I just used Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and Tick Drops on my dog 3 days ago and I haven’t noticed any problems with him, but I am afraid that he may develop something from the use of this product. I just happened upon this site because I typed in flea drops looking for information about Advantage Flea Drops. I had NO idea that Hartz was such an awful product until I read some of the stories. Now I’m afraid that something could happen to him because I put the drops on him. It has been three days and there have been no reactions, but I’m not sure how long it takes for reactions to show up? If anyone has any ideas how long it would take for a reaction to occur, please let me know. Thank you.
This will be the last time I ever use a product made by Hartz!
Two weeks ago my elderly mom and step dad had 5 wonderful, healthy cats who they considered their “family” and called them the “kids”. They ended up with fleas, and someone bought them the flea collars and some Hartz spray for cats. I live 500 miles away, or would have told them NEVER to put any HARTZ on their pets. Their cats started to get ill and they do not drive and could not find anyone to get them to the vet. Four died in 2 1/2 days, and I drove down and got the last one to an emergency hospital and they said the poor thing would have been dead by morning. The vets at the hosptial TOLD me to sue Hartz. They gave me back the product and said they encourage everyone to sue HARTZ every time this happens. My parents are devasted and I am going to do all I can to let other people know how horrible these products are. Even if they reimburse the $900 for the cat that survived and the $1064 for the cremations, it will never bring back these wonderful animals. Some man on the phone today wanted to know if I wanted the money back for the product!!! Sick………………………………………………………….
I used this spray as per the generic directions on the bottle and I had seiz and muscle spasms two hours after I used this product.The seizures continued throughout the night and when I saw my neurologist she got together with poison control and the partial diagnosis was poisoning. I am a person and this product did this to me. I am still suffering from mild seizure activity one week later. I have never had any seizure or neuro problems in my life. I need a good lawyer and I live in North Florida. Help!
Ok it is 5 in the morning, I have been up all night with my two dogs Lily and Fancy. both were bathed at 7 pm yesterday. thank goodness I found your site when i searched 4 help at midnight. I have bathed them both twice since. The vomiting and foaming at the mouth have stopped and Lily is resting some, Fancy is still twitching and jerking.
Is there a way you could make a link to your page so that people could put it on Myspace? I know I would , and it would get the word out to a lot of people and possibly prevent people from using this product.
It has been about a week now since the death of our beautiful dog George. I have taken it the hardest as he was my baby. He never wanted to leave my side when he was alive and now was forced to leave my side forever. I brought home his ashes today and it makes me sick because it was about two days ago that my fiance and I watched a local news report concerning these horrible products. We had George for only eleven months. We had adopted him at the local shelter and quickly welcomed him and all his quirks into our family. We had planned of course to enjoy him much longer than eleven months! We found out that within a month he was epileptic. We began giving him Phenobarb and he began to steady out extremely well. Other than that, he was the most happy and playfull dog. We were not able to get him to the vet when the fleas this summer had already begun to spread like wildfire on him. Like many of you, we were trying to save money until we had enough to get him the proper treatment. I wish we had known this would be a fatal mistake.
About two to three days later, after applying the flea drops, george had about three seizures in one day. The next day we thought he would be alright and that maybe we would need to get his dose of meds upped again. He began having multiples that day which became horrifying as the day progressed. He finally went into a Gran Mal, raging like a rabbid dog. He didn’t even know we were there. We frantically made phone call after phone call attempting to get him in as it was the weekend. I finally got him in and kissed him on the head not knowing if there was more I should have done. The night was touch and go. He had diarrhea and vomit all mixed with blood. The vomiting subsided and the only concern was that he still had the bloody stool. I went to see him about two days later because my fiance was afraid it would be bad for me to see him in that state. He knew who I was and I loved on him and spoke to him as we all do with our babies :).
The vet said that after I left he began sitting up and trying so very hard to come around. 10:30 that evening as the vet went to check on him, she saw the cage rattling and immediately opened it and picked him up. She got about two or three feet and his little heart gave out. This is one of the most heart breaking things I have ever had to go through. I have done the blame game and thought I failed to do all I could have. The vet was at a loss as to why he was reacting the way he was. I never thought anything about what we had applied to his poor little body. I had also given him a bath a few days earlier with Sergeants. We have since brought another puppy home in honor of George. I am so touchy and overly protective now fearfull of ever going through that again! No matter what anyone says, it is just like loosing a child. They have feelings, emotions, trust and expect us to take care of them. They can’t speak and only rely on us to do what is best for them.
