Sergents flea drops is killing my cat!

Last night at 9:00pm I put Sergents flea drops on my dog, and 4 cats. Around midnight I heard some “noises” in the hallway and thought it was the cats playing, then at 2:30 am I woke up to heraing the noise again but, then following it I heard something fall down my stairs. I got up and found my cat Kaymin laying at the bottom of the steps having a sezuire. I thought she fell down the stairs while playing and that was what caused the sezuire. I quickly got a pet carrier and put her in so she could not get hurt any further. I spent all night sitting up with her and watching over my other pets. (none of them seemed to be affected). When the rest of the family I started to retace the steps of the night before. and I was shocked that I finally put 2 and 2 toghter! I quickly told my son to do research and he comfirmed my belief about the flea drops. I quickly got her in the bath tub and washed her down 3 times top to bottom! Then I bathed all the other animals just in case. Kaymin is not having sezuires anymore at the moment but she has strange shake and shiver reaction still. She cannot sit or walk right, I think she has brain damage now. I have got her to take water by dropper and fed her some food by hand. (she wanted both) I guess that is good news. But I am still fresh into this and she may still die. I called my  vet and they said I am doing all they would and it is a wait and see time. I am scared I will be putter her down. I hope I do not have to do that, If I have to take care of a brain damaged cat I will. I am just shocked that this is allowed to happen in the first place. This item should be pulled off the market! If anyone can tell me if there is anything else I can do to help my cat please reply!

How the Hartz Stole Your Pet’s Life

the-hartzMost civilized people, they love pets quite a lot.
But the Hartz, who lived in New Jersey, did NOT!
Hartz hated pets! No matter what season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right.
It could be his sweatpants were cinched up too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Whatever the reason, his heart or his sweats,
Hartz stood there angrily hating your pets,
Staring down from his office with a sour, Hartzy frown,
At the warm lighted windows below in their town.
For he knew that people were feeding their cats
Or tucking their dogs into warm, cozy mats.

“They take them on walks!” he snarled with a sneer,
“They buy them chew toys! How perfectly queer!”
Then he growled, and he said without any misgiving,
“I MUST find some way to stop all pets from living!”

Then he got an idea! An awful idea!

“All I need is some poison.” The Hartz looked around.
But, since poison is scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Hartz? No! The Hartz simply said,
“If I can’t find some poison, I’ll make some instead!”

“I’ll sell this to people!” The Hartz laughed at his plot
As he whipped up a lethal brew in a pot.
And he chuckled, and clucked, “What a great Hartzy trick!”
“This will kill cats and dogs, but not harm fleas or ticks!”

Unlike the Grinch, who realizes the error of his ways and whose heart grows three sizes, the Hartz remains an evil, unrepentant, animal-killing monster. Hartz will continue to sell its toxic flea and tick products as long as there are people who haven’t heard the awful truth.

Please send this Grinch parody to everyone you know — and even people you don’t know — and warn them to steer clear of all Hartz products. Let’s make 2009 less profitable for Hartz — and safer for cats and dogs everywhere.

Also, pet owners everywhere owe enormous thanks to Josh for leading the crusade against Hartz. is starting its seventh year of collecting victims’ stories and warning the public!


Nigel Huckleby,


Harts One Spot flea treatment killed my cat.  It caused acute liver failure and it happend quickly.  I had called the company and was told that it contained no pesticide, just give your cat a bath, I’m sorry she’s having a reaction.  They took my personal information and told me that if I could get a refund if I sent the reciept and the leftover product.  Why would I save a receipt, I didn’t know this was going to happen!  The refund was the least of my worries.  By the time I got her to the vet she was almost gone.  I was told the best thing to do was end her suffering.  A couple of days later the Harts Company called me back to see how my cat was doing.  I told them she had to be put to sleep because of liver failure.  The lady said that it had to have been going on for a long time.  I told her she was healthy before using the product and hung up.  I was furious!!  I’ve warned all my friends & family.  I wonder how many other beloved family pets have to die this way before something is done?

