My husband and I thought our cat Zeek had fleas, We just wanted to try a cheap flea drop to take care of an fleas or eggs he might have. I purchased Hartz Ultra Guard Plus. Almost immediatly Zeek started acting strange. He wouldnt sit still and kept rolling around on the floor. I thought maybe he didnt like the feel of the drops. After awhile he was still acting strange. I am feel cautious with him as if he was my child. I knew something wasnt right. I looked up allergic reactions to flea drops and I found this web site. I immediatly wash his back. I kept a close eye on him all night and as of now he is acting like himself. I just want to thank everyone for writing their stories. I dont know what I would have done if anything more would have happened to him. Thank you again to everyone.
I went to Walmart earlier today and bought this product. I came home and used it on my chihuahua PeeWee. About an hour later I noticed he was making a choking sound and running around acting very strange. I Googled the product and found this site, Thank God. After reading a couple of the posts I snatched him up, got him into the bath tub and bathed him thoroughly. He seems to be calming down some now but I will be up with him through the night to make sure he is OK. I am so thankful for this site, it may have saved my best friend.
If I can save any other animals from getting seriously injured or Killed I will do it…I work in retail and sooo many people come into where I work and buy Hartz Products….I know it’s not my business but I can’t help it I always tell my customers not to buy anything made by Hartz…I have 3 Beautiful Pitbulls (a Black, a White and Brindle)They are my Babies and I don’t know what i would do if something like this product was to kill them…I whole heartedly agree that Hartz should be taken off all stores shelves and Destroyed…
I too have recently experienced/experiencing a horrible situation all due to the use of Sergeants Gold flea and tick squeeze on product for my dog Loaf. We purchased this horrible product last night in hopes of relieving a minor flea problem and now we are face with a mroe fatal and devastating problem. WE applied this squeeze on at about 8:30-9:00ish, after about an hour to an hour and a half Loaf started runnign in circles, whining, whimpering and acting completely crazy like nothing I have ever seen him do before. I just shrugged it off thinking that the fleas were being more annoying than ever because we used that stuff on him. Well we decided to go to sleep and Loaf too his normal spot, right between me and dad, and I did not get a wink of sleep my poor baby was up doing the same circles and whining and scratching as before so at about 4-4:30 am I was like this is not right! So I googled the product and found this website as well as a few other blogs in regards to this same product and I was completely horrified. I went in the other room woke my husband up and said we have to get this crap offf of him right now ( I would have immediately washed Loaf myself but I am literally 1 day away from delivering a child and it is hard for me to get on the ground and wash him thoroughly). At first he was like what are you talking about and I said get the f out of bed and help me give him a bath in Dawn right now! As he woke up I started telling him about these same situations and his heart fell to the floor as well. Our poor lil Loaf was suffering from something we could not have imagined and I felt like a terrible mother for putting him in this situation. We quickly gave him a bath and his demeanor changed he wasn’t as crazy, and he seemed to be a little relieved. Now it is 12 and my poor Loaf is hiding under the bed in a place that I cannot reach him, I am checking on him every few minutes getting on the floor trying to make sure he is still breathing. This is the first time in over a year that he has not been glued to my side. I called the vet at about 10:30ish and the Vet informed me that I did all that can be done and I could bring him in for a check-up but alls they could really do is watch him (the same thing I am doing) and informed me not to ever use that product and that it has this same effect on many animals cats and dogs. I was also informed that this is a fatal product and has been known to kill some animals that have used it! I then proceeded to ask them why it is on the shelves being sold and she said because they get by with that small line that says in case of a reaction call this number or your vet. I am sorry but when I read that line and the word reaction, I did not think that their terminolgy for reaction also meant life threatening reaction I was thinking a rash or maybe a little itchy! I am now sitting here hoping that my Loaf wil be ok and telling myself that i cannot handle this, he is too much apart of our lives and I feel like that damn company has violated my rights as a consumer, and parent! I hope everyone tells their friends and family members not to use this crap on anything! I texted everyone I know and warned them of its potential hazards! I wish the best for everyone and I hope your pets have all recovered and I have the utmost sympathy and I have cried tears for every poor animal as well as owner that has suffered through this ordeal. Complete disgust is not even the right words I feel after this situation and it isnt even over for me yet..now I have to go take my 9 month pregnant self crawl on the floor and try to get my puppy to come out from under the bed so I can check him! Good Luck everyone and DO NOT USE this crap, it is only worthy of the trash can and that swtill isn’t satisfying! Sorry about my rambling but I am just so super peed off and I hope noone else goes thorugh this!!!!!!
On Sept 15,2008 I treated My cat with Hartz Flea drops. Today now thw 16th we arrived home to find our cat outside shaking. We brought her in the house as it was cold out side. My wife noticed something was wrong with the cat.
