I had to have 1 of my 5, 4 week old kittens euthanized yesterday, and I believe it was due to Hartz KMR. I had just bought a new container of the powdered version, and had given them a few feedings from it. At 6am yesterday, I noticed 1 of them was sleeping in the litter box when I went into their room to feed them. I didnt think much of it, being little ones, theyre sometimes silly like that. So I startled her to feed her, and something was definitely NOT right. She was very limp, almost unresponsive…she took a couple sips of the KMR, but was more biting the nipple, as if to stop the flow of it. I think she knew better than I did of what was going on 🙁 I laid her on the heating pad, thinking maybe she was just extra tired or something. I went back in for their 11am feeding, and she was still in the same spot, looking lifeless, laying limply. I picked her up and she could barely meow. Her head and limbs just dangled, her eyes were open, but she was unresponsive, and had wet herself. I was so scared. I gave her a warm bath, to wash her mess off her, and thinking maybe she had some poo that needed to come out, and that the bath would wake her up a bit. No luck 🙁 I sat with her in this condition all day. After awhile her mouth started opening up and her tongue was starting to hang out a bit. Finally at 3pm, I took her over to the vet’s office. They checked her blood sugar levels, which were fine. Her temperature was a little low, but nothing super serious. They couldnt figure out what was wrong. In the end, the vet chalked it up to being a virus or some kind of birth defect, and suggested the most humane thing to do, was to put her down. So I did. I havent cried that hard in a long time. I brought her home, and buried her next to a flowering bush in our yard. I took a look at this website, thinking maybe it had something to do with the KMR. Then I went to our local pet store and bought PetAg KMR. Evening feeding time came around for the others, and as soon as I walk into their room, I see that the rest of them have the SAME SYMPTOMS. Wandering around the room, seeming confused, didnt really want to eat (but I did get them to take some of the other KMR), stumbling and falling over, lethargic. One was already laying on the floor, seemingly lifeless. I held her close to me for a long while, eventually wrapping her in my shirt I wore all day, and placing her on a towel in the cat carrier for the night. I was thinking I would wake up to them all dead. At 530 this morning, they had ALL come back to their normal selves, even the one I thought was surely going to die. I attribute it to having the different KMR in their systems, and the Hartz leaving their systems throughout the night. I lost one baby due to this HORRID PRODUCT. Never again! I will yell it from the rooftop that this product, and other Hartz products, are DANGEROUS KILLERS!!!!!!
I have created a petition urging Hartz, Sergeant’s, and other brands to use natural ingredients so our pets no longer have to suffer. This is not spam or a virus. This is a real petition created by me on Change.org. I have never used these products, but I am absolutely heartbroken for those of you that have and have lost a pet or you had to watch your pet suffer. It is time these companies start caring about our pets!!!!!!! http://www.change.org/petitions/hartz-flea-and-ticks-start-using-natural-ingredients-in-flea-medication-so-our-pets-no-longer-have-to-suffer?utm_campaign=petition_created&utm_medium=email&utm_source=guides This is the link to my petition. I would greatly appreciate your time spent signing the petition and sharing it with others. I know this petition cannot bring back your pet or make up for the sickness your pet had to go through, but this petition will hopefully help spread awareness about these products.
About two weeks ago our cat gave birth to four kittens. Two days after they were born a chain of tragic events happened and two of the kittens ended up dying, while one we had to take to the vet immediately because her umbilical cord was pulled and she needed to be operated on and stitched up. (the fourth kitten was in no way harmed) We ended up getting the kitten back and she was doing really well but we had to give her the amoxicillin in case she had any type of infection due to the open wound. My boyfriend and I were giving her and her brother the kitten milk replacer by Hartz bcause we literally spent every penny we had on the operation for the little girl and the antibiotics and the Hartz formula was the cheapest formula (the liquid formula) that “stayed fresh” the longest amount of time. A couple days ago the little girl started losing her appetite and was really lethargic, and wasn’t going to the bathroom the way she was supposed to. We did the stimulating with a warm damp rag for her and her brother and he started going regularly, but her progress seemed to start going backwards. Then Monday she wouldn’t eat even half of what she was supposed to be eating, she barely moved, she had her mouth open and seemed maybe like she was dehydrated? and screamed out in pain when we tried to help her go to the bathroom. Then within only an hour or two you didn’t have to even touch her for her to scream out, and the cry was not a normal kitten cry. It was a cry of pure pain and discomfort. I called around to different vets, even the one who operated on her, who didn’t seem all that concerned, till I talked to someone at an Animal ER. The man told us to go ahead and bring her in. We rushed her to the ER and at that point I didn’t think she was even gonna make it to the hospital. She was only a week and a couple days old. Her eyes weren’t even open yet. We got her there and they took her in the back and put her on oxygen immediately and a couple minutes later called us back. They weren’t completely sure what was wrong with her, but assuming because she had been operated on already and had an open wound while being so tiny that she had caught an infection. Her temperature was too low. They called it Peritonitis and said she needed to be put down. There was nothing they could do. They said there was nothing we could do. They didn’t try anything, just assumed. And we believed them. That little girl didn’t have a chance at life. She was innocent and sweet and we let it happen to her. Reading these reviews and seeing that a lot of her symptoms matches up with those of your kittens, some saved, some lost. It makes me sick to my stomach and brings tears to my eyes. Now her brother is starting to have some of the same symptoms which is what caused me to look this up in the first place. I would have never known. We just switched his formula to the powdered KMR which is supposed to be the best. We’re trying to get the other formula out of his system, and are hoping its not too late for him. We will always hold the guilt for our little girl who didn’t make it and that we were too trusting and not educated enough about to prevent this from happening. I am so sorry for everyone who lost a kitten, or puppy, or anything to Hartz. Please if you haven’t started using it yet – don’t take the chance. Its not worth the risk or the loss. It WILL leave you heartbroken. I will never forget this, or her.
