I had no idea about the terrible side effects of hartz flea and tick treatment. After finding a few fleas in the house I gave my wonderful cat jake a treatment and shortly after everything started going wrong. He’s twitching uncontrollably, his balance is off and he’s very confused. He is also biting his own feet vert hard to the point that the bleeding badly. I’m scared for him and I’m currently calling vets and begging them to treat him and allow me to pay in payments but iv had no luck.. I hope jake pulls through this and I hope all the creators of this poison know that they will one day be judged and harming gods creatures will not make him happy. May you all suffer the same fate as my poor cat. God willing.
I was watching 3 kittens, all different ages (5 weeks, barely 2 weeks, 3 weeks)all from different places. I was using the Hartz Milk Replacement to feed them all. The youngest and the second youngest I had for 2 days. They were both fine, eating, playing, and pottying fine. The youngest was barely beginning to open eyes, he had an eye infection, which we got medicine for and within 30 minutes his eyes were better. He was so sweet and would come to the sound of my voice. Around midnight the second youngest wanted to run around and play, so I grabbed the youngest and layed him on me to keep him warm..Everytime I layed him on me he would pee all over me. When I finally went to bed, I woke up at 6 am and checked on him and he was fine, went back to sleep and woke up at 11 am and he was fine, went back to sleep and woke up at 2:33 pm and he was dead. I disposed of his body properly. Later that day is when I got the oldest kitten to keep the second youngest company. The next day, the second youngest was acting funny, which we considered as him mouring…he would just lay there and randomly have spurts of activity. Around 3 pm he puked formula all over my boyfriend, as my boyfriend and I were cleaning up the mess, the cat puked around 3 more times. And had loose stool. I called my mom and we both thought it was distemper, we had him put down so he didn’t have to suffer..the oldest we had given a shot to help fight distemper/prevent if incase he got it. He was very tired after getting the shot and slept the whole way home (about a 20 minute drive). When I got home I layed him in the bathroom with some formula and a blanket and had to leave for school. My mom who gets home around 6:30 pm was checking on him regularly, when I got out of school around 7:45 pm I called my mother to see how the kitten was doing. She said he was doing well but they had run to the store when I got home at 8:06 pm I went up stairs to get the kitten, when I walked into the bathroom he was laying on the bathroom rug, all 4 paws out, he head down laying in dried clumps of formula. When I went to touch him he hissed and moved as far away as he could, continuously hissing. I called my mom upstairs and she picked him up and he was just stuck in that position, shaking. He could barely move his head at all. She set him down and I wrapped him in a blanket and picked him up, every little movement he meowed in pain, he had spit coming out of his mouth, still shaking and not able to move out of the position. We knew he had to be put down so he didn’t suffer…
The one thing the kittens had in common? Hartz Milk Replacer.
I miss Pumpkin so much I didn’t spend much time
With her since she died at 4 months old in Nov 2012
I wish I knew what damage this shampoo would cause
Her and pain to all of us. I didn’t post this a
Year ago I proably wouldn’t get half through the draft
Without breaking down but I refuse to let her memory
Turn vain and not let someone else know what this
$&#* brand did to my baby I know shes in a better place
But I still wish I could’ve done so much more like pay
Thousands at a vet to make her better or make her very
Happy her last days but no her last days were full of pain
Sadness and only God knows what else because she knew
She wasnt going to make it, we miss u and love u very much
Hit HARTZ where it hurts, Sergeants, as well, by writing a petition, forceing HARTZ and Seargents to be pulled from ALL shelves carrying it… It’s the ONLY way it will be recalled, and removed.
From an email from Winsley:
“My 7 month old cat has typically always used revolution or frontline. I was in a hurry and at Walmart and knew he needed another treatment so I picked up a box of the ultra guard not knowing that not all flea and tick treatments are created equal. I applied the treatment as directed and within days my cat had large scabs on his back at the application site. I called my vet and he told me to never use that product and to bring my cat by if any other symptoms show up. I haven’t noticed anything else happen to him but he has lost large chunks of fur where the scabs are falling off. I feel so lucky to have him after knowing that people lose their animals to this stuff. How can it be legal?”