Losing Tigger

It has been a month now since tigger has passed away, and I had no idea of how harmful the Hartz products are. If I would have known about all these sad stories, then I would have never given the treatment to him. He was 10, I gave him the Hartz flea and Tick treatment, and when I gave it to him, he started foming out of his mouth, I then washed it off of him with mild soap. The day after for about a week went downhill for tigger. He wouldnt eat, causing him to lose a few pounds. By the 3rd day after giving him the treatment, I took him to the vet. They gave him fluids, and meds. It didnt help, that night he could hardly walk, didnt touch his food, and it seemed like he was going blind. Then the next day tigger passed away….. After reading and researching about hartz I am so outraged, I went into a Kmart just the other day, where I had bought the treament from and there it sat on the counters. I read an article where the production was supposed to be stopped. I told the service counter about the products, so hopefully they will look into it further. I just wish I would have been more educated about hartz, I tried contacting them and they provide no email, just a number.

How long will my dog be effected by this stuff?

Gave this to Spike Thursday night, spent all day Friday at the vet.  He is home now but still itching all over, scratching himself raw and walking like he has some muscular problems.  Psychologically he is not right either.  He is normally such an active dog but he has been moping around and really listless for the last two days.  He whines everytime we leave the room and cries all night long.  i know the itching will stop but I am wondering if anyone has experienced the psychological breakdown I have and how long that will last??  Thanks!!

What You Can Do (Besides Lawsuit)

1.  Here is the WhoIs info for Hartz’s purchase of and

Administrative Contact , Technical Contact :
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
[email protected]
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: 201.271.4800

Hartz doesn’t have an email address contact info on their website (wonder why).

Email them and let them know what happened to your pet!  Ask them why they are interfering with by purchasing related domain names.

2.  Write a complaint to the Better Business Bureau.  Here is a link:

File a complaint with the BBB.  If you can’t use the link then goto and do an advanced search for “hartz” and use “Secaucus” (in the city field) and “NJ” (in the state field).  Use Microsoft Word to check your word count (characters including spaces must be under 2030 characters).

3.  Contact your state consumer affairs division.  Google it.

4.  File a complaint at the store where you got the product – insist on filing the complaint with a manager.

5.  Let everyone you know (friends, families, facebook, myspace, etc…) to AVOID Hartz products because they will harm/kill your pet.  Don’t use the word “boycott” because that implies that you are objecting to Hartz products based on a political agenda.  This is not political – this is a SAFETY issue!

6.  Here are some additional email addys I found for hartz:

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7.   Keep all the receipts for Vet care. Have your Vet give you a written diagnosis. Make sure it states he feels the use of the product is the cause of the animals need for the current medical treatment or death. Photo copy this and add it to all written complaints you send.

8.  * File a complaint/report with Hartz at 1-800-275-1414   Follow that with written complaints to the following:

HARTZ Contacts
Consumer Relations Department
The Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA
Associate Director  Consumer Relations and Technical Services  The Hartz Mountain Corporation

9. The Owners of Hartz
Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA)
Atsushi Nishijo Executive Vice President General Manager for the Americas
Director & President, Sumitomo Corporation of America
There Amerciacn offices- New York (Headquarters)
Sumitomo Corporation of America
600 Third Avenue  New York, NY 10016-2001
Tel: 212.207.0700 Fax: 212.207.0456
Web site      Email contact at

10.  * Make a report with the EPA National Pesticide Information Center  (NPIC): 1-800-858-7378,
seven days a week excluding holidays, from 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM Pacific Time – or fax them on(514) 737-076 or send an email  [email protected] (or do both)
You can write to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs at:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs (Mail Code 7509C)  Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW  Washington, D.C. 20460

11. Also file a report with Pesticides: Topically Applied External Parasiticides
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  800) 858-PEST

12. Also contact your State EPA office to file a report.

13. 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. Include your State Attorney General and Consumer Protection advocates for your state.

14. The members of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer
Affairs and Product Safety:

15. The members of the House Subcommittee on Environment,
Technology, and Standards:

16. File a complaint and have your Vet do so also wite
Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration at the web address: and following a link for “Report a  Drug Reaction”. You can also submit an adverse drug  reaction to the Center for Veterinary Medicine by telephoning

17. File complaints with the FDA
Animal Drugs, Devices and Foods
Veterinarians and animal owners may report adverse drug experiences to FDA by:
Telephoning the Center for Veterinary Medicine: 1-888-FDA-VETS
IMPORTANT:The identities all persons and animals is held in strict  confidence by FDA and protected to the fullest extent of the law.The  reporter’s identity may be shared with the manufacturer or distributor unless requested otherwise.

