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?
in the flurry of buying things before my new dog comes home, I picked this up thinking “oh great, a bargin” No more- these are in the trash unopened. Thank you for your site, you saved my dog.
My first thought upon coming across this web site… Why am I just finding this out now. I am mad at myself for not doing my research before putting the Hartz flea and tick drops on my 2 pugs- my first two babies. Thank god I acted quickly. The result was still bad, but my 2 black pugs are alive and seem to be doing well. Both ended up with hugs staff infections. After about 1,000 dollars in vet bills and a lot of quick action they seem to be back to their usual selves.
After applying Hartz Flea and Tick Drops according to the instructions, Rocky, my one year old immediately started to act a little crazy… MUCH more that normal. Both dogs were trying to rub it off and were whining like they were being “burnt”…. they were.. it was like acid on their skin, and who knows what the product was doing to their insides. After they had scratched and whined for the rest of the day, I bathed them twice, then took them to the vet in the am. Rocky had a patch about 3×2 inches that was oozing puss. Jordan, who is older and bigger faired a little better and just had small patched of infected spots.
As soon as I brought them into my vet, she took one look and said, did you by chance put Hartz on them. I was crying as I admitted that I had used an over the counter flea and tick drop instead of the Frontline that I had always used. I felt disgusted when she explained that she sees that all the time with this Hartz product in particular, in addition to other products that they have on the market. She explained how the product works… the end of the story was that Hartz had “poisoned” my dogs. And that they know that there is a major problem with this product, but will not pull it of the shelf… Big money maker for those who don’t use vets regularly or have the money to afford the more expensive “vet approved” brands.
I can hardly believe that so many animals have been affected and that they can continue to sell this product. Shame on anyone associated with the Hartz Company. I feel for those who have lost their pets. I am so mad, that something cannot be done. I will join anyone who needs another story. Meanwhile, I am going to do by best to make something happen. I have emailed all of my groups and people and have told my story to anyone that will listen. I will call and email Hartz everyday until I get something in response from Hartz. I don’t care about the money, I just don’t want any dog or cat to suffer or be killed by Hartz.
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I have two dogs, both pound pooches ages seven and two. They are chewers, so I thought I would treat both dogs to the Hartz DENTAL CHEWS. The younger dog is crated when no one is home. Upon arriving home from work the morning after the dogs ate the chews, I discovered he had terrible diarrhea and had vomited in his crate. He was able to escape, and had poo all over the house. What a mess! The next day, my husband came home to find the older dog had an accident in the house with the same mucousy diarrhea mess as the younger dog. Neither of these dogs have accidents in the house, did not get into something else outside or have any other reason for this to happen. I will not use Hartz products again.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not use flea drops on your cat or dog. My sister put Sergeants Flea drops on her cat and she is no longer with us. She had many of the same symptoms as stated by other pet owners such as vomiting, loss of appetite, seizures etc…. She was perfectly fine beforehand. It’s a horrible outrage that these products still continue on store shelves. We’ve learned a hard lesson and encourage others to please find alternatives to flea control. Gumdrop was a big part of our lives and is sorely missed.