From an email from Sarah in Michigan:
“Our cat died this weekend shortly after I put Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and Tick Drops for Cats on him. He was only 3 years old, we had rescued him from a local shelter a few months ago and have been battling fleas since we got him. Saturday it was time for more flea meds, so I got all the animals together (I had two cats and a dog) and put on their meds. I went about my day, never dreaming that there would be any problems. Later that day, I found our cat, Sunny, standing in the middle of my bed convulsing and salivating. I grabbed him and took him the living room, calling my husband. We had no idea what was going on, but Sunny was convulsing and totally unresponsive, while I was on the phone calling the vet, Sunny had what appeared to be a major seizure followed by him losing his bowels and urine. I got in touch with an afterhours vet and described his symptoms, she asked if he had been exposed to any poisons, I told her I didn’t think so. I went through our day, feeding, putting flea meds on, she stopped me as soon as I mentioned that I had used Hartz flea medicine on him and said, get him in right away, he is suffering from toxification from the flea medicine. We ran him to the vet, as soon as we got there she gave him an “antidote” and we washed all of the medicine off of him. He was convulsing so severely that she had to intubate him and anesthetize him so that his temperature didn’t get too high.
“Unfortunately, even though we tried for several hours, we could not save him. The vet told us that this is not that uncommon and that the Hartz products are some of the worst culprits. I cannot believe that this product can be legally sold. If it kills one cat out of a million it is one too many! My eight year old son had to watch his cat suffer and then helped to bury him the next day, all because of a product that was supposed to help him!!! We are heartbroken and on top of everything else we now have a $569.00 vet bill we can’t pay. I am attaching a picture of Sunny, I do not have any pictures of him intubated and hooked to an IV, it was not a memory I wanted to keep. This picture is him before we used this poison on him. He was a great cat and did not deserve to die like this.”
I was in a rush to keep fleas off my new cat Bastet, although the problem wasn’t too bad and I’m low on cash. I found a Zodiac flea collar on Ebay for less than ten dollars, and from my Googling, it looked like it would do the trick without any huge problems.
Bastet wound up licking it for several minutes until my roommate noticed and brought me into the room to see that she was drooling. I admit that it was partially my fault in not clipping the extra collar length off right away, but I didn’t realize it was so urgent. We clipped it right away, but for a while after, Bastet was not only drooling, but was very unsteady on her feet and acting… drunk, for lack of a better word. Her behavior was odd and she was still drooling much later. I started to panic, thinking of horror stories like those from Hartz, and looked up a vet hotline. My sleep schedule is the opposite of most of the world’s, though, so my vet wasn’t open and I couldn’t afford the hotline bills that cost more than a vet visit. I took off the collar and washed the area with soapy water and she seems to have calmed down… I’d like some advice and to warn people about this. The warnings on the back of the box didn’t mention any side effects, and only gave poison treatment options for if someone swallowed it or got it in their eye.
I looked up the active ingredient (propoxur) and found this horrifying list of possible side effects:
So yeah, I’m still kind of scared. I haven’t induced vomiting or anything, but I did encourage Bastet to drink water, and she ate something on her own without throwing it up.
Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences?
My neighbors have three beautiful cats, and just last night they applied the Sergeant’s flea and tic gel on all three. By morning the cats were convulsing and bleeding at the mouth, so my neighbors bundled them up and drove them to the vet. Alas, it was too late. All three had to be put down.
My neighbors are gentle, kind souls who love animals (just as I do), and seeing them lose their “babies” is heart-breaking.
Please tell all your friends to avoid using any Sergeant’s flea and tic product. They’re deadly!
