I have the video of the poor baby just hours before she died. I was going to take her to the vet in the morning but she didnt make it. Im so heart broken. Are there any steps that are being taken to sue them over this?
I used the flea and tick drops on my cat after moving into a house infested with fleas. Now she is losing the fur around her neck in clumps. She hasn’t had any of the other symptoms and there is no redness or blistering. I can not afford the vet right now. I just lost my mother over the weekend to leukemia and I myself just won my battle with uterine cancer and have absolutely no money. Sigh I don’t know what to do except to watch her closely. If I would have looked online first.. smh I am so upset right now. I have used flea products on my cats before and never ever did I experience any of my cats getting sick or losing fur..
RIP Kia, On Sept 10, 2014 my loving Persian show cat. I inadvertently killed Kia because I gave him a bath with a well known product sold by a well respected company. Hartz ultra guard rid flea and tick shampoo.
Kia won prizes but more importantly, he won my heart and the heart of my family. Kia died within 24 hrs. of having a Hartz ultra Guard flea and tick shampoo treatment.
Kia was bathed late in the evening and he responded with foaming at the mouth, convulsions and seizures. Kia died the next afternoon with no one to comfort him or take him to an emergency room. Everyone went to work never imagining or expecting to find Kia dead in the day. There was clear evidence he suffered and died within a short 12 hour time frame.
The vet verified that my beautiful young, (7 yrs old) healthy cat was deceased and had in fact suffered a possible seizure. My vet and I discussed the problems they have seen with the above mentioned shampoo. Some animals were saved when rushed for medical assistance and others could not be saved. Why was I not warned? I killed my cat with a bottle of shampoo that cost $5.99.
This product is still readily available on the shelves of literally thousands of stores. The active chemical ingredient intended to kill flea and ticks is Pyrethrin. Its a pesticide.
I did as much research as I could on reported deaths or problems with this shampoo. One website reported over 2,000 deaths. My vet verified he personally has treated ill animals after they had received a shampoo with this product.
I would like this product changed or off the shelves. I dont want another family distraught over the death of another cat.
In Loving Memory 5-24-2007- 9-11-2014
On August 9, 2014 I purchased Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Drops for Cats in the 3 month supply from Target. After reading the box for any serious warnings, I followed the instructions provided carefully and administered the treatment to my cat, Retta, as directed. Unfortunately, she had an extremely dangerous reaction.
I gave the medication to Retta around 10:00PM and by 11:15 we were in the Emergency Room at Nashville Veterinary Specialists. Approximately 15 minutes after applying the medication to Retta she began to show strange, and frightening symptoms. At first, was struggling while trying to walk and was unable to lift her head up. Then the symptoms began to worsen and she began convulsing as well as making abnormal gurgling and choking noises. I washed away the medication as quickly as possible but she was showing no signs of improvement, and by this time I was extremely concerned. I called the local pet hospital and was advised to bring her in as soon as possible. I left my house as soon as hanging up the phone and when I arrived with Retta they immediately took her back for treatment, where she remained for over 5 hours.
I am extremely dissatisfied and angered by my experience with Hartz. The only relevant warning provided on the label read Sensitivities may occur after using any pesticide product for pets. This is a drastic understatement and grossly misleading. My cat could have died because of this product. I called Hartz to voice my opinion and concern for other animals and was given a file number to reference in order to be reimbursed for my ER expenses. I will definitely be submitting to be reimbursed by I’m extremely frustrated that they will not ackwnoledge the serious danger they’re putting so many animals in. A representative took my statement but for the most part my concerns were dismissed and there were no sufficient answers as to why the products were still being sold or why warning labels were misleading. Please, please, please do not use this product on your pets!
