Please hold the stores that carry these products liable!
Hartz is not the only one I blame for making my dogs ill. There has to be some blame put on stores who agree to carry this garbage and the sales people who tout it so highly. And holding a store and its employees liable was exactly what I did after my horrible ordeal.
My story begins at pet smart while looking for some flea control for my puppy. My local pet smart only carried Hartz. In reading the back of the package i discovered the minimum age for use was 12 weeks. The three puppies I was fostering were only 10 weeks. In speaking with a sales associate she assured me that if I split a whole tube for small dogs between three puppies, there shouldn’t be an issue and then went on to tell me she did the same when all her dogs were puppies. It made sense at the time that a third of a tube wouldn’t hurt my puppies when the size amount was correct and divided by three.
So as directed on the back of the package I applied a few drops on the neck of each one and rubbed it in with my fingers.. but instead of using a third of the tube for each puppy, to be on the safe side I used a half of a tube for all three instead of a whole one and proceeded to just throw out half the tube.
Less then twenty minutes later all three started to gauge and throw up. I panicked because at first i thought they were choking on something and after checking their throats thought maybe it was food poisoning and gave them some milk to pass whatever was in their system quickly.
Later that evening I began to gauge the same way and began throwing up all my food. It was horrible first night, me and three sick puppies. It was only at that point that i realized the only thing we had in common was hartz.
I immediately bathed all three puppies in a panic with dawn dish soap, and the although the vomiting didn’t stop completely, it subsided a bit. It took a week to have the puppies return to normal without throwing up every hour or so. I felt so awful but the worst part was, THEY WERE STILL INFESTED WITH FLEAS!
There is something very unsettling about the fact, the only thing Hartz wont kill is fleas. After I could manager to leave the house without throwing up, I immediately took the remaining two tubes to pets mart and confronted both the sales associate and the manager.
Luckily I stumbled on this site and printed out a list of stories. I handed them to both the manager and sales associate. The manager refunded my money but apologized that they couldn’t remove the item from the shelves, as it was head office who decided what products they carry. I called up their head office and threatened to sue them senseless.
The most insulting part of the whole ordeal though was the sales associate admitted she DIDN’T EVEN HAVE ANY PETS. She made up having dogs and ever even using Hartz.
I encourage all of you to begin complaining to all the companies that carry Hartz instead of Hartz themselves. Hartz doesnt care as long as they are making money but if a large company begins pulling the product because of too many complaints Hartz will notice.
Thank you for the chance to vent hartzvictims.org