I used Sargeants Flea & Tick drops for dogs on my five kittys. I ran out of Advantage and thought this would be ok until I got to the vet. I split 2 doses between my five cats, what a HUGE MISTAKE. I applied small amounts to all of them around 7:00 PM, by 9:30 PM i noticed the smallest one had tremors, twitching, trouble walking and stayed in a crouched position not even laying, just crouched. I though she must have licked some of the medicine off her back some how so I tried to induce vomiting with proxide as suggested. That did not work but, I also bathed her again with dish soap to get the oil off her. I kept her in bed with me as she had labored shallow breathing. By midnight one of my other cats came in the room to lay but started having a full blown seizure and foaming at the mouth. At this point I realized there had to be something more serious than I thought. I rushed two of them to the Pet ER and they admitted both of them and proceeded to tell me that this is VERY COMMON with the product. I was told to go home and wash my other three cats with DAWN dish soap to get this off their skin and watch for signs of tremors, twitching, foaming of the mouth etc. I was able to wash two of them but the third cat was already out side for the night and could not locate him. Once I picked up the first two cats from the ER and brought them to my local pet hospital for continued support my other cat came home and was shaking, had tremors and some what lethargic. I rushed him to my local pet hospital with the other two for treatment. Two of them were released after being treated with IV fluids and sedation and the third one that had the seizure is still in critcal condition with inflamation of the brain. How can this product still be on the market with all the complications noted on the intranet. I wish I would have done some research on this before putting this on all five of my cats……
This stuff should be off the market it kills. My little doggie died 11/7/10 at apprx 4pm. After 2 weeks of suffering from this stuff being out on him. We didn’t know it was harmful, why is it still being sold? This is just horrible.
11/2/2010..I need help. I sprayed hartz 2and1 Flea tick spray on my Yorkie yesterday. Last night my dog was laying and couldn’t get. I toke him to vet they did x rays and blood test and determined his having a reaction from this spray. I have bath him with dish soap. I feed him and gave him water, but he still can not stand up. Is their anything else I can do? and how can I make Hartz pay for my Vet bill? and my missed work? My Yorkie cost me 1000…My email is [email protected]
After using Hartz flea drops my kitten Dylan died of poisoning. He didnt even live to be one, and he has a twin brother that is now alone and looks for his brother every day. I burried him and put rocks on his grave and wrote little messages on his grave. I miss him sooo much and I’ve been crying for the past month. He was like my son, and now hes gone. He died of internal bleeding and was in severe pain during the last 24 hours of his life including crying etc. I feel sick to my stomach, I didnt eat or sleep for weeks after it happened. All I want is for Hartz to go out of business and to raise awareness so that no other innocent lives will be taken. I like to Dylan is up in heaven and that when I die eventually Ill be reunited with him. He was truly and extraordinary young man and I still cry every time i think of him. People who work at Hartz, Maybe it’s time someone you love got poisoned so you can see what it feels like to have the love of your life die. I hope you people realize what your doing and STOP KILLING INNOCENT ANIMALS! THEY DONT DESERVE IT!!!!!!!
My daughter got a 20 week old kitten from the local humane society, which cost us $90. We decided to keep it in the house, so I bought some Hartz UltraGuard OneSpot so we could keep the fleas away. After applying as directed, the cat became lethargic and just wanted to sleep. I thought maybe he was just getting accustomed to his new environment. I had to be out of the house for several hours the next day. When we came home, THE CAT WAS STRUGGLING TO BREATHE AND APPEARED TO BE ALMOST DEAD. I called the vet (after office hours) and he agreed to see the cat. He told us that the Hartz Flea Treatment has killed more cats than fleas. He gave him two shots and some oral medication. He told us to bring it back the next morning and we did. He gave it two more shots and more oral medicine. We have to go back in two weeks for more shots. He is one sick kitty. He has begun to breathe better but has to breathe through his mouth. He is still lying around and not wanting any attention. We try to get him up and he goes right back to his bed. I sincerely hope he starts coming around because Im really getting worried about him. This flea treatment has already set me back $150 and I will have to pay more when we go back in two weeks. I can’t believe this stuff is over the counter and so dangerous. I will never trust the name Hartz for anything ever again. I plan to spread the word. This product should not be on the market!
Snug is my teen daughter’s ‘love’..her cat. She’s had him since he was a wee baby, not expecting to live when we pulled him from a local shelter with pneumonia. He survived with her constant love, attention and cuddling. Since then, he has always been her cat. He is now five years old.
Last night, July21,2010 around 8pm, my daughter noticed a few fleas on him. So I took out the Hartz UltroGuard Pro and applied it between his shoulder blades. Normally, we use Front Line for Cats, but money had been tight so I took on this, thinking it would be less expensive.
As soon as we applied it, his skin started twitching between the shoulder blades. I thought it was just because it was cold and wet and reassured her it was fine. He hid under her desk and snubbed her the rest of the night. She went to spend the night with her friend and Snug remained in her room, refusing to come out from under the desk. We all thought he was just not happy to have something cold and wet on him.
This is the account of what happened the next morning July22, 2010, with her own words.
I got back from my friend’s house at 10am and I walked to the corner of my room where I began to take off my shoes. I saw Snug half way underneath the standing Mirror in my bedroom. So I poked him with my toe and giggled Get up, lazy. and he just lifted his head up at me and then put his head back down. So I poked him again and said C’mon.. After that I thought he was just tired so I was going to pick him up and put him on my bed. So I picked him up and his legs were dangling and half of his side was wet like he peed himself. His head slumped down and couldn’t lift it.
