My 1 year old cat, Spooky is dying..

I used Hartz One Spot on my beautiful sleek black cat named Spooky on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the afternoon. By evening, the cat was listless. I bathed him to remove the flea treatment oil from his fur and it didn’t all come out. On Thursday, he slept all day. He did not eat, or drink, even though I offered it to him every half hour. By Thursday night, I picked him up and tried to put him down on the floor to stand up- he collapsed. I brought him to the vet on Friday, telling him what I had done. He admitted him to his hospital, and put him on I.V. drip because he was so very dehydrated, and also put him on an anti-toxin medicine. They have bathed him since he got there also. I called the vet this morning, and he said Spooky is not better, but not worse. He also said the neuro-toxin from Hatrz One Spot will permanently affect Spooky IF HE RECOVERS. Has anyone experienced any lasting side-effects/ damage with their babies/pets? I am a very financially poor person- I cannot work since June and have applied for disability- haven’t received it yet, so I am asking- does anyone know where I can get financial help for my baby/pet? I live in Southwest Virginia- in Christiansburg. Please advise, as I am at a loss…

Pet Pharmaceutical Industry Under Fire in Multiple New Jersey Class Actions –OVER 75,000 COMPLAINTS REPORTED TO EPA ASPCA CONNECTION

James from BioSpotVictims.org sent this press release over to me this morning (thanks, as always, James). While unedited, the original release can be read here.

NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Yet another class action was filed this week in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, in the District of New Jersey, against a manufacturer of “Spot-On” Flea and Tick products, neurotoxin pesticides placed directly on the skin of millions of household dogs and cats across the United States.

There is a growing sense of moral outrage and alarming statistics from consumers and pet advocates alike after over 75,000 complaints about the products have been reported to the EPA and nothing has been done to change the advertising, marketing or labeling of the products to alert pet owners of the possible serious side-effects. What’s chilling is that those numbers only reflect what has been reported, the actual number of incidents may be much, much higher.

“Spot-On” products generally do not say in their advertising or marketing or even EPA mandated labeling that the products may cause death or other serious side-effects, including paralysis, seizures and ulcerated skin lesions. Consumers are largely unaware of these possibilities when applying the products to their dogs and cats.

Michael Green of Green & Associates, LLC, one of the attorneys that filed the New Jersey class actions, stated, “I’ve received a number of phone calls from pet owners in the middle of the night, where they are traumatized after their dog or cat has just died in their arms after they placed these pesticides on them. These are innocent pets who were trusting their owner to do the right thing for them. The owners are horrified to think that they gave their pet something that killed them, often in an excruciatingly painful way. Most tragic are those stories where the owner had one pet die only to put it on another pet after being assured there was no connection to the product and have that pet die also. I’ve gotten a few of those calls too. Unfortunately, the law treats our dogs and cats as just chattel, but if you ask any of these pet owners whose pet died, their dog or cat was a member of their family.”

Sold By Major Retailers and Veterinarians
The “Spot-On” tick and flea business is estimated to be an $8 billion a year industry with the products primarily sold by veterinarians and pet store retailers such as PetCo and PetSmart.

This week, PetArmor, a new “Spot-On” flea and tick product for dogs and cats, is being served with the complaint filed against it. PetArmor was launched on April 20, 2011 in a press conference with the ASPCA. The product has been featured in television ads and is sold in major retailer WalMart. It is described by the manufacturer, FidoPharm, as containing the same active ingredients as Frontline, a well-known veterinarian recommended product.

Other “Spot-On” products sued in the class actions in New Jersey, beginning in January 2010, include Frontline, manufactured by Merial Limited, and those manufactured and sold by the other major animal pharmaceutical corporations Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc., Hartz Mountain Corporation, Bayer Healthcare, LLC, Farnum Companies, Wellmark International, Inc. and Summit VetPharm, LLC.

“Spot-On” Flea and Tick products are now recommended for virtually all dogs and cats, no matter the locale or specific risk. The Spot-On industry and vets who profit in the billions of dollars have not been called to account as to whether the risk vs. benefits really necessitate that common household pets across this country, and the children and other humans in these households, need to be exposed to these pesticides and neurotoxins 24/7. Studies have shown that the pesticides are detectible on the hands after petting.

EPA Complaints
Over 75,000 complaints to the EPA have been made since 2008 regarding these products including complaints of death and other serious side-effects even without a centralized poison reporting center, something the Humane Society is now calling for. In April of 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an advisory and reported that there was a noticeable increase in the number of adverse pet reactions involving the “Spot-On” pesticides which act as neurotoxins.

Nexus Between ASPCA and “Spot-On” Industry
FidoPharm enlisted the aid of the ASPCA in launching an awareness of their “Spot-On” product PetArmor. However, the class action complaint alleges a nexus of relationships between executives of the “Spot-On” product manufacturers and the ASPCA, heretofore known to the public as a non-profit entity established to prevent cruelty to animals.

