A few weeks ago my cat went outside to enjoy the sun while I was leaning my apartment and everything was fine. A few days later I noticed that she had some flea’s so with my not having a lot of money I went to wal-mart and picked up some hartz pro plus for cats over 5lbs because she was at least 18lbs I thought the product was working because the fleas were going away a few at a time. She started to act not in her normal way, she would sleep in the bathtub on her own, or sleep in her litterbox when it wasn’t clean. They didn’t go away like the box said they would so on the night of May 28 2009 I gave her a bath with flea shampoo that I also bought at wal-mart (not hartz though) and on the morning of the 29th I found her sleeping in a cubord in my kitchen I didn’t think anything of it then she started to make a noise that didn’t sound right and I went into the kitchen to get her, when I went to take her out the of the cubord I had to pull her because she was very limp and bearly breathing so I got her into her carrier at rushed her to the vet and that is when I was told that she had a mass on her liver due to the flea oinment not working and going strait to the liver, the vet said there was nothing that could be done and the best thing for her was to put her to sleep, I had her for almost 12 years, I got her two weeks before my birthday and she died two week before her 12th birthday. I am letting everyone I know not to use hartz flea product…RIP MITTENS 5/29/09

Hartz Flea drops DANGER !

After I applied Hartz flea & tick drops onto my very healthy cat, she immediately started licking herself,looked miserable, and then went outside.  I didn’t see her until the next night, when I almost tripped over her in my closet. She was curled up in a ball, listless, feeling warm and breathing heavily. I shampooed her to get the stuff off, and watched her all night.  She wouldn’t eat or drink, she wouldn’t open her eyes, if she moved she was wobbly, she just looked terrible.  It was the weekend at night and I wasn’t sure where I could even bring her for help.  Then I went on the internet and found out that it was probably the Hartz drops.  I panicked and felt terrible that I had poisoned my cat.  The next day I bathed her again, and she started to show some improvement, so I decided to wait and see.  It has been about a week, and now she is back to her old self.  I am sure she almost died because of the Hartz flea and tick drops.  I am enraged that this company continues to sell this product which is basically poison and they need to be stopped!  My cat was healthy before the flea and tick drops and I know I applied it correctly.  Shame on them!   I

Sherbie 3 year old Cat spends time in ICU due to Hartz

Sherbie was given Hartz Flea and Tick medicine on his back according to directions on the package at 7:00am on Tuesday May 26, 2009.  He was found 2 hours later, he was not able to walk very good and he was shaking.  My husband took him to our Vet when he noticed he was not getting any better, where they informed us that he had been poisoned by the medication we had applied to him. He was experiencing seizures, a high temperature, and was unable to walk or respond.  He had bitten his tongue because of the seizures.  He was given a bath to remove the Hartz Flea and Tick medication residue, and given Valium to control the seizures.  Regular Vet Offices do not carry the medicine used to stop seizures in their offices so they then had us transport him to the Emergency Pet Hospital where they put him on a IV, gave Sherbie more Valium and Robaxin to control the seizures and to keep his temperature from rising due to the seizures.  He had to receive this every hour to keep the tremors under control.  There is nothing worse then to see your pet going thru seizures and you are unable to do anything to stop it.  Because this was not a 24 hours facility he was then transported by us to Med Vet Hospital that had a 24 hours service in Mission Kansas where they continued with the IV’s, the Robaxin and Valium every 1-2 hours.  Today is the 3rd day of treatment, he is finally showing some improvement, although he still has slight seizures and they continue to give him the Robaxin and Valium.  He is a little more alert.  His kidney’s are working and the blood work was good. 

The problem with Hartz Flea and Tick Treatment is that it affect their Central Nervous System.  I want to alert pet owners out there to not use Hartz Products.  Purchase your Pet’s Flea and Tick Treatments from a Vet Office or Pet Hospital.  We have paid over $1200.00 so far for Sherbie’s treatment which could have been prevented had we known about Hartz and the problems and heart ache it has caused Pet Owners.  Our local TV station aired a segment saying Beware of Flea and Tick Treatments that are claiming Pet’s Lives.  Lets all work together to get these products taken off the market ASAP.  Target Stores have taken the first step and have taken all Hartz Products off their shelves, lets get the word out so more companies follow Target Inc. and remove the Hartz Products off the market.

Hopefully we will be able to bring Sherbie home this weekend, after 5 days of treatment and worry whether he would survive.  We are hoping there is no brain damage from the seizures and that he won’t have to take seizure medicine.  He is usually a very active cat that goes on walks with us and our golden retriever.  He loves to be outside and that is why we used the medicine.  He tends to bring home ticks during this time of year.  And even though we comb him well, we feel that we should use some type of treatment too.  We will be very careful from now on what you use or put on our pets.

Thanks for allowing me to tell my story.  Susan Pritchard Kansas City Missouri

This Must Stop!