I want to spread Awareness about Flea and Tick Medicine. I bought Piper from a shelter for my daughter who is 13 last year for Christmas. She is a very sweet cat and was 7 month old when we got her. She is now a year and a half. Now just to get it straight i didn't get it because it was cheap. I got it because i didn't think our cat Piper who is an indoor only cat needed as much protection as our dog Regan who goes outside all the time. I just wanted something to make sure the fleas stayed off Piper in case one happened to come in the house. Monday morning 9/8/13 I put the Hartz Ultra flea and tick dot medicine on Piper it was her 3rd dose and all other times she was fine. On Tuesday Morning 9/9/13 I noticed Piper was shaking a lot and could not walk as well (Piper is a year and a half). So i called our Vet. The Vet tech said that she was having a toxic side affect of the Hartz. to bath her with dawn to get it off and if she is not better to bring her to the pet ER. I bathed Piper twice with dawn to get the poison off of her. Now most of you know that cats do not like water and will claw you to death during a bath. I bathed her twice and only have 2 minor small scratches pretty much came out of it unscathed. It just shows you how sick she really was. After an hour she was still not getting better. So I took her to New England Animal Medical Center we arrived around 10 am. The Vet that took care of her confirmed she had flea product toxicity. The shaking was actually tremors. They wanted to keep her over night for treatment and observation. This being my daughter's cat and love of her life right now of course i would do anything to save this sweet kitty. While we were there they started her on IV fluids and meds and said that i got most of the Hartz off of her with the 2 baths. The DR gave me the game plan and told me she would call me around 6pm with an update. That call came around 4pm AMAZINGLY Piper was doing great. she was meowing and acting like a cat. They said she could come home. I was at work so i called my neighbor and asked her if she could take my daughter to the Vet to pick up Piper(this neighbor came with me in the morning so i could hold on to the kennel and make sure she was ok on the trip). Piper came home with a cone around her neck and muscle relaxers we have to give her 2 times a day for 3 days. and we have to keep the cone on for 3 days too. My daughter was worried because piper was not acting herself at home but she was fine and just tired from being sick and from the medicine. Today 9/11/13 Piper is doing wonderful although she HATES the cone and tries get it off. But all in all she is wonderful and getting back to her normal year and a half old cat self. This picture I took last night she was just relaxing with her feet on Regan our puggle and Regan knowing something was wrong was perfectly fine with Piper resting her feet on her. It was a very sweet dog/cat moment I really want to Thank the staff at New England Animal Medical Center for all the help they provided and saving the life of this sweet little girl.
I had no ideal I was killing my baby by trying to protect him. My 5 year old beautiful boy. I put Hartz flea and tick (the last one on a package of 3) and within 10-15 minutes he was having seizures. We rushed him right to the vet who worked on him for over 18 hrs of continuous seizures. They called the Hartz help line but received NO HELP. I watched as my lovable baby had the reaction that a tick would have. 5 years old he was still a puppy. Surely we can band together on all social medias and stop this before another one is killed.
Yesterday two cats, Ali & Penelope, almost died due to Sentry Purrfect for Cats & Kittens. After finding fleas my friend called her vet, after a short conversation the vet recommend she go ahead & buy something over the counter. So my friend headed to Petsmart where they recommended Sentry. Even after asking if it was okay they insisted it was fine & that all she needed to do was read the instructions. She headed home & Put the application RIGHT where it said and sat down. Minutes later her cat started to jump around and run all over the place, then she started to foam at the mouth. Scared out of her mind she washed both cats with Dawn dish soap (She complained how oily the stuff was). Dried them off & they were both fine. She even called the company (Sentry) to tell them that her cat was having a reaction to there product. All the lady said was “You did it wrong, your fault” & did nothing else. So she hung up & called a few emergency vets all of which wouldn’t take her in or told her to wait it out that it was ‘just a reaction’. She kept watch on her cat until 7am when I got a text. I rushed over with my cat carrier only to find her cat with what WE thought was constant seizures, come to find out it was tremors. She continued to call more emergency vets just for them to tell her don’t bother, it’s just a reaction. Feeling it was ‘more’ than a reaction we rushed her to the vet only to find out that she was poisoned. The minute my friend gave her the application it started to seep into her skin & caused her body to shut down, it was only a matter of minutes before she would pass.
Later on in the evening after already having to put an animal down her other cat started to act funny. Her tail twiched, her legs when out, & her eyes were twitching back & forth. After one call she found a vet to take her in asap so she rushed over and they managed to administer medicine quickly & stop the tremors. After a round of blood work the vet said she TO had traces of the toxin somehow (She didn’t have it applied to her) and her body was trying to fight it. She was shocked to hear a vet had recommenced using something over the counter & even more so how many told her to ‘wait it out’. Ali is home now doing better & on meds. for 3 days but Penelope sadly wasn’t going to make it & was put to sleep her body had already started to shut down.
