Tiger was my 4 month old kitten I had rescued at 4 weeks old, after having been abandoned. He was such a good kitten, and after noticing a couple of fleas, I figured I would try a hartz kitten flea collar. It said it was SAFE for kittens aged 12 weeks and older, and since he was 4 months old (16 weeks), I figured It wouldnt hurt. 12 hours after i put the flea collar on him, he was internally bleeding, and bleeding out the ears. I rushed him to the emergency vet clinic, where he stayed overnight, and had a seizure. I brought him home the next day, and took him to his normal vet. He was given Vitamin K and steroids to hopefully correct the bleeding and return him to a semi normal state. He was so anemic, he would barely move, and slept all day. The next day he seemed to get worse, and upon taking him back to the vet, there was little hope for him; he was suffering. After a hard decision, I decided to put him to sleep, because he didnt deserve to be in pain. He also didnt deserve to die from a flea collar. I hope Hartz gets the axe, because they arent going to get away scott free. If anyone has any ideas or stories similar, feel free to email or IM me. LOVE YOU TIGER. Always in my heart and never forgotten.
We applied Hartz Advantage to both our cats last night – completely unaware of the horrible experiences of others’ poor cats. When we woke up this morning, our cats were completely different beings. Our feisty, strong-willed older cat now cowers around the apartment, twitching his head and flattening his ears at the slightest noise. Our baby cat, who was timid to begin with, won’t come out from under the bed and is constantly shaking her head. Her ears havent un-flattened since I saw her when I woke up. Both cats can’t stop shaking their heads. I know this isn’t the case, but it’s like all the fleas crawled inside their ears. They have been bathed and now we sit and wait to see if their reactions improve. We don’t have the money to take them to the vet and can only do so if the situation becomes so dire. I cannot believe Hartz is able to get away with this. Were this a product for people (children – imagine!), they would already be out of business. For a company that focuses on our cherished pets, how can they be so cold, careless, and quietly self-protecting when it comes to handling this matter???? I honestly cannot believe this….and I can’t believe we have put our cats through this. We are partially to blame in that we should have researched this product before using it but, as so many others have had terror with this poison, it should have been taken off the shelves long ago. I cannot express how much we love our cats and if these reactions prove to be permanent, there will be HELL TO PAY!!! I would rather live with fleas MYSELF than watch my cats suffer like this for another day.
As most of you are aware there is a petition concerning this grave injustice being perpetrated by Hartz Mountain Company on the cat and dog loving consumers and their animals. The petition may be found at this URL http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/petition.html
With what I and others view as a sell out of the main plaintiff in the class action suit to allow Hartz to settle out of court, (if you are willing to cave in for the price of the product and Vet fees
incurred). The wishes and hopes of so many to have Hartz Flea and Tick Drops removed from sale to the public has all but vanished from site.
There are those who will continue to do anything and everything possible to see that no more animals are injured or die as a result of the use of this product. The options we have are few in number. The petition is the best recourse we have left at this point At present it has 649 signatures.
We need more signatures to have this petition taking seriously by the EPA and The HSUS would also like to keep track of these cases. (For more about this see the end of this message)
If you have not signed it please do so. Tell your friends, family and co works about what you know this product has done. Ask them to sign the petition
I bet you haven’t seen any new news stories about Hartz have you? No, because there haven’t been any. We NEED one badly.
One that will mention the petition and give the URL to it. Ya all following me? I hope so. We need to keep this in the news, keep it fresh in the publics minds.
Anyone have any type of news contacts at all???
Has anyone’s cat or dog recently been a Hartz Victim? If so don’t be bashful, now is not the time. We need you. We need you to start making noise to your local news stations, TV, radio and news papers about what Hartz did to your beloved companion. We need you to sell the idea that the newsperson should mention the petition in the story.
If your game for doing this but not sure how or want help please just ask we are 100 % behind you. After all we all hate Hartz for what they did to our critters and that they intent to continue to hurt animals just so they don’t lose any possible money from the sale of this horrible product.
It all comes down to the animals and we know all to well what Hartz has and will continue to do to animals if they are not stopped. This maybe the last way we can stop Hartz. We need your help to stop Hartz. No one person is going to take down Hartz, but together I honestly think we can do it.
By the way if you think ,’The EPA won’t listen,”
well I think a 1000 or more signatures will make them listen. I think it may give them the added pressure to continue/reopen the investigation of Hartz and all the claims that have been filed since 2002 when they were doing the investigation.
