Medicated Shampoo Caused Seizure in my Beagle

Recently I bathed my 3yr old Beagle with Hartz Medicated Shampoo because she had a little dandruff and some scratching issues. A little later in the day I was going about my business when all of the sudden she started going into a seizure. She fell over on the floor and all of her muscles tightened while she shook. All I could do was try to talk to her and confort her through this terrible episode until after a minute she finally relaxed. At this point she began drooling and panting and was obviously exhausted from the event. Later in the day she also experienced diarhhea and an unsettled stomach. We have never had anything the least bit wrong with our girl until this. To me her symptoms were consistent with a possible poisonous reaction so I consulted my vet.

After talking with my vet he informed me that all too often the over the counter medicated products like the ones made by Hartz are inconsistent with their ingredient amounts and therefore potentially harmful batches are put out on the shelves unknown to us until we see our pets suffereing! I contacted Hartz but was quickly and somewhat rudely brushed off and told that “…nothing in our (Hartz) products could do that.” When I requested a list of the shampoo’s ingredients, since they are not listed on the label, I was denied that information. This upset me and especially my husband who happens to be a (bio)chemist and was very interested in the ingredients. I write this only to warn and urge people not to use these products so they will not have to go through the agony of seeing their beloved companions suffereing due to the irresponsibility of product manufacturers. Thankfully it appears that our Beagle is now doing well and should make a full recovery.

Not just cats…

Our 10 month old healthy Shar-pei suddenly collapsed & became listless, we rushed her to the Emergency vet where she underwent a series of tests. She has since been diagnosed with Liver disease that the emergency vet & our vet state that the application of the flea & tick drops caused. She is at home now, taking antibiotics & a steroid to build up her liver. She appears to be doing much better but we will not know whether the damage is permanent or not for a few more weeks. A very eye-opening and expensive experience that should never have happened !!!

Smokey is gone

I want to thank all of you that answered my questions and for your support. Smokey was put to sleep on Saturday. He never recovered. He spent his last days in a cage, alone and scared not knowing what was happening to him or why. The Vet and his staff did all they could. I don’t know that I will ever get over the fact that I did this to him. I am heartbroken and miss him so much. I have contacted several attorneys, but need to find other people in TN who did not settle with them. If you are intrested please email me [email protected] I don’t know that anything will come of this or any of them will take on Hartz, but I am willing to try. Nothing will make this right, but I don’t want anyone else to go through what I am. His bills were over $600.00 and I still lost him. I don’t care about the money, I can get more money. Smokey is gone forever. I keep wondering “what if” going over in my mind if I got him to the Emergency Clinic fast enough, if I bathed him well enough, why in the hell I used Hartz in the first place. I guess its true what they say about hindsight.


I had told you about my cat, Smokey and how I had to have him put to sleep. I
have found an attorney that is interested in this. I need to locate any victims
in Tennessee that would be interested. If i could find enough people, he may
take this case. I would appreciate any help you can be. Please put this on your
site with my email address.
[email protected]

I appreciate your concern and help. Also, as far as my cat, Hartz basically
wants to know if I do have any legal grounds. My vet is sending my cat to
Illinois for an autopsy. Like we don’t already know what killed him. I should
have positive proof within the week. Thank you.

Little Eyes – A survivor – BARELY

Our cat Little Eyes is the latest victim. I unknowingly purchased the “trusted” Hartz brand flea & tick drops. I applied them before leaving in the morning and when I got home that afternoon our cat was suffering.
To be honest, I don’t even like the cat, but I love my daughter and watching a fifteen year old suffer right along with her cat was more than anyone should ever have to bear.
We got her to the vet literally seconds before the seizures started and they were able to control them. After an overnight stay in ICU with anti-seizure medicine, muscle relaxors, and fluids she appears to be recovering.
We must do whatever is necessary to protect our pets from this product.

a happy ending

I bought Hartz Advanced Care Plus flea and tick drops for my 3 cats. We had been successfully using Frontline previouly with no adverse effects. This time I was a little short on cash so I tried the Hartz instead. I read the lable carefully and bought the smaller-cats/kittens size for my one tiny older cat and the regular (>10 lbs) size for my other two big fat cats. The two heavyweights are fine and bug-free. The little old lady cat is still very flexible and fastidious and was able (apparently) to get a taste of the medication. She was just listless (laid on the couch for most of 2 days–for her that’s not normal), had no appetite and kept swallowing for a couple of days and now she’s better, much to our relief. By the time we figured out that it might have been the flea drops, she was better. I can only imagine what would have happened if I had given her the regular size dose.

Hartz Mountain Corp….. sick bastards!