I have no idea why I didn’t think of this years ago, when I first started fighting Hartz. Rip off Reports is an online free service where you can make a complaint about a company. http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/search/HARTZ
There are only 23 reports about Hartz. The more reports there are the higher the likelyhood that anyone running a search on Hartz, ( or even looking to buy it cheap online) will also see Hartz Rip Off Reports in the search returns. I’ll be filing one later this evening, I hope you all will also . It’s not much but it is another way to help get the word out about how terrible these products really are. Why not let search engines help us out!
Dani, Founder Against Hartz
PS I see Hartz is again telling consumers they need to be more careful about appling their dog products to cats. I don’t know about you but I figure you can read if your reading this . LOL I hate Hartz insults
My cat is my world. I got her right before my sister died and I would’ve been a complete wreck without her. That being said, I will never ever use Hartz ever again!!!!! Whenever I visit my brother’s, I always manage to bring back fleas because he doesn’t bother to give his own cats flea medicine. Being low on money I decided to get something cheap at walmart, which unfortunately turned out to be a 3-pack of Hartz flea remover medicine. A couple friends assured me despite the cost it worked great. I wish I would’ve reconsidered.
The first dose had no effect whatsoever. My cat wasn’t bothered and neither were the fleas. The second time (one month later) however, I knew something was wrong the day after applying. My cat likes to climb, and when she jumped onto my desk she slipped and fell, twice. I didn’t think anything of it at first, until it began happening again and again. Soon she was running into walls and falling off the bed like she didn’t know how to gauge distance anymore. It scared me to death.
The next day she wouldn’t play at all and seemed extremely tired and uninterested in everything. I got worried and googled “wobbliness in cats” thinking maybe it was an ear infection or something that had messed with her equilibrium and was making her fall over and run into things. I just so happened to see pages relating to Hartz products. As I read through the symptoms that someone had described (uncannily similar to my cat’s), I researched further and found this website to find that Hartz products mess up pets in all sorts of ways. I picked up some Dawn to wash out what might’ve been left on her skin and fur and immediately took her to the vet, along with the flea medicine packaging.
The vet determined that the flea medicine had caused “hypersensitivity” which began to slowly poison her as the medicine was absorbed into the skin. He praised me on washing the remainder of it off because if it had been on for one more day (and therefore more of it had been absorbed) I probably would’ve woken up to a dead cat.
I have used Hartz Ultraguard Pro Flea and Tick Drops for cats on both of my cats for the past couple of moths and it seems to have kept the fleas at bay. The first one or two times I used them my cats seemed kind of lethargic after I put it on them, which seemed strange, but they seemed to come out of it within a day or so, so I didn’t worry much about. Last night I put it on them though and not only did they seem lethargic and like they didn’t feel good but today I noticed one of them shaking its back leg occasionally like she had something on it and also scratching the back of her head a lot. There wasn’t anything on her leg and both cats were still acting like they weren’t feeling good so I started Googling her symptoms and what might be going on. That is when I came across this blog and MANY reviews on other websites that indicated their cats had the same reaction. It is scary thinking that a product that has so many negative reviews and can cause these types of problems in cats, is still being sold! I am really hoping that my cats don’t have any long term effects. I think they are going to be ok but was so displeased with this, that I wanted to post something to warn others not to use this product at all! It is not worth the well being of your cat!
I did not know about this site until a few days ago. But after reading several of your stories I feel as if I should share mine.
Now before anyone says that I do not care about my cat I am sure that many pet parients here would agree with me when I say “I would rather die a thousand painful deaths than to knowingly cause harm.”
With that said my story starts on the evening on April 12 2012. I was between paydays and a little short on funds. I had just payed some bills and bought food (even food for whisper) so I just grabbed one of the first items I saw (Adam’s Flea and Tick drops) cost me 15 dollars. When I got home I followed the instructions on the box. Jump to the morning on April 16 Whisper poops on my desk so after cleaning it up I call the vet. When we get there just after they open the doctor runs her tests which I was told would take 15 minutes . When the doctor came back I was asked “What did you use?” when I told her what I had used the doctor said that is the problem. But knock on wood Whisper’s tests came back clean.
Now these days I set aside money every 4 months to get the better treatments.
For those who have survied the illness may you have many happy years. For those who have lost may you find peace. For those who have not suffered any ill effects may you never do.
