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.
I have a black male pug named Walker. He is a year and a half now, we have had him on Frontline up until money got a little tight. We learned about Hartz through friends who had used it on their dog and told us to double the dosage and it was the same ingredients of Frontline. We tried that, but Walker seemed to loose all his fur basically from his front legs to his behind. We took him to the vet, and the vet concluded that he had Mange. He was treated for Mange but the treatment did not work. He kept itching, scratching until he drew blood, and rubbing his back on furniture until he had scabs!!! I later found out from a friend of my mother, who had also tried Hartz, what was going on! I immediately stopped the Hartz, bathed Walker several times, and started him on Advantix (which you can buy VERY cheap on EBAY!!) WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!! Almost all of his hair has grown back in about a month! and like the commercial says there aint no bugs on him!!!!!
We used to have a beautiful orange and brown striped kitten (he was adopted to another home when he was around 9 months). We have another cat who goes outside on a regular basis and got fleas which she then passed on to Jack (the kitten). I treated the older cat with Frontline and was going to used a flea and nit comb on the kitten. My daughter, however, found a very old container of Hertz flea and tick remover and put it on the kitten without telling me. When we woke up the next morning, poor Jack was shaking violently and had trouble keeping his eyes opened. I noticed an oily residue on him so I asked my daughter if she knew what it was and she told me about the Hertz. Knowing that it can be fatal, I rushed Jack to the vet, where he had to stay overnight, got antiseizure meds and fluids, and was thankfully ok after the vet took care of him. Of course, it cost $400, but it what else could I do? It was horrible to watch this poor little kitten shaking so violently!
My 6 year old cat Bergman, died a violent and painful death 3 years after using Hartz Spot-on Flea treatment. In December of 2004, we bought the product because of a flea problem. I had used Front-Line and Advantage with success before and I stupidly thought that this Hartz product was comparable. It wasn’t. My cat upon licking the treatment which was placed at the nape of his neck, immediatley began foaming at the mouth, and jumping all over the place. I thougt that he was reacting to the medication because it tasted bad or something along those lines.He seemed to regain composure and we went on with life. About 2 weeks later we were woken in the night by Bergman having a grand mal seizure. It was violent and extremely hard to watch. He lost control of his bladder, foamed at the mouth and it was as though he was being electrocuted. We knew something was very wrong. we contacted our vet and told him what happened and he confirmed that HArtz products kill animals. The weird part was that when he wasn’t seizing he was his usual self although he lost his balance easily and prefered to stay low to the ground for fear of falling. This was not his usual behavior, and we knew he dreaded having another seizure. We began treating him with Phenobarbitol once a day, upping it to twice a day as the seizure disorder worsened. He became tolerant of the medicine and his episodes began to increase, so we stopped the meds and he would sometimes go up to a month with out a seizure. We lived this way with him for 3 years until this summer when his seizures began coming in clusters that would last for hours. He was so out of it and sore after a seizure that he would sleep for long periods of time, and be extremely hungry afterwards. He began to stop cleaning himself which was again not typical. This cat was a huge 17 pound snow white baby. He never scratched or bit even twitched his tail in annoyance at our family.He loved our dogs. We have a pet lovebird and he was friends with him. We could trust him tottaly because he was a complete angel. Yesterday he died in his bed after thrashing for what seemed like hours in and out of grand mals, petite mals and post ichtal periods. He finnaly mercifully died. I am so angry that he is gone. He can never be replaced. Our little girls adored him and we will never forget him. Hartz is a terrible company who needs to do the right thing and pull this poison off the shelves.
I lost my best friend last week. I am positive that Hartz flea medicine is how she got poisioned. She was such a sweet girl and beautiful cat. She suffered tremendously because of sometime I put on her to try and help her. I had heard nothing about Hartz products poisioning animals. I put it on her without a second thought.
She had been fine when I went to bed the night before she died. She had played out in the yard after I came home from work and came in at dark to get her nightly snuggles before going to bed. My mother came by my house the next day and called me at work. She said that something bad was wrong with Jumper. I left work immediately to go to her and to get her to a vet.
