Sender’s Name: Roberta Bacher
Sender’s Email: [email protected]
Message: I need all the help I can get in reports, letters from vets, letters
with names and any attorneys involved. I want to file against Hartz. I almost
lost Jazz, my Persian, due to Flea Drops. I paid out $700 to save her life.
Please help me prove my case.
Last year I became the proud caregiver to one 5 week old kitten as a result of a stray in our campground having kittens. They couldnt stay there b/c it wasnt safe so I took one and others took the rest as rescues.
As I knew nothing about kittens/cats, other than this ball of fur was adorable, I started reading message boards to learn about their care. And inevitably the Hartz saga came up. I want to tell all of you who have shared your stories thank you because my cats (i now have 2) will never ever have to experience what yours did because you shared your stories. Im sorry that yours had these terrible experiences but know that they were not in vain. At least 2 kitties have been spared the pain and I have told others about what Ive learned about Hartz. The sooner Hartz is gone the better.
On October 9, 2002 my Basset Hound Lenny suddenly, without warning, went into convulsions. He was having one grand mal after another! We rushed him to the vet. There, he was given a good dose of Valium and Phenobarbitol. The vet asked if Lenny had been around any pesticides. I couldn’t recall that he had but I casually mentioned that he had a bath in Hartz Flea and Tick shampoo and flea powder. I was very shocked when the vet told me that the Hartz products caused the seizures! Because there would not be anyone at the vet’s office overnight, we had to care for him 24 hours at home. My boyfriend and I tooks turns sleeping and watching him. He was basically unconscious most of the time. When he did wake up, we used oral syringes and a pitcher to give him water and baby food. Every little move he made terrified us. If he seemed like he would seize again, we would have to inject the Phenobarb. into the catheder that was placed in his leg. After a couple of days, he tried to get up but was still very weak. We fed him his food soaked in chicken broth and more baby food. On my birthday (October 14) I received the best gift ever! Lenny got up and wobbled around on his own for the 1st time! It was a true miracle from God! He has not even suffered from any brain damage or any other neurological effects from the seizures. He hasn’t had a seizure since that day. He is almost 5 years old and has been off of the Potassium Bromide from 7 months! I tell everyone about Lenny and what happened to him so that no one will have to watch their pet suffer or die because of gross negligence! I joined the class action lawsuit but it was dropped. My vet said that if I send Hartz a copy of the bill they will pay me back for it BUT I would have to sign a waiver stating that I would not sue them. I will have to do this as no attorney that I’ve spoken with will take this company on. What I really want to see is that junk taken off the shelves!
We were looking for something to help fight against the fleas that were hurting our cats, and decided to try the Hartz: Advanced Flea and Tick Care. All our cats had an immediate bad reaction, but one had a really bad one. She started to furiously clean herself moving around the rooms constantly, every couple seconds in a new area. This was a while ago, so I’ll try my best to remember…She would not go to her regular areas to sleep, but areas where she could hide from us, and clean this horrid stuff off her.We stopped using it, but she still has reactions. From then on, she’s been acting insane. She’s always furiously cleaning herself, doing weird things like sleeping in the catlitter box, and she’s hiding wherever she can. Also, she had areas by her neck, possible where she’s been scratching, where you see that it’s been bleeding. One other cat has small patches of fur that are gone. We don’t know really what to do. It hasn’t been as serious as seizures, which I’ve seen some stories include, but should we pay the expenses to take them to the vet? We can’t for a while, as a result of very costly medication for our dog from heartworms( I’m getting really sick and tired of those Disease-carrying who-knows-why-we-have-them-on-this-earth-mosquitos) ,so it might be a little while before we can take them.This has been a very crummy summer so far:(. Is there anything natural we can do to help our cats?
We really miss our old cat. The one who used to play with us a lot, was much happier,and would playfully bite at our toes when we were sleeping… *sigh*
Thank you to whoever took the time to read this long story.
Sumitomo buys Hartz Mountain for $365 million
6/18/2004, 11:27 a.m. ET
The Associated Press
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) ? Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo will purchase pet product producer Hartz Mountain Corp. for $365 million, the companies announced.