They are not at all happy with the studies Hartz submitted to them on the product. They said they were inconclusive and did not meet the guidelines set down by the EPA for testing of these types of products. They told Hartz they wanted to see testing done by independent sources on the product.
Please do whatever you can to help in the fight against Hartz. Make noise, call or write letters to news stations, radio stations, newspapers.
Write your government officials ask them to bring pressure on the EPA over the tremendous numbers of complaints filed over the years about animals being seriously injured and/or dead after this product being applied by humans that do read and follow the instructions. make sure if you filed a complaint about the product that in the file it contains your words saying you read and followed the directions and you did not use a dog product on a cat.
If you don’t feel you got that across in the complaint you have already made. Get hold of who ever took the complaint. Demand that they open the file, add that to it and resubmit it with the addition. It is within your civil rights to do so.
That is very important, because that is what Hartz is leading the EPA to believe. That you were not intelligent enough to buy the correct product or follow the directions on the package.
Well, I think you are intelligent enough to have bought a cat product if you have a cat and a dog product if you have a dog and I think you did read and follow the directions. The fact that you are online reading this pretty much proves that you are capable of reading.
I and the innocent animals thank you for your help.
My contact info-
Info on HSUS –
* Please send your contact information, the product name, a brief description of the health problem, and a brief summary of your veterinarian’s findings to The HSUS at the following address: The Humane Society of the United States
Companion Animals Department: Flea Products
2100 L St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
I have no excuse except ignorance and for that ignorance, my babies health are in jeopardy. Our cats are our children. I have always thought that we were good parents but now we are kicking ourselves for hurting our children. We just didn’t know about any of the problems with Hartz Flea drops. We followed the directions on the package. My older cat (6yrs) began showing signs of sensitivity — rapid breathing, twitching, aggitation, wanting to hide under the covers, etc. We bathed him immediately. It seemed to help a little and I wasn’t really too concerned. That relief was short-lived. We ended up taking him in to the Emergency Vet’s office at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. After receiving an IV and a muscle relaxer, we were able to bring him home. The vet advised another bath in a ‘degreaser’ such as Dawn dishwater liquid. It’s now been 24 hours. He seems a little better, but is still having twitching. He wants to stay under the covers. He has been eating and drinking on his own — so we are hopeful. After reading others’ stories, I can’t believe this product is still on the market. No one would knowingly poison their beloved pets. We are praying that our baby survives. We are now going to do whatever we can possibly do to see that anyone with ears will listen to our story and do whatever we can to see that this product is taken off the market.
I purchased Hartz Plus for Cats on a Sunday evening and administered it to my 2 year old male cat, a 2001 Christmas present to my 11 year old daughter and her favorite Christmas present of all time. About an hour later “George” became very hyperactive and vocal. I didn’t think too much of this until it persisted in different forms over several hours. He developed a persistent twitch in his ears and could not calm down. He jumped up next to me several times seeking comfort and his sides were heaving in and out rapidly from a highly elevated respiration rate. As a retired army officer I recognized this as symptoms of exposure to a nerve agent. I grabbed the box and started searching the internet for “phenothrin”, which only yielded a sterile scientific description. When I combined the search for Hartz, reaction, poison, the search exploded with dozens of sites and tragic stories about adverse reaction by cats to this product. I followed the advice in one story and washed George’s neck and back with a mild soap and a small stream of water thoroughly. I don’t think he was able to sleep much for the next 24 hours but thankfully by Tuesday night he was resting and shows no long term effect of this extremely dangerous poison. Thank you to
all for posting your stories and creating the support and information structure. Please visit and sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/petition.html, and spread the word.
I have already sent my story to the world headquarters of the Army and Air
Force Exchange Service and requested that they remove it from their shelves.
Anyone from this site has permission to reprint or use any or all of my experience as written above.
Last weekend I discovered the dangers of using Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops. Saturday night around 11:30, I used the drops on my three cats, Tigger, Phineas, and Ms. Puddy. They seemed fine so we went to bed. When we woke up Sunday morning around 10:00, Ms. Puddy was doing fine, Phineas had a red patch on his neck that he kept scratching, and Tigger wasn’t acting right at all. He was shaking real bad, blinking his eyes alot, and he was having trouble walking with his back legs. I immediately remembered the warning on the box and gave him and Phineas a bath with baby shampoo. After about 2 hours Tigger still wasn’t better, so I got on the internet to see if I could find any info about his reaction the the drops. The first site i came across was this one. The minute I read about the other cats that had died from this I rushed him to the vets office. Thank god I found this website when I did. If I hadn’t gotten Tigger to the vet when I did he could have died. The vet immediately recognized the symptoms and he gave him fluids to flush out his system. He kept him over night to see if he would need medication to calm his twitching and shaking, but after about an hour of fluids he was calming down. This was a prime example of how those drops affect different cats in different ways. Tigger came home the next day and still had trouble walking, but he is improving. Phineas got over his skin irritation. And Ms. Puddy is the only one in the house without fleas.
