Well about a month ago we put Hartz Flea and Tick Drops on our chocolate lab. BIG MISTAKE! He started losing his hair like crazy. So we took him to the vet and they told us that it was an allergic reaction to the Hartz stuff. I WANT THIS STUFF OFF THE SHELVES!
Please read this and beware! Just a week and a half ago, I gave my cat a flea and tick treatment: Hartz Control Spot. Within one hour she went into seizures. I rushed her to the animal hospital and withing 24 hours she died. “Zoe” was only two and a half years old..was an indoor cat and the love of my life. As soon as I arrived with her at the animal hospital they asked me if I had used the Hartz product on her..of course I said yes. I was later told by my Vet that the product should not be on the market and that it was very toxic to many cats nervous systems..due to the ingredient “permethrin”. He also said that he had contacted all of the merchants in my immediatae area and asked them not to carry this product due to its potential danger to cats. My Vet and all of his assistants did everything they could to save Zoe..but they were not able to. I am very determined to do something about this situation. Nothing is going to bring my pet back..but the satisfaction of trying to get this product off the shelves will help ease some of the pain. I did contact the Hartz Corp…and sent them the information they requested. I have no idea what they are going to do or offer, but know that even if they were willing to pay her hospital bill..it wouldn’t be enough. I want only to have this product banned from shelves any and everywhere. No one…and I mean, NO ONE should lose thier pet by “caring” enough to give them a flea and tick treatament. My heavy heart wants some kind of justice for this injustice. Please, not only DO NOT buy this product..spread the word to anyone you know who has a cat or kitten. This situation is just so unbelievable to me…and so unfair and sad. One day I have a beautiful loving cat..the next day I am making her a grave marker.
About one month ago I bought a Hartz Control Flea and Tick collar at Wal-Mart for my dog Roger. He is a 9 year-old Australian Shepherd. I put it on him that night and thought nothing of it.
Three days ago Roger had a gripping seizure. He was calmly snoozing at my feet one minute and convulsing, frothing at the mouth and stiff the next. To our knowledge, he’s never before had a seizure. I took him to the vet’s yesterday and he checked out okay. After some advice to look up the chemicals in the collar online, I found that one of the main ingredients, tetrachlorvinphos (an organophosphate), has been known to cause several side effects in both cats and dogs. I’m convinced this is the cause of Roger’s seizure and immediately removed the collar upon becoming knowledgeable of the effects.
Roger hasn’t had a seizure since, though it’s only been three days. However, I’m praying that since removing the collar, he won’t have another episode again. After perusing this site and the horror of my own experience, I certainly won’t be using any Hartz products, and I will be sure to warn others.
I applied the Hartz Advanced Care Flean Tick Drops for cats a few days ago to my four housecats. All four are not related and are different breeds and ages. I followed directions precisely and almost immediately starting seeing my cats acting strange. One in particular (my biggest cat) had the worst reaction. He started running around in a panicky state and then burrowing himself under the couch cushions and would not come out. I got online and started researching only to find out about the lawsuits and all the other horror stories. I washed it off as best i could from all four cats and watched. I am a lucky one. After about three days of some erratic behavior but no seizures or convulsions it appears my cats will be alright. As of now i have two cats with complete bald spots on the back of the neck where the drops were applied with redness.
I am so angry that this product is on the market! I have gotten busy writing The Hartz Mountain Corp, and every other store that sells these products. So far i have heard back from Hartz which actually stated and i quote “they had no reason to believe there would be an adverse reaction”. Can anyone believe that? After they have been going through lawsuits for years?
I wrote them back stating i couldnt believe they said that in their letter and we will see what they reply.
NOW THE GOOD NEWS! I went into my local Winn Dixie Grocery store where i purchased the product and told them my story and was SO pleased they immediately got a shopping cart and took all the hartz flea products off the shelves! It felt so good to DO something about this….im asking everyone to do the same. My daughter who lives in another state went into a local pet store who carried these products and did the same thing. THEY removed them! So it does work and if we can save any pets from this pain its worth it! So people dont just get mad…….get active!
I gave my 2 year old little cat the Hartz flea and tick drops (Phenothrin) in the morning. At the same time I gave my 10 year old cat the last dose of Revolution (Selamectin) flea and tick drops. I left the house for the day and when I returned that evening my 2 year old cat was experiencing hypersalivation and rapid breathing. She seemed uncomfortable and agitated. I thought she would overcome it so I let her be for a few hours and then started to worry when it continued. Meanwhile the 10 year old was fine. When I went on line I immmediately found a court case where a woman was sueing Hartz for damages and this site. I immediately washed my 2 year old in the sink in an effort to get all the medication off. She stopped the hypersalivation but is lethargic this morning and still is breathing fast. I will return the product to the store along with a copy of this web site to show that they should discontinue sales. I think she will be allright – should she see a vet?
