I’ve had my cat for 7 years now, I raised her from a kitten. She had fleas and I knew she wouldn’t take a bath so I bought the cats flea ultra guard spray to help rid her of fleas ; she started doing things she’s never done before so I knew something was really wrong. She usually would greet me when i’d walk into the room which she had stopped doing, she cried when i’d pet her, I then realized her heart rate was really low to the point she was barely breathing, along with her laying in her own liter box… She’s never done any of this so I was really worried. I took her to the vet ; and they said she had neurological issues due to hartz ultra guard flea & tick spray ; then also mentioned to me that they’ve had multiple cases of pets being harmed by hartz products. I’m trying to file a class action lawsuit, if you’ve had any problems similar to this please email me your story as I’m hoping to speak with laywer and get justice for my cat Amy along with justice for other peoples pets. No one should have to go through what I did on October 7, 2016. My email is [email protected]
Gave my 2 cats Hartz Pro Gaurd flea drops. Immediately one started running frantically and began drooling after about 30 minutes. I began to research this as it was too late for their office to be reached and found this website. Immediately I washed it off of him and tried to wash it off of my other cat (who was not showing poor side effects). In the morning I woke up to her entire head covered in saliva and she was shaking uncontrollably. I rushed her to the vet where they treated her with fluids and meds. It is scary and sad retailers continue to carry these horrible products.
I’m now sitting outside my apartmentor because I can’t take the sight of my cat slowly dying because I wanted to get rid of his fleas. this is outrageous! why is this poison on the shelves? why is it there for the unknowing consumer to purchase and kill they’re cat. part of my heart. and my family is dying. because I wanted to help.
fuck you hartz! I hope you get what’s coming to you
I generally try to avoid chemicals but my poor cat finally has his first meeting with a flea & even with the best cleaning I kept finding one or two every month, wanting to end the cycle I decided to get him flea drops.
He also has tapeworms from (apparently catching & eating a flea) I also have a dog so an infestation is terrifying to me. Having to buy dewormer, flea drops, & clean litter as well as drops for the dog is a lot of money to spend in one trip for me right now. So against my better judgement I bought these $12 drops for target, just assuming that’s what people normally got for their cats. I have quarantined the cat & the dog from each other as well as obsessive hand washing after petting one or the other (I’m aware how toxic dogs ingredients are to cats & it terrifies me)
The product simply said to empty the continents at the top of their neck obviously going for the one area cats can easily groom/clean. Upon doing so, I immediately regretted it. The smell was so chemical & strong my nose and eyes were burning. He immediately had this huge oil slick on the whole back of his head, & he just looked miserable.
I checked the clock hoping if I gave it 15 min to dry it wouldn’t be so bad.. He soon attempted to clean it off himself.. I literally laid to make sure he didn’t get any in his mouth. As soon as I got up to get a paper towel or something to soak up all the excess, he pawed some into his eyes (he is a cat, of course this happened).. Luckily it just seemed squinty & irritated, so I rushed him to the bathroom to be able to flush his eyes if needed..
By that point (Maybe 10 minutes in) my gut was telling me this was a mistake & I immediately gave him a warm bath with dawn. (Which is nice because dawn is gentle & works amazingly for fleas, just not prevention) I washed & rinsed twice.
We got into bed & I noticed he was shivering. Thought maybe he was still a little damp but curious about side effects since I was already concerned and I find all of these horrible terrifying reviews about how unfit this product is.
Now it’s 6am & I am still awake. I have him curled up in blankets laying on a heating pad snuggled up with me, but I am so worried about falling asleep because where I was hoping to have my mind eased by reviews, quite the opposite.
I hope he will be back to his bright little self after a cat nap, but if I could go back at this point I would definitely not buy this product! It is by no means worth the risk to save the money. I don’t know how they have this on the market, & being sold in a petsmart, target, etc.. I feel like I would have been better off just giving him is usual dawn bath & skipped the panic that was today, as well as this fear I have for what could go wrong.
I can’t believe I paid to feel this way. If he acts strange in any way when he wakes up I’ll take him straight to the vet.. So any money I saved argument will quickly be out the window.
Wish us luck & send good vibes.. & good luck with your fur babies! I would choose a natural solution or a better product. I for sure will never buy something again this important & potentially life threatening with out reading reviews.
