I bought a Hartz Play ‘n Snack Triple Pack for my 8 month old French Bulldog puppy Rocco. This product included three items: 1. Chew n’ Clean Durable Nylon Bone 2. Snack Bursts – Beef & Bacon Flavored Treats3. Bacon Bone – Corn Starch Chew BoneHe is an active 8 month old puppy who likes to chew. I have had great luck with similar products, however the Hartz Chew n’ Clean “durable” nylon bone unfortunately was partially ingested by Rocco. He was perfectly fine and then Sunday morning after our am walk and breakfast he stopped playing and began to vomit. This continued all day and night Sunday. 1st thing Monday morning I called my vet and made an appointment. Rocco would not eat. He would drink water, but could not keep anything down.At the time I did not know what was causing the problem. The vet examined Rocco. He was not running a fever and she ruled out illness as a cause. She X-rayed Rocco but couldn’t see anything. However, she was very concerned that he had eaten a foreign object and there was an obstruction. To make a long and painful story short. Rocco had swallowed pieces of this “Durable” Nylon Bone which caused a very severe partial blockage. Basically the pieces were stuck in his stomach and being pulled into his small intestine to no avail because they were stuck. He had emergency surgery on Thursday which removed the pieces. Fortunately we caught it in time but it was very touch and go. He is still in the hospital and I HOPE to be alble to take him home Monday. I am posting this in hopes that other doggie parents will know that this product IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS it can severely injure your pet and even KILL! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THESE KINDS OF PRODUCTS TO YOUR PETS!!!
Cute Overload (CO) is serving Hartz ads. I find it completely appalling and asinine that a popular, animal and pet-oriented website would knowingly promote a company that sells products that kill pets. Alert reader and former CO visitor, Erin, sent me an email over the weekend to inform me of these ads. Erin and I have both contacted Meg at CO to no avail. I wrote a very friendly, formal letter urging Meg to visit HartzVictims.org and to reconsider serving Hartz ads on her site. I also proposed a link exchange partnership so we could drive traffic to one another’s websites. I have yet to hear back from Meg.
Erin has since been banned from posting on CO. Her comments on CO in regards to Hartz ads were also retracted. Erin started a website she cleverly calls Sad Overload. Erin also made me aware of the Junepath website where Junepath is obviously appalled that CO is serving up Hartz ads in the posts Cute Overload/Hartz, Re – Cute Overload and Cute Overload x3.
So it’s here that I urge you to contact Meg at CO and ask her to cease the Hartz campaign. Meg’s email address is: meg [at] cutelabs.com
Also, do what Erin and I have done and post comments on CO, warning others of the dangers of Hartz products and request to have the Hartz ad campaign pulled.
UPDATE: Cute Overload deleted my comments
This is my first experience using this products on my two dogs. My babies are dachshund and blue heeler mixes, each weighing around 21 and 24 pounds. They each got a treatment with the squeeze-on product. One dog is just fine. The other one was drooling like crazy! I thought maybe she had licked some of the product off her fur and it was making her salivate; however, I did not want to take a chance, so I washed her down really well and scrubbed this crap out of her fur. From now on, I think I’m going the natural route.
I once worked for a leading official in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary medicine. She said that pets are not their priority. Food animals are. That is why no action is taken against this horrid company. We should be lobbying the Government and filling the media with these stories. There is no one to advocate for Pets.
When our Jade (she was a rescue we had gotten at 6 weeks) was just about a year old, we lived in a apt. complex in San Jose that had a pond and therefore had ducks which in turn meant FLEAS. Of course our pug brought them into the apartment and they were BAD. As this was our first dealing with fleas (had just moved from AZ which doesn’t really have a flea problem) we didn’t really know what we were doing and went out & got flea baths, drops & collars. We did both the dog in all 3 methods, all of which were hartz, and did the drops & collar for the cat.
The next morning at about 11am my husband called me to tell me that Jade couldn’t stand up-she was trying to walk and her legs were failing her. We immediatley rushed her to the vet & I left work to find out that HARTZ as well as OTC flea meds for pets are nuerotoxins (spelling??) and that they were attacking her central nervous system. She kept going into seazures and they weren’t having much luck.
We sat there for 3 hrs. while they fed these other drugs into her through an IV to get the seizures to stop & try to flush the other stuff out of her system. They of course had given her a bath as well, but it was slow progress. They had told us that she might not make it through the night & then said that they would be closing & we would have to take her to an all night clinic.
We decided to take her home & they left the IV in just in case we had to rush her to the all night clinic. It was the hardest night I’ve had so far-we din’t have kids yet, so her & our dog are our babies!! She couldn’t stand, was shaking her paws because she couldn’t feel them, had her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth & was drooling all over. The only thing I have ever see to equate it with is a stroke patient. It was a touch and go night, but we made it & she seems to be OK now. This all came in the form of a $400 vet bill in 2005 when this occured.
This is a hard story for me to tell, & I’m quite sure that others have had this experience as well, but thought if it could help just 1 kitty, then I did my job.
BTW, I went back to Petco to confront them on this issue since the vet said it was widely known that Hartz and others are bad for cats in particular, they were very unapologetic, said they did know that this was a common problem, but what could they do…we haven’t been back to a Petco since-how dare they have such little regard for our “furry children” that their business is based upon…