Hartz really needs to take this product off the shelves so that others don’t have to go through the heartache of losing one of their babies like I almost did and like many others have.
Today I buried My 6 year old cat Murphy.Murphy was such a fun loving cat, extremely healthy cat until I used Hartz flea and tick drops. Within a short amount of time Murphy got a far away look in her eyes, quit eating and couldn’t walk without weaving. Before I got her to the vet she couldnt move. She lived through the night but died the next day. I wish I had known about this before I bought that product. Is the few dollars that the Hartz company made worth the life of my sweet cat? My eyes hurt so much from crying and I am so angry.
June 30, 2003
Consumer Relations Department
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
To Whom It May Concern:
On Tuesday June 24th, 2003 I purchased Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-A-Month Flea & Tick Drops from a local Target store in my area. I have two cats at home, both 12 years of age, whom I have had since they were old enough to be separated from their mother. I applied the drops to both of my cats that evening. Two days later, on Thursday evening, June 26th, 2003, one of my cats, Gwenevere had a seizure. At the time I didn?t realize it was a seizure she was having ? I just thought for some reason she urinated on my bed (which is extremely out of character for her) as well as on herself. I now realize, in retrospect, that it is uncharacteristic for cats to urinate on themselves at all.
The following day, Friday June 27, 2003, I went to work and when I returned home I noticed that there were three different urine spots on three separate pieces of my furniture. I wasn?t sure which cat had done this until I saw Gwenevere. I immediately knew something was wrong with her. Her tongue was sticking out of her mouth at an odd angle, she was drooling blood and her tail was wet?proving once again that she had urinated on herself ? which points to a lack of urine control as cats are very clean animals and usually do not get urine on themselves when they urinate voluntarily. I immediately called my Vet, and was advised that they were about to close so they directed me to an Emergency Animal Hospital. I took Gwenevere to the Animal Emergency Centre and they were immediately able to tell me that the reason Gwenevere?s tongue was at an odd angle was because it was impaled on one of her Canine teeth. During her seizures she had bitten down on her tongue and one time in particular she was unable to dislodge it from her tooth. Upon further examination the vet saw several lacerations on the top and bottom of her tongue. At this point, we were only assuming she had been having seizures, as I had not yet witnessed her having one.
Upon arriving at the Animal Emergency Centre, one of the first questions I was asked was if I had used any over-the-counter flea products on Gwenevere. I immediately told them that I had used Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-A-Month Flea & Tick Drops. They seemed to suspect that a problem might be related to using a product such as this.
After examining Gwenevere, Dr. Morgan Cavanaugh, V.M.D. at the Animal Emergency Centre gave Gwenevere a shot of antibiotics for her tongue, did a mild blood work-up and gave her a small bath to remove the Hartz product still on her fur, I left with my cat, after paying $167.00 for that visit.
In the early morning hours of Saturday June 28, 2003, Gwenevere had three more seizures. The first one was mild, the second was a bit worse. While seizing the second time, she fell off my bed, onto my night table and onto the floor, pulling my CD Alarm clock on top of her (I only mention it?s a CD Alarm Clock to give you an idea of the weight of this clock.) I still had not witnessed that this was indeed a seizure as the light had been off when she had the seizure. During each seizure, Gwenevere bites her tongue and urinates uncontrollably; I did notice the urination ? but having never witnessed a seizure in my life ? was not equipped to determine that she was having a seizure. The final seizure of the morning was the most severe. I was lying in bed, trying to keep her comfortable, and she starting convulsing again. This time, I went to pick her up, and her mouth unintentionally found my left wrist and clamped on with all of her teeth. I used my right hand to try to unclench her mouth from my left wrist all the while she was convulsing and making the most awful meowing/howling noises. I was unable to stop her from biting my wrist until the seizure was over. When it was done, her tongue was again sticking out at an odd angle, this time I knew that her tongue was probably once again impaled on her tongue ? so I lifted it up until she again got control and pulled it back inside her mouth. I then noticed that my left wrist was chewed and punctured, as was my right thumb from trying to dislodge my wrist from her mouth. That night was very traumatic for both and Gwenevere and myself.
