My husband and I purchased Hartz Guard Pro for our 11 month old cat, Poptart. She usually is very bubbly and snuggly. After applying the medication on her, she was very distant and didn’t want to be touched. She then started smacking her lips and salivating excessively and her skin became bright red. We tried wiping the medication off with a wet rag and called the Vet. The vet told us to bathe her immediately and to watch for worsening symptoms and seizures. After bathing her we did research online and came across this website. I am infuriated that a company continues to sell this product. I am saddened by the number of deaths this product has caused. Poptart is like my baby. She is a part of the family and would be devastated if anything happened to her. So now I will pull an all nighter to make sure she is ok. In the mean time sign my petition to try and get theses dangerous products removed from the stores or at least get them to change their “recipe”. http://www.change.org/petitions/save-our-pets
I’m worried for my little babies! Recently I found out my cats have had fleas so I went to Target to get some flea treatment.My cats don’t “love” baths so I decided getting a spray for them would be easier.When I read this page I became gravely worried for my 3 kittens and their mother.So far I have only seen one sign that I’m worried Hartz might have caused is that the mother cat has been coughing and sneezing,and I don’t know exactly why.It doesn’t seem to affect the kittens,but so far I have stopped using that spray and decided to stay to the baths that aren’t from Hartz.
Be careful of this PRODUCT…If you use it , use sparingly and not recommended duration. I think with more time and extra bathing. I think this product caused the DEATH of my BUDDY. A long hair tabby of 11 years old who was in GREAT HEALTH. (ELVIS)..In the last few weeks his normal activity changed. He went into some hiding and eating less…This yesterday morning , he walked in like he wanted to run somewhere. He turned and fell to the rug and seizured DEAD like with a heart attack and body shutdown.I was stunned ; I tried some mouth to mouth but total no movement. It was like instant DEATH ; but this was after a few weeks. A total healthy ADULT CAT ; in a few weeks; GONE !! This product may kill the bugs ; but it KILLED my loving cat !!!
Our dog was very sick after having his a Hartz flea collar
on, He became weak , not wanting to eat and could’nt
walk he was just out of it. this went on for 2-days.
I thought my Dog was going to die . We took the flea collar
off and within 1-day our dog was back to his normal self
We have a cat that after we put Hartz flea meds on him, is not shaking and not really moving too much. He has a VERY big sore on the back of his neck, where we put the medicine. PLease help. What can we do??
I am so thankful to have found this website when I did!
We had purchased Hartz Ultraguard Pro flea & tick drops for cats. We were going to use these drops on my cat, my aunt and grandparents 3 cats, and a family friends new kitty. I was getting ready to apply this drops onto my cat, so I googled this brand of flea drops to get directions, when this website came into the results. So I clicked and read all of the awful stories on here from this nasty product, and immediately threw it in the trash and contacted my aunt and grandparents! I had them read the stories on this website, and they were horrified and disgusted, but very thankful they had not yet put any of this POISON on our cats! It is a truly a great relief that we avoided a tragic disaster!
I am so sorry for those of you who found about this product too late, and lost their best friend(s). But I really appreciate that you all posted your stories, which saved the lives of 5 cats last night as well as saving us from broken hearts and regrets! Thank you so much! If I hadn’t found this website, my cat probably wouldn’t be cuddled up on my lap right now.
I thank you all for posting on this site and for whoever created it.
I bought a new flea and tick collar for my cat, Cablo just two days ago. She is normally very vivacious and gives me kisses when I come home, has a voracious appetite and is a young, fresh, healthy girl. Today when I woke up, she wasn’t sleeping on the foot of my bed, which she does every night. She was sleeping on the couch in a ball very solemnly. I went over to pet her and there was no purring, no kisses, nothing.
When I open the fridge Cablo will run from great distances in hopes to get more food – it’s never enough! She loves to eat! But when I opened the door this morning, she didn’t move. I carried her over to the bowl and she was crying, which is very unusual. I had to go to school and was so upset all day thinking of her in distress.
Hoping she would be better when I got home, I was saddened to see she hadn’t moved from the couch, didn’t great me at the door, she hadn’t eaten a bite. I was convinced she ate a cotton bud and so worried about the possible vet bill.
After trying to figure out what may have gone wrong, I found this site and immediately took her new collar off and bathed her (which she hated), but she seemed so much happier instantly! We played a little bit, she ate a little and is now resting. If she is not back to normal by tomorrow afternoon I will take her to the vet, but fingers crossed she will be back to her jovial self in no time.