Usually I would throw the rest into the “donate to the humane society” box, but I don’t even feel comfortable doing anything but disposing of this poison.
my cat blanco is one of 8 we have. he had a severe reaction to the hartz ultra guard collar. he wore it for 3 days when i noticed his neck looking funny. i took the collar off and saw that he has a raw ring around his neck. its horrible. i checked the others and they all seem fine but we immediately took thier collars off too. how awful a product this is.
We found a few fleas on my dog and decided to put the drops on her. We had used it before and had no problems. So we put it on her and she stops itching. The next morning, she wakes up with a limps we didn’t really think anything about it, we just thought she slept weird or something. It didn’t hurt to the touch so we just put some ice on it and let her walk it off. The next day, I wake up and she can barely walk at all and whenever I would touch her arm, she would wince. We wrapped it up and put more ice on it and carried her everywhere. The next morning, I woke up to the sound of her SCREAMING in pain. She refused to put any weight on it and every time she would take a step, she would collapse. At this point, we were extremely worried and decided to do some research. I read about the hartz poisoning but I didn’t really see much about limping or extreme leg pain. So we called a vet and they said to give her a bath and remove the drops to see if that would help. Immediately after we bathed her, she perked up and could walk a little bit better. She still had a little bit of a limp, but you could tell she was doing way better. I will never use that medication again because I never want my dog to be poisoned like that again. PLEASE DONT USE THIS PRODUCT!
I originally posted this on an Amazon review site, in January 2016:
I’ve used this product on my Jack Russell a few times before with no major reaction but purchased a new bottle a few weeks ago. Around Christmas time my dog picked up a few fleas. She was scratching and I found one, so I gave her a flea bath. A couple days later, she was still scratching, so I gave her another. Another day or so later she still kept scratching and her belly was covered in red spots. Her skin was obviously irritated. She has short hair so it is not too hard to find fleas, especially with a flea comb. None found. I though that maybe she was just having a reaction to flea bites and started to look for a way to soothe her. She was chewing a spot on her back side so much that she had it down to raw skin. Also around her tail. I tried some hydrocortizone ointment, that didn’t seem to settle her down. I gave her a half a tab of benadryl each night before bed too, I can’t say that had any effect. I read that an oatmeal bath can help soothe her itchies, I gave her a couple of those. It seemed to help a bit, but she was still scratching. I did some more reading on the Internet, skin irritations can be difficult to diagnose, fleas, mites, food allergies, and more can cause the problem. I read fish oil can help so started giving her one of those a day. I also read about coconut oil. I started giving her a bit of that orally each day, and also have been rubbing her down with it. It leaves her coat a bit greasy and “unkept” but it stops the itchies. It’s been a month now since I used that shampoo and she is still recovering, but has been doing better this past week. The red spots are gone, but she still has some patches that need to heal after she’s bitten and chewed herself. Hartz should find itself in a class action lawsuit for selling this product, especially after they have received so many complaints and continue to sell their product knowing that it does damage to pets.
Our cat Kylo was in perfect health. These drops were recommended as a budget alternative to pricier drops. On 10/7/2017 we administered the drops and he appeared fine so we went to dinner. We returned 2 hours later. Our boy ALWAYS meets us when we come in but didn’t this time. We found him barely able to move and crying. He would try to stand up and would fall over. There is no emergency vet where we live. We bathed him three times. He has started walking some but holds his head to the side and shakes it a lot then falls again. I just want our cat Kylo to be okay. Any information on how to proceed would be tremendously appreciated.
I bought Hartz from Walmart for our inside kitten (8 months old…probably a cat by now). I put it on her and she ran away per usual. An hour later she is lethargic and lifting her legs (looks like she had tape on her feet). She couldn’t hold her head up and wasn’t playing. (She plays 90% of the time and we have developed a love/hate because of it. Five AM hits and she’s ready to go. Every. Morning.) This medicine is actual poison. It put my kitten on her behind and she got convulsions. I was unnerved and bathed the medicine off her (after googling Hartz) and she is ok. It was on her for 9 hours. I will never use this again and I will tell every person I know to never use them.
My sweet puppy got a chemical burn from Hartz Flea and tick collar! I didn’t notice until about 4 days after I put it on him. I hope he will be okay!! I feel so terrible that I put it on him😔