We have a meeting with an attorney in August. They have over 300 cases with Hartz thus far! There is no amount of money that can take away the pain and bring back our Georgie, but we will do our damndist to make sure these products are pulled from their shelves. Our only wish as well as what George would have wanted is to save other animals from going through what he went through his last days on this earth. If it only saves one, two, three lives, it is so very worth it. I will be making copies of stories and bringing them all to my attorney. If you have any and would like to join us in this fight, please feel free to email us your stories. Our email is [email protected]. It doesn’t matter if we are in different parts of the country. Each and every one of us must be heard! Our beloved pets cannot speak, but we can speak for them.
Please join me in taking our campaign against Hartz, Sergeant’s, Wellmark, and Farnam to a new level. They have been profiting from the killing of our cats and dogs for too many years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to be regulating these products, continues to sit quietly by as these companies wreak havoc on people and their beloved companions. Every day that goes by, more innocent animals are poisoned by unsuspecting pet owners looking for an inexpensive flea and tick treatment.
A crucial component of our campaign will be collecting cold, hard facts. I am in the process of submitting a request for information from the EPA (via the Freedom of Information Act), and I will make that information available to everyone here when I receive it.
The following companies are bottling poison. A few of the brands they’re associated with are in parenthesis. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
- Hartz Mountain Corporation (Hartz, Hartz Advanced Care, UltraGuard Plus, UltraGuard Pro)
- Sergeant’s Pet Products – (Sergeant’s Flea & Tick, Sentry Flea & Tick)
- Farnam – (Adam’s Flea & Tick, Bio Spot, Scratchex Flea & Tick Products, Sulfodene, Flys-Off,
- Wellmark International (Zodiac, Vet Kem)
Here are my ideas for how we can create awareness on a massive scale:
- Every pet owner whose pet has suffered any kind of adverse effect, please file an official report with the agencies who are SUPPOSED to be regulating these products. Insist that the treating vet also file reports. This is absolutely essential!
- Tell your vet to post information warning against these toxic products in the waiting room. We all know that vets don’t recommend these brands, but we have to get them to be proactive!
- Tell all of your friends and family members about the dangers of these products.
- Visit your local Humane Society, SPCA, and other shelters and tell them what you know. Advise them to reject donations of any of the above-named brands. Ask them to post information warning against these toxic products in plain view of people who are there to adopt an animal. Ask them to be proactive in warning adopters against using these products.
- Print out the anti-Hartz mini-flyers and give one to every pet owner you meet on the street. Roll them up and stick them into packages of Hartz’s poison on shelves at your local grocery stores, drug stores, pet store chains, and big-box stores. (I will be making new flyers which warn against ALL of the poisonous brands soon — stay tuned.)
- Post negative reviews of these toxic products on the websites that sell them, including PetSmart.com, Petco.com, and TerrificPets.com. Post negative reviews on review sites, like epinions.com.
- Join pet-related discussion groups and spread the word!
- Boycott ALL products manufactured by the above-named companies, and urge your family and friends to do likewise. Don’t give them a single cent.
- If possible, boycott ALL stores (including online stores!) that sell these products (especially the big pet store chains, like PetSmart and Petco).
- Contact your local news station and tell them your story! They may want to tell your story on the small screen — and that will reach thousands of people.
- Remember that every single person you tell becomes a source of information for other people!
Please, everyone, let’s put our collective outrage into action!
We used the sergeants gold flea and tick (couple bucks cheaper) on our beagle mix (60 pound dog), and within about an hour the dog was licking everything in sight and choking and hacking. This very active and very healthy dog began pacing and salivating everywhere. He was in obvious discomfort and when we took him outside, he ate more grass than I have ever, in all my years of pet ownership, seen. He threw up but it did not ease his licking, pacing or heaving. He spent the next 24 hours very lethargic and again vomiting. We kept a close eye on him and thankfully he was eating and drinking, but he is not his usual self. We also put it on our other beagle mix, Katie, who also threw up but seemed to have less of the effect that Badger did (he kept trying to lick her and we had to keep them separated), I would not recommend using this product at all. We had been using front-line and have never had this problem before. My husband bathed both dogs and it seemed to ease the problem a bit but he is still not back to normal.
Approximately two weeks ago I bought this product and put it on my 7 year old Cockapoo “Fozi” and my Yellow Lab “Clare”. I noticed that it did not seem to absorb into his fur and just made a big grease spot on his back, on Clare it seemed to disappear. I did notice that both have beenrolling in the dirt much more than normal but thought it may be due to the extreme heat we are having. Both have been eating less but once again thought it was due to the heat. The other morning I got up and there were 3 big piles of vomit on the floor but didnt know which of my animals it came from. I am now certain that it was “Fozi”. I noticed the other night that he seemed to have big matted batches in his hair and he was still greasy looking. I got to really petting him in that area down his back to feel why it was matted and I told my husband I thought it was scabs and not matted hair. We took him to the dog groomer today and sure enough his whole back is covered with sores. One thing with Fozi that I have noticed is him dragging his hind end which he never does. I am beginning to think that it is from this nasty product after reading the comments on this web site. We are going to contact the vet and see what we need to do. We did wash him with Dawn dish soap multiple times tonight but I feel horrible as he is covered with these sores with black scabs. I have taken many pictures of them. I am so angry right now I could just cry. I think these(Hartz) people should have to apply this to their own bodies for product testing and see how that works when the doctors bills come pouring in and they are having seizures and big sores all over their bodies. Would they use this on their own pets, I bet not. What a awful system that will allow this poison to be sold to uninformed consumers. I may have been uninformed but it will be the last time when it comes to something for my pets. As for my yellow lab Clare she seems ok other than very scared to go outside which is where I applied the stuff.