I will never buy a Hartz product again and told all of my friends the same.
I have 5 abandoned baby kittens. My neighbor feeds stray cats who reproduce, but they give birth under my shed. There was a batch a few months ago that I returned to my neighbor. The mother refused to touch them, even though we did not physically touch them with our skin. According to him, they ‘starved to death over several days’ and he did not lift a finger to save them. Then a new batch was left under my shed, howling for food. This time, we had to take them in.
We put them on PetAG KMR and they were doing ok as a group. But I lost my job and PetCo was charging 25 dollars a can for this stuff. I found Hartz KMR at Walmart for 10 and thought, “Hey! Save money!”. I fed 1.5 cans to these kittens. Within a week, my favorite one, Jesse, started acting like she had suffered a stroke. She would sit dormant for minutes, staring into space, then jerking off into a random direction, crashing into whatever. I fed her a bit of sugar water, as advised by the Internet, and then a touch of canned food. She recovered. The next day, she ate nearly half a bottle of Hartz KMR. An hour or so later, she consumed nearly another quarter of a bottle. (Small kitten milk bottles).
By 5 PM that afternoon, she was a wreck. She howled in pain. Her stomach was bloated. She would lurch from absolute zombie-ness to lurching, panicked movements. I could not help her. I started researching her state. I could find no disease or condition that matched this. Not ‘kitty stroke’ or ‘epilepsy’ or …..nothing matched. Then I thought about the food change and I started investigating. Everything I found by Googling “Hartz KMR” DID match. We were convinced we found the issue.
The next day, we went immediately to PetCO and got PetAG’s KMR Step 2 (they’re old enough for it now) and came home and fed them. The change was almost instant. They now bound about the floor, battling and playing. Alert and attentive. Jesse is a normal kitten again. I am CONVINCED Hartz was the culprit.
PLEASE! If you are ever in the position to have to nurse kittens yourself, do NOT use Hartz. It is a crap product that causes horrible constipation, stomach buildup and what I am convinced is eventual brain death in a kitten. PLEASE DO NOT USE HARTZ KMR. PetAG is much better because it is milk based. Even Similac is better than Hartz KMR. But I wanted to share my tale because this site helped me to diagnose what was wrong with Jesse and there was really nothing wrong with her except the poision I was unintentionally feeding her.
I have no relationship with PetAG, they are just the only KMR alternative I have ever found. If you do find a KMR, please make sure it is milk based and not whey based, or the kitten will not be able to pass stool. THAT is my point. It will become bloated and pained and completely freak out. Jesse is quite content now and the other 4 are doing just fine as well. Thank you for your attention.
BAT KITTY IM PRAYING FOR YOU, ON 10/25/2011 AT 9 AM I APPLIED A DOSE OF THIS PRODUCT TO MAY 2 YEAR OLD MALE CAT (BAT)/ WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF THIS APPLICATION, MY CAT BECAME GRAVELY ILL, EYES WERE ROLLED UP IN ITS HEAD, IT WAS SALIVATING VIGOURISLY AT THE MOUTH, EXCESSIVE GASPS FOR BREATHS, AFTER CALLING THE EMERGENCY VETERINARIAN AND ADVISING THEM OF WHAT WAS GOING ON THEY ASK ME IF IT WAS HARTZS FLEA AND TICK SPRAY, I ACKNOWLEDED THIS, I WAS ADVISED TO IMMEDIATELY WASH THE CAT AS MUCH AS I COULD, AND TO TRANSPORT THIS ANIMAL AS QUICKLY AS I CAN TO THE EMERGENCY VETERINARIAN WHICH WAS DONE IMMEDIATELY, UPON ARRIVAL THEY STARTED EMERGENCY TREATMENT, DURING DISCUSSIONS WITH THIS VETERINARIAN, THEY DISCLOSED TO ME THAT THE PRODUCT CONTAIND IN THIS PRODUCT WAS ACTUALLY A PERIZINE TOXIN, THAT WHEN IT BECOMES IN CONTACT WITH ANY ANIMALS BLOOD STREAM IN ANY MANNER IT CAN AND MOST LIKELY WILL BECOME FATAL, BAT IS CURRENTNLY BEING TREATED AND THE PROGNOSIS IS NOT GOOD, ALL WE CAN DO IS PRAY, THE HARTZ CORPORATION DOES NOT LABEL ITS PRODUCT AS SUCH, IT IS DANGEROUS AND DEADLY TO ANIMALS AND SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM ALL SHELVES AND DISTRIBUTION IMMEDIATLY, I HAVE A PETITION GOING AT WWW.CHANGE,ORG , LOOK FOR HARTZS
Hello, my dog died a couple of days after I put the flea and tick medicine on him. He was dehydrated and was throwing up blood, was not eating or drinking. I took him to the vet but it was too late and he passed away at home. He was a healthy husky and Hartz flea and tick medicine took him down in a couple of days. I am trying to make Hartz pay for what their product has done and get it removed from all product shelves. I am in the process of getting a lawsuit going against Hartz and I need another person to come forward and contact my lawyer to help make Hartz pay. If you live in Indiana and had a pet die from any type of Hartz medication, please please give Gregory M. Egleston a call. His number is 212-683-3400 or email him at [email protected]. I need help and if you can and will help, please contact Gregory. The more people that come forward and contact him, the better our chances are to make Hartz pay. Our pets should not die from products we buy to help them. Please if you want to make Hartz pay for killing your pet, give Gregory a call. Thank you very much