Thanks for making this website.
R. I.P Miracle.
– Sad mommy.
Hartz Tick Drops… if applied to your pet…
Wash them off your animal IMMEDIATLEY ! Take that product back to walmart and demand your money back.
My Dog got a severe bleeding nose less then 15 mins of applying a 30lb one month dose. My dog is 100lb King Doberman, he went into convulsions, and seemed dissoriented, we rushed him into the shower, used dawn dishsoap on him, and scrubbed him all over. He seems to be doing better now, that stuff is pure poison!
The blood coming out of his nose was very liquidy, almost like it was half blood half water. And very very Red in color. Nothing like this has every happened to my dog before. I’d rather pull ticks off him with tweazers then have him die from poison.
My cat, Romey used to have uncontrollable seizures that would last about 5-15 seconds. They were so bad that he would fall backwards off of tables and chairs and his body would convulse. After his seizures he was disoriented, confused, and would drool for about 20 seconds. Romey was an extremely affectionate and loving cat, but became unsocial and depressed during this time. He would nest in one place of the house and seizure up to 5 times per day. It was heartbreaking. Luckily, these behaviors have stopped completely for the past few months which happens to be about how long it’s been since I’ve given him a bath in Hartz Ultraguard Flea & Tick Shampoo. I urge any pet owners not to use any Hartz products. Thankfully, my pet survived. Unfortunately, there are many pets who haven’t. Please share the word.
I am heartbroken by the many stories here of those who have lost their pets due to this product.
I became a cat owner as a child of 12 years old, back in the early 80s. I got a DSH Tabby and my brother got a siamese. We allowed them to go outside during the day, in nice weather. Usually they were only outside in the summer time, and thus, we got them flea collars. They never had an issue with them. They indeed were hartz flea collars.
About the 90s, when the kitties were getting older, my gut instinct told me, after opening up a package of one of the collars and choking on the smell, I was NOT going to put that on my cats. There was no internet at the time, I just listened to my gut. It was a good instinct.
Those kitties lived a great life. our little Siamese passed away at only 13 (she was the runt of her litter and her liver was shot), but my DSH tabby lived to a lovely 18.5 years of age before kidney disease forced me to end her suffering. I was heartbroken, but found 2 adorable tabby kittens, brother and sister ready to adopt me.
These two kittens were NOT outdoor kitties–I was constantly moving and felt it was safer to keep them inside. I vaccinated them, but never worried about flea treatment. They would have been around 5 years of age when I found that they had fleas! I work with horses, and had transported fleas on my clothing from work, back to home. UGH! It was late–too late for me to call the vet, so I went out and bought some flea collars. I put them on both my kitties, but right away, I was having tightness in my chest and finding it hard to breath. I think I lasted 10 minutes before cutting them off my cats, then disposing of the collars outside and airing out my home and bathing both my cats. Thankfully, they had NO ill effect–most likely because I removed the collars quickly. I had to sit outside in my porch and breath in fresh air for 2 hours while my place aired out.
If every human and cat/dog are reacting to this product, how on EARTH is is passed by the EPA and the FDA????? This is TOXINS!! This chemical is a pesticide and they’ve made it FAR too potent. A flea is the size of a pinhead. The flea collar on my one kitty, for 10 minutes killed the fleas on her in that time. There is NO way anything should be THAT strong!!
I am so, so so sorry for those who have lost their beloved kitties and dogs to this unfortunate product. It needs to be taken OFF the shelves and be banned!!!