On Sunday, May 24, 2009 I gave my two Lhasa-Shiz-Tzu’s a Sergeant’s Gold Flea & Tick treatment.  Since I had not used this item in the past, I decided to only give them a half-dose so I split one tube between the two of them.  Within an hour, they both started to scratch at their neck/upper back area.  Within two hours, they both were utterly miserable.  They were whining, pacing, drooling, shaking, crying and panting.  And without knowing I was doing so, I made it worse by taking wet towels and trying to rub the stuff off of them.  I called the emergency vet’s number and was advised to bathe them in Dawn dishwashing liquid and give them 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of weight.  So there I am, at 2:00 a.m. with my two babies in tub scrubbing like a madwoman.  The vet had advised me to bathe them at least twice and preferably three times.  They also advised me to watch them closely for neurological problems, such as seizures or uncontrollable twitching.  If these symptoms began, I was to bring them in immediately for an injection. 

The vet stated without hesitation that this is one of the most common calls that they receive.  Enormous numbers of our pets are put through sheer hell by a company whose name we had no reason to mistrust.  The vet went on to say that they just cannot believe this item has not been pulled from store shelves due to the high number of dogs that have horrific reactions.

As I write this, it has been just over 72 hours since they were initially unintentionally poisoned by me.  Of course I feel terrible that I brought this upon them since these are my baby girls.  However, my fear for them is now turning into extreme anger at the Sergeants/Hartz company for not having adequate warnings on their boxes.  I am considering my next steps because I want to ensure that I don’t cover ground that has already been taken on by others.  However, I am committed to making a strong statement to this company and I will keep a log of all I do, everyone I speak with and what, if any, changes are promised or made. 

I am a federal employee and my position requires me to have contacts all over the country.  One of my first steps has already been to begin spreading the word.  And to each person to whom I speak, I end the story with “Tell everyone you know who cares about animals”.  From what I can tell, in the past two days, I have spoken to at least two dozen people who have each told a dozen people and so on.  Do the math.  The word of mouth impact of this has the potential to be enormous if everyone does this one small thing.  I plan to place notifications on craigslist as well as writing to my local paper with a letter to the editor to warn others. I truly hope they contact me and want to do a follow up story as I would be delighted to show pictures of these adorable girls and tell about the horror they endured.

I have not contacted the Sergeant’s/Hartz company yet as I felt it was too soon.  I wanted to ensure my girls were truly going to be okay before I did that.  One of my girls (Hollie Joy) is not eating well yet but Abbie Mae has her appetite back now today.

I would be happy to hear from others about what steps they have taken, what responses they have received and what future plans are in the works.  I am so incredibly angry about this and I need to find a useful outlet for this anger as ranting and raving will do nothing for anyone.


I applied Sentry Pro FXC to my beautiful Weimaraner.  Within 2 hours he became extremely hyper and visibly in pain.  After touching him and then my face I felt a horrible burning sensation. I tried shampooing the product off him and called the Emergency Veterinary clinic as it was on the holiday week-end.  They instructed me to immediately wash it off twice using Dawn dishsoap, which I quickly did.  Several days later he has open sores on his back, a cough and lack of appetite.  He had a second visit to the vet and got a shot and 3 prescriptions.  The vet believes he will make a full recovery.  However, I believe he may well have died if I had not gotten the product off so quickly!  This product is deadly and should be pulled from the market immediately!!

hartz shampoo causing long term skin problems

hi i used this product on my 1 year old cat and now he has a skin condition called Seborrhea i was wondering if any one else has had this problem. Seborrhea can be dry or oily skin or coat and he has been like this for over 2 months now

The full name of this product is hartz infusions conditioning shampoo, hairball control beads
i was wondering if anyone herd of this happing to other animals?

Charlie my Shih Tzu almost died!!!

On May 23, 2009 I applied the Sergeants Silver Flea and Tick to my 3 year old male…. He almost immediately started SCREAMing in pain. He began foaming at the mouth and vomitting. He ran around trying to scratch himself.. It was scary, I called the emergency vet and he said to wash him with dish soap. I washed him three different times and it never got better.  I spent an entire night scratching his neck and in the morning took him to the emergency vet office. He stayed in ICU for 14 hours on IV fluids, IV benedryl and pain medicine.  He was picked up last night and is  better, but still scratching. I now have to give him Benedryl every 8 hours.  How can this product still be on the market.  I felt absolutely terrible knowing that I put him through this pain.  It also cost me over $400 in treatment. WHo is going to pay this bill??? Shouldn’t the Hartz company be responsible!!!

Do not use Sergeants flea / tick squeeze-on – 2 more victims

It is now 3:44 am and my pug and english bulldog are still restless, irritable and twitching.  I, like many, decided to try a product that is less expensive than frontline for flea and tick prevention.  This was a big mistake.  I feel terrible.  The symptoms are the same as most in the stories already posted.  My bulldog scratched until he was bleeding.  This was after bathing them once with their normal shampoo before I called the 800 number on the package and then two additional baths using Palmolive dish soap.  I received the same response as well…my dogs may be having a possible reaction to the substance.  This is crazy!   DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!! 


A few years ago I bought some Hartz Ear Cleaner for my dog.  Within a week one of his ears was bothering him.  I took him to the vet and to my surprise, he had infections in BOTH EARS!  They were so bad they had to use a camera to look inside them!  I will NEVER use Hartz Products again.  I have warned and will continue to warn people about them.  Dogs can die from ear infections if they are severe enough.  I’m glad I took my dog to the vet when I did!