The next morning ? I called my personal Veterinarian, Dr. Basilious, V.M.D. at Bastet Cat Hospital and made an appointment for Gwenevere. I was prepared to have Gwenevere put to sleep because I couldn?t bear to watch her suffer anymore and her seizures seemed uncontrollable and unpredictable. Upon my arrival, Dr. Basilious immediately asked me if I had used any over-the-counter flea products and I repeated to him what I had told the Vet at the Animal Emergency Centre when asked the same question, that I had used Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-A-Month Flea & Tick Drops three days earlier. Dr Basilious stated that he had seen other cats put in grave jeopardy from this product before. In fact, the previous cat that had come in after being treated with your product was near death and took a week of hospitalization to get better. He told me that he thought he could save Gwenevere if I followed his instructions. I cannot afford to do neurological testing, extensive x-rays and blood work and expensive treatment. So, he offered me another solution. He suggested I put Gwenevere on Valium for a week, to keep the seizures at bay, wash her with a mild Shampoo that I bought from him, and then just rinse her as many times as I could to try and get the toxicity from your product out of her system. He suggested I repeat the rinsing a couple of times during the week. He also gave Gwenevere another shot of antibiotics for her tongue injuries. He then saw my wrist, which was by this time swollen, and STRONGLY suggested that I go immediately to an emergency room to get myself checked out and get on some antibiotics – as cat bites can be very dangerous.
When I returned home from the Vet on Saturday, I immediately did as Dr. Basilious had instructed me and gave Gwenevere a Valium. I was instructed to give her two a day ? one in the morning and one in the evening ? and one after a seizure. About ten minutes after returning home ? Gwenevere was sitting on my bed grooming herself and I saw her fall off the bed and hit the floor ? hard – I ran to her, and she was convulsing and urinating again. I just prayed the Valium would hurry and kick in as my heart was breaking with having to watch the torment my pet was enduring.
Gwenevere stayed very sedated the rest of Saturday and Sunday June 29, 2003. She barely ate and when she did make it to the litter box she was usually so tired she?d end up just lying there instead of climbing out. Having to leave her alone on Monday June 30, 2003, to go to work was difficult, and my boss was kind enough to let me take a half a day off work to go home and check on her. When I got home on Monday ? I saw that Gwenevere had had another seizure. I also noticed that she was losing lots of fur on her lower back (pictures enclosed.) I once again rinsed her as my vet had instructed me to. When she was dry ? I noticed that she had lost quite a bit of fur and upon closer inspection ? I noticed what appeared to be a burn mark on her skin.
I cannot articulate the trauma of watching an animal I love and have loved for 12 years go through the pain and fear she went through as a result of your product. Aside from that ? trying to save my cat?s life and repair the damage your product caused has been very costly. In two days, I have spent $304.12 (itemized below,) however I am sure this figure will continue to rise, as I need more treatment for my bite and Gwenevere needs at least one more check-up with her Vet (assuming she does improve as both me and Dr. Basilious are hoping.)
The cost of your product was $9.99 (receipt attached.) The other expenses I have incurred as a result of using your product are (receipts for all attached):
6/27/03 ? Animal Emergency Centre, Dr. Morgan Cavanaugh: $167.00
6/28/03 ? Bastet Cat Hospital: $ 96.32
6/28/03 ? Toluca Village Pharmacy (eye ointment, Valium
for Gwenevere): $ 28.80
6/28/03 ? Toluca Village Pharmacy (anti-biotic for myself for
cat bite): $ 12.00
Your product gave no indication that it could be toxic to cats. I have now spent over $300 on vet bills trying to save my cat. Upon seeing Gwenevere, both Veterinary Doctors I took her to (my regular Vet and the Emergency Vet) immediately began asking me if I used an over the counter flea repellent – apparently they have seen this many times when people have used your product, and similar products. I also told a neighbor last night what happened and she related that when she used your product it immediately started burning her cats skin ? to the point where he was running around her apartment in pain. I say this only to relay that I know, as you probably do as well, that Gwenevere?s reaction is not an isolated incident. I feel very let down and disappointed in the damage your product has caused to my cat and myself. I can?t understand how this could happen ? I used the product as intended, followed instructions, and the result is absolutely horrifying. I trusted the Hartz name and felt that animal safety would have been put first over profit. It never occurred to me that I could be endangering my cat by using a product you sell specifically for cats.
I am not in a financial position to spend the kind of money I spent over the past couple of days. I did not buy your product to save money ? but out of trust and convenience. If my cat does not improve by the end of the week, unfortunately, I will have to consider Euthanasia. This causes me a lot of distress, witnessing my cat?s health deteriorate before my eyes has been devastating. What is worse is that she was perfectly healthy a week ago, before I used your product on her. If you have a pet of your own ? you can sympathize with my pain.