Hello, I put my 11 month old Shih Tzu to sleep today 8/16/13. I had a rambunctious vibrant puppy. I had given her a bath on the morning of 7/21/13 and I saw that she had 2 fleas on the top of her head. As a concerned pet owner I went to my local Walmart and purchased a Hartz collar and put it on her when I got home. She started to show signs she wasn’t herself a day later and I couldn’t for the life of me think as to what was making her so ill. The only thing I had did different was that I put on that flea collar (mind you that was the ONLY flea collar that she had ever worn). I took it off of her immediately and her appetite returned for a brief period of time. I had read so many horror stories about how peoples pets have died because of these products. But being a Hartz Guard customer for years with my other dogs and NEVER have had a problem I just thought that the flea collar was to strong for her and that maybe I should bathe her with your flea shampoo (which does not have a weight limit on it) and also read in conjunction with your flea drops that the flea problem would be under control, her symptoms returned and I had stopped using these products. From July 21 until today August 16, 2013 the only thing I did different was use these products on 3 different occasions. After using the shampoo and the drops within the same week (August 4-August 10) she deteriorated quickly. I took her to the vet as soon as I noticed she hadn’t eaten within a close to 48 hour period. Our vet treated her for an infection and told us to go home and wash her with Dawn and sent home antibiotics. That was on August 10, 2013. It is now August 16, 2013 and due to her being poisoned by these products she started seizing at 2pm and by 3:30pm she was GONE!! She was my life and due to all the health issues that I have had since the end of the year last year she gave me strength to move forward. Now because they don’t put harder restrictions on their products my baby girl is GONE!!
In december 2013, I had bought my girlfriend a cute, beautiful, little turkish angora kitten. We took it to the vet and found out it had mites and fleas. We updated all of her vaccinations and got vet friendly drops for the mites, but found their flea shampoo expensive. We went to wal mart and bought hartz flea shampoo. We have another older 9 year old cat Poose, who we thought would have picked up the fleas as well. So we decided to give both cats a shower to rid of the annoyance. A couple of days later, Poose was constantly in the cat litter meowing in pain and would vomit and lie around. Mind you Poose is all around a healthy cat. We took her to the vet and had to leave her over night, We had gotten blood tests done which came back saying the poor old girl was poisoned. Staying over night, the vet had given her antibiotics and she came back within a day, slightly recovered. The bill had come to over $200 and we weren’t very financially settled at the time. So, we decided to contact hartz to let them know that their flea collar and flea soap had poisoned our cat. We filed all of the paper work to apply for reimbursement. It took a few months for all the paper work to go through and we finally called because of no word from them. They had simply said that Poose’s symptoms didn’t match up to the other symptoms of other animals being sensitive to their product. What? please make sense of this for me. Poose lives a simple life. She is an indoor cat and eats the same food all the time. I’m out $250 and my intelligence is insulted and there’s nothing I can do.
Thanks for reading
I applied the Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Drop on my cat today. Within one hour she began making strange noises and expressions. At first I just thought she was maybe uncomfortable with the product on her back but then she started to run around and then became completely lethargic and had a hard time breathing. I googled this product and came across your website.
I’m praying that based on all the advice (bathing the animal and washing him/her with dawn dish soap thoroughly and providing lots of water to flush out their system) that my cat survives this horrible incident. In the meantime, I suggest WE ALL PRINT OUT THESE COMPLAINTS and take them to all our local grocery stores and demand that they pull Hartz products off the shelves immediately. These forums are incredibly helpful and informative but in order to make a real difference we need to do more than just write a couple sentences. LET’S TAKE AGGRESSIVE ACTION (Print out these complaints and take them to Petco, Petsmart, local grocery stores, post of FB etc. ) AND TAKE HARTZ OUT OF BUSINESS! To all of you who have lost a loving pet because of this disgusting company….keep fighting so we don’t lose anymore!
Here’s my story….
Hubby and I went out of town for a few days, and my mother babysat our dog for us. She’s a 10 month old pure Boxer. When we returned, she had a couple fleas, she’s never had any before. My mom felt bad, so she bought us some Sergeant’s Pronyl OTC. I applied it on her back the next day. For about a week, where I applied the medicine, her hair looked really nasty….like glue or something had gotten on her. After that first week of the medicine being on her, her hair fell off where the medicine was applied, and a big nasty blister formed. Now, almost her entire back where the medicine was applied is either a blister or raw skin. Trying to hold off on bringing her to the vet, because I know that will be very expensive. She is eating and drinking normally. Once that changes, I know it’s definetly time to bring her in. Does anyone know if Hartz is paying for any vet bills, since it is their product that is causing damage?