The deal is to close next week.Secaucus-based Hartz Mountain was started by German immigrant Max Stern in the 1920s. His family sold it to investment group J.W. Childs Associates LP in 2000.The Stern family continues to operate Hartz Mountain Industries, a real estate and property development company in Secaucus.The pet products company has six manufacturing plants in the United States and Brazil and employs 2,100 workers worldwide, including 850 in New Jersey. It makes toys, flea and tick treatments and grooming supplies for pets, as well as edible treats for birds and other small animals.Hartz Mountain had net sales of $319 million last year, according to Sumitomo, which reported sales of $4.1 billion in 2003.Sumitomo said Thursday it will seek to increase Hartz sales to $500 million within the five years by increasing its products.Sumitomo’s holdings include chemical plants, mining interests and financial services.Sumitomo said it “decided to acquire Hartz in order to make inroads to (the) steadily growing U.S. companion animal industry,” which it estimated at $8 billion.?__On the Net:
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Please do contact them and protest Hartz flea products.
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Dani Founder FOAH
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I came across “Amy’s” story about her cats in Rockledge FL , in my local newspaper. It reminded me of an incident 30 years ago when I first moved to Florida and hearing about the serious flea problems I bought a Hartz Flea& Tick Collar-(about the color of your website border). After about 2 or three days my dog who was 10 yrs old, started acting like she could’nt walk and got real spastic. The vet said her nervous system was reacting adversly to the collar. He told me you won’t find Hartz or Sargents products in a pet shop….I guess he knew what he was talking about 30 yrs ago….
Twenty years ago I used Hartz’ “Once-a-Month Wormer” on my Golden retriever. By the next day he was having seizures and developed ataxia – trouble standing upright. As a physician I knew that the active ingredient in this product sometimes causes neurological side effects in people when used to treat parasites. I phoned Hartz hoping to get some information about what to expect, what treatment might be helpful, etc. They absoutely refused to provide any information or put me through to anyone who might offer any information – instead simply denied that their product could cause any problem whatsoever. I kept trying to explain that as a physician I was well aware that this drug could cause these side effects – but I was completely stonewalled. I was very, very angry and have never trusted this company again. -sb
I bought hartz advanced flea and tick medication and applied as directed on the box.
With in 2 hours of application my cat got under the end table and did not come out for the rest of the night.
I checked on her the next morning and found her still there with her feet , neck and ears twitching.
I washed the product off of her.
I went to work and when I returned she was still acting the same way.
I took her to the vet and he gave her a shot for the muscle convulsions.
He advised me to watch her and bring her back if convulsions continued.
I never thought an over the counter product could be sold that caused this severe of a reaction.
I will never use hartz products again.
Please use caution with this product
I have worked for a veterinary hospital for over seven years now and we saw a case of this last week in an otherwise healthy cat. Let me suggest some tips:
1. Do not EVER use a product labeled for dogs on a cat. Pyretherin, among other chemicals, can cause a reaction like these described with the Hartz cat product.
2. The more expensive products (Frontline, Advantage) use a different delivery and chemical base. Yes, they are more expensive but they work very well and both come with guarantees from the manufacturer. It is money well spent on prevention rather than vet bills afterwards.
3. Read all the fine print. Carefully observe your pet’s behavior after application. Call your vet if you have questions- and don’t be embarrassed. We hear all types of questions, and we take them all seriously.
As a person in the veterinary field, my heart goes out to all the persons and felines that have been put through emotional and physical duress, and from someone who has comforted the owners who felt horrible about applying this product and not anticipating the outcome, I understand the extreme importance of the recall and discontinuance of this product. Please understand that there was no way you could have known how dangerous this product could potentially be.
Shame on you, Hartz. This is inexcusable.
I had been in wal-mart, looking around in the animal dept. I have 4 dogs an 3 cats and I usually do not use flea stuff on My cats, just My dogs, but this summer is bad so I saw the Hartz and thought hey, it does not cost that much and maybe it will help a bit. I only wanted to make My babies more comfortable an in doing so I could have lost one. Booger, My sweet little girl, I foun her in the rain at the grocery store. She is almost two now and I love her dearly. I put the drops on all three cats early afternoon and went about the day. That evening, all the cats were lathargic and cranky, but booger began having seizure acitvities. I would have never noticed but My Aussie do kept following her around. I got up to see why and booger was shaking and trembling, her eyes fluttering, she was scared and miserable. It was midnight now, I called the vet and she said she had seen this on several occasions with this product. She told Me to bathe her, place her in a blanket and then lay her on top a heating pad. I did this…..the next day she was somewhat better but still may need to go to the doctor. She is still lathargic and not eating well. I do not know what I will do if I lose her but I know this Hartz has to be stopped. How many animals will suffer and die before someones sees…and why I wonder is the SPCA not on board here…..I hope, somehow….something can be done to stop this madness.