Our chocolate lab, Serenity, was only 1-1/2 old when something went horribly wrong. At first we thought she might have ingested rat poison due to her sudden symptoms and how she died, but after researching on the internet I came across this web site and was shocked to see so many other sad stories that were very similar to mine. What happened was we were awakened at 1:30 a.m. by my son who said the dog was crying in her sleep, went into a seizure and fell off the couch on to the floor. When I first saw her she was lying on her side, breathing very shallow, and her eyes were open, but did not look focused. I thought maybe she had had a grand mal seizure and was in a post ictal state so we sat near her and waited to see if she would come around. She did start to come around, but she just did not look right. Then she started having diarrhea with a little bit of blood in it, and she vomited twice (no blood in the vomit). The diarrhea continued, but it got to the point where there was just blood coming out. After 4 hours of profuse rectal bleeding she collapsed on her side and started yelping. We called our vet at about 6 am and he said he could meet us at his office in a half-hour. Unfortunately, it was too late. She just laid on her side and continued yelping for next 40 minutes
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Sorry for any downtime, lack of user stories, and the inability to create an account and post your story here on HartzVictims.org. Running this site has been a 15-year side project for me, with the goal to have a one-stop place where victims can learn about the dangers of Hartz flea & tick products (as well as other over-the-counter products), and the ability for you all to share you stories, photos, and connect with each other. Unfortunately, spammers & bots like to try to take website down because they have nothing beneficial to offer society. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times HartzVictims.org has been hacked, and how many thousands of spammers have registered for this website. Over the years, the spammers have *almost* brought this site down to a crippling halt. Almost to the point where I was just going to chuck it, or just leave it, in all its hacked and spammed up state to just become a junky void of spaminess.
But, alas, I decided against just letting it go. You can now register with the site again, post your stories and comment on each others’ stories. If you have any issues registering or posting your story, just email me at josh at hartzvictims dot org.
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In February 2014, NRDC filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seeking the court to compel EPA to respond to NRDC’s petitions to cancel all manufacturer registrations and uses of propoxur and TCVP, which are used in pet flea treatment products. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc., Wellmark International, and Hartz were among flea collar brands at issue.
Products, Inc. and Wellmark International, whereby the companies voluntarily cancelled the use of propoxur in flea collars. Related uses of other chemicals, including TCVP in pet collars, were not addressed in that agreement, and EPA denied, in November 2014, NRDC’s 2009 petition seeking to cancel all pet uses of TCVP. NRDC first petitioned EPA to cancel propoxur uses in pet collars in 2007.
Via email from Callie:
Mac was a beautiful, healthy, happy male cat. He was 9 years old and had more energy than any kitten!
He spent most of his time outside which led to him contracting fleas.
We decided to use the Hartz flea and tick collar. Mac had his collar on for approximately 1 week. I noticed he seemed agitated and itchy so I removed the collar. When I removed it I noticed a gross chemical burn that was all the way around his neck. We tried to help the itch go away because we thought that was his problem, little to our knowledge there was much more going on.
Mac passed away today (December 12th,2014) due to kidney failure and failure of of his nervous system. I did some research and Tetrachlorovinphos, which is one of the chemicals in the collars, is actually known to attack the nervous system.
This needs to stop! I can’t imagine the pain my poor cat went through and it’s heartbreaking not being able to help your pets when they need it. Please people let’s stop this horrible product from harming others!
The picture attached is of the chemical burn once it finally started to heal. As you can see the chemical burn was layers and layers into his skin.
From Jennifer via email:
December 8th, 2014
I was babysitting a kitten who had fleas. I have 3 older indoor cats of my own and I didn’t want them to be infested with fleas and since I was looking at 4 cats that I needed to treat, I was looking for something that I’ve used in the past and had no issues with. I hadn’t used the Hartz UltraGuard before, but I didn’t have another choice that was in stock. I grabbed two boxes and checked out (at Target). Upon arriving at home I held down the first cat, my beloved Goliath He was first and the only one that had a reaction. I noticed that he became withdrawn and wouldn’t come near me. I thought, “it’s okay, he’s just mad that we are holding “Missy” as a temporary foster until the storm passes (an outside adoptee cat).