We thought she might have gotten into some garbage or ate a mouse or rat that was poisined. We then remembered we treated her with the drops. She went into a violent siezure and was convulsing harshly. I found the package and immediatley looked up the information on permethrin.
I called hartz and when I did I got a machine that asked me to press 1 for customer service and 2 for emergency help. I pressed option 2 only to get a answering machine that said all agents were busy and to call back later and it hung up. I called back immediatley and pressed option 1 talked to a rep who transfered me to a emergency care consultant for hartz. He was the most un caring person in the world I was asking if there was any combatant for the permethrin he said ” No sir there is nothing to combat it” and then he sat on the line and was going to leave it at that. Then I asked him how long it was going to be in her system and he said well it can be up to 72 hours. He did not offer and help nor support to me. I told the basterds this was not over and they would be hearing from me and a lawyer.
I ask you to please contact me at [email protected] with the information of your horror story and that you provide me with your name and a address and telephone number where yoyu can be reached by a attorney of law and begin a class action suit against this company for the lack of care and knowledge about this deadly flea medication. Your animal can die from this just being around another animal treated with this cocktail of death.
I am in tears for all of you that have suffered through this. And one more thing there is no documented studies on how to treat this overdose. But do not let your vet use charcoal as this is topical and not ingested this will result in dehydration of your animal and put them in even more danger. Bath your animal with soap 3 times to ensure you have got all of it off and rinse with alot of luke warm water hot water will open the skins pores so do not use HOT water.
This company seems to have no concern or care what they are doing lets put them in thier place and make them care. This medication is highly toxic and needs to be looked into further before more animals die.
London Ontario Canada
Without checking with our Vet, I bought a pack of Hartz Ultra Guard Plus to apply it to our 2 year old “Azul”. I applied according to instructions, in fact my wife and I looked several times to be sure that we were applying it on the right spot on her back/neck. Azul immediately started trying to get her front paws to the application spot and she ran into a room and hid. After about an hour she came out still wiping the spot with her paw and licking her paw in that cleaning motion that cats use. She jumped up onto my lap and acted very strangely and began twitching. Her behavior continued to be unusual overnight and got to the point yesterday (Saturday evening) that I called the Vet. He said to immediately bathe the cat in lukewarm water using a mild detergent like Dawn or Ivory and after scrubbing her to rinse her thoroughly. He said it was very important to use extra effort on her paws, particularly between her toes and also the spot where we had applied the treatment. Also, it was important to rinse her mouth out.
Have you ever tried to follow instructions similar to that? With my wife holding Azul in a towel and me applying water in the kitchen sink and using the sprayer to water her down, I did the best that I could, in spite of the wounds that I incurred. She hooked her claws in my arm and shoulder but I perservered. Azul was screeching at the top of her little lungs, that is until I rinsed her mouth out. She jumped straight up but fortunately my wife had a very large towel and caught her in mid-air. After toweling her off, she ran into a walk-in closet and we did not see her until this morning.
I am very glad to say that she walked out and hopped on our bed like nothing had happened yesterday. I called the Vet this morning, he said that the bath evidently had worked, that we had caught the poisoning, and he called it poisoning, in the very early stages. He said that the toxic flea treatment had dispersed over her skin and would slowly soak into her body and it would eventually cause spasms and heart or brain damage if untreated. He said he gets “More than a few” calls and visits from victims of using that product.
The vet said to use nothing for a week or so, then to use a flea collar for a while and then to bring Azul in and he would apply a topical treatment that he is sure would not result in that reaction. He also said never to use Hartz and that the pruduct should be off the shelves because of the danger.
I picked up my new 9-week old lab puppy Tycho two days ago after work, and didn’t get home with him until around ten that night. We needed to get him some food, so we ended up going to Wal-Mart. As we were going down the dog aisle, we also picked up some stain and odor remover (for those puppy puddles) and I spotted some over the counter flea medication. Like so many others, my fiancee and I didn’t think much of getting the Hartz Ultra Guard flea and tick drops, and assumed that the only thing that could go wrong was that it just wouldn’t kill the fleas.
I applied it to him yesterday morning, and throughout the day he was perfectly fine. We took him to the vet to get him all checked out but the vet tech noticed some greasy residue in his fur (the flea drops) and asked if we had put anything on him. I told her what we had used, and she warned us about the possibility of seizures. I decided then that when we had the chance we would switch him to Advantage like my parents use on their dogs.