Thank you for your site! I had no idea of how something so easy to buy at the store could cause so much heartache and pain.
I was at Neighborhood Walmart trying to get ready for July 4th holiday. I was planning to take my 7 y/o child and 3 dogs to the lake house for 5 days to spend time with my father and his 2 dogs on his new boat. That didn’t happen…
I periodically have bought flea stuff from PetsMart Banfield in the past. They close at 7pm and they want to have seen all animals in question recently and run worm tests, etc. I have spent several hundred dollars in the past year at the vet for unrelated incidences and thought I would just try getting something at the store – my reasons had to do with price, but more with convenience. With the holiday weekend stress and trying to find time to get them to the vet and pickup medication before PetsMart closed was going to be very difficult. I was also trying to STOP a flea infestation at home, plus didn’t want them to pick up fleas or ticks from being at the cabin for 5 days.
I bought Hartz Ultra Guard Plus for dogs and Hartz Ultra Guard Pro for cats. I spent 30 minutes at Walmart comparing ingredients and finally deciding on these two products.
My pets include:
1. Male Black Lab Mix, 2 y/o, 60 lb (from local rescue group)
2. Female Beagle/Shar Pei Mix, 13 y/o, 20 lb (saved from abandoned house in dead of winter 8 years ago)
3. Female Brindle Greyhound Mix, 10 y/o, 45 lb (from local rescue group)
4. Male Gray Tabby Cat, 7 y/o, 5 lb (rescued from vet after being locked in a crate for 3 years)
Because my child was staying with my parents for the holiday since I had to work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I put the stuff on all the animals Monday night (July 1st) so that there would be no chance of her getting it on her.
I gave all the dogs Butcher Bones to keep them busy while I went to work Tuesday. Tuesday night, my 2 y/o Black Lab was acting odd, but I just disregarded it. He was acting nervous and a little wobbly . I thought he was just being silly or stressing out because my child (who he protects to no end) had been gone for 2 days.
I fed them their normal wet food at 6 pm Tuesday night. At 4AM, the Black Lab vomited. Luckily I was awake. I immediately cleaned it up and noticed NONE of the canned food pieces had been broken down. It looked like it had just come out of the can. (SORRY for the description, but after 10 hours, food should have begun being digested). Again, I didn’t consider it being the Hartz medicine…I thought he had an obstruction from the Butcher Bones I had given them that morning.
I took him to the vet (Wednesday, July 3rd) and told them the only thing it could possibly be was an obstruction and to go ahead and do surgery if need be. By 5pm, I hadn’t heard anything from my vet and stopped by on my way home. They hadn’t done any x-rays and wasn’t keen on the obstruction idea. I was suppose to be packing up the car and heading to the lake. Why hadn’t they concluded anything after 9 hours? Thank goodness they didn’t listen to me! The vet was in another emergency surgery and the tech said, he’s lethargic, vomiting, and has explosive diarrhea. She asked if I could come back after the vet was finished in surgery.
My boyfriend says, “it sounds like Parvo.” WHAT? That’s insane! They had their vaccines in February! I went home to rest until the vet called. Then it dawned on me…”the flea and tick medicine!!!” That’s when I found your site…THANK GOD! I read 2 other stories and knew that’s what it was. As I called the vet to tell her, I found the Butcher Bone on the porch so I knew it couldn’t be an obstruction.
The story isn’t over…I decide to cancel my plans for the lake. I didn’t want 3 dogs to be in a car for an hour if they weren’t feeling well. I decided to take my Black Lab home Wednesday night. I couldn’t bear the thought of him being stuck at the vet office on the night of July 4th with the fireworks going off…he’d been through enough. The vet’s office had already washed his back that morning because they saw a shiny strip down his back. When I brought him home, I decided to bathe him again. This 2 y/o dog normally digs his nails in and freaks out when its bath time, but not today. I didn’t want to cause him stress and led him to the bathroom. He voluntarily got in the tub on his own! I guess he was telling me to wash this poison off of him. My vet explained that I was lucky. There are 2 kinds of reactions, digestive and neurological. Looks like my lab only had the digestive and would be okay after a few days. The neurological kind normally leads to death.