I was told on your Consumer Relations Hotline to include all of my receipts with this letter. Financial reimbursement seems only fair ? as you cannot reimburse me for the stress and heartache I?ve gone through this past weekend trying to care for my sick cat.
I anxiously await a response from you regarding this situation. I?m sure Dr. Basilious, who I am ccing on this letter, would be happy to speak with you should you have any further questions regarding Gwenevere and her health.
I recently had a very upsetting experience using Hartz Advanced Care product. Tuesday evening, June 10, I noticed my five year old German Sheppard had fleas, so I got my next dose of Hartz Flea and Tick drops to put on her. After appling the dose, there was a very tiny bit left, approx. two drops. I also knew if Gypsy had fleas, then my kitten, Ricochette, 15 weeks old would have them also. I checked the label on the package, as I do at work, I work landscaping and do spray lawns-in the process of getting certified through New York State. There was no warnings other than if a bad reaction or itching or redness accures, wash your pet. Do not use on puppy’s under 12 weeks of age. It did say it was toxic to fish, but I do not know of any fish that gets fleas. So, I put the last drops on Ricochette. Everything seemed fine, both animals played and did everything normal for the rest of the evening.
At 3 am Ricochette woke me up, shaking, barely able to walk, meow or jump. I quickly washed him off with mild soap, and put him with me for the rest of the night. At 6 am, I took both Ricochette and Gypsy to my mother’s so she could keep an eye on him while I was at work, and again gave him another bath with mild soap. At 8 am I called my vet, they told me to bring Ricochette over right away, very serious. I called my mother and asked her to run him over and I would stop at the vets, enroute to my next job site. My vet put Ricochette on a I.V., and said the only thing he could do was wait and see, the last cat that had this happen to him died. The I.V. was used to flush out his system, that is the only thing to do for this product. He was given my boss’s cell number incase he went down hill, I could be with him, if he had to be put down.
All day, everytime my boss paged me, my heart jumped. Everytime the phone rang at my mother’s, she didn’t want to answer it because she thought it was the vet telling her that something had gone wrong. Finally at 7 pm, my vet called me at home and told me that Ricochette was doing much better, and he was going to keep and eye over him through the night and I could pick him up in the morning.
The next day, I called and Ricochette had the runs really bad, so he was going to do more tests, and to call at noon. Finally at 230 pm I was able to pick him up and after $ 160.00, two days from hell, he is fine and all back to normal. My vet wanted to see the package, and could not believe there was no warning on there not to use on cats or kittens, very toxic to them. I told him I wanted the company to pay for the vet bill, and also was thinking about sueing them for product liability. I am in the process of doing that, and contacting the media in my area to run the story, which is how I found out about your site.
Any and all information I can gather to get this product off the shelves, is one more cat whose life will not be at risk when applying a flea control product. I will never, ever again buy any of their products, and I am telling everyone I know not to use it either.
Being single, my pets are my kids, they are very dear to me, if Ricochette would have died I would have been devastated. If anyone would like to contact me, my e-mail address is [email protected] . Thank you for your time and this web site. Any information that I find to be helpful, I will pass it on right away.
Boston, New York 14025
The begining of last week I found one flea on my dog, that has never ever ever had fleas. I freaked out and ran to Wal-Mart to buy some flea drops so I could get something done ASAP. I work during normal business hours, so I’m unable to get to the vet during the week. I applied the drops as instructed and thought nothing of it. A couple of days later I started to notice these little bumps on my dogs side, they were filled with puss, gross I know. Then Monday when I arrived home from work, I noticed that since that morning my dog had lost a patch of hair. I called the vet and they prescribed some medicine and I decided to take off of work to take my dog to the vet. I went to the vet and they did some tests and said that my dog has mange! I told them about what I had put on her and they said that is what caused it. I was shocked! I thought only dirty nasty dogs got mange. They said this was an autoimmune disease like from the inside, or something I don’t totally understand that part, but I do understand that this product — Hartz Advanced Care Plus Drops — Did this to my baby! I’m am very unhappy. I called their customer relations dept right when I got home and they requested all kinds of documentation from my vet, which I have requested from my vet, so I’ll hopefully be getting that in the next week. Then I’ll be mailing it to Hartz. If anyone has any more information or knows of any sites I can go and read up about this happening to dogs please e-mail me at [email protected]
If there is some sort of lawsuit I would like to know more about that too, if you can direct me towards a page where I can learn more about it.
Thank you for your time.