Last night I woke up around 3:30 in the morning to hear him whining in his crate. I got up, figuring he just needed to use the restroom. When I came out to his crate he was very hyper, wiggling around in his crate and whining at me. I let him out and he jumped all over me, wanting to be let outside. The night before, he had been just fine sleeping through the night and even when I took him out of his crate after at least 9 hours, he wasn’t as hyper as this. I took him outside, brought him back in, and he was still spazzing all over the living room. I stayed up with him for about half an hour waiting for him to calm down, and went back to bed.
At 7:30 he was whining again, so I got up for good and let him out. Again, he was jumping all over and barely let me put his leash on. I also noticed that he was scratching and biting on his legs, paws, and back more than usual. Concerned (maybe it was just the flea bites he already had that he was getting over, I hoped) I searched for something like “puppy still scratching after flea treatment” and stumbled across this website. After reading one or two articles, I dragged my 20 pound puppy to the bathtub and scrubbed him down with our Dawn dish detergent (Tycho smells like apples now) once.
He’s already started feeling better and he isn’t scratching all the time anymore. In the next couple days, my fiancee and I are going to go get some Advantage from his vet and throw the rest of that Hartz in the garbage!
Thank you very much for this website getting the message out as much as you can! You may have saved my puppy’s life!
I used Hartz Ultra Guard Plus, unaware of the affects it would have. I had recently moved into an apartment complex with my parents, and noticed alot of stray cats & dogs among the complex. Not having the money to spend on Advantage, I needed something quick to keep my 5 lb. chihuahua (Sable) from getting fleas. On the 16th of Aug I bathed her and applied the drops just as the directions say. Everything seemed quite normal that day but on the 17th we noticed she was shaking a bit more than usual. We thought that maybe she was jus cold as we had turned the ac on that day. On the morning of the 18th she was setting in the recliner with my mother, as she always loved to do, and she suddenly jumped down and started walking in circles. My husband jumped up & grabbed her to take her outside as he thought she may of had to use the restroom. He no sooner stepped out the door when she went into a full blown seizure. We quickly jumped in the car, as we drove she stayed in that seizure. When we got to the vets they took her immediately back and bathed her in dish soap, and gave her phenobarbital. He told us he was gonna administor charcoal to clean out what toxins was in her blood stream, and pain meds to help her with pain, but it was a waiting game to see if the seizures would stop. We went home praying she would be okay. A few hours passed and I called the vet and there was still no change, 6 pm that evening we went to see her. The vet told us she had vomited some of the charcoal up but the seizure or tremors were still happening. We went in to see her, and all I could do is cry. She looked so pitiful lying there, having seizure after seizure every few seconds. When Id say her name her ear would turn in the direction of my voice as if she knew it was me. I felt absolutely helpless, and at the same time I felt responsible. If I hadnt used this product on her, she wouldnt be going through this. After a half hour we went home. I prayed and prayed, walked the floor all night, holding onto hope that it was a good sign she responded to my voice, that the vet will call me with good news and tell me she’s come out of it. The morning of the 19th the vet called and my husband answered to only find out she had passed in the night. I sit here writing this in tears, same tears I shed that day. Sable was just a year old on the 13th of Aug, so she lived just 1 yr and 6 days. She filled an empty hole in my heart that had been there for years, and now she is gone. Upon contacting Hartz of the situation, they ask that I send in the rest of the product, bills,etc… and a monetary value for my Angel. How do you put a price on love? Unconditional love?….
We took Sable to The University and had a necropsy done, for peace of mind, and to know exactly the cause of her death. We have only a preliminary result, as it specifies:
Cerebellar herniation through the foramen magnum is concidered a significant finding and contributed likely to this animal’s reported clinical signs. (Cerebellar herniation: A condition that occurs when the brain is under abnormally increased pressure. The increased intracranial pressure forces the brain downward inside the skull. This results in typical neurologic manifestations (coma, paralysis and a unilateral dilated pupil). (Foramen Magnum: the foramen magnum is one of the several oval or circular apertures in the base of the skull (the foramina), through which the medulla oblongata (an extension of the spinal cord) enters and exits the skull vault.) Basically, from the seizures her brained swelled so much it protruded the base of the skull. The pain she was in was unreal. We are waiting for the histopathology reports to come back.
So I now live with the fact of making the wrong choice, and angry cause this product not only took my baby’s life, but made her feel pain that no animal should EVER feel. I made a promise to her, that I will do whatever it takes to make sure no other animal suffers at the hands of these products and I intend to keep that promise. If my story here helps one person, I know it’s a beginning or a start.
A friend directed me to this site today when I told her I had given my kitten Hartz hairball remedy. Hours after I had given it to him, he started gagging consistently for 15 minutes. I took him to the emergency vet and they couldn’t find a thing wrong with him. He seems to be getting better… it’s been a couple of days and he’s still gagging but not very frequently. I’m going to call my normal vet today and ask them about this product.