December 11th, 2014
As I sat on my couch getting ready for a conference call, Goliath came up to me and wanted to cuddle. I ran my hand down his head, past his neck, to his upper back…. and I stopped. That’s when I realized that HIS FUR WAS MISSING!!! OMG! I jumped up and ran him into the bathroom to take a closer look. I had left my phone in the living room and shouted for my son to get it for me to immediately start taking photos. Goliath wouldn’t let me touch his wound. It was red and sensitive. I grabbed my pain relief neosporin and tried to put it on his neck, but he kept trying to bite me (and that’s not like him to bite at all). Goliath is literally my gentle giant, but as soon as I tried to do anything with that spot on his neck, he absolutely refused and fought me. This I knew was painful for him I felt absolutely helpless. I called our 24 hour vet and she said that I could give him a bath if he let me… so I tried. And it was another fight. A cone or bandage wouldn’t help him because it would have to touch his neck. But again, all I could really do is sit and wait and make sure that it didn’t blister.
Now that we are waiting for the update on how everything turns out, I have posted the attached photo to my social media to let others know what happens when you might say that it won’t happen to YOUR pets. This is absolutely real and heartbreaking for me and others (now that I have seen what the company fails to tell people). If I had known that this was going to happen, I would have taken the time to spend the $100+ for flea medication that wouldn’t harm my beloved animals.
From Dannielle via email:
“My family & I have been battling fleas all summer. We tried frontline, vaccuming everyday, baths, combing… You name it we tried it. I came across the Hartz ultra guard flea collar & said what the heck I’ll give it try (unaware of the dangers) I didn’t even think it would work. I have 3 cats & put the flea collars on all 3.. They had them on for a couple of weeks & I even brushed them out Sunday November 9th. Everything looked okay and normal, until Wednesday November 12, 2014. I woke up and it was a busy morning I was running to go get something out of my sons room when I looked down at my precious Siamese and seen red under his collar! I immediately took the flea collar off… And under neath was a big chemical burn on his neck!!!! I am so furious this product hasn’t been recalled. I am about at my wits end with fleas & this just tops it off. Thankfully my Siamese seems to be ok & I am taking care of his wound! I feel so sorry for the victims who have lost there animals. I hope something can be done about these Hartz products!”
NRDC Petition to Protect Dog and Cat Loving Families Denied
WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–November 7, 2014 – In a major public health setback that will allow pet product companies to continue use of a hazardous neurotoxin called tetrachlovinphos (TCVP) in flea control products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today denied Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2009 petition seeking to cancel all pet uses of the toxic chemical TCVP because of the risks to kids.
Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), issued the following statement:
“EPA continues to put the cognitive development of millions of pet-loving kids at risk. Unfortunately, EPA has once again relied on faulty assumptions and extrapolations that don’t reflect the vulnerability of kids.
“Brain and nervous system-harming chemicals, like TCVP, are too dangerous to have in our homes, on our pets, and around our kids. Allowing them to stay on the market based on shoddy assessments is irresponsible. Families shouldn’t have to worry about the products available at their local pet store. EPA’s failure to protect kids is unacceptable.”
In light of EPA’s failure to protect kids, pet-loving families will need to watch out for toxic pet products on the shelves. NRDC’s guide can help pet owners choose safer options and pet stores like PetCo and PetSmart can protect their customers by ensuring the safety of merchandised products. NRDC continues to evaluate EPA’s response to its petition.
In February 2014, NRDC filed a lawsuit in federal court against the EPA seeking the agency to respond to NRDC’s petitions to cancel all manufacturer registrations and uses of neurotoxic pesticides propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) used in popular pet flea treatment products. Due to concerns that the products can harm children’s more vulnerable developing brains and nervous systems, the agency severely restricted household use of other known neurotoxic pesticides. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc., Wellmark International and Hartz were among flea collars brands that NRDC called out for use of these hazardous chemicals.
Spurred by NRDC’s 2009 petition and 2014 lawsuit filing, in March 2014, EPA announced an agreement with Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International to cancel the use of propoxur in flea collars due to risk posed to the brain and nervous systems of kids – but did not address related use of other dangerous chemicals, including TCVP.
Prior to NRDC’s February 2014 lawsuit filing, EPA failed to respond to NRDC petitions seeking a ban on these two chemicals. NRDC first petitioned EPA to cancel propoxur uses in pet collars in 2007. For TCVP, NRDC filed a petition in April 2009 to cancel all pet uses of TCVP based on research and the findings in its Poison on Pets II report, which found unsafe levels of pesticide residues on dogs and cats after a flea collar is used. Residue levels detected in this study were found to be high enough to pose serious risks to the neurological system of children at levels that greatly exceed EPA’s acceptable levels.
For more information on EPA’s response and safe methods of pet flea control, see these related links:
To view EPA’s response: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0308
For more about the latest on toxic pet collar pesticide science, see NRDC health scientist Miriam Rotkin-Ellman’s blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mrotkinellman/
Learn more about safer methods of pet flea control at NRDC’s Green Paws product guide.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.
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