Zodiac Flea and Tick Shampoo for Dogs and Cats made by Hartz

My name is Lynda and I wanted to try to get the word out to small dog owners and cat owners. I purchased this product from PetSmart on April 14, 2012. I bathed my 2 chihuahuas with it on April 21, 2012. My male chihuahua threw up and was fine afterwards. However, my female did not throw up but was acting like she had an upset stomach. I tried to get her to eat and she wouldn’t. I tried to give her her favorite treat and she wanted nothing to do with it. I finally was able to get her to eat a couple of very small pieces of cheese, I thought it might help settle her stomach. The dogs went to bed that night as usual about 9:30 pm. I awoke on the 22nd at 7:30 am to find my female chihuahua comatose. My neighbor and I rushed her to her vet. He immediately started IV’s on her when he heard what I had bathed her with. 5 hrs. later she died. The vet tried cpr on her to no avail. I do not understand why any company is allowed to continue selling products that are causing deaths to animals. Even if it just makes them sick it should be taken off the market. I want as many people as possible to know about what happened to my Lila. If just one other person changes their mind about using this product, then Lilas death will not be in vain.

14 Replies to “Zodiac Flea and Tick Shampoo for Dogs and Cats made by Hartz”

    1. Thank all of you for posting. Just bought flea and tic shampoo for my 13yr. old cat sugar. She has kidney problems so I only used half of the dose of the stuff that is put on the back of their necks( by zodiac). She has never scratched so much with I think fleas. The stuff didn’t work so I wanted to use the shampoo being scared of overdosing with the other stuff. I couldn’t read the small print directions so was looking them up and for some miraculous reason read your site first. Thank you, thank you. thank you for posting. Extremely sad for your loss. I’ve lost two beautiful girls that I was so bonded with and if something happened to my baby (Sugar) because I washed her with this shampoo I would be devastated. You have most likely saved her and many more lives. All the blessing in the world to you from me. Ken and Sugar..

  1. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your baby! I as well do not understand how a company can still be in business when it murders innocent animals! I found an add this morning and have been doing research on it for a little while now. I am currently putting the word out to try and educate more people about this. Again I’m sorry about your loss. Here is a poem that I found when I lost a dear member of our family a few years ago.

    The Rainbow Bridge Poem

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  2. Zodiac Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs & Cats and Adams Flea Stray
    Nicky is 11 and a Dal/Lab Mix
    We purchased the first product about 2 month ago, after I washed Nicky twice in one month he became very lethargic and seam to be unstable walking at times, after he was washed with Tail/Mane shampoo he started to get back to normal & he perked up again. Last Year He also had a bad reaction to Adams Flea Spray but in that case he was foaming and lethargic.

    Watch your pet very carefully if you use any Flea & Tick Shampoo & Spray. You may want to try a mix of body oil wash or olive oil with water and eucalyptus oil instead & and spray it on the dog, the mix need to be massaged on to the skin.

  3. Dear Lynda,
    My deepest sympathy on the death of your baby. I, too, tried Zodiac dog shampoo on my old and young Shih Tzus on a Wednesday nite. When the older one, Ricky, couldn’t stand up Thursday morning, I never suspected the shampoo, because the other dog was fine. He ate little Thursday nite, and nothing at all Friday. We were at the vet’s when he opened Saturday AM; he said Ricky had been poisoned. Still didn’t suspect the shampoo, but on a whim I googled the brand. I will be returning the product to the manager of Pet Smart with a warning. Ricky is better now, but has liver damage. We are holding a good thought . . . and praying.
    But I read the entire lable, and I can find no mention of Hartz. How do we know where it came from? I have had a policy of not using Hartz products for years, even if they were free,

  4. Too bad I didn’t hear about this last year. I have used Hartz on my dog too to prevent flea infestation. My 3yr old chihuahua has never had any fleas but one thing I did notice was that during the period he used the product he would vomit a couple times and he now has two bald spots. I only used the product 3-4 months a year but I’m definitely NOT using it ever again. I will visit the vet first before putting anything else on him. This should be displayed somewhere in the store so people make wise decisions.

  5. Carol Leary….. The bottle does not say Hartz on it. It says Wellmark International, but after a lot of digging, it was discovered that Wellmark International and The Hartz Mountain Corp. are all owned by the same people. I guess kinda like a name brand and then their generic brand. I am pleased to say that my dog Paco is fine. His sister is very much missed though. I no longer use any kind of flea and tick shampoo on any of my doggies. They all use Comfortis tablets once a month, it is expensive but I don’t have to worry about it killing them.

  6. Flor, I am so happy to hear that you will not be using this product on your little doggy again. I have put my dogs on Comfortis tablets. It works wonders…. within 30 minutes the fleas were GONE, and there is no danger of it killing the animal. My local PetSmart store actually took this product off their shelves. We miss Lila very much, but I can see some good coming from her death. She will always be remembered and loved.

  7. When I first read this posting I was too devastated to respond (a couple of weeks ago). My heart really goes out to you for the loss of such a special friend. At the time, I had just purchased this shampoo along with Sentry Flea & Tick Squeeze on for Dogs, 15 lbs and under. I decided to do a little research though, before using either product. After sifting for through the ad rubbish on the internet, I finally found this site. After reading, my heart broke for you but I was so glad you posted what had happened. Your special friend did not die in vain. I made sure to show these products around my office making sure no one purchased them.

    FYI: Sentry Animal products has 122 complaints against it. Anyone can go to this site and see for themselves: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/sentry.html.

    Needles to say, I will gladly swallow the expense and get the Frontline, which I know, from previous use with our Rottie, that it works, SAFELY.

    Ironically, this evening, I got a call from the pet chain I used. They were doing a survey on customer satisfaction. I made sure to tell them about your story and the Sentry stories;
    I let them know that I rated them a “0” for recommendation, because they had no business selling a product that they obviously didn’t know anything about and a 3.5 for customer service, because the clerk I spoke with told me to leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes and, when I said I would leave on for 10, she said “that’s fine”. Based on what I have read… tsk tsk tsk.

    Thanks again for sharing such a hard story. It has benefited quite a few.

  8. I have used most of these different products and on occassion the animal had a re-action of lethergy on vomiting but cleared up after several hours. (4-5 times over a 25yr period).
    3wks ago I bathed my pets and my poor cat that is 18yo has had a really rough time of it and I am very concerned about her health at this point. she never vomited but has slowly appeared to have went totally blind?? her eyes are dilalted fully this should not be….if there are so many c/o like this why is it allowed to continue??

  9. Thank you for the information. I was a Frontline user but it doesn’t seem to be as effective – my dog got fleas while using it. ehow.com has a list of recommended flea shampoos and both Hartz & Zodiac made the recommended list. I appreciate this site – I would have purchased based on the recommendation & my dog is too small to have this kind of reaction. Thanks again & sorry about your experience.

  10. My pit bull mix got extremely Ill after being washed with the Zodiac flea and tick shampoo. Her blood work showed liver failure. She was extremely lethargic and we almost lost her. Over $500 in vet bills. I was lucky my vet allowed me to give her home IV treatment twice daily for two weeks to flush her system. I would never use this product again and am surprised it can be sold.

  11. I just used zodiac flea and tick shampoo on my labordoodle. Immediately after getting her out of the tub she begain having accidents all over my house which was totally abnormal and seemed to be walking funny. For at least 12 hours about every 5 to 10 minutes she had to urinate regardless of just being outside or not. I am convinced it was a result of the shampoo and intend to write a letter to the company and to return it to the store.

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