My poodle fell victim to Hartz Flea and Tick Medication

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?

Hartz… a word that makes my blood boil!

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.

ONE PUG LOVER!!!!

Beware of DENTAL CHEWS!

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.

In Memory of Gumdrop

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.

my kitten died today because of Hartz milk replacement

I am very sad and angry today.  My cat roxy had kittens, but got bored of feeding them at four weeks old.  They were getting very weak, but after feeding them KMR they were flourishing.  I brought them to my mother’s house because I have to work all day and couldn’t come home every few hours to feed them.  She ran out of the KMR so she called some vets in her area and they told her to go get whatever they had at walmart, so she picked up the Hartz stuff.  This morning was the first time she gave it to them and soon after she noticed vomiting and diarea all over the place.  She immediately took them to my vet accross town and by the time she arrived what was the largest, strongest, most active of the bunch could barely move, his eyes were rolling back in his head, and was in abvious pain. I got there as soon as I could and had to give the doctor permisson to put him asleep.  I couldn’t bare seeing him like that and really it was the only decision a person with a heart could do.  Thankfully the other three were strong enough to come home but now I’m at square one.  They seem almost scared to eat.  I just cannot bare the thought of losing another.  This never needed to happen and only did because some big company cares more about money than the lives of its helpless victims.  My heart is broken.  Thanks alot Hartz.

Hartz need’s to stop killing our pet’s!!!!!!!

I used the flea and tick product on my 16 month old dog and i almost killed her with this product. I applied it on her and 2 days later i was walking her and she colapsed on me and couldn’t stand. We took her to the vet and when the vet seen the Hartz package in my hand they said………I HOPE YOU DIDN’T USE THAT ON YOUR DOG. They did bloodwork on my dog and it came back that she had Liver Failure. The vet said it was fron a toxic ingredient in the Hartz product. 400.00 it cost for meds,  bloodwork and follow up bloodwork. So far she is fine but the vet wants to see her in 3 months for a final follow up. I called the Hartz company to complain and i was told they never had any complaints about thier product. When i told them about this site they said they will not listen to anything i tell them about the internet that anyone could make up stories.

Don’t use: Sergeants Gold Squeeze-On for Dogs flea and tick

I recently bought Sergeants Gold Squeeze-On for Dogs flea and tick and it was the worst experience. About an hour after applying it on my two Siberian Huskies they immediately were chewing crazy at where it was applied on there backs. It was sooo bad that one of my dogs could not stay still and cried like a baby tossing and turning not be able to sleep. He was foaming at the mouth and drooling. I had to put him in the bath numerous times and scrub that Sergeants Gold Squeeze-On for Dogs flea and tick product off. Not to mention it hurt them so bad when I was scrubbing it. It was awful like a chemical burn!! I used the right dosage and applied in the right areas as I have used flea products for many years but never seen anything like this. One of my dogs had a bald spot on his back area right before his tale and his skin was raw. My other dog had his skin get eaten by this product and now has an open wound. I am so upset as to why such a product is allowed on the market because it hurt my babies!

Brooke

Tampa,FL

Close Call

So I came home from a long weekend only to find that fleas had taken over my home. Not only were they literally sucking my poor kitties’ blood but mine as well. I foolishly wanted a quick fix until I could get to my vet to buy the good stuff so I headed to my local Wal-Mart and picked up the Hartz ultra-guard 3-in-1 spray.

My cats of course hated it and were already mad at me after our 4 hour car ride so i thought little of it when they hid from me for most of the day. However when it got closer to bedtime my normally vocal kitties were nowhere to be found. I began searching the house calling and clicking for them to come to no avail (this alone worried me quite a bit as it is completely out of their characters not to come) and eventually found Buster curled up in the corner of my closet and Binx hiding under my bed. Neither one would come out from their hiding spots or reply to their names (they meow back at me when spoken to). I became more concerned when I noticed that their eye’s were a little dull. I was finally able to get Buster out of the closet after a struggle, also very uncharacteristic, and scooped him up only to find that he was extremely listless. Another warning sign.

Becoming increasingly concerned I rinsed both of their coats off with warm water hoping to get the goop out of their fur. There was still a lingering smell even after their quick showers, so I decided to look the Hartz product up only to stumble across this site. Now, as you can imagine my concern at this point is bordering on panic, these are my two baby boys we’re talking about! I quickly snatched both of them up and grabbed the Dawn and we were off to take a real scrub down shower.

So far the bath seems to have helped and both are still drinking water, but I’ll keep a close eye on them through the next few days and hope that these callous suits don’t claim yet another innocent life.

Hairball remedy and my sick Cat

This story was emailed to me yesterday morning by Lee:

About six weeks ago I noticed my male cat had thrown up. I bought a new tube of hartz hairball remedy and gave it to both of my cats. A few days later I noticed my male was not as active. He began sneezing and his eyes watered. He continued to eat and use the litter box, but he was sleeping more. In another few days he did not come to greet us and he was always hiding under a bed. He was not grooming himself. This was not his usual behavior. I took him to our vet. She told me that his pupils were dilated and that was not a good sign. She did a test for feline leukemia and she sent me home telling me to feed him chicken and broth. She also gave be an antibiotic. He went downhill. He fought eating. I took him back to the vet a week later. She gave me a stronger dose of antibiotic and since he had lost about 5 lbs now I had to force feed him. She was treating an upper respiratory condition. I also was given saline nose drops and eye medication. In about 1 1/2 weeks he began to come alive again. It was a long haul.

During this time I continued to look back to see what had caused him to be so sick. I never thought it was the Hartz hairball remedy since my other cat was fine. But it was always in the back of my mind, since that was the only thing he had consumed that was not a normal part of his diet.

On May 23rd I noticed he had thrown up a huge hairball and though it was because he was back to steadily grooming himself again. I decided to give him a small smear on his paw of the hairball remedy. Within three days he began to exhibit the same symptoms as before.

I decided to research to see if I could find a home remedy to flush this poison out of his body. I have spent over $400.00 in two doctors visits and will be there again tomorrow. If this message reaches anyone that can help with a home remedy I would appreciate the help.

I have printed out the steps from your web site to report this problem.

I would appreciate anything you can do to help me.

Thank you for your time.