My name is Josh.  I’ve owned and operated HartzVictims.org since November 2002. The site was created shortly after my wife’s and my cat, Riley, fell victims to Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick drops.  We nearly lost our little friend, but thanks to our vigilant vet, he luckily survived. I found very few resources on the web when Riley was affected by Hartz’s poison, so I started this Website to help others find information and to provide victims with a voice so their stories can be heard.

The purpose of this site is to raise awareness and provide a one-stop website where consumers and victims can find information on the lethal Hartz Advanced Care and other over-the-counter flea and tick medications. It is up to us to get these products off the shelves. There are thousands of us who have paid unnecessary vet bills. I urge you to read the stories that have been submitted to HartzVictims.org since 2002. You can submit your own story right here on HartzVictims.org.  I will review and post your story as quickly as possible.  Please come back to read updates and find new user-submitted stories, comments, helpful links and alternative pet products to keep your four-legged family members healthy and happy!

Please send me any stories, links or transcribed correspondences from Hartz or any other sources. With your permission, I will post them on this site. Please help us in this venture. If you have any questions or would like to advertise on this site, please contact me.

If you want to help us in our efforts, please spread the word about the dangers of Hartz products. Tell everyone you know and tell them to tell everyone they know. Post comments in the ‘pets’ section of your local craigslist.org. Contact all of your local media outlets. Post on social media. Use the #hartzvictims hashtag.

To contact Hartz directly, please write to or call:
Consumer Relations Department
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA
[email protected]
[email protected]

Please be advised that I am not Hartz. I have absolutely no affiliation with the Hartz Mountain Corp. I have never worked for Hartz. I don’t know anyone who has ever worked for Hartz. I do not formulate the products that have poisoned your pet. My cat was a victim, hence this website. Please do not send me emails telling me how my product has hurt your pet and that you’re going to sue me. I am not Hartz.

If you have a story you’d like to submit, please do so here.


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  1. Help! My 11 year old bathed our 4 month old pug with just a drop of the hartz flea and tick shampoo today. She’s completely out of it now, very lethargic and not moving much. Is there anything we can do to stop this reaction quickly??!!

    1. Jennifer,
      Please help me with knowing where and how to start. This product has caused many heart breaks.(Hartz Ultra Guard Pro) Flea and Tick Drops for Cats. One day hair on his neck the next day bald no hair. There is a full story to tell I am just to drained at this time to do the whole story. But I am more than willing to do so if this would help others.

  2. There isn’t really “information” here, that is, what it is that causes this problem, how to solve it, what the symptoms are, which products are affected, etc. There’s just a bunch of panicked people writing stories.

    1. Hey Dan,
      There is a reason you came to this site and took the time to make a response. I agree, I am one of those “panicked people writing stories” type, but a true pet owner knows you will do anything to help your best friend(s) and prevent the same thing from happening again to someone else.
      We are all trying to help each other, in any way we can. I completely agree with you that this site has no “”information”” on what causes the problem or symptoms, but I certainly know how to solve it… Ban Hartz Products! Fuck preventable deaths! Fuck Hartz!

    2. How come you all can’t get together and form a class action suit—there are hundreds of dead pets and many that cost alot in vet fees to save them….you should be compensated.

  3. The signs are unmistakable. My cat couldn’t walk or open her eyes all the way. It was almost as she was drunk. Her heart was racing. The only thing I know what to do is what our vet told us and that was to bring them in to be given an antidote and push IV fluids because it also dehydrates them severely. We are still waiting to find out if our cat will make it. They tested her kidneys and liver and it hasn’t affected them yet so hopefully we caught it in time. If you use these products and notice your pet acting sick or strange take them straight to the vet. It has poisoned them.

  4. help! Hartz contact my vet where they are trying to save my babies life and they are offering to pay for this special blood test but they want it sent directly to their labs in ohio, what should I do should I allow this?

  5. We bought this for our 2 year old male cat. He doesn’t go outside so I thought the cheaper meds would be ok. We put it on him and thought all was fine. All of a sudden he started darting around, making weird sounds, walking weird, it was like his front paws weren’t working. He was just freaking out. I gave him a bath and he is doing better. Still seems scared and a bit fidgety. Won’t leave my sight. I am so scared of losing him. I’ve read so many stories of pets dying. I would of never known this stuff was bad till I looked online AFTER I applied this poison. Why is this crap still on the market? Do sad

  6. All of these accounts of what happened are very sad. I have never bought a Hartz product. My gut feeling has always been that their products contain ingredients made in China or they actually come from there.
    The only trusted flea and tick control should come from your vet. Yes, it is costly, however, spares your pet illness and saves you money in vet bills after the fact.

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