My first cat ever

From Darryl via email:

I was walking home one night after a hard day, i had just stopped drinking and needed to redirect my attention and focus i was on my 2nd week of no alcohol and just needed a friend, out of nowhere a small kitten walks from out of the dark i tried to shu it away but that little kitten had another agenda in mind as it kept coming i ran toward it,without a flicker it went around my feet and meowed and sat down..A guy said from his yard u might as well pick it up and give it a home because from the looks of things it wants to go with you..I picked it up and put it next to my chest it purred and snuggled in ,i named her pippy she couldn’t be more than 3wks i gave her a bath some milk and woke my daughter up and said her name is pippy she  cuddled up and went to sleep,the next day i went to walmart to give her the royal treatment she got it all,after another bath i went on line to see witch side does the flee collar belong on i saw that it stated safe for even kittens i knew hartz was the best from growing up, so i thought!!  I placed the collar on and all has been well, that little kitten keeps us laughing and my 2yr old and my 14mo old sons love her, we notice she’s very frisky at night loves to play and runs up and down until about a month now since she’s been apart of our family, i first notice a change in her appetite, than i noticed a mood swing so i picked her up and i looked at her my daughter said daddy pippy’s been acting funny i notice her poop was a little runny as i changed the litter on two separate occasions,so on this day i examined her closely and notice something under her collar i removed the collar and was shocked and i’m pissed to the utmost..my older son said go on line and see if that collar is good i said i checked it online it said it was safe but when i put in hartz flee collar burned my cats neck the page came up one more victim is one to many..I’ve never owned a cat a few dogs but no cats for this old boy,but she loves me and that’s my friendship to her to take care of her in exchanged for her warmth,my beautiful lil kitten is hurt and i want part of the class action against hartz for animal cruelty..some one please in Jesus name help us take hartz down!!! My name is Darryl contact me at 754-422-3924.

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Class Action LawSuit

Hi all, many of you heard my story of my little Chiweenie dog that had a seizure and passed away after a bath with Hartz Flea& Tick Shampoo. Im currently trying to get a Class Action Lawsuit going. I have infact contacted atleast 5 lawyers about this and just waiting to hear back from them. I have also contacted the EPA. I want this product removed. If you are interested on joining me please let me know. I also want you to know that my husband recorded  everything that happened so i have proof.

 

Christina

Human Reaction to Hartz Tick and Flea

I have not read through all the posts on this site to know if anyone else has posted of a human having a terrible reaction to Hartz tick and flea. Here is my story.

Last week I helped a friend out by petsitting her little dog. The owner had put Hartz Ultraguard topical tick and flea prevention on her dog before dropping her off. That night I cuddled with the dog and noticed a tickle in my throat and a weak cough. I joked on Facebook that maybe I was allergic to the dog. I should mention I am a huge dog lover and dogs have been in my life forever. My own dogs have used Frontline in the past. I have no allergies at all to dogs or cats or anything.

The next day, my “cold” got worse. I did spend a lot of time with the dog, sleeping in my bed etc. Two days later I could not go to work. I felt sick and achy, was coughing, had a very sore throat and had a fever. I went to a minute clinic to have a strep test. They listened to my chest and said it sounded bad and wanted to call an ambulance. To cut a long story short, I spent the weekend in the hospital. The Hartz product closed my airways and it became very hard to breathe. I was on steroids, drips, had to have lots of respiratory treatments etc. Now, 5 days later, i am home but still weak and coughing. The doctors have little doubt that it was the Hartz product that lead to this severe allergic reaction.

Have there been other cases of HUMANS having adverse effects from a Hartz product. I would be very interested to know. It’s been a terrible week and it will be a very expensive one after 3 days in hospital.  My friend who applied Hartz feels guilt stricken that her dog put me in the hospital.

