I began using the Hartz drops on my german shepherd three months ago. Unfortunatly, I did not connect his recent health problem to the Hartz until I put on the third months drops. My dogs lips have been bleeding and raw. His entire lips have peeled off in solid long strips of skin. They are cracked and bleeding. I could not figure out what was going on. I took him off all dairy thinking it may be an allergy to his all time favorite treat which is cheese. Stopping dairy did not help. Anyways… I put the drops on two months in a row as the directions stated. The third month I was about 2 and a half weeks late administering the drop. I had noticed that his lips had been healing finally but I was still not sure what had happened or what had caused it. Well, When I put that the third dose of Hartz drops on, by that evening, my poor dogs lips were peeling off in chunks, bleeding and raw. I felt so bad. I realized at that point that it was the Hartz product that had caused the problem. It was too late because I had already put the drop on. We had to go through it one more time. It has been two months now and I have not used this product. I am happy to report, Jaeger, my shepherd is doing just fine. NO MORE HARTZ!!!!!!!
Just about an hour ago I bought the Hartz Ultra Guard plus drops for cats, for kittens and cats under 5 lbs. My kitten is 5 and a half months old and has alot of fleas she’s an indoor kitten and I rescued her. I have tried other shampoos to get rid of the fleas and decided to buy the Hartz drops. Within 10 minutes of applying the drops I noticed that she was foaming at the mouth and drooling, I immediately rinsed her off and called the Hartz emergency number and the office was closed. I then called the veterinarian and was told to wash her again and bring her to the office. I then found this website and noticed that many of the products were supposed to be recalled and taken off the shelves. This is Jan 3 2007
and I brought this from a very large department store chain , I have also called the store manager and they were unaware of any problems with Hartz, which also happens to be a brand they sell alot of. If anyone can tell me if the drops I bought are supposed to be dicontinued please let me know.
i put some hartz flea medicine on my three animals. they tend to rub on things around the house. my cat was sleeping in my moms room and my mom got some of the medication on her lips somehow while she was sleeping and it made her sick. the next day she was driving me to the bus station and she pulled off to the side of the freeway, she was non-responsive. so if you really think about it, if hartz does this to a person then think about what it is doing to an animal. so please help do something about this and get Hartz off the shelves
Aiko= 14-year-old high school student on spring break
Ana= 9-year-old sister
Kirara= Ana’s cat
Buyo= Aiko’s cat
Suzu= Their mom
Chiaki= Their dad
Kasu= 14-year-old cousin who is visiting
Eizan= 16-year-old brother
Kagero= 11-year-old brother
Sammy= The family dog
March 2006- Spring Break in the Hillsborough school district
Aiko: Mama, the cats and dog are itching themselves something crazy… Did dad get any medication yet?
Suzu: He’s at the store right now
Ana: When can we go to Busch Gardens?
Kagero: Yah who cares if they have fleas, they can wait
Aiko: Oh shut up… You know thats not nice Kage. I dont want my Baby Buyo to be ithcy -.-
Suzu: We’ll leave after your father gets back… hey, where are Kasu and Eizan?
Ana: Playing with Kii-chan (Kirara)
Kagero: Dad’ll be back soon so I’ll go tell them to get ready
(leaves the room)
(Chiaki gets home with a flea medication for the dog and for the cats… Its Hartz Advance Gaurd)
Aiko: Yay, daddys home. Baby Buyo looks like shes gonna rip her skin off…
Chiaki: Dont worry I’ll take care of it
Aiko: Will it be okay to use an over the counter?
Suzu: Oh stop bothering your father
Ana: C’mon Aiko lets go get ready to leave
(they leave and Chiaki takes Kirara, Buyo, and Sammy out into the lanai and applies the medication while Kasu, Eizan, Kagero, Aiko, and Ana are getting ready to leave. After everything is taken care of they all pile into the van and head to the ammusement park. The cats and dog are left outside in the lanai…)
Aiko: I’m worried about our pets -.- Was it really a good idea just to leave them there?
Ana: Eh they’ll be fine
Kasu: You worry to much shortie
Aiko: -.- hey, im 9 days older than you -.- shut up about the tallness.
Eizan: Well you are short.
Aiko: Just shut up. Anyway I’m still worried about Sammy Kii-chan and Baby Buyo…
Kagero: Haha, you are such a worry-wart loser… 😛
Aiko: You know what!!! (she forgets all about her worry and starts chasing her brother)
Chiaki: We’ve been here for a few hours, anyone else ready to go home?