The morning of July 4th, I have to make an emergency call to my vet. My 20 lb Beagle/Shar Pei mix had thrown up bloody mucous 3 times in 10 minutes around 9AM. Then I notice my 45 lb Greyhound mix is itching non-stop and giving herself whelps! Then I notice the Grey Tabby has lost all the hair on his back where I had put cat specific Hartz medicine and he is twitching every few seconds. I am getting ready to have a meltdown!
I kept a close eye on them. My beagle was getting the last of the poison out of her system. The cat was twitching because the “feeling” from having missing hair along his spine. They all got bland diets and lots of love for the next few days. (Greyhound got Benadryl to help with allergic reaction).
Over the past month, I have pulled several ticks off of the Black Lab.
One month later…THE FREAKING POISON DIDN’T EVEN KILL ANY FLEAS OR TICKS. ALL MY ANIMALS ARE FLEA INFESTED AGAIN! IN FACT, LAB HAS EARMITES; GREYHOUND HAS A YEAST INFECTION IN HER EARS.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THIS TO YOUR ANIMALS!
No time saved, money or convenience is worth watching your pets suffer.
I’ll keep the fleas…Thank you! Currently trying alternatives, like food grade Diatomaceous Earth, but its not working either.
However, I will never purchase another Hartz product again, including toys, treats, etc.
TELL EVERYONE! HARTZ HARMS YOUR PETS…NOT PESTS!
Great news investigation! However, in 2009 they reported the EPA is investigating these harmful medications. It is now 2013, and these poisons are still widely available in most major store chains! http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Pet_Product_Investigation_Los_Angeles.html
“The products we investigated are flea and tick shampoos and drops sold by major companies like Sergeant’s, Bio Spot, and Hartz,” the article reads. ”They all contain the same type of pesticide, called pyrethrins or the synthetic versions known as pyrethroids. These are the same pesticides in household products like ‘Raid,’ used to kill bugs around your home.”
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I’ve used the thick collar from hertz with my dogs but I never had problems before but thank you people now I know that I should not buy that thing ever again and well I bought the hartz precision nutrition milk replacer for my older dogs as a supplement but I was just about to give the milk to a friend that rescued a newborn kitten to help her but since the bottle never said it was for dogs and kittens I was searching if it was safe to give the milk to a kitten and I found this page and read a few post, thank you people, thank you (: and I’m sorry about what happen to your pets, I’m really sorry about that ):
I have used Sergeants flea and tick drops about two times on my four dogs before, and they weren’t too effective, but they never harmed my dogs. I gave them a dose last night, the drops for dogs 33 pounds or under. However, two of my dogs are much tinier than that, a little less than ten pounds. I split a tube between the two. Everything was fine, so I thought.
I woke up, and my precious baby Peanut, who was a Chihuahua and weenie dog mix, couldn’t move any of his limbs or his neck. His heart rate was very fast, and me and my boyfriend were concerned. Unfortunately, I could not use the car we had, and I couldn’t get a ride to the vets clinic. I walked with my baby wrapped in a towel for 30 minutes so I could hopefully save him. The whole time he looked terrified and every time his breathing slowed he looked at me like “why can’t you help me?”. I got to the clinic to find it was closed until further notice and he died right in my arms as I sat outside the door and cried. I am also pregnant for the first time and was so excited for my baby to meet my soon-to-be baby…
It only cost me $13 to kill my favorite dog in the whole world….don’t buy this poison
Little did I know what this product was capable of doing! My 7 month old shih tzu was a healthy, lovely and always playful little pup. I gave him baths about every week and a half. I had no clue a bath could end a puppy’s life so cruel and quickly. I followed the instructions and “precautionary statements” on the back of the “Rid Flea & Tick Shampoo” like the common pet owner would. I had used this product a couple of times before (on my big-older dog), but had never experienced what I went through with my puppy earlier.