I purchased Hartz flea and tick drops for my cat at the local target, I am ashamed that I didn’t take the warnings more seriously, although they could have put: Causes severe seizures and death in most cats! on it. but anyway, about 6 hours after i applied it, my cat Farley, started to have severe tremours, and when he got to the vets office, he had two nearly fatal seizures. I don’t konw how they can be allowed to sell such an incideous product, and not even label it properly. DON’T BUY OR APPLY THIS PRODUCT, OR ANY OF HARTZ’S PRODUCTS TO YOUR PETS. NEARLY ALL OF THEM CONTAIN THE INGREDIANTS THAT NEARLY KILLED MY BEST FRIEND! And if you think they will reimberse you for the bills you encounter soon, think again, they do an” investigation ” that takes at least 6 weeks, and then they tell you if they will reimberse, you, I’m still waiting to know if I’m going to have to cope with the 700 dollar veternary bill they pushed on me.

WTVJ NBC 6 News in Miami

Sender’s Name: Alex Zequeira
Sender’s Email: [email protected]

Message: My name is Alex Zequeira with WTVJ NBC 6 News in Miami, Florida. I
am looking for someone who has video of his or her cat experiencing an adverse
reaction to the HARTZ flea medication. We are doing a story about this product,
and video of cats acting out of place as a result of using the medication would
really be helpful. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me
at 954-622-6341.

Alex Zequeira
Special Projects
WTVJ NBC 6 Miami
15000 S.W. 27th Street
Miramar, FL 33027
[email protected]

Sponsor of AKC Veterinary Outreach Program & Hartz’s Plan for the Pet Fan

Hartz Mountain Corporation Becomes Official Sponsor of AKC Veterinary Outreach Program
[Thursday, June 17, 2004]
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is proud to announce a new relationship with The Hartz Mountain Corporation to become the official sponsor of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Program.

The AKC Veterinary Outreach Program unites the world of purebred dogs with the veterinary community through educational initiatives aimed at veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians. The program provides resources in support of veterinary students, practitioners and researchers, providing a forum for the exchange of information about canine health and welfare, as well as scholarships for future practitioners and researchers.
Hartz’s Plan for the Pet Fan
June 18, 2004
By: Mickey Alam Khan
Senior Editor
[email protected]

Hartz Mountain Corp., the world’s leading maker of pet-care products, is concluding a $10 million, two-year rebranding effort with an ad campaign that partly spoofs television’s current reality makeover craze. The direct response TV component of an effort that includes print and the Web site shows pets getting the ultimate makeover using an array of Hartz products. Consumers are encouraged to call or go online for free sample packs as well as register for Hartz news and offers. “This is part of a total brand makeover for Hartz — products, packaging and the actual customer advertising,” said Steve Thibodeau, president of Hartz direct agency dotglu, New York. “They’re rebuilding the brand inside out. They felt this is the right time to go to market. They’re the No. 1 player, and they own so many categories on the shelf space. But what’s happening is that small companies are stealing mind share.” The 60-second infomercial on national cable and some local channels is a key foot soldier
in influencing consumer attitudes. It shows a team of hosts arriving at a couple’s house. The pets are ragged and disheveled. After a quick review, the pets are taken to a studio and groomed. They are then dropped back in a limo. Products used in that ad include Hartz Pet Shoppe Living Botanicals shampoos, Hartz Dental Breath-Strips and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus. The spot urges viewers to call a toll-free number for a free product sample pack worth $20 to $25. They also can visit the site at The sample pack, which also contains literature and coupons for store redemption, itself is a fluorescent orange case with a zipper. It looks like a toiletries bag and contains products for dogs, cats, birds, fish or reptiles, whatever the pet owner requests. The bag bears this line: “Fabulous Pet Makeover at Home.” “The goal is getting packages into people’s hands and getting names in the database so that we can start up a relationship marketing program,”
Thibodeau said. supports that effort. No longer cluttered, the site zeroes in on the ties between pets and their owners with images that reinforce health and joy. “We need to inspire these consumers through all of the imagery and content, engage them and ultimately motivate them to buy these products,” Thibodeau said. The site provides information and offers but does not sell products. Visitors can sign up for coupons and e-mail newsletters. Hartz, Secaucus, NJ, claims a sizable database but does not disclose the numbers. Preceding the TV and online efforts is a print campaign in Dog Fancy, Dog World and Cat Fancy magazines running since April. Created by dotglu sister agency kirshenbaum bond + partners, New York, the ads promote Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus. Print discusses products and benefits. There are also trade media and promotions. Dotglu is sure the DRTV spot will work, more so in a TV environment rife with popular makeover shows like “Queer
Eye for the Straight Guy,” “Trading Spaces,” “While You Were Out” and “Extreme Makeover.” Pet owners may appreciate the humor in the sell. “No one owns the idea of transformation,” Thibodeau said. “The strategy here is, if you were a pet, you would choose Hartz — that’s how pet owners internalize their relationship with their pets.”

Smokey may die

My cat is now hospitalized and may die. My story is similar to everyone elses. I did not know what Hartz products could do to him. He is now on an IV and if not better by tomarrow, they will run a tox screen on his liver. It has been 3 days and he can not stand up, eat or drink. He just drools and cries. I can only pray that someday Hartz is stopped.