(it was already late, around 8 pm, Suzu and Chiaki were tired out from watching 5 kids all day)
Kasu: Aww, c’mon… You dont wanna leave do you Aunt Suzu?
Suzu: Aha… uh… hmmm…
Aiko: Ah okay fine… Yo, chibi ppl and tall loser (referring to her siblings) Lets go, we’re leaving.
(They leave the amusement park and head home, Kasu and Eizan dont even bother doing anything and immediately crash out in Eizans room… But Aiko and Ana went looking for their cats… only to find something terrible…)
Aiko: Kii-chan??? Whats wrong with Kii-chan shes on the ground shaking violently… And Buyo’s face and paws are twitching horribly…
Ana: Kii-chan… -she goes over to her cat- Kii-chan Kii-chan whats wrong…
(she goes to touch her cat, who suddenly begins crying out in pain… She started having a seizure, flailing herself violently)
Aiko: MAMA!!! DAD!!! HURRY SOMETHINGS WRONG WITH KIRARA SHES HAVING A SEIZURE!!!
(immediately everyone came running. Kagero went to check on the dog, who was perfectly fine, and even Eizan and Kasu came running)
Chiaki: Damn… the normal vet isnt open this late… The nearest emergency vet is 30 minutes away…
Ana: I dont care!!! Help Kii-chan!!!
(Chiaki grabbed the cat and quickly put her in a kennel, rushing off in his truck)
Aiko: What about Buyo? Shes twitching horribly and she dosent look too good…
Suzu: We’ll take her if she dosent get any better
Aiko: But what if it gets worse then we cant help her?????
Kasu: Yeah she looks like shes dying
Ana: we have to take her too!
Eizan: … (to proud to say anything in concern for the cat)
Kagero: Mom, we need to get her to the vet
Suzu: Stop pestering me!!! This is soo stressful will you guys stop bothering me!!!
Aiko: But shes my cat!!!
Suzu: Okay fine!! Lets go, but you have to hold her, we dont have another kennel
(Aiko holds her cat in her arms as she, Suzu, and Ana pile into the van. The boys stayed at home)
Aiko: Baby baby it’ll be alright… Itll be alright…
(suddenly Buyo started crying out like Kirara… and also began going into a seizure)
Aiko: Buyo!!! BUYO!!! Please please!!!
(she held her cat tight and tried to calm her down in a desperate attempt, crying as her cat cried in pain. After a few minutes Buyo calmed down again and they drove to the vet hospital, where they informed them about the flea and tick medication they used and its side effects on cats. They took the cat and washed the medication off, and informed them of the poor state Kirara was in… They brought them to go see her… she looked horrible. They had to do a lot to sedate her, and her eyes were wide and painful)
Vet: Listen, Mr. Fuyuko (chiaki), Buyo has a chance, but… honestly… there isnt much of a chance that… Kirara will live…
Chiaki: I… see…
Vet: I’m sorry Ana, she was your cat, right?
Ana: She IS my cat >_< and she is gonna live (crying)
Aiko: C’mon Ana… lets… go wait in the car…
(the next morning Aiko and Suzu went back to get Buyo… They also saw Kirara, who was still in horrible shape)
Aiko: poor Kii-chan… Im so sorry…
Suzu: Lets go…
(they left and took Buyo home, who seemed to be severely drugged and could hardly walk)
(The next morning they recieved news that Kirara had gone into cardiac arrest and died the night before…)
(Buyo stayed in her sad state for over a month before regaining her posture, and even after that, the cat seemed brain damaged… She acted like a little kitten even though she was almost 3 years old *previous to this she had been one of those calm, collected cats who was always self sufficient*)
Hartz Advance Gaurd took Kii-chan away from me and my sister, and cost our parents over 1000 dollars in vet bills, and I will never forgive that -.-
Yesterday my aunt’s six year old cat was found outside havin a seizure. My aunt put Hartz flea stuff on her a couple of hours before that.It was New Years Eve and was on a Sunday and all the vets were closed.The two emergency places that were open were way to far.It has been two days and she still is doing all the jerking and can’t walk or nothing.I did some research and found out that Hartz knows that this is killing many animals and it is still on the shelf.This animal product is practically found in every store and it needs to be off the shelves.It is killing animals,mostly cats.So they ere actually selling something to kill your animal.Its like if you want your animal dead go get Hartz flea shampoo and it shouldn’t be that way.Its wrong something needs to be done!