Earlier in the week I noticed my two five-month old cats had picked up some massive fleas. After a couple of days of waiting to see if their usual herbal treatments would fight off the flea onslaught, and realizing that they wouldn’t, I stopped at the local grocery store for some flea collars. Hartz Ultra Guard for Cats and Kittens. I’ve used them on other pets over the years with no ill effects, so I blithely brought them home that evening and put them around my kittens’ necks at about 8:30. We all went to bed as normal. Just before 5AM, I was woken by one of the cats making a strange, short yowling sound, three or four times in a row. Then I heard a “flump.” I jumped up out of bed to find my little male kitten, Milo, convulsing on the floor. My mind raced and the only thing I could think was that I had recently put flea collars on them. So I immediately removed the collar, made sure he was no longer seizing, and called my vet. I was redirected to an emergency vet, who told me as long as he was no longer seizing, to wait and see my normal vet. So I kept an eye on my little guy until 8AM, looking up whatever information I could on cat seizures in the meantime. I wish I had searched for information on the flea collar instead, as I would have been much more informed when we did get to see the vet. However, they bathed him, put him on an IV drip and gave him medication to combat the poison, but overall didn’t seem terribly concerned. As the vet tech said, he was lucky – he was alive. She had seen many pets die from flea collars, which shocked me. Milo stayed overnight, and in the morning I was told he was doing well and could go home. He definitely was better – no more twitching or wobbling eyes. But he was still off-kilter. It’s now been two days since he came home, and he seems perfectly healthy except for the fact that he’s holding his head at an angle, and his balance is a little off. After reading many, many accounts of poisoning and seizures, we’re hopeful that he will, in time, fully recover. I do have to say that his sister had no ill-effects from her collar, which of course we removed. The vet has advised us to wait a few more days, and then start them both on Frontline, as we live in a rural, heavily forested area rife with both fleas and ticks. I am, of course, rather anxious about using yet another chemical, but the herbal treatments I had been using worked wonderfully at repelling ticks, but didn’t stand up to the monster fleas carried by the local wildlife.
I understand that, as with people, some pets may be more sensitive to the active ingredients in any flea treatment or medication. I have heard of animals having similar reactions to Frontline, and even some herbal treatments. But as many people on this site have said, it’s all about awareness. We don’t think of these treatments as dangerous until something like this happens to us or someone close to us. And of course the companies like Hartz spend a great deal of money and time washing over any possible side-effects. So we trot into our local grocery or big box store and figure we’re picking up an inexpensive, fairly innocuous quick fix. But with every story told here, that’s one more resource for a frightened pet-owner dealing with a sick pet. We might not be able to get the products pulled from the shelves, but we can share, educate, and hopefully reduce the demand to the point of economic impracticality.
I would be interested to hear if anyone has had a similar experience, and has used Frontline afterwards. Or if anyone can share how their cat recovered from a similar reaction.
On Aug 30th, 2014, we put Hartz UltraGuard flea collars on our cats. We had used them for years with no problems. Our newest cat, Na’avi is an 8 yr old Norwegian forest cat (they’re related to Maine Coons).
Because she is huge and has a double coat of fur, I bought the Hartz UltraGuard Plus flea collar for her. I had never used one of these before.
Earlier tonight, September 12th, my husband yelled for me to come quickly. He had just discovered that Na’avi had lost about 2 inches of fur halfway around her neck just under the flea collar. The area was all bloody and ravaged. Because of my medical background, I recognized it as a chemical burn.
She has been acting completely normal with no signs of pain at all. The reason we had not noticed anything till now is that she sort of has a mane which covered the whole collar area. I should add that the collar was not too tight and all instructions had been followed.
I went on the net tonight to see why this particular Hartz product was so dangerous and found the HartzVictims website. My heart was aching as I read all the stories of tragic loss. My husband and I were appalled to learn that this product is still widely available. We bought ours at the local Walmart and I will be phoning them in the morning.
We hope and pray that our Na’avi will recover from this incident and extend our sincerest condolences to all who lost their precious babies.
Below is our story. I will not stop until something gets done. I have sent many emails and notified many businesses, people, government officials about this product. We need to stick together to get this product off the shelves.
I just wanted to get the word out about a popular product that is being sold at many retail stores. It effects are quite disturbing. Below is our story. I want the public to know, they deserve to know. Ziva is not the only one that has passed from this product. My vet in Sallisaw advised that they have seen these effects before in pets. Please help us get the story out.
On the night of August 26th 2014 I applied the Hartz Ultraguard Flea and Tick preventative to my fur daughter Ziva and my fur son Boh. About 45 minutes after applying the product Boh started having issues walking, lack of control of his back legs, and weaving. I kept a close eye on him when I saw my girl was doing the same thing only much much worse. She would walk through the house and hit her head on the chair, couldn’t hold her head up to drink, vomiting, unable to stand to urinate, falling, and rolling over herself. I got her to her Dr first thing the morning of the 27th. They gave her two injections, one of a medicine that would help and another that was pain meds and the other for nausea. I called and checked on her before the Dr’s office closed that day and promised I wouldn’t be an over anxious mom and call right when the doors opened the next morning. At 0927 on the 28th I called to check. I got transferred straight to the vet and got the news. Said that he did the best he could. Came back and checked on her twice over night the poison just over took her system. I made a call to the Hartz care line and let them know what happened. The Hartz company has yet to return my call in regards to what happened to Ziva. Ziva was a frisky, happy go lucky, curl up in bed with mom to watch TV, shepherd of two little girls who grew up with her, mom to 6 week old puppies, trained for personal protection family pet of a great backgroud. This should not have happend to her or any other pet.