About 15 years ago, my mother and I were out shopping for a safe shampoo for our new 8 month old Golden Retriever puppy. We were careful not to get anything with a flea or tick repellant in it so as not to expose him to such neurotoxins at a young age. We chose a shampoo with a happy looking golden retriever puppy on the front that was intended for puppies called Hartz “Love your dog” shampoo. We washed him that afternoon and the next morning he had two seizures. We rushed him in to the vet and, after mentioning that he’d gotten a bath the day before, the FIRST question out our vet’s mouth was, “Was it a Hartz product?”
Long story short, Hartz poisoned our dog. He continued to have seizures for the rest of his life. Without medication, they were daily. With medication (4 phenobarbs a day), he “only” had them about once a month. He died younger than he should’ve as a result of the strain on his heart from having had so many seizures in his lifetime.
I now tell every single person I meet at a pet store or a vet office what happened to my dog, but I know it’s not enough because Hartz is still poisoning animals. Thank you for making this website – I’ll do my best to publicize it.
I really wish I did my home work when I recently got a 6 week old kitten that I named Moo moo… It started a couple of weeks ago when my cousin showed me pictures of her 6 week old kittens who were going to be taken to a farm if they didnt find homes. Me being the animal lover that I am took one that looked liked a cow and fell in love at first sight. The day i picked her up I noticed she had fleas and knew they had to go in a short time as I have 4 dogs,2 cats and 2 birds already so my aunt bathed her in baby shampoo three times but she still had lots more that needed to go. I bonded with her on my 3 hour drive home on thanksgiving monday and knew she was going to be a great addition to my family. Tuesday I went to Pet Value to look for flea shampoo after I didnt find any close to her age I decided to go to Walmart to look. I found Sergeants flea shampoo for 8 weeks and up and thought she is almost 7 weeks so will that 1 week difference be a big deal…probably not so I bought it and went home to bath her. It seemed to kill alot of fleas but I wasnt sure if they were all gone so on wednesday I did another bath with the shampoo and sure enough there was the fleas. I was asked why not take her to the vet and have them do a flea treatment but I replied its to expensive so I’m going to bath her myself. On friday I did yet another bath and once again found more fleas so I thought ok sunday should be the last bath she will need and once and for all these fleas will be gone!!! Saturday came and she was her normal self running around,meowing,eating,biting and doing her running pounce. We played that night until she fell asleep on my pillow that was on the couch so I carried her and the pillow to my bed where she woke up and started to play again until I fell asleep. I woke up sunday looking at her thinking how cute she looked sleeping with her mouth open so i rolled over and went back to sleep until my husband came in breakfast. He entered the room and picked Moo moo up and thats when we seen the blood on the bed,pillow,side of her face and in her mouth, we started to clean out her mouth to make sure nothing was blocking her throat and she looked like she was sleeping but was making little noises so we rushed her to the vet. When we got there we were asked if we wanted them to perform cpr as she was almost gone at that point,she was put on iv,oxygen and a heating pad as her temp was low and we were told they didnt have anything to relax her muscles so she wouldnt jerk while breathing so we would have to take her to the emergency clinic. If the vet left the iv lines in the emerg would charge us a min of 400 dollars for 12 hours of care and the vet office cost would be 250 or we could do home care which could take longer for her to come around but it was do able. The doctor left at 3pm and were to stay there until 4pm with her so we could take her off the oxygen to see how she would be at home and if anything happened the vet would come back. We took her off the oxygen for a bit during the bath they gave her and put her back on the heating pad to get her temp back up but we put it back on until 3:3o. Moo moo started to move her head and her one front paw and I was getting so excited thinking she was getting better when i felt hwer back paw moving,my husband went to inform them she was having another seizure and when they came back and checked her she had stopped breathing and called the vet back as her heart beat was dropping as well and before they got off the phone with the doctor she was gone. I picked her up to hold her for the last time when we seen more blood had come out of her mouth as she bite her tongue again. After paying the $388 bill I thought this could have all been prevented had I taken her to get a flea treatment. I was suppose to protect her yet I put this shampoo on her not knowing any of this could happen as it didnt say its toxic to animals and its the worst feeling in the world. I know I didnt make this product toxic to kittens but it doesnt take the guilt or pain away,losing a pet this way has put me into depression and I will relive this pain so that i can tell anybody and everybody my story if it prevent another death. Hartz and Sergeants should be ashamed of themselves and put warning labels on their products!!!