18. File a complaint/report with:
Animal Biologics: Vaccines, Bacterins and Diagnostic Kits
U.S. Department of Agriculture (800) 752-6255

19. Call your local Poison Control (see the front of your phone book) and  make a report.

20. The HSUS would also like to keep track of these cases. 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

21. Contact your local news stations, TV, radio, and newspapers about  what Hartz did to your beloved companion.

22. Make a written complaint to the main office of the store where you  purchased the product from  Do not give them the package until you’ve  written down every number on it. Hartz and the store will ask you for the UPC code, the batch number and any other number they think of. The store may claim they need to test any remaining residues of  the product you may have in the tube to see if it was a  ‘bad batch.’  Let them, but only after you’ve gotten all the info off  the box. Even if you don’t have the box or tube anymore, still make  the complaint.

Petsmart Customer service email address   [email protected]
1-800-738-1385, EXT 2518
PETsMART, Inc.  19601 North 27th Avenue  Phoenix, AZ 85027
[email protected]

Corporate Address:
PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. 9125 Rehco Road San Diego, CA 92121
Telephone Number:(858) 453-7845  Phone: 1-888-824-PALS(7257) (Monday – Friday: 7am – 6pm PST)
Email form

Walmart too!

Hartz Ultra Guard kills Pomeranian

Yes that’s right on Monday 11-17-08 I applied Hartz ultra guard flea and tickdrops to our brand new addition to our family, Scooter, a Toy pomeranian weighing about 4.5 lbs. I gave him the 4 to 12 pound dose as directed. By the next day he was acting strange but we didn’t think much about it. Over the next couple of days he was acting more and more strange. This is our first experience with an inside dog, and we had never had to use this type of product before. We thought we were helping him by getting rid of the fleas. We did not even think that it could be the flea drops killing him. By Friday it was apparent that things were not going to get any better. My wife took him to the vet and they started around the clock care until Sunday morning when we had to make the decision to put him down. He weighed less than 2 lbs by this time. Apparently it attacked his nervous system and he would not respond treatment I can’t believe that any company would sell this stuff even if it rarely kills animals. My wife, 15 year old son and I are totally heart broken over the loss of this family member. Scooter will always be remember.

We miss you

Robert Theresa and Matt

SGT. Gold Plus…

Yesterday I bought this stuff in effort to save money on flea and tick control…. After about an hour of applying it to my yorkie-poo, he began to drool and run around crazily. I knew very quickly it was the flea product. ( he was fine before the application) I immediately gave him a bath hoping to wash some of the chemicals. He began scratching like crazy and hard enough his fur was falling out. I bought bought benadryll hoping it would bring him some comfort through out the night… Needless to say, it was a long night… I brushed my dog while he layed on me the entire night and if I stopped he would dig at his skin….He is acting a little better now, but next to parvo virus.. this was the worst thing I have ever seen an animal go through.. I can not believe it is sold and andverstised to be the best….

Pitiful sick kitty thanks to Hartz

I put Hartz flea drops on my cat Henry about 3 weeks ago.  He didn’t seem to mind.  Gradually he got more and more lethargic.  Last week I noticed a mass in his abdomen.  I took him to the vet who told me it could have been from the drops.  I had no clue flea meds could cause such illness in pets.  His temp was 104 and they’ve kept him ever since.   His temp finally dropped and they were considering sending him home but this morning he had a seizure.  Again the vet told me it was probably from the drops.  I’ve been looking online and have discovered that Henry’s not the only Hartz victim.  I cannot believe this dangerous stuff is on store shelves!!!  I know I’m responsible but I assume that if something is openly and legally for sale to the public and used as it should be it’s not going to cause harm.  I am outraged that Hartz still sells this stuff!  I am so mad that my poor Henry is having to suffer and may not even survive because of my ignorance but moreso because of Hartz’s greed and disregard for pet safety.

My story with Sargeants Gold Flea and Tick

We normally use Frontline, but I thought I saw fleas on one of my Shih-tzu dogs. It was Saturday night and

I bought this stuff from Wal-Mart. Big mistake. Applied as directed and within 20-30 minutes,the dogs

were scratching the area and extremely agitated. We saw this and washed the medicine off with two baths.

We gave them Benedryl and took them to the to the 24hr vet hospital at 4 a.m. Vet said that they seemed

generally  OK and gave them more Bendryl. He said that it was a good thing that we washed them that

quickly.  They seem somewhat better today, but are still being affected by this junk.