She had already lost control of her bowels; was vomiting everywhere; lost her sight and hearing; her hair was coming out in clumps, running a high tempature; she couldn’t walk more than a couple of steps without falling, and she was has having seizures one on top of the other. She would not be over a seizure 15 to 30 seconds before she would starting having another. I rushed her to the vet but it was too late. He said that she had been poisioned and he didn’t know if her could save her. She was in such bad shape that I could stand the thoughts of her suffering anymore. I loved her too much to allow that to happen. I had him to put her down.
Hartz should be put out of business. They should not be able to sell their poision to animal lovers who have no idea of what their products truely are and what a chance they are taking by putting them on their beloved animals. I cannot believe that the government allows this. I promise this. I will never buy another Hartz product and I will tell any one who will listen just what they sell.
I have read all of the stories on this site about Sergeant’s Gold Flea & Tick Squeeze On. I bought it today at the local Wal-Mart because it seemed to last longer than comparable brands. I usually use regular Hartz flea medications with no issues at all. However both of my chihuahuas, Mia and Apple, started frantically scratching and gagging about 1.5 hours after I applied this medication. It seemed as though they were experiencing a burning sensation. I bathed them and called the emergency number on the box. The representative said to bathe them in Dawn soap, which I did, and that they were feeling a “pins and needles” sensation similar to the way we feel when our hand falls asleep and that bathing them was the best thing to do. No shit dumbfuck. Anyway, they continue to scratch but nothing like they were. Tell everyone you know that this product is bullshit. I find no humor in this and am considering contacting my attorney to pursue a lawsuit against this company!!!
I read a number of these stories earlier today and was practically in tears. The stories of vets saying that all OTC flea medications are poison sends chills down my spine.
I have never used Hartz on my cats. Earlier this year though, my partner and I gave our year old Domestic short hair/Siamese Poe a dose of Frontline from Pet Supplies Plus, whom we’d adopted from our city animal shelter a few short months earlier. Immediately after, I noticed that Poe didn’t seem himself. He wasn’t eating, drinking, or playing with his brother (our tabby slightly younger than him), and when he started hiding under the bed in the spare room, I freaked out. My partner told me that if Poe was still this way in the morning we could call the vet.
And he was. My partner found the box for the Frontline that said if there are any problems to wash your cat, and he immediately did. Poe collapsed while being washed, and we literally ran him over to the vet’s.
At the vet’s, it was discovered that Poe has congenital heart failure, and this was the reason why he was sick. At the vet’s, we were given a grim diagnosis, that made it sound like Poe had only a few more days to live. The vet put him on lasiks, and this happened in March. Poe has rebounded and been wonderful and fine since then, and it’s now July. Looking back, yes, Poe was always a slower cat, and most of that reason was his heart condition. But the coincidences were too great, and we truly believe that either the Frontline complicated his condition, or was taking its own toll on him before we washed him. Our vet maintains that the Frontline, as long as it was for cats, was fine, and wouldn’t have done that… but, and especially since reading these stories here, I just do not believe him.
I’m terrified about how to treat Poe now for fleas.
I look at craigslist alot and this morning i stumbled across this website and i am icredably horrified about what i am reading i am glad there is a website to notify unsuspecting people and to the many of people who have lost a four legged family member i am so sorry.
On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 I lost my pet Poodle and dear friend, Baker, within 12 hours of applying the Hartz Flea and Tick Medication. On Monday night, June 23, 2008 the drops were applied as directed and at 7:00 AM on Tuesday morning Baker had passed. When my father found him his body was jerking, his breathing was slow and he had been vomiting. It was apparent that he had suffered for some time from the poisoning before his passing. My family and I are devastated over our loss and angry that Baker not only fell victim to this poisoning, but suffered through such a horrible experience before his death. He was a very smart and lovable dog that was my father’s best friend. We have been grieving his death for several days now and the more I research this product the more upset I get that it has not already been pulled off the shelves. How many more pets and owners are going to have to suffer before this product is removed from the stores?