While at work one day, my fiancée spotted this poor baby kitten cold, wet, and sick. His immediate instant was to grab it. I said it was okay and we immediately took it to the vet to get tested and checked out. Healthy considering his circumstances, his major thing was fleas. The vet gave him Advantage and a capstar blue pill to take instant affect. Since we already had our beloved baby boy Huey at the house, I wanted to take the extra step and get him some flea treatment, in the off chance some were able to survive. We headed to Target to find that Hartz was the ONLY option at the store. Knowing that Hartz makes several animal products, I thought nothing of it and purchased and applied it to Huey. We did this pretty late in the evening so we headed to bed shortly after. Around 4am Huey jumped into bed and couldn’t sit still for anything and he is typically snuggled in for the night at this point. Not to mention he kept scratching at the application point and was literally trying to chew off the foot in which he scratched the area with. Instantly, we flew out of bed, bathed him, called the emergency vet, and bathed him again… Learning that the flea medicine could cause SEIZURES. Seriously? We tried to lay back down but he kept twitching so we headed to the emergency vet, where I learned that Hartz is the ONLY flea medicine that does this where Advantage and Frontline will not. He stated he was in emergency for 10 years and saw this his first year and was convinced than that Hartz would never survive selling products that could kill animals. He is still stunned that it is still in the market. I’ve missed days of work too paranoid to leave Huey alone, fearing I’ll come home to find that his little body had an adverse reaction. He is about to get another bath after I posted this. And now I have 2 treatments of Hartz Ultra Flea and Tick drops just sitting in my purse because I’m too afraid to throw it away, in fear that some poor animal will find it and digest it and seal their fate. I will not settle until this company pays for what it’s done to people and their pets. The worst part is the guilt I feel realizing I hurt my baby in an attempt to protect him. How is this fair?
We used a hartz spray on 2 of our beloved cats, Brady and Star.. now mind you we have 4 cats, but we only sprayed these 2, becuase they seemed to have gotten the case of the fleas, the worst.. In trying to help our animals.. we hurt them.. killed them.. NO, we didnt, HARTZ DID. We followed the directions on the bottle to a T.. both seemed to be doing okay, and about 3 days later i realized they were hiding.. which these 2, did not normally do.. so calling for them through out the house, we searched and looked for them, and when we finally found them, Brady looked AWFUL. W gave Brady a bath, using just reg. ivory soap.. and star we wiped down as much as we could. The reason we got these products, was because i Called the Emergency hospital, and the person on the other end basically laughed at me, and told me we had to take care of the fleas ourselves, becuase ” we don’t do stuff that miniscule here”… Well, 2 days later we rushed him to the Emergency Vets, because he was skin and bone, and was urinating on himself, and breathing very hard, he was nostalgic and was notn reacting to us at all.. and we had to put him down! 2 days after that I refused to go to the emergency hospital, and the vets had to put Star Down, becuase she was having the same exact symptoms. ! We are DEVASTATED! …WE FEEL RESPONSIBLE, HEART BROKEN, ASHAMED… I wish I had read the warnings before acting.. but i honestly thought we were helping them. We miss them very much and are still very upset since this was just 4 days ago, and one right after the other.., Oh, and after talking to a Hartz Rep, they said they had never heard of things like this happening, yet told us to send them our vet bills, and are sending us farms to fill out right away….
