As a preventative measure, we bought Hartz brand flea and tick gel and as directed, placed it our dog. Since then, he scratches himself constantly, bites at imaginary things, yips and barks while jumping and twitching. He’s always panting heavily and won’t sleep. He’s scratched his ears so much that he’s almost punctured a hole in his ear. He’s licked himself in different places on his body that he’s worn his hair off and caused rashes. Our Vet says there is no cure… and to give the dog small doses of Benadryl. Without it the dog is in constant misery and he is getting worse. I’m not one to sue people but in this case, I’m considering it. The poor pet is in constant pain and misery. We’re considering putting him down… just to ease his pain.
My 7 month old kitten had fleas all over, we tried many times to get rid of the flea with spray and collars. We finally tried to apply the Hartz powder product onto the cat as directed. Barley 24hrs after application he had a seizure lasting 15 seconds at my feet. I scooped him up and kept him steady as to prevent further damage and phoned a vet immediately. There was no other episodes of him seizing but as he tries to sleep he would go completely limp and eyes would remain open, only showing the third eyelid. He will twitch ferociously the face, whiskers, paws and entire body. We are paying 500+ dollars in vet bills and dealing with emotional trauma for our poor baby. Please don’t use products on your animals.
I adopted a new cat and noticed she was scratching a lot. I got the harts flea drops and put it on her, immediately she went and hid. I thought she was just mad I had put something on her, but the rest of the night she was very standoffish. The next morning I noticed she was still acting weird, and when she scratched a BUNCH of hair came off. I looked up the medicine and saw the terrible things online, immediately I washed it off and called the vet. Thankfully the vet said she was going to be ok. He also said they Do Not recommend hartz brand whatsoever. Since then her hair has stopped falling out but she is left with big bald spot on her neck from the flea stuff. I’m hoping she will be fine. And from the things I’ve seen online she was lucky, compared to some other animals. It is appalling that they are allowed to sell this dangerous product in store. I guess all I can do is spread the word,and hope it can help other people from buying this.
I used the Hartz flea body spray. My cat couldn’t eat for a week, gagged alot and slept more. It was only on her for 10 minutes before I knew something was wrong. Didn’t kill the fleas. I didn’t want her to be covered in sores from fleas so a few weeks later I got a flea collar thinking it was safe because she couldn’t lick it. She still had fleas but acted fine. She was great, but went missing 7 days ago. Not like her. She most likely found a quiet place to pass away.
I don’t know for certain that these products killed her but my point is that you should find a natural product or risk living with the guilt that you potentially poisoned and killed a otherwise healthy animal.
Well, i have been having problems with my cat whose name is Romeo, he is 2 or 3 years old, since the begining of this year we have been having problems with him, he has little animals on his body that are eating his hair, cat hair, and making his skin get irritated and red, yesterday my mom and i bought the Hartz white collar, and i just found the horrible reviews about it and about Hartz, so I don’t know what to do about, i dont if remove it because Romeo is okay by now, and if it start to have a negative reaction i dont know where to take him, with a doctor, of course but ehich one, because we don’t have enogh money …
I bought Hartz Flea and Tick collar yesterday and in a few short hours my cat began acting funny. She was wobbly and couldn’t walk or even open her eyes all the way. As I type this she is at the vets office on IV’s and we are waiting to see if the antidote works and she makes it. It appears that the collar has poisoned her. I am appalled that this company has been able to sell this product after reading all the post. I will never again use a flea or tick anything on my animals.
Summer of 2011, I was housesitting for my grandmother as she went on vacation when a bunch of raccoons invaded the neighborhood and chased off the cat who had been born in my grandmother’s garage and had since given birth to her own litter of four. Never saw Mama again, poor thing. When it became clear that Mama Fancy hadn’t been back to feed them in over a day, and after one of them, my beloved Everest ventured out of the box and crawled under the gap in the garage door to find me, the little troublemaker, I took them in and rang up my vet for help. They were not quite four weeks old at this point, so they still needed some milk, albeit very soon I would have to start mixing it in with kitten food. I started out with a powdered mixture I got from the pet store, a brand I don’t remember, but I took the only cannister they had so when that was gone I had to go to Walmart and buy the only other brand available in my small town, canned Hartz.
Now let me just be clear that despite being abandoned, all but one of them–Charlie–were perfectly healthy and thriving. Even the runt of the litter–Love, a little smokey grey thing and the only girl and who instantly stole my heart–was healthy and happy and playful and thriving. Charlie, black and white and named for his bowler hat and mustache, didn’t cope very well. He was always suckling from the others legs, always crying out, and very sickly. But the vets called it a failure to thrive and assured me it wasn’t contagious, so all I could do was look after him, hope for the best and brace myself for the worst. The other two, big and strong, orange and defiant Sisko and the aforementioned Everest (all black except for the white bikini on his tumtum–he was a climber, hence his name), were absolutely my least concern, strong and healthy and gaining weight fast and playful.