I am wanting to take on the Hartz Mountian Corporation in hopes to raise awareness to what their products are doing to pets. Sadly I am not the only one that this has happend too. Awareness is key and getting the word out so more pets are saved is very important to my two young children, my husband and myself.
Hi, my name is Margaret Daly. Isabella Donna “Isa” was my beautiful black smoke Himalayan. She was in perfect health. I had only treated her once for fleas before prior to this past week. I noticed Isa had began to scratch. I was concerned since she is a completely indoor cat. While at the grocery store Tuesday, August 30, 2014, I purchase Sergeants Flea and Tick Gold medicine at Krogers. I came home applied it to both of my cats.
Thinking nothing of it, I begin to notice within two days that Isa’s behavior had changed. She became increasingly clingy and lethargic. I figured it was a side effect of the medicine. She was not scratching as much. Over the next three days, Isa’s behavior began to change. She didn’t have much of an appetite and was reclusive. Due to the holiday weekend, we just kept a close eye on her.
On August 31, 2014, Sunday, I could not find her. I began to panic! I enlisted my father and husband to search the entire house when we found her, she was completely listless. We rushed her to the emergency vet.
The vet said she had a very low body temp and her red blood count was decimated. A normal range is 40-50, and Isa’s red blood cell count was 12. The vet suggest a $1300 blood transfusion. We declined due to the financial strain. The vet said Isa would be okay within 3-5 days. The diagnosis was anemia due to fleas although no fleas were actually found on her.
We took her home. When we got home, I knew in my heart she was dying. I tried everything to get her to eat and drink. But she just laid there staying off into space. Every time she tried to move or stand she would stumble around and collapse. At around 3:00 AM, she had a seizure. I knew the end was near. Her breathing was changing from rapid to non-existent. She passed away shortly there after.
We were left with so many unanswered questions. Just a complete and total shock. How could a healthy cat with no known health issues just die? The vet did not have concerns about life or death! She said the transfusion would just improve her condition quickly. My husband began to research it on the internet. We have read countless stories just like our own, almost exactly the same. How can this be legal? How can these people manufacture products intended on helping our pets but instead they are killing them. This company will hear from me!
It seems our beloved, Isa, was poisoned by this junk! Too boot, I have another cat who is also acting similar to way Isa did before she passed away. I cannot fathom losing both of my cats. I have purchased Dawn dish detergent and will be bathing my other cat, Lola, very soon. I am starting here to share my story. I will be sharing it all over the internet. I will also be contacting Kroger to stop selling these lethal products! Please if you love your pets, the way we do, DO NOT PURCHASE ANY OF THEIR PRODUCTS!
So here I am on your website and don’t I feel like a fool. I adopted two cats through work Friday cause clients got evicted and local SPCA has lots. They’d been itching and biting their feet little bit. After I had spent lots on basics at pet store I was in Safeway and thought this could be useful especially I don’t even have a good history on the cats. I put it on the smaller one and made sure to follow instructions. Instantly it freaked out, jumped around and drool was coming from its mouth. I didn’t get to snip the collar so must have got in its mouth. Did the best I could to wash its mouth rinse it – I also immediately took collar of as soon as I could once I saw it foaming from mouth. Its a Sunday and I talked to local emergency but cat is fine now so I was pretty lucky.
I won’t ever use any of this company’s product again and I’m certainly boycotting it. I can’t imagine what people have gone through losing a pet to this horrible company. Thank you for setting this up and God bless….
I bought a Hartz Ultraguard Plus Flea and Tick Collar for my cat within 3 weeks he lost 30% of his body mass his vertebrates on this back stuck out from his body like the cheshire cat. in other words he was looking skeletal! within 8 weeks he was dead!
I urge Everyone who read this, to join the class action lawsuit,to stop this company from killing pets!