This past weekend I was in the grocery store and saw the Hartz flea control so I thought I would try it. Although I usually get my flea control from the vet, I figured if it is sold in the store it should be safe… Several hours after putting it on the back of my cats neck, I witnessed him having a grand mul seizure. This lasted for appropriately one minute. We rushed him to the animal emergency clinic where they kept him over night. He was put on antibiotics to flush the poison out of his system and Valium to stop the seizures and tremors. Although a scary experience, we were lucky that Oscar came through it OK.
I have since found out from my vet that you can put 12 times the amount of the flea products that you can buy from your veterinarian such as Advantage onto you animal and it still would not be as harmful as one dose of Hartz.
Why is this toxic stuff still being manufactured?
I always get the email or phone call asking, “Why won’t anyone put a stop to Hartz? Why isn’t there a lawsuit?” Invariably we all think, “If this kind of poisoning were happening to humans, the FDA and media would be all over this and the problem would cease to exist.”
The sad truth is that our pets are “property.” They’re objects with no rights, feelings or emotions. I was reminded of this this afternoon when I received an email from my child’s school. The school is adding a service dog to it’s staff and we’ve all been told that:
The service dog is not a pet when the dog is at school; the courts have ruled that an ASDA dog is a “highly trained and well socialized indispensable durable medical device for the child.”
The key word here is “device”. The courts consider animals devices. Things. Objects.
What are your thoughts on this? Am I wrong or off base?
My kitten Marvin nearly died from the hartz flea collar. They need to be stopped!
i have had the same problem as many on here. we got a new kitten who happen to have fleas which infested my persian cat. the cat is about 5 and at least 10 pounds. i gave all my pets(2 dogs and 3 cats) flea baths and flea collars. my persian cat was pretty bad with the fleas due to the long hair ,so i gave her the hartz flea drops also. well ,i will never use another product from that company again!! my poor cat became extremely lethargic and sick. i felt so bad. at first i had no idea what was goin on. was it the shock of getting bathed or what. oh no no. i decided to go online to try to find some kind of answer when i found this site and many others like it. i called the vet and he said the same thing about hartz products. anyway i induced vomiting like a few others have done on here and also have been bathing her with mild soap and warm water every few hours to get all that poison off her skin. so far she is improving daily. i seriously thought she was goin to die a slow death unless i had her put to sleep. i cant tell you how bad i felt…i was only trying to help her and wound up causing her bigger problems than she started with.how this company gets away with selling this POISON is beyond me ( probably everyone else who had similair problems )
i have a wonderful cat named rascal, he has been a family member for 11 years. i had my daughter 4 years ago and since then, rascal has adopted my daughter and replaced me. he is her best friend! they usually sit with each other every day while she colors, she reads her books to him (even though he doesn’t know what she’s reading they love each others company) and he sleeps with her and cuddles every night. we recently have started noticing a flea problem, and which was irritating to my daughter even more so since rascal sleeps with her, they were eating on rascal, and my daughter legs! my mom thought she would do me the favor of buying some flea medicine for us since i have alot of money for the frontline. YES, she bought HARTZ FLEA & TICK DROPS ( ultra guard pro ) and who wouldn’t trust a company that promotes being safe for cats and dogs, and it’s name sounds to be wonderful! well think again! i applied it to rascal on October 3rd and the next day i noticed that he wasn’t quite acting like himself. I thought maybe it’s because my daughter wasn’t home for the day!? the next day i had noticed that he was declining and fast! he wasn’t moving hardly at all, he could barely lift his head, he hasn’t eaten anything, or drank. he has had a high fever, and drooling worse than any dog i have ever seen! not to mention he could hardly breathe! i immediately gave him a bath to wash the poison off of him ( where i applied it, he washed himself around the area and ingested it ) i had to keep my daughter away for the night, and i brought rascal to the emergency all night animal hospital, where they explained the side affects he is having from the hartz. HOW AM I GOING TO TELL MY 4 YEAR OLD THAT HER BEST FRIEND IS GOING TO DIE FROM THE TREATMENT I THOUGHT WOULD HELP? the vet administered some injections that she thought might save his life, i was able to take rascal home and do some treatments here as well, since i don’t have the money to hospitalize him for the 2 days they wanted to keep him. he is still not doing well, i cant get him to eat a thing, therefore i am feeding him the gravy from his food through a syringe. i have made an appointment to get him in to see the vet again, but as sick as he is, my hope is not as high as when i was able to take him home! i have posted a picture of the product with my own story on my facebook page so that all my friends know not to use their products, and asked them to share my story with their friends as well. my daughter has no idea why her best friend is sick, and why she can’t play with him. i have prayed every night that he gets better, but have seen no improvement. as the day goes on i wait to bring him in to be seen, i am praying even more that the vet can help save him!