Daniella

Poor Kitties

This all happened a couple months ago. I was trying to do what was best for my two kitties, a brother and sister I adopted. I bought a Hartz preventative flea medication. I applied it to both of my cats and within an hour I had a feeling something was wrong with my female cat. The spot on her neck where I applied the medicine was so, so greasy and it made her hair stand up which made it look like she was balding. She was acting off and as if she was uncomfortable. Then I noticed her being to twitch and I suspected it was the Hartz product I just used. I went on the Internet and my heart dropped when I read the things on this site as well as others. Hartz products poisons and kills domesticated animals !!! I immediately began prepping for the kitties bath, rushing around like a crazy person. The male wasn’t showing any symptoms of distress so I decided I’d bathe the female first. This was all happening at around 3 am so I was lucky I happened to have Dawn dish soap. However, my cats are 11 pounds each and giving them a bath by myself was a struggle. I was able put some soap and rinse it off before they escaped/climbed the shower curtain. I was afraid it wasn’t thorough enough but I did the best I could. I watched them for a couple hours and they seemed to be doing okay so I went to sleep for awhile. When I got up, there were still acting okay even though the female was still twitching. Although the greasy spot had gotten a little better, it was still noticeable. The next day consisted of me holding two paper towels, one with Dawn and one soaked with water. I would coax my kitties to me and in one quick motion, rub Dawn on their neck and then wring out all the water from the soaked paper towel onto their neck. Then I would dry the area with a towel next time I got a hold of them. The next day it was better but their necks were still greasy. I put baby powder to absorb the oil. (I never read to do this anywhere, I figured it was worth a try). It helped to absorb the rest of the oil and within the next day it was gone. My kitties are just fine thanks to my intuition and this website. I feel lucky I was able to notice and correct the problem right away. I don’t understand why this product is still being sold in stores. Even if Hartz doesn’t stop making their products, companies need to understand they are selling animal poison advertised as flea and tick medication.

WOW! THANK YOU< I DID NOT KNOW! DO NOT USE HARTZ!!!!!

Last Wednesday, 02/26/2014, my 9 month-old pit-bull, AJ, woke up in the middle of what I first thought was a nightmare. I soon discovered he was having a grand mal seizure, the first of 11 he would have over the next 24 hours. The fact that he is still a “puppy”, I did not consider his clumsiness, incoordination and fluctuating appetite over the last 2 weeks. My son and I took him immediately to the closest vet. He was administered IV fluids, valium and potassium bromide over an eight hour period. He is just now beginning to act like “his old self” again. We have a 2 yr. old pit/boxer , Bridgette, as well that has not shown any signs of seizures however, she has “hot spots” on her feet, belly, chest and ears that have also developed over the last two weeks. On a whim, I looked up Hartz flea and tick prevention. Surprise! Surprise! My babies aren’t the only ones! I appreciate this website. I now know to NEVER apply this sh*# to my animals again!

Question: Is there anything we can legally do?  Unquestionably, we have no problem treating/ saving our babies, but the information I have gained via this site has me very angry with the Hartz company. We spent over $500.00 on AJ and Bridgette is just now getting better after oatmeal baths every other day. Had it not been for Hartz, this is money we would not have had to spend.

 

Going “Sergents Green” almost killed my kittens

I rescued two kittens, a brother and sister, this past year. That’s when i found out how riddled my apartment complex was with fleas. They were about 8 months old when this happened. I bathed both of them, then applied Sergent’s Green. I didn’t use a whole tube of it either i just split one between the two of them. I immediately swore to never use it again, as the smell was strong enough to choke the cats up and make them foam up at the mouth so my room mate corralled Dexter and washed the medication off of him while i took Sookie and did the same. Dexter seemed to be ok, if just a little unsteady. It was Sookie that worried me. she kept shaking as if she couldn’t get warm so i curled her up in a blanket and held her trying to calm her down some. after about ten minutes she was still shaking and her pupils had dilated, so we rushed them to the emergency vet. By this time Dexter had started to shake too. I was told they were exhibiting the symptoms of pyrethrin poisoning. They were given something to help flush their systems, and IV’s, in addition to another round of baths. I was so scared i was going to lose them, I mean i must have been a sight, a 260 lb army vet crying in the vets waiting area. I stayed up with them all night and called in sick the next day to work. We kept all of the lights off in the apartment for the next three days while their eyes returned to normal to limit any damage to their sight. I am happy to say that they made a full recovery, but Sookie still holds a grudge over it, she will only curl up with my room mate now and only comes to me when she wants food. The vets were wonderful and only charged us for one of the kittens despite treating them both. The people over at Sergents however haven’t been near as cooperative. All i did was ask that they paid the vet bills, they requested i send the product back to them for testing as according to them there is no way it could contain pyrethrin or any other substances toxic to cats. I filled out all of the forms they sent me for re-imbursement and i sent all but one tube back to them as I wanted my own evidence should this escalate. Well Sergent’s has drug their feet on the issue refusing to pay the bills until i send them the final tube. As of now we are at a standstill. We did manage to get the product pulled from the shelves of the area Krogers and other stores though, so that is something.