After giving him the bath we noticed he was acting very unusual and was trembling dramatically. We thought the bath might have given him a fever or a cold, so we wrapped him in a thin blanket and tried comforting him. Still, he was shaking and convulsing as if the problem was more severe and serious (in which it was). We tried feeding him milk to make sure he was still conscious, as to this point we pretty much knew he was having some type of seizure. In less then 20 minutes in which we were panicking and getting ready to take him to the vet, our little one’s heart stopped beating . Baffled and saddened by this horrible tragedy, we wondered what could possibly have happened. A truly spontaneous and tragic way of dying, never did I expect such “pet product” to do the opposite of what it’s intended for! I wish I would have seen this website and done more research before applying that awful product on my angel. I grieve along with everyone in this site and my condolences go out to all of you who lost your angels due to some careless company. I will do everything I can in my hands to get an answer as to why this happened and of course, nothing will bring me back my puppy, but I would really like to publicize this matter and warn everyone out there of the deep dark truth behind this product! Hope you guys will do the same and keep up with all the possible ways of making our voice be heard.
Put the drops on our 6 mth old yorkie dinmont mix yesterday. She vomited, soon after, and is acting so off and sad. Didnt even eat her dinner till this morning. Gave her a good bath and hoping for the best. :/
My husband & I have been caring for an abandoned newborn kitten for a couple of weeks now. We’ve been bottle feeding him GNC milk replacer & he’s been thriving & doing really well. I had purchased Hartz milk replacer also when we first got him but never used until last night when we ran out of the other milk. This morning the baby & his box were covered with diarrhea (he’s never pooped on is own until now), his eyes were glazed over & he could barely move. We took him to animal emergency just a few hours ago & they didn’t think it was caused from switching the milk. He is staying there overnight & being treated with fluids & minimal care because all the tests they wanted to do would be $1100-$1700. We just can’t afford that.
I came home & I just couldn’t see what else could make him that sick, that fast, other than switching his milk last night. I got on the internet & found this site & see in posts the exact same symptoms this product produces. I called the hospital a little while ago & informed them of what I’ve read here & what the vet did to save a kitten I read about in another post. She said on the phone that he has already perked up just from receiving fluids but still needs to be there. Hopefully he will continue to improve. I really believe the Hartz is what caused it.
Last summer my husband got laid off from work and to save money we used Hartz on our baby. She almost died and it was the worst few days of my life. She recovered and we learned a valuable lesson. I took a job at Walmart until my husband could go back to work and I would tell every single person that came through my line with any Hartz product that the stuff was poison and would kill their cats. My thought was that I did not care if Walmart fired me if I could save at least one life. One night my boss overheard me and I was coached several times for telling customers to not buy a product. I kept doing it and was honestly on the verge of being fired when my husband finally got called back to work. The point is that something needs to be done, Hartz knows this stuff is garbage, the stores selling it knows it is garbage and because it makes money NO ONE cares. All Hartz will do is send you a check for 8 dollars and apologize and Walmart will nearly fire a good employee for trying to save an animals life.
Wish I had found this website three days ago. We used Hartz Ultra Guard drops on our three dogs for ticks, The bigger two dogs are okay, but our granddaughter’s chihuahua, Yoda died today. We didn’t give him the full dose for a 5 lb. dog, but it was still too much. He was just laying in the yard a couple of days ago and didn’t seem too bad. We brought him inside and he didn’t run and jump on the couch like he usually does. He would only lay around…wouldn’t eat or drink. This morning he was walking around and drank some water and a little milk. We thought he was getting better. This afternoon, he would try to walk and would stagger and fall…and a few hours later he was laying in his bed and convulsed a couple of times and died. Please, please do not use this stuff on your pets.
I used hartz flea drops on thursday night after giving him a bath and he was dry later went to bed , when I got up the next morning to find him contorted and bent he seemed to be trying to bite his tail and was spinning in circles when I picked him up I realized he wouldn’t straighten his body. I tried to get him to straighten but it is hard for him i gave him another bath to try to get it off him he will eat and drink but needs help. I do not know what to do I can not afford the vet bills
I am absolutely heart broken. i gave my cat sargeants flea killer and it killed my cat. Never ever buy this product
This statement is from 2010, the latest action taken by the EPA. It lists how to report both for you and your veterinarian and much more information about packaging changes, etc…
Another useful link: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/flea-and-tick-product-risks-and-recalls
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