I BEG FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO SAY A PRAYER FOR ALL THE ANIMALS EFFECTED BY THIS PRODUCT, INCLUDING MY DAUGHTER’S BEST FRIEND! AND PLEASE, EVERYONE, SHARE THE WORD ABOUT THIS COMPANY’S HARMFUL PRODUCTS! DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO SOMEBODY ELSES BEST FRIEND!
Last night, my mother and I were called on by my brothers girlfriend who had administered a well known brand of flea med to her cat (the kind in the tube you put on the back of the neck). Not long after she administered the medicine the cat started to convulse, shake and had extremely sensitive skin and extremities. At first we thought it was rat poison but quickly decided it was not as the symptoms were not all there or correct. we found out shortly it was the flea med she gave the cat, it is an over the counter one, a brand called Hartz. We were able to save her last night, we administered 2 teaspoons of peroxide to help her vomit and forced lots of milk and water into her, this helps to keep her hydrated AND keeps vitamins up, she is normal this morning, the young lady stayed up ALL NIGHT to administer the milk and water to her cat every 2 hours. this is scary considering how poplar this brand name is! I was in tears watching and feeling this poor thing convulse in my arms! Something needs to be done by the veterinary association! This brand has GOT to be taken off the market. I have shared this site with EVERYONE I know and have asked them to pass it on.
I have two adult cats that are indoor, but recently found a couple fleas on one of them. So I went to petco to find some flea shampoo and carpet powder without doing any research (I know I know). I first put the carpet powder on my livingroom rug because that is the only piece of carpet I have in my house. I then started doing some research because I had gotten some powder on my hands and even after washing them, they feel like I had powder bleach on them. It feels uncomfortable. Well… After letting it settle I tried to vacuum it up but I don’t think I got it all out. My hands feel funny again after vacuuming it a couple times. My cats were just on it and now I’m TERRIFIED because I caught them licking their fur! I just gave them a bath and put my rug outside, but afraid the powder may be lingering. I plan to get a really good vacuum to clean it of the powder before I bring it back in. Im so stressed now and worried for their lives…they are my life. They seem okay right now, but it seems like it takes atleast a day before any symptoms occur. Can anyone give me advice??? After reading everyone’s stories…I’m literally in tears. I’m so terribly sorry for everyone’s loss.
I used Hartz flea collars on all 4 of my cats who are all under a year old. After about an hour of wearing the flea collars my cats began to act different. Usually my cats will eat anything you put in front of them, but all of a sudden they wouldn’t eat any of their treats or chicken I had for them. They were also acting very sluggish and lethargic. I assumed that they may just not be fond of having to wear collars. The next night one of my cats Darwin began crying and I had no idea why. I followed him into the bathroom where I saw him vomiting a weird yellowish green liquid that was sort of frothy and there was also a bit of diarrhea on the floor. I took the collars off each cat after this happened. But, now I’m really not sure what to do and I am not sure if my cat is going to be alright. Darwin seems more relaxed now, he is laying down in the bathroom. Is there ANYTHING to fix this or am I too late?
Recently i purchased Hartz flea remover for my two kittens. I tried everything in the petstore nearest me to get rid of there fleas. I decided to go to another petstore and ask one of the employees to recommend something. He chose Hartz and said “With a name like Hartz, who wouldnt trust it?”. That sold me. Taking home my box of Hartz I felt relieved my babies would have some relief from thier constant scratching. I bathed them and put on the drops as recommended. I woke up the next morning to let my 6 week old puppies (as you can see i’m a pet lover and future vet tech) out of thier cage, when i saw the gruesome sight. Layin by the water bowl was Tyga, my 3 month old grey tabby, stiff and with blood coming out of his mouth. About a foot away movement caught my eye. It was Frankie, my 9 month old larger grey tabby, having a seizure. I quickly grbbed my cats, left the puppies with my boyfriend, and rushed to the vet. All i kept thinking was I bet it was that flea stuff, that darn cheap flea stuff, and man was i right. My vet confirmed it. Hartz killed one of my babies and made the other have seizures. There was no way to save him, the vet said. Just great, Hartz killed BOTH of my babies. Dont let this happen to you.