So despite being born outdoors, their health wasn’t that big a concern for the vet. They were given preventatives medicines like dewormers and vaccines and the like as precautions, but they were doing fine, and even Charlie was stabilizing despite his continue need to suckle on everything and everyone. They even took to soft food and litterboxing amazingly quick. Then came the time my powdered KMR ran out and I had to switch to Hartz.
It took less than a week for their health to plummet. It took less than a week to find Love dead in the cat condo I had bought for them not two days before, where they had snuggled in for the night and scampered out for breakfast in the morning, but only three of them. It took less than ten hours after finding sweet Love’s body for Sisko–big, strong, heavy, defiant, Sisko–eyes to glaze over, for him to reject any food and water offered him, for his little orange body to rigid, for him to start gasping for breath and there was nothing I could do because every vet’s office within the next four counties was closed for the night. I stayed with him all night until he took his last shuddering breath, and in the morning I rose from no sleep to find Charlie by the waterbowl, ignoring it, his eyes glazed. Strange, how Charlie was the sickest to begin with but the last to die. By then the vet was open and I rushed him and Everest there, but there was nothing they could do for Charlie except let him go gently. They didn’t know what it was at the time, though years later when I discovered what Hartz did to cats they had since learned as well and they agreed with me.
As they examined Everest and I cried my eyes out for the umpteenth time in two days, they discovered that he had lost a full pound of weight, a lot for such a tiny kitten. I was terrified he was going to get sick too, but other than the loss of weight and a bit of throwing up, he managed to avoid whatever Hartz had done to his littermates. Of course, as soon as my grandmother came home I immediately adopted him and took him home with me. How could I not? Unfortunately, he didn’t get out completely unscathed. It became apparent before he was even six months old that he had a neurological condition, feline hyperesthesia. He has many fits–some vets think it’s linked to epilepsy–wherein he fails to recognize his own tail and attacks it violently until he screams and hurts himself. He has multiple fits every single day and there’s no way to stop them as vets don’t really know what causes it or how to treat it. I don’t know if it was caused directly from Hartz or from the resulting trauma of losing his littermates to them, but I’m pinning this on them, as well.
Here are two pictures Everest and my older cat, Nerys. One when he was a few months old, and one taken a few months ago. Nerys is quite annoyed that he ended up bigger than her.
A few weeks ago I got a Hartz flea collar for one of my cats. It seemed to be working fine. Then a few days ago when I was carrying him I saw red in his fit where the collar was. I immediately took it off and checked. About an one inch section of his neck was raw. Now for the other cat. You may have noticed that I only bought the collar for 1 cat. The reason for that is in the past when I would get her a collar, she would act goofy and out of character. We thought it was a bad reaction to the flea medicine in general, now looking back I think it may have been some thing more. I’m taking my car to the vet tomorrow to get him checked out.
It was Canada Day weekend, up here in Ontario.
We were planning a small camping trip, but we heard about the ticks being bad this year where we were going.
In a pinch we use the Hartz Flea and Tick when we can’t make it to the vet to get our usual stuff.
We’ve used it in the past. So we thought it was trusted.
That really wasn’t the case.
About 12 hours after giving the dose to my 1 year old husky he started to act really ‘off’ I thought it was the long drive to the camp grounds and he was a little car sick. so i figured he would be fine if he slept it off.
The next morning he still seemed a little off, but we went for a walk. He wasn’t his normal self. Really Lethargic.
I let him be for a bit to get some sleep, but he wouldn’t eat or drink. So at that point i knew something was up!
I took him for another walk to get him moving about halfway in our walk he just had no energy to walk anymore. I picked him up and ran back to the campsite.
When i got back i turned my car on, cranked the A/C, and started calling vets in the area. I managed to get ahold of a emergency clinic about 20 minutes away, i rushed him to the clinic.
While i was in there talking to the vet about if he got into something or anything then it clicked in to me! The Flea and Tick ointment. I mentioned that to him, and he told me that wasn’t good, he immediately took him in the back for some examinations. Came back told me theres some neurological stuff going on from him being poisoned by the ointment.
They had immediately started with a decontamination bath then and IV to follow to hydrate him.
The vet came back, and told me he sees dogs and cats in the clinic all the time with this, and told me about the ointment. It turns out it’s a Pesticide. It’s also highly toxic to dogs, and cats.
Luka had to stay overnight, and he made a full recovery.
DO NOT USE HARTZ BRAND FOR ANYTHING. I stopped at petsmart for some stuff yesterday and picked up the Hartz flea drops for my two kittens. Immediately after applying both of them became extremely lethargic and twitchy. One of them lost control of her limb movement and began digging into my mattress and then collapsing off/on. I immediately called my vet, who urged me to wash it off and take them to the nearest vet hospital. There they told me they were both showing severe pre-seizure behavior and were high-risk and had to be treated (given meds and an IV to filter the Hartz out) and kept overnight. Thank god my babies are ok to come home today, but I don’t know what I would have done had it escalated and I wasn’t paying attention. Hartz is poison and I am so beyond angry that it is still on trusted shelves, and that when I asked an employee at the pet store about it they were uneducated. I am a 21 year old student and now because of this company my kittens are sick and I’m thousands of dollars in debt to the vet.