I tried Hartz flea shampoo on my cat back in 2003 and I noticed my cat very subtley twitching afterward. I rushed her to the vet immediately and when I was questioned what I used on her the first words out of their mouth were “was it a Hartz product” ? They told me they see bad cases all of the time and they would never recommend this product it was harmful to most animals. Luckily my sweet babycat survived otherwise I would’ve been suing the heck out of that company, I had her from the time I was 7 years old, now 29.
Don’t use Hartz please pass it on….
I had never owned a dog before, and this one just showed up on my front porch. The little guy was so cute that I located the owner and they said I could keep him (they had 12 puppies + the 2 parents). Once the dog was 6 months old, I decided it was safe to start dipping him. I purchased Hartz Brand Dip. Within one day my dog was acting lethargic, within 2 days my dog had stopped eating and by the third day he wasn’t drinking so I frantically drove him to the vet. The vet had to give him intraveneous antibiotics, several pills, checked him for various diseases. He asked if I had done anything different with the dog, I told him about dipping him and the vet said that he would NEVER make a record of it, but the Hartz dip commonly kills off dogs. He stated that he knew of various vets that had made complaints to the company, but that the company just keeps making the dip. Because of this, I stopped using anything made by Hartz.
Last Spring Break (March 2006) My cousin came to visit my family (we’re both in High School) and our 2 cats, Kirara and Buyo, and our dog, Sammy, had a flea problem. My dad decided to use the hartz medication on our pets while we went to an Amusement park with my cousin, and when we came home a few hours later our dog was fine (he was a really big dog), but one of our cats was under a chair having seizures while the other cats legs and face were twitching violently. My dad immediately rushed Kirara, the one having seizures, to the nearest vet hospital which was 30 minutes away (it was 9 at night so we couldnt go to a regular vet). Buyo’s twitching didnt get any better so 5 minutes later my mom drove while i held her in my arms on the way to the same vet hospital. On the way there she started having a violent seizure. Once we got there they immediately washed the medication off the cats, telling us that that product had a history of symptoms in cats. Kirara was in extremely bad shape, they didnt think shed live long, Buyo thankfully wasnt too bad. They said shed only have to stay overnight. Kirara was actually technically my 9 year old sisters cat, and she wasnt very happy about the cat she loved being like this. Buyo was technically MY cat, and I was also upset. The next day we could take Buyo home, but she didnt end up really recovering for a month or 2, and she has lasting brain damage. She acts like a newborn kitten again, and shes 3 years old. However Kirara wasnt so lucky. She died that night when she went into cardiac arrest.
I used Hartz Flea and Tick Powder on my dog and he became so violently ill that I rushed him to the local 24 hour vet hospital. They asked me what kind of poison he had got into and I told them the only thing I had put on him was the flea powder. They told me that the active ingredient in this powder was an organo-phosphate and that is was extremely toxic to pets. She also told me she could not promise me that my dog would even live. I had no idea I was poisoning my dog, I felt so guilty. After about two weeks, $1200.00 in vet bills, and a lot of heartache later, my dog recovered. I learned about this website through a local online petgroup I’m a member of. I am saying this to anyone who has ever even thought of using Hartz flea control products on their pets: DON’T!!! You get what you pay for. In other words, if you pay for crap you get a crappy product. Please use other flea control methods and always make sure to NEVER use anything with any Organo-Phosphates.
We have recently moved from Texas to California and been having problems with fleas like crazy. We brought along Joey, a 18 lb. Maine Coon / Tabby mix and adopted Adler, a small (very small) 1 year old Tabby mix 2 months ago. We were leaving for Christmas Eve and Christmas and I noticed the fleas were really starting to bother both cats. I went and bought Hartz brand flea and tick shampoo and the cats had been wearing the Flea and Tick drops on their necks. I bathed both cats and we then applied a second round of drops. Right before we left, Adler defecated on the carpet. We cleaned it up and left for Christmas church. When we returned the following day (Christmas) we found Adler dead under our bed. We have nothing else to think but that she had heart failure or was sick (she was always a strange cat, but not really any pertainent health problems, more personality quirks). She was only a year old and not showing any signs of illness. After finding this site, it would seem that the drops could have very well killed her. Our other cat is seemingly okay, but he is also 3x Adler’s size and I am still taking him to the vet to get checked out. I will NEVER use those products again. This was my first pet that I adopted myself (Joey was my husband’s cat and he had him when we met) and now I feel terrible. I wish we would’ve been home to know what really happened to her…