I had no idea that today would be these adorable little babies last day to be cuddled and loved and run around and nick at each other’s tails, just like every previous day since they were born. They had a very short 6 week run at life.
I used something cheaper than Hartz, I don’t even think it had a specific brand but one thing it did have? IT DID HAVE THE POISION. Please protest everyone.
It was a quiet tuesday afternoon when I decided to bring my kittens inside to feed them some warm milk and play with them just as we would any other day. This time I noticed a flea or two on them, so what did I think; I thought “Oh, I think I’ve got something for that, yes, yes I do.” (A friend had given me a tube of Flea and Tick Drops years ago) I didn’t think it would be as potent nor did I think that several hours later my little babies would be laying in the floor foaming at the mouth, jolting threw every muscle in their little bodies and slowly dying…
Needless to say they look nothing like in the picture now. They are limp, cold, wet little bodies with a very faint heartbeat and no breath left in them. The smaller baby died in my arms.
Now I have a sad mother cat and a broken heart. I will never forgive myself as long as I live.
I can’t believe trying to kill something as small as a flea can murder your pet. They really need to take this shit off the market or atleast start making warning labels so that people will know that it is a quick killer of YOUR PETS NOT THEIR FLEAS!
The fleas are still alive…
Ive tried all these crazy back-o-the-neck flea treatments on my cats. They’re evil. When we got our new (shoddy) furnace, air quality suffered, add to this the flea treatments for my 4 indoor cats (who caught these things from the neighbour’s outdoor cat, Elvis, who we take in because he is neglected.). A week later Mikey isnt breathing well and goes into a decline, so finally I put him to sleep. This is about the time my mother’s coughing started up and stayed until open-window season. We didnt make the connection. The following spring, we gave the cats treatments again. A week later, Ollie died of a stomach tumour (licks the chemicals off Bennie) and less than a week after that, Tony dies from some lung condition. NOW what I do, I mix one part Skin So Soft from AVON with five parts water and I rub it into Bennie and Elvis’s fur, particularly around the neck and bum areas. The fleas hate it. It works.
I loved Artie so much and he was killed by the Hartz flea powder that I put on him! Please all Hartz victims e-mail their Name & Adress to [email protected] So that we can prevent this killing of our innocent beloved pets. Thank you!
We put a Hartz flea collar on our 10 year old Yorkie a couple of weeks ago and after about a week he started acting differently. A couple days after we noticed that he started yelping because of stiff muscles and pain. We thought he had arthritis. He started walking around like a racoon with his back hunched up and his nose to the floor. When he kept getting worse we decided to take the flea collar off in case he was having a reaction. Within a few hours of removing it, he seemed to be getting better – except that he was scratching himself alot. We thought that the fleas were bothering him so we put some Hartz UltraGuard Flea and Tick Drops on him. Within a few hours, he started having trouble standing, he was yelping and his head started jerking (like a tick). We got online and read about the side effects that seem to be killing pets. We were shocked since we have used flea collars before and never seen this type of reaction. We washed the stuff off him….. and shampooed him three times. He laid around for several hours after that and is still having trouble walking this evening. We are going to bath him again in the morning just to make sure that all the medicine is off his skin. He has worn flea collars for the last few years and hasn’t had a problem – until now !!! Our 11 year old cat is wearing one and has not had a problem with it…. but we are going to remove it before she does.
I am from the Northern Wyoming/Southern Montana region. I have had large breed dogs and they never had fleas out there. Whenever I adopted, I always gave the dogs a flea bath and kept an eye out for fleas and ticks but it was never an issue.
So, I move to Upstate New York. I adopted my first “puppy” Saint Bernard. We are overjoyed over our new little baby. We have had her less than a week.
I go to the Pet Supply store to get the healthiest kibble and hear all about the flea, tick and mosquito born illnesses dogs and cats can get out here vs. where I am from. I felt a little shocked and got right on the ball to treat my puppy.
Like the average person that knows nothing about flea and tick treatment, I head out to Walmart to get some treatment along with some housetraining supplies and some toys for the pup.
Her first vet visit was today. I wanted to get her in last week but they didn’t have any appts. available before. I wish they did! They seemed rather annoyed that I was ignorant to the flea and tick borne disease epidemic out here and rushed me through the whole appointment. I had a list of questions and the vet and her assistant looked at each other, rolled their eyes and turn back with fake put on smiles…nice feeling. I am just trying to care for my dog and that is what they are there for and getting paid to do.