Last summer our family adopted a little grey and white kitten from our local animal shelter–we named HER Grady (yes I’m aware it’s a male-ish type name). Grady had been with us for a year, but had never had problems with ticks and fleas until a couple of weeks ago. My mom had bought the Hartz tick and flea medicine for our Grady Girl, so she’d be rid of those parasites. Day before yesterday was Grady’s thrid round of the medicine.
So yesterday came and all seemed well. I was home alone with my little brother, and we were kicking a soccer ball back and fourth when we saw our little Grady. We noticed she was walking kinda funny, but just thought she was trying to catch a bug or something. Then we saw a long, white thing comming out of her mouth, and we thought it was a string, so we went over to pull it out of her mouth. That’s when we noticed something was wrong. It was saliva streaming out of her mouth. She was violently shaking, and making noises that I had never heard her make before. My first thought was heat stress, because it was a hot day; I picked her up, and brought her in the house. My brother got her a bowl of water, but she refused to drink. I was getting really nervous when I saw a kind of foam come out of her mouth. Then she had a HUGE attack type thing, and rolled over on her back and was scratching at the floor and looked completely helpless. I had Mason (my brother) call my mom, who was half an hour away, in town, picking my baby sister up. While waiting for my mom to come home, all i could do was sit there and pet Grady and beg her to hang in there. I’m guessing that she lost muscle control because she was urinating and pooping every couple of minutes; her head was shaking so bad that she was biting her tounge, and it was bleeding almost constantly. Before mom got home, Grady had 2 more of those HUGE attacks, and in between, continued to bite her tounge, shake, and use the restroom all over the floor.
Im not sure if Grady is alive right now or not…she was earlier, but the Dr. asked to keep her another night. She could be dead. I dont know. I want to do something to help get Hartz off the market. I couldnt imagine what it would be like to lose a cat to something that is supposed to help it. Together, I think we could all do something to stop this maddness.
I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi that will be 1 yr old in Sept. He has always been very healthy, up to date on shots and energetic. Last week I noticed he had a few fleas so on Friday I went to Wal-Mart and purchased some Sergeants Gold flea and tick squeeze on treatment. I came home bathed him and a couple of hours later applied the treatment as directed for his size and weight. On Saturday morning he was acting a little weird, hiding under the bed a lot but we had a lot of company so I thought maybe he was just a little scared, even though he is usually very social. Saturday night though I noticed he hadnt really been eating or drinking that day and he kept rolling on his back and shaking his head a lot like maybe something was in his ear and he was scratching the place on his back where the treatment was applied. On Sunday his behavior got worse, still no eating or drinking, he did not want to go outside at all and now had retreated to the closet as a hiding spot and would not come out even when he was called. His back legs were shaking a little and he was still itching and even biting at the spot where the treatment was applied, he had also began whining. At 3:30 Monday morning my husband and I decided that the Sergeants Gold must have given him some kind of reaction so my husband bathed our dog in baby shampoo but it did not help much at all. I finally decided to go online to see what I could find out about this product and found this website. I was horrified by the other stories so similar and even much worse then mine such as seizures and death. I called the toll free emergency number on the back of the Sergeants box and was told the same as many of you that I needed to wash our dog 2-3 times in liquid dish soap to remove any of the treatment still on his skin and then to feed him tuna juice because he may have got some of the chemicals in his mouth and the juice would neutralize them so maybe he would eat and drink again. I did as they instructed and have still seen very little improvement in my dog. I have managed to get him to eat and drink a little and to go outside to use the bathroom but he is still jumpy, and itching and in the closet. We do not have the money to take him to the vet this week so we are just pushing fluids and trying to do everything we can for him. I am adding my posting because people need to be aware of this poison if I had known any of the information about the adverse effects of this product I never would have even thought about putting it on my pet. Others need to be informed. I have contacted our local news station and have asked them to do a story on this and let other pet owners know the dangers of this horrible product. I hope to hear back from them very soon because other pet owners must be informed to protect their beloved pets from this poison.