First of all, I am a pet owner and they are my family and my life.
Second, after having spent literally 2-3 hrs reading the posts on this website, I notice a reoccurring theme: many folks lost their pets due to being hesitant about getting their pet to a vet ASAP or as soon as they realized their pet was in distress. My own vet has a sticker on the back window of his car (a Subaru Forester) that says “If you can’t afford the vet, you can’t afford the pet”. And as much as I know I risk horribly offending MANY of the folks who have posted here…I have to agree. I am not a person of unlimited access to money, for myself OR my pets, but I do recognize and accept that I have a responsibility to provide the pets I adopt with necessary medical care when they require it and preventative care on a regular basis. To do otherwise is irresponsible. Our pets are our “children” in more ways than one and just because they are not human doesn’t mean they deserve less attention to their health and well-being than any human children do. If your pet’s needs conflict with other financial priorities, then you need to give serious thought to why you have a pet and if you are really being the best possible “parent” you can be to your pet.
Third, so many folks who have posted here profess all I can assume to be is profound ignorance about the responsibilities of pet ownership, besides the obvious financial responsibilities. If you had a human child infected with head lice (a fairly rampant epidemic in many areas), would you not research the remedy extensively before purchasing it and applying it to your child’s skull? Most insect killers, as MANUFACTURED, are extreme neurotoxins…they disable the insects’ nervous system, rendering them unable to move. Do some research into Xyklon B (manufactured by Dow Chemical, used by the Nazi’s to kill Jews) and DDT, which was banned in USA in the 60’s. Most modern day insecticides are derivatives…is there any wonder Hartz recommends you use use gloves and perhaps a breathing mask when applying these chemicals to your pets or household? And for goodness sake, why would ANYONE use a product unsafe for human adults or children on their pets????
That being said, yes this company should be disallowed from selling their products, which have been amply been shown to cause death to the very beings they advertise to care about and want to help…that’s a given, for me. Informed pet owners, with the help of their vets, have revealed that this company has no regard for pets’ lives.
I may have lost the lives of pets due to use of Hartz products in the past, and because I have learned so much about the dangers of this manufacturers products, I plan to question my vet closely about this issue next time I visit, which should be soon as one of my cats is 16 yrs old and suffers from thyroid issues (must be medicated 2x a day).
But, to conclude, what I am seeing here on this web site, for the most part, is folks who (for one reason or another), subjected their pets to a low cost fix which ended up costing them (and their pets’ lives or health) horribly. We all have 20-20 hindsight…if I woulda, I coulda.
I just hope that folks that have posted here have learned from their very obvious mistakes and realized that trying to save a couple of bucks, no matter how precious those bucks may seem to be at the time, are not worth the cost of losing a family member and dearly loved companion…my heart goes out to all of them, because the one huge theme that runs though all the posts is huge guilt for having unknowingly have killed their much loved pet.