I told the vet I used hartz Ultraguard for dogs 31-60 lbs. All she told me was that it doesn’t work and I have to wait about 3 weeks to use Frontline or another pricey, yet more effective treatment since it’s not safe to use something different/new so close in time.
I don’t like using pesticides on my pets because they are all poison in my opinion.
I get out to the front to check out and my bill is off the charts and all she really got was a rabies vaccine…
She had a full exam and I had the medical records from 9/9/11 but they have the policy that each new pet must get charged an office visit fee of $75.00. plus the cost of vaccine ….these prices are foriegn to me. So one lame uninformative and rushed office visit and 1 shot cost me $97.00. They actually had the nerve to charge me MORE because I had so many questions. I am NOT going back.
Ok HERE is the issue!!!!!! Sorry it took so long to get to the point. At the checkout counter, I asked about the Frontline they had for sale there so I could pick it up in 3-4 weeks. She asked me why I have to wait and I told her that I used Hartz Ultraguard plus and must wait 3-4 weeks to give her another treatment.
She scolded me for getting the cheap stuff and said to me that Hartz is known to kill pets so “keep an eye on your puppy” for a reaction over the next weeks or two. I came home and looked up info on the product and I am besides myself worried and angry.
I applied her treatment 3 days ago. I just bathed her in puppy shampoo for an hour. She is not showing signs of being sick but this is NOT GOOD THAT THEY HAVE THIS PRODUCT READIlY AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET IF IT IS KNOWN TO KILL OR SEVERLY INJURE OUR BEST FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t know what to do other than watch her. I want to contact Walmart to get the stuff off the shelves….My heart is breaking for all the little precious pets that suffered and/or died from this poison. I am sorry for all your suffering as a result of your pets getting very ill or having to have to say good-bye prematurely.
Just lost and falling in love with my new dog each minute and thinking she may get seriously ill or die is he!!. She’s just a 3 1/2 month-old pup. How will I feel if she gets sick or dies because of my ignorance? I will feel responsible.
Hartz needs to go out of business because they don’t love animals. They love money and I do agree they prey on the people that are ignorant or looking to save money.
I have a 5 month old kitten, Pooh Bear. He had fleas so I bought the Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and Tick spray! Well, I was spraying some on his fur, and not even 5 minutes later he was shaking, and salivating everywhere. My boyfriend came in and asked if Pooh Bear drank a whole lot of water and just forgot to swallow and spit it out everywhere, I said no he is salivating from this spray. Minutes later, the kitten was jumping around and leaping and gagging every where and moaning and just having terrible screeches. We got a dropper and dropped a lot of water down his throat to get some water in him. I gave him a water bath to get everything off of him. This didn’t help and he continued to jump around and salivate and seemed to have a minor seizure. A while later he layed down and slept, but his breathes were short and distant. I stayed up the whole night with him while he slept and woke him up every so often to make sure he was okay .His eyes were white and dazed. I thought he was dying. I ended up falling asleep and the next morning he was fine. I returned the bottle of the spray. I called hartz and explained and they said “YOUR CAT WAS HAVING A REACTION TO THE PESTICIDE” I yelled at her and said I’m 19 years old and i have more common sense than you guys, your putting pesticide in animal products!?” I’m happy Pooh Bear lived, but I told myself, if he didn’t make it, than I was going to quit my studies of a vet technician. He’s doing all better now. Walmart wasn’t to thrilled I returned it, though.
Hello, I’m an owner of an older Jack Russell and about a month ago found he had fleas. Well we bathed him and vacuumed our apartment. I ran across the street to the pharmacy and all they had was Hartz. So I applied that and then sprayed select areas of carpet, my dogs bed, our couch, and some pillows.
While I haven’t seen any negative side affects, I did find this site and it worried me greatly. It’s only been one day since I sprayed my apartment but I’m worried when I see him licking the pillow or just sitting there that the Hartz spray is there slowly getting to him. What worries me more is we have a new puppy coming Sunday to be his companion. I’m worried to that this will affect the puppy. Is there anything I can do, apart from trashing the pillows, bed, couch, that can prevent a possible poisoning? Or am I now in the clear and should consider myself lucky there weren’t any side affects? I would appreciate any and all advice. Thank you.
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