So freaking out about what was going on, I put him down on the floor and ran out of my room in my panic voice and screamed Mom, somethings wrong with Snug!
By the time I made it into my daughter’s room, she managed to get him off the floor and put him on the bed. I could see right away he was in allot of trouble. He had urine all down his side and could barely lift his head. His pupils were huge and breathing very shallow. I ran to the phone, called the Vet who said they could not see him for another hour and a half. I went back to look at him and his eyes were fixed. I tried to see if he would blink but even when I touched his eye there was no flinching or reaction. He breathing became more shallow . We quickly wasted no more time and gathered him up in a towel, ran for the Car and drove him to the Vet. We knew we could not wait any longer.
They saw him right away, and diagnosed him with toxicity from the Hartz product! He spent the day in the hospital medicated and bathed to get any of the remainder of the stuff off.
He’s home tonight, but very very very sick. There isn’t much more they said they could do unless he worsens in breathing. His pupils are still large and he doesn’t blink at all. He just stared at the wall.
I pray he survives this and will be better soon. How can anyone create such a product?? It’s devastating to see him hurting this way and the uncertainty if he’ll even live to see tomorrow!
I purchased the Hartz product for my 12 1/2 lb, 12 year old frisky happy Bishion / Lakeland Terrier in April 2010. I bought it because of it’s claim to do what the other stuff I was using, it was less expensive and because I thought Hartz was a name I recognized to be around for many years ( and therefore could be trusted?! ” ) I applied it that eve. My dog did not exhibit any real noticeable change until I applied his second month’s treatment. I noticed he lost his hearing, has been lethargic, doesn’t eat AND the fleas are even worse!!! We live on the beach, so the sand fleas can be intense, but it was always controlled by his other treatment, and he had no ill effects with that treatment. Hartz needs to be stopped! I am afraid to treat my dog w/ even his old treatment for fear he has toxicity. My dog is suffering, I am suffering, my dog is in pain, weak and still covered with fleas. He is lethargic, does not respond to noise yet and I am calling my vet. I also sure wish I had the foresight to look up Hartz before this treatment, will ALWAYS in the future, and will tell everyone I know!
December 2009, 2 weeks before x-mas my cat Spunky died After applying Hartz flea and tick drops. Now my cat Chloe is at the Central Emergency Pet Hospital in Coquitlam BC for the same thing but she is going to be ok (THANK GOD). But my cat Spunky didn’t survive. On the way to the emerg pet hospital Spunky died in his cat carrier and when we arrived we was already dead. I have never been through something like ever. I want to sue Hartz for this shitty product and I have just learned is very toxic to cats and some dogs. They need to take this product off the store shelves as I am sooo pissed
I have a mission & a purpose, because I have a voice, Unlike my cat and the thousands of other animals that have been injured and or killed by this product and numerous other ones just like it. Just Like many other trusting consumers out there I trusted the fact that this OTC medicine designed to prevent treat and help my cat would indeed do that, but instead the unthinkable happened, I was shocked angry sad a million emotions wrapped into one, but mainly i was just angry…Angry that i never heard of this type of thing happening, angry that this was sold to me by a popular “trusting” retailer, angry that my cat suffered a terrible death, angry that I never got to say goodbye, Angry that my innocent sweet loving cats young life was cut short, and most of all angry with myself that i was the reason her life was cut short or at least thats how i felt at the time and many of you that have been through this same situation probably understand exactly what i mean by that its completely disheartening. I’m not going to go into all the details of her death but i will say this I KNOW for a fact this medicine is what caused her death I actually have it in writing from the Veterinarian @ the after hours emergency clinic i took her to it states the following; diagnosis is toxicity from OTC flea medicine in purple tube and anaphylactic shock. I have made a consumer report, notified sergeants gold company & legally they will have to report the incident to EPA, wrote letter to NRDC…and thats just the beginning i want to start a petition and get involved with a civil suit if anyone can please provide me more information regarding anything i can do to put a stop to this or any suits that are currently going on please do !! thanks ~nicole st.charles
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY BEAUTIFUL CAT “KITTY”
I didnt know it would hurt my cat the way it did~
I thought all flea drops were the same, just that larger amounts were in the dog remedies. since I have 7 dogs and 3 cats, I bought the dog remedy flea drops to use. I assumed that it was packaged according to dosing and that if I used a smaller amount on my cats that it would have been safe~
I assumed that since it was safe to use in small amounts on puppies that using a smaller amount would also work on my cats.
Even though it said not to use on cats, I thought that was merely a selling method they used to get more sales individually for both species, since they were killing the same fleas~
my assumption has nearly cost my cat her life and she is still in the hospital now, on intravenous medications combined to antidote her poisoning, prevent dehydration, alleviate the damage to her central nervous system, giving her musdle relaxants and sedation as well as pain remedy as this is an excruciatingly painful condition caused by the poisons used in manufacturing the flea drops.
Warning should be more specific instead of just saying :”do not use on cats” the warning should include ‘why’ ~ such as :
‘DEADLY to CATS- DO NOT USE -‘
HAD IT SAID ‘DEADLY’ I never would have used it assuming it to only kill fleas!
“I NOW SEE THAT MANY PEOPLE MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE~ SO THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO MAKE THESE FLEA DROP COMPANIES PRINT A LARGER STRONGER WARNING ON THEIR PRODUCTS.Complying by using microscopic letter that most people can not even read, they need instead to make plainer, stronger warnings or not be allowed to sell such deadly products publicly~”…Ave Hurley, July 1,2009
Read more about this topic at : http://avehurley.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/common-flea-drops-will-quickly-kill-your-cat/