Hartz flea spray

I just found this website and wanted to share my story about Hartz products. A few years back, I bought a Hartz flea spray at WalMart for my rat terrier. I used it according to instructions. About 15 minutes after I sprayed my dog she tried to walk across the room and kept falling on her side and her eyes were rolling back into her head. I immediately called the emergency vet service we have and was told to dilute the spray by bathing her and if that didn’t help her then to bring her in asap. Bathing her helped and she returned to normal within minutes. I returned the spray to WalMart and told them what happened and they said that they had alot of complaints about the Hartz products.

Hartz Flea Drops are Deadly

Last summer, I purchased Hartz Flea & Tick Drops Plus from Walmart and applied it according to directions on our three cats. Within a few hours, one cat (2 yrs old) was staggering and undergoing serious seizures. Another cat (1 yr old) had similar, but much milder symptoms.

Our vet was contacted and urged us to immediately bathe the cats to remove the flee drops. The first cat’s life was in jeopardy and she had to be admitted — the vet bill was estimated at $300 to save her life. We could not afford the treatment, so as my crying teenage daughter held her convulsing cat, we made the sad decision to have the cat put to sleep.

The vet got on the phone to Hartz and was told by the Hartz rep that the drops are safe — that this toxicity incident was most unusual. Our vet was irate as she has personally witnessed animals die from these Harts drop applications. Her persistance got her through to the Hartz doctor on staff who authorized a full reimbursement for our vet bill. So our cat was treated — and her life was saved. But in the end we lost her. There were men working nearby cutting trees as we retrieved her from the vet clinic — and the noise so frightened the cat that even in a severely weakened state, she burst from my daughter’s arms and ran across the freeway behind the clinic. A year later, she remains lost.

Our second cat experienced twitches in his eyes and unsteady walking for a several weeks following the application with the Hartz drops even though we bathed him within hours to remove the medication.

Our vet (Dr. Peggy Leishar from Sycamore Vetrinary Clinic in Joelton, TN) will gladly verify this incident. Her office has a large news article documenting a great number of toxicity indicents due to Hartz and similar flea drop products.

I emailed Walmart to notify them of the danger of this product that they stock in all their stores, but received no response. My daughter and I were absolutely devasted that our efforts to kill fleas nearly cost our cats their lives. We are upset that so many respectable stores carry this Hartz flea drop product. Our vet explained that the Hartz product enters the cat’s bloodstream and does a poor job protecting against fleas. It is difficult to understand how a company dedicated to pet care would produce and market such a cruel product.

We are now using Advantage Flea drops recommended by our vet and our cats have no adverse reaction.

Sincerely yours,
Marjorie Lewis
Pleasant View, TN

rather keep the fleas

i usually give my cat frontline when i see she has fleas but now living in a military base i don’t have much choice as cat products. i found hartz care flea and tick drops and decided to give it a try. the first difference i noted between frontline and this product was that frontline limits application to neck area or between shoulder blades while this one was suggesting to put it all the way in a straight line from neck to base of tail. so i did like they say.
my cat was o.k. first day but now a day afterwards she has itching and tries desperately to lick it off. so i decided to bath her like the lable instructs with mild soap and plenty of water. -didn’t work- today she is still scratching and bleeding in all the area i applied the product. i went on-line and noticed that i have an old version of their product, they changed the instructions newer version says to apply like frontline to only neck area.
i rather keep the fleas and see her scratch once in a while that seeing her scratch all day and bleeding.
-and they call this formula gentle!-

A Hartz flea collar almost killed more than just fleas!

My cats name is Shadow. Last week I purchased a Hartz flea collar (as I always do this time of year) and 6 hours later he started howling and limping. he also was running into walls and was very, aggitated. I took him to my veterinarian Dr. Gaylon Simms here in Pell City and was told he had a stroke. He is paralyzed all the way down his right side. We take life day by day, he seems to be responding well to the medication, although we still have a long road ahead of us. I cannot imagine life without my “best friend”. Dr.Simms and I think it was the flea collar ( it was the only “new” thing done or given to him). Dr. Chastain, also here in Pell City, just had a similar case reguarding a Hartz flea collar, that story does not have a happy ending. Please DO NOT use Hartz products until we can find out what is hurting and killing our precious pets!

Hartz apparent harm to my Boxer

Bradley is an 89 lb 4 year old previously healthy Boxer. Started using Hartz Once-a-Month Flea & Tick drops UPC 3270098085 two months ago because it was cheaper than Frontline at Walmart. Shortly after the first application Bradley experienced a seizure like episode that appeared that he was in a zombi like trance condition. a few days later his previously beautiful brown coat became discolored with black and bleached out streaks and blotches only on both sides of where the Once-a-Month was applied as per instructions. The loss of hair and discoloration has continued for 2 months. Yesterday I applied the 3rd dose of the third month treatment at 5PM. About 5 hours later he began panting very heavily and drinking large amounts of water even though it was only 55-60 degrees. He stared out in space, again in the zombi like state, with no energy and would almost collapse, fall and stumble at times. He was panting like it was 100 degrees with his tongue hanging out as far as it would go. After providing as much comfort as possible over night he appeared himself the next day, almost. He is still panting more than the temperature would dictate. At this point after reading the information on this site and another, I have scrubbed the Once-a-Month off while also losing 3 big clumps of hair on a short haired boxer. You may have saved Bradley’s life. In any case thanks for making me aware of the danger. I would never have known other wise. My vet has dismissed it as a possible hormone change or allergy. It only happened after application of Once-a-Month.