These pictures are the most disturbing that I’ve ever seen. You have been forewarned.
Yes it is. Please see the attached recent photos of buddy taken on
7/26/03. My veterinarian has put her self on the line by writing hartz on
my behalf and I intend to do something about this produced being sold.
Sincerely Connie Stewart
—– Original Message —–
Subject: Re: HartzVictims.org Feedback
Was this chemical burn due to a Hartz product?
Sender’s Name: Constance Stewart
Message: First I would like you to know that my e-mail is very spam
sensitive. I would like to email to you some photographs of my dog buddy
that I and my Veterinarian took of the 3rd degree cemical burns that buddy has
form his neck to his tail all along his back and about 6″ wide to the
bone. I have contacted Fox 6 news and they are in the process of
investigating the company on my behalf.
Someone on the FelineOwnersAgainstHartz Yahoo group posted this very useful link about what to do if your pet suffers from Hartz poisoning.
It’s on a veterinary clinic site, and they also explain the effects that the toxins in Hartz products
have on companion animals and what to look for:
(Thanks to Val)
Like everyone else, I was unaware of the danger of Hartz Advanced Care flea and tick drops. After following the directions precisely as the packaged label stated, I noted within a few hours that my beautiful calico cat was suffering from muscle tremors. She was rushed to the vet where she was diagnosed with pyrethrin toxicity (yes from the flea and tick drops poisoning her!!!) She had generalized muscle tremors, was mostly unresponsive, had an elevated temperature and heart rate. She required immediate bathing, IV Fluids for 1 and a half days as well as several dosages of methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant. She continues to be pretty out of it and lethargic even 3 days home from the hospital. When I spoke with the Hartz corporation they were nonchalant to say the least……..I am now working on getting my “Pumpkin” back to good health and on alerting all pet owners that I know. I think mass emails would do nicely.
A few days after applying Hartz flea drops on our cat, we found him acting stangely. First, he kinda hid outside and would’nt come in the house. A few housrs later he came in, but pretty much stayed in the same spot for hours and would’nt eat. After two days of not eating, he finally took some milk. Then we noticed his pupils were completely dialated,and were’nt reacting to light. We took him to the Vet where he was given a complete blood test, which showed nothing wrong. When I told the Vet he started acting stange after the drops, he said it may be the cause. We had to have him bathed by a professional groomer, and the Vet gave him several shots to counteract a possible reaction. After three days, the cat still has fully dialted pupils, but is eating and drinking normally.I have to take the cat back to the Vet in a few days.I found the empty vial of Hartz drops and plan to take them with me. If this is found to be the problem, I intend for Hartz to hear all about it!!
I was in my local Sears Hardware Store on Tuesday to buy a sprinkler…I noticed the flea and tick medicine right next to them and thought I should get some for my dog and cat. I even looked at the packages to be sure they were “newer” and not old dusty stock. They were in bright shiny new packages. I went home and followed the directions for both pets… stripe on…. base of head to tail. It was a busy night and I didn’t realize that my cat had spent most of it hiding in the closet. The dog was fine. The next day, my cat, Dexter was having tremmors and leg flailings and was hiding. He was licking at his back. I washed his back with a wash cloth to see if that would stop him from licking. It didn’t. I looked on the back of the package and it only said something about redness and skin sensitivity. I washed him in the sink because he was still having the tremors. I called the vet and was told to take him into the emergency vet hospital. He was freaked out by being there but the tremors weren’t as bad. The vet said he was better than most and that it was a good thing I washed him. She told me to take him home and wash him again. I did. He looked bad still the next day. I went to a Petsmart vet and Dexter was placed on IV fluids and was given muscle relaxers. I had to leave him there and went back to Sears Hardware. I took about 40 mislabeled packages off of the shelf and gave them along with the EPA regulations to the manager. It turns out they just started carrying Hartz products 4 months ago!!!!! Hartz has stooped to an ALL TIME LOW!!! They knew they weren’t supposed to send out this product with the bad label after November and they did it anyway! I am so mad! I get to pick Dexter up in a half hour. Poor baby had to spend 2 days at the vet! After all that I’ve read, I feel lucky though. He still has some tremors and ticks, but hopefully they’ll go away. Sears, by the way, has been wonderful. They’ve contacted Hartz and are sending back the old packages and have spread the word to all branch stores. I’m contacting anyone who will listen. I guess Hartz thought they could get away with sending the old packages to a hardware store because people would think it was there for a long time. What jerks! Any suggestions?