Q: I need immediate help! My cat/dog has been poisoned. What do I do?
A: Contact your vet or a local pet emergency clinic immediately. If you applied a topical treatment to your pet, bathe him or her with Dawn dishwashing soap and water and rinse. Repeat as necessary to remove as much of the product as you can. Seek immediate veterinarian assistance.
Q: What flea and tick treatment and prevention products should I use?
A: Always consult your vet. I am not a vet, but I always suggest using vet-recommended products. Never use over-the-counter products on your pet (i.e. the products sold at at grocery stores, Wal-Mart, etc.).
You should also check out Green Paws, the Natural Resource Defense Council’s initiative for pets. Below are links to Green Paws’ Fact Sheets:
Q: Why are these products still on the shelves?
A: Because unknowing people buy them.
Q: I’m a reporter. Can I ask you some questions?
A: No. You can browse the HartzVictims.org archives. I honestly don’t know how many people in your city have had problems with Hartz products. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years answering questions from reporters where I was never provided with a follow-up, a copy of any publication or report. If you are whole-heartedly compelled to get an interview from me, I will gladly do so if my time and effort is compensated.
Q: Is there a current lawsuit against Hartz?
A: No. Not to my knowledge. If there is and I’m made aware of it, I will publish that information on HartzVictims.org.
Q: I thought Hartz was supposed to pull harmful products from the shelves of retailers. Why is this still happening?
A: By request of the EPA, Hartz “relabeled” their products. Hartz still sells poison with an updated label.
Q: Why and when did you start HartzVictims.org?
A: Please see the “About HartzVictims.org” section.
Q: I thought .org was meant for non-profits. Why are you showing advertisements on your website?
A: HartzVictims.org started as a grassroots, non-profit and community-driven website shortly after I graduated from college. Over the years HartzVictims.org has amassed a lot of traffic. I started serving Google ads a few years ago to supplement web hosting costs. I will serve ads so I can continue to focus my efforts on maintaining HartzVictims.org and to provide alternative product recommendations to concerned pet owners.
I kept the .org because Hartz quickly came in and bought the .com and .net variations.
Q: Whoa! HartzVictims.org used to have so many user-submitted stories. Where did my story go?
A: Don’t worry. We still have it. In March of 2008, I decided to move HartzVictims.org from PHP-Nuke to WordPress. To make a long story short, PHP-Nuke had so many security issues that it was finally time to do some house cleaning. Unfortunately there’s no quick way to shapeshift the PHP-Nuke database schema to WordPress, so I’ll have to move all of the posts over manually. If you’re a developer and can help me in moving all of my submitted stories from PHP-Nuke to WordPress, contact me and let’s work out a deal. In the meantime, you can always check out the prior incarnation (including all posts) of HartzVictims.org here.
UPDATE: May 26, 2008. All of the stories submitted to HartzVictims.org dating back to November 2002 have been successfully added to the archives.
Q: What are some other useful websites?