Within 12 hours of treating my cat, he died.

I just found your web site and I am so thankful!! I went through this almost 3 years ago and I have still not made peace with myself regarding it.

Within 12 hours of treating my cat (Zeus) with Zodiac Spot-On Treatment for cats, Zeus died. My vet was unable to find any problems with Zeus during his autopsy. More test were done and sent to labs. I received the lab results on 6/20/00 and there was nothing wrong with Zeus that could have caused his death. They listed his death as acute and unknown. My vet and I have no other choice but to know that the Zodiac product caused his death. I know it is impossible to prove that a flea treatment caused this death, but we have proven that nothing else had caused his death.

I have spoken with Barbara at Zodiac to quite some
extent and of course nothing has come of this. They
are in complete denial and harbor no responsibility
regarding this mater. 🙁 The good news is that 2 of
the news stations here have done some stories about this matter, which is great! I have contacted Zodiac directly and they have taken this “case” to forward to their corporate offices that are supposed to contact me that next week…still nothing 3 years later!! I hope to go forward with this and get the word out.

To anyone reading this, please take this information and caution seriously.

Another potential law suit

My neighbors found a cat and brought it to me. I put the Hartz product on the cat and within two hours the cat was experiencing grand mal seizures.

My vet bill is expected to be over $1,000.00. The cat is presently at an emergency clinic and I will have to pay double tomorrow since it is Easter.

I work for a law firm and was going to simply put this matter immediately in suit via small claims court (any matter below $3,500.00 qualifies).

Our other child in a fur coat

I am absolutely LIVID! Last week we discovered our Maine Coon had fleas. My husband went to PetSmart and asked what flea product they recommended. He brought home Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick DROPS Plus+ 4 in 1 for cats 10 lbs. or less. Two hours after he applied it to our cat’s neck, she disappeared. We couldn’t find her anywhere in the house. After turning everything upside down and moving furniture, we found her behind the dresser in the bedroom wild-eyed, twitching, with her mouth wide open. Her hair was standing on end and she flew out from behind the dresser and started zipping & darting throughout the house. My husband eventually caught her and took her to the vet. I called Hartz & was asked immediately if we had applied the product in the right area on the cat. Obviously they must think calls inquiring about their product makes US appear ignorant. The woman was quite rude and told me to have the vet write Hartz a letter stating whether or not it was their product or SOME OTHER unknown irritant. She then asked me to read the package UPC & product numbers. I asked her if this was customary behavior after their product application. She told me in a very abrupt tone, “I have no idea how it is affecting your cat. I can only respond to what you are telling me about YOUR cat.” Talk about pitiful customer service! We left the cat at the vet for 24 hours observation & a bath. She was treated with Robaxin. Two days later she came home & started hiding again. She has lost weight, will not eat, runs through the room and won’t come when called as customary. Early this morning she jumped on our bed and started scratching wildly which shook the bed. I went to throw the covers off to attend to her and she hissed at me and started shaking her head. I felt something wet hit my face and jumped up to try to hold her. She ran down the hall and as my husband tuned on the lamp, he noticed bood spatters all over my gown and face. She had been tearing out her fur. We found tufts all over the carpet. We waited 3 hours for the vet to open and took her in. The vet said she did not know why the store (PetSmart) continued to sell this product. Our cat is on an IV antibiotic for 48 hours. Now, I am ready to take on Hartz, PetSmart and any other entity that continues to sell this death-by-chemical product. Would you believe some clown at PetSmart recommended the product Zodiac Multi-Purpose Home & Insect Spray, which has the same ingredients as the aforementioned Hartz product. Are they that stupid? Do they really NOT know what they are selling? Or do they just not care? I am appalled that Hartz and/or PetSmart claims no responsibility or even the slightest bit of concern over these horrific stories of what their product(s) are doing to pet lovers throughout the world. If she survives this ordeal, we will be taking her to a new cats-only facility that has just opened in our city. I called them today & they were nice enough to fax me info about the Hartz products & lawsuits. My eyes have been SO opened.

What have I done to my cat ?

Last night I applied, as directed, Hartz advanced flea and tick care. Today, I am worrying about the life my cat will live in the future. My Manx cat was the home for a few fleas, so I applied this product to my 3 year old cat. This morning at 6:00 AM I woke up to my cat having seizures, disorientation,
twitching, etc. After 5 minutes the seizure began to lessen, she was unable to walk for a few minutes, and then when she finally was able to stand up, she walks with a distinct problem with her right side, and head twitching and tremors. We took her to the vet immediately, on the way she suffered two more seizures. Fortunately, but also sadly, the vet knew exactly what had happened. They began treatment right away. She is now at the vet’s, with IV’s, being given sedatives, anti-seizure medication, and is still having seizures and is twitching. We can’t bring her home today, and will have to wait and see about tomorrow. I tried to kill a few fleas, and have destroyed my cat. All of the stories I have read do not give me much hope for a full recovery, maybe Smokey can be the miracle.
I refuse to even buy a Hartz toy from these people,
and will be on a rampage to whomever will listen.
I do not know what will be in store for Smokey, however, we will care for her and love her. Do not let this happen to your animal.


Eric Keller