hartz poison had been on his skin for three days and the damage was done. He never recovered. Over the next few weeks the diarrhea continued off and on, he refused to eat or drink and became very lethargic. I kept hoping he would get better but he just kept declining.
This last week we had to force fed/water him, he could barely hold himself and collapsed after a few steps if he tried to walk. He was suffering. It was time to let him go, and today our Vet put him to sleep in my arms, three days before Christmas. NOBODY should have to go through that just because they were trying to keep fleas off their dog. I thought I was HELPING him by giving him Hartz Ultra Guard. Instead it killed him.
I can’t imagine how the people at Hartz can sleep at night, knowing there is case after case of their products killing innocent pets. I had Duncan since he was a puppy, over 15 years of my life, and I have no doubt he would be alive and snuggled next to me right now if it hadn’t been for Hartz Ultra Guard POISON.
Recently i found a kitten about 2 months by the look of her and i took her in as my own.It was late and my car was broken so I walked to the nearest place i could.When i arrived i looked at the cheapest flea medicine and i saw Hartz so i took it.A few nights after i applied it little Sophie began acting weird .She seemed sluggish and would not eat in fact when i put her by her food she sat in it and laid down in ita few minutes later.So i took her to the vet.When we where done checking her up she had fallen asleep again and the vet told me that she had her skin poisoned by the medicine i gave her.He took her into overnight care and the next day i came to get her she was slower then before .He told me she would most likely be fine so i took her home.That night she slept in my bed and she began mewing loudly sounding like she was in pain.That night she died in my arms i felt the life drain out of her.It pained me to feel that and now little Sophie is buried in my backyard under a headstone which reads “Little Sophie rest in paradise Hartz Destroyed yours and my heart that night i put it on you….i am sorry” Warning to anyone who uses these products it with destroy your pets and leave you in grief .If i had fond this website sooner i would never have been without my Little Sophie.
I noticed a few fleas on my 12 week old kitten and I went to wal mart and saw the hartz flea collars for cats and kittens so I picked one up for convienance. It had been on him for about 2 days and he began acting very sluggish and stopped eating. It was a saturday and there are no vets open on the weekend where I live so I started looking up stuff on the internet. I stumbled across this website by accident, I never thought it could be a flea collar that is so readily available. I immediately took it off him and threw it away, as well as some hartz flea shampoo that I had for my dog. It’s been about 12 hours since I took it off of him and there’s already been dramatic improvement. He’s eating and running around and playing with everything in sight. We’re still going to see the vet monday morning but thanks to this website he’s acting like my sweet playful baby again.
DO NOT buy or feed Hartz Smokey Bones to any pet! We bought a 3 pack and gave 1 ea to our 3 dogs. All 3 had to have emergency gastro surgery to remove the fragments, had we not done so I am very sure 2 of the 3 would have died.
On Sept. 6th, we used Sentry Purrscription Flea & Tick on our 6 cats. The next morning, Arthur, our two year old male cat started having seizures and had to be rushed to an emergency vets. After $180.00 he was treated and sent home. Later that afternoon, my husband, Dave was admitted to the emergency room because his tongue and throat started to swell. Over the next 4 weeks, he was in the emergency room 4 more times for facial and neck swelling and that was even after we bathed all the cats twice in Dawn. Finally, the Doctor insisted that he move out for three weeks while I cleaned the house, top to bottom including all the the duct work. Thankfully, everyone is now home and safe. When we called the product hot line, they didn’t seem to interested. But I tell anyone who has pets to NEVER use any of the OTC flea medications, that they are killing and maiming pets. The FDA and the EPA need to start regulating OTC pet products. Meanwhile, we need to continue to spread the word and hit them where it hurts, in their bank accounts
I used flea medicine on my kittens on Monday the 12th. Within hour I was rushing them to them vets. On the 13th I had to sign papers to let our Boots go he would never pull out. Today the other 2 may come home they are little fighters. I never knew any of this about it killing our lil family members this has to stop!! This has devastated our family at a time when we should be happy. My daughter has token it extremely bad as Boots was her baby I called him her shadow. I hope this stops before more families go thru the hell we have. May God bless all your lil family members. Also beware for your dogs as well as my Mazy had a small reaction as well. I will never use over the counter meds again of any kind an If am in the stores I will warn all people I see buying them.For use to save a little bit of money an buy the store brand my bill will be the lost of 1 kitten so far an 1200.00 vet bill.
I had purchased Hartz Ultra guard pro at a local grocery for dogs 4-15 pounds. After grooming and bathing my 2yr old, 9 pound Malti-poo last night I had applied the product according to the box directions. I have this ocd habit of rechecking my work. My dog also loves to lay at the foot of my bed. Imediately After applying this product I noticed it was very smelly in an astringent way and very greasy looking. I wanted to see how long it would take to set so we could go to sleep, so I googled it… This site was third down. I clicked it and read the top story about poor Spooky the cat. My deepest sympathy goes out to anyone who has lost a dear friend to a lethal Hartz or another brand of product. My first thought was, I gotta get this stuff off! I am soooo sorry Pepper! I bathed him a few times with dawn soap to get that garbage off of him. Luckily I only had Hartz on him for 10 mins or less. Poor little guy, he was probably wondering what he did to deserve three baths! I called the 24 hour vet hospital and they told me to keep an eye out for vomiting, loose bowels, fatigue, muscle fatigue, seisures, foaming at the mouth, appetite loss, decreased fluid intake and anything out of the norm. That there tells me something the public doesn’t know about these products that we should know. It just makes me sick to read these horror stories about this (as I am recently enlightened) horrible company. Years ago, I remember Hartz being recommended in vet offices, and my buying decision was based solely on that. I am watching him through the morning hours, and so far he seems alright. Thank you everyone for these posts, It has saved a precious life!
I am horrified now that I learned that I just put something extremely toxic and LETHAL on this cat. Last night I found a stray cat at my barn and took him home. I have always owned cats before but am away at college so I didn’t have anything set up. Also I have never dealt with medical concerns with the animals (except horses). I forgot to pick up flea and tick medication for him when I was shopping for necessities and only realized it at 3:00 am after I had gotten done bathing him and saw that he had a huge amount of ticks all over his body. I ran out to CVS the only place open and bought the only product they had which unfortunately was Hartz. Not knowing anything about the dangers I followed the directions and applied it. Thank GOD the cat isn’t showing any symptoms and has a good appetite BUT I wanted to check and be sure that I can use other products now that I have used that on him (obviously not until next month). My mom said something about not being able to mix products…is that true? Thank you so much for any help! I’m calling CVS in the morning and telling them that they will lose my business if they do not remove Hartz from their shelves. All of you should do the same!
I wrote on Friday that Spooky had been poisoned by the Hartz Ultra Guard One Spot flea killer ointment that I had put on the back of his neck. I took him to the vet, and I just heard from the vet that HE DIED LAST NIGHT from this POISON. I am soooo very angry and upset. I will do anything- and I mean anything- to get this company and other companies to stop manufacturing this poison. I wet in to CVS on Saturday, and saw that they carry this stuff in their pet department. I am going to speak to the managers of every store that I find these products in, and tell them what this product does- it KILLS OUR PETS!!!!!
I live in Virginia. Does anyone know of a lawyer who is handling class action lawsuits in Virginia against Hartz??? I will call them immediately when I get this information. We have to do something.