The ASPCA has selected FidoPharm as its official tick and flea sponsor in its adoption centers and clinics. FidoPharm in turn has donated product and $100,000 to the ASPCA. John Preston, the current chairman of FidoPharm’s parent, was the founding executive of Merial, the maker of Frontline.

Dr. Steven R. Hanson, the Senior Vice President and head of the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center, where adverse reports of “Spot-On” products may be made, is a former director of Wellmark. Hartz is a corporate donor to the ASPCA and named Dr. Hanson “Veterinarian of the Year.” The complaint alleges that calls into the Poison Control Center regarding Hartz “Spot-On” products are redirected to Hartz, allowing Hartz to directly manage any of these adverse events.

In addition, the ASPCA has a for-profit arm, APCC Consulting Services, that provides professional services to animal pharmaceutical corporations, including consultation on product liability. Hartz has been a client of the APCC.

Finally, the ASPCA in a press release, in response to the 2009 EPA advisory regarding “Spot-On” products, quoted Dr. Hanson as stating the products should continue to be used.

The plaintiffs of the class actions allege that the pesticides in the “Spot-On” products cause death, paralysis, seizures and skin lesions to their pets and that these adverse affects are not stated in the advertising or marketing to pet owners.

More information regarding the class action lawsuits filed against FidoPharm and others may be obtained at www.spotoncomplaints.com

Contact: Michael S. Green, Esq., Green & Associates, LLCTel: 732-390-0480, Email: [email protected]

Hartz Flea Collar almost killed my cat

Milo is at the vet as I type.  I found him at 1 am this morning lethargic and vomiting.  When he tried to get up and walk his back legs wouldn’t hold him up.  I took him to the vet as soon as they opened and the vet tech who met me at the door immediately snipped off his collar and started asking questions.  His body temp was extremely low and his gums were pale.  All of these were signs of poisoning.  When the vet called me at 9:51am this morning she had him on an IV catheter and was going to pull bloodwork for CBC/Chem Panel.  She called me back at 10:40am and said that she thought I had brought him in just in time.  His kidneys and liver were in beginning stages of failure and he was unable to urinate.  He now has a urinary catheter in as well as an IV and will have to stay there atleast until Sat…and that’s only as long as he can urinate tomorrow after the catheter comes out.   I had only put on the Hartz Plus Flea Collar a little over a week ago and had no idea that I was slowly killing my kitty.  I’ve never had an issue w/any flea collars, topicals, sprays, powders, etc before.

Hartz nearly killed my cat

         

This is my cat Jackson. My husband and I noticed a flea or two over a span of a few days. One day we were at Walmart and he grabbed some Hartz Ultraguard for cats- the flea and tick drops. We put the stuff on both of our cats. The next night, we didn’t notice any reaction BUT the stuff was so greasy and disgusting on them, that we decided to give them baths. We washed it all off. That is the day I began noticing that all Jackson was doing was sleeping. I didn’t think much of it because cats sleep most of the day as it is. But it did seem to be a lot. I never saw her anymore. One day a few weeks later, she ventured out into the living room and jumped up onto the couch next to me. When I touched her to pet her, I was shocked. She was skin and bones. I mean you could feel every bone in her body petting her. It was truly horrifying. The picture on the left is from that day. This is what Hartz did to her.  At the time, I still couldn’t think of what could have caused her to suddenly stop eating. Until we took her to the vet and told her around the time that it happened and she said it could be that she licked the Hartz off of herself or the other cat, it probably made her feel sick and lose her appetite. A once extremely energetic, cuddly, tiny bit chubby, and probably the most playful cat I’ve ever seen to a severely anorexic, lethargic, dying cat in just a few weeks. It cost a lot of money (afforded only because I had thousands in savings) and almost cost us her life just to get the brand of flea and tick drops that is a little less expensive. It’s been many months since this happened and overnight vet stays, shots, pills, force feedings of anorexia food several times a day, and so on, and she is happy and healthy again- the right picture is the after shot. But after this, I will never use a Hartz product again, I will make sure to let everyone that I know with pets knows about this, and I will also never use a product on my cats without researching it online. If I had ever heard of what it can do, read about it, or seen this site even, I wouldn’t ever have risked my babies lives. Some people might not understand, not everyone gets so attached to their pets. But some people think of their animals as family members and it hurts deeply to lose one. Share what you know so that we can all help prevent this disgusting product from killing another innocent pet.

 

 

 

 

 

Very Upset

I had to take my cat to the vet this morning and not sure if he is gonna make it.   I use Hartz flea drops on him last night to wake up   this morning to him having seizures and foaming at the mouth. The vet told me that all hartz flea meds do is kill the animal not the fleas. He also said that was the 4th pet he has had in his office this week from using hartz. Something need to be done to hold Hartz accountable for this product.