Hartz Flea Medicine Hurt My Cat

I have used Hartz flea and tick medicine before and it seemed to work fine. I bought it about a year ago and applied it to both of my cats. Once finished, I ran out for a while. I came back about an hour and a half later and my husband had one of our cats on his lap and said she had been seizing since I left! I immediately washed as much of the medicine off with soap and water as I could. Thankfully, since the medicine hadn’t been on long and I washed her so well, that she was okay by morning. I spoke to a vet and she said she couldn’t believe that stores even carried that product. Without saying, I never ever bought it again and told all my friends my story.

Almost Lost Gracie

After a difficult battle of watching my mother die from a brain tumor, my mother -in- law gave me Gracie, now my kitten and close companion. She was a soft, cut gift for me to hold and touch while I cried over the illness and eventually death of my mother in December of 2004.

A few months before Gracie was 11th months old, we noticed that she begin to have fleas. After many attempts to bomb our apartment, too many baths later (Gracie hated this of course), and constantly cleaning, we decided to treat Gracie with Hartz product for cats and kittens that appeared a fit for Gracie.

However, on the morning of my one-year wedding anniversary, we woke up to Gracie have seizures under our bed, and twitching, shaking, and foaming at the mouth.

The day of out one-year wedding anniversary that we had saved money for and planned to leave for the weekend, was spent at an animal emergency clinic in the Tacoma, WA area. over $1,00.00 was the total cost for the medical care for Gracie, and that doesn’t include later check-ups and permanent liver / kidney damages.

We are sad by the creation and usage of this product. It ruined our one-year wedding anniversary, which was already a difficult one due to the loss of my mother in December.

Good news! Gracie survived and surprised the veterinary staff and her doctors. She often displays twictches and shakes, but nothing is perfect, we aren’t either. Be aware of this horrible product, we have been told that each vet clinic sees about 5 deaths a week, due to this product.

Close Call for Starbucks

We discovered that our 8 month old cat Starbucks had fleas, so we picked up some over the counter Hartz Advance 2 in 1 Flea and Tick Spray from Publix (we live in Florida). He immediately started licking the stuff up off of his coat. The directions said to spray all over the coat, so my wife did as instructed by the Hartz label. She also picked up a flea collar for him, but thank god it was not a Hartz brand. The next day Starbucks was breathing funny and wasn’t eating or drinking very much. My wife and I monitored him and after 3 days of him acting sluggish and continuing to not eat or drink, we took him to the vet. They gave him 100 ml of fluids, told us it would flush out his system and told us to come back the next day. I brought Starbucks back to the vet today, he had a low grade fever (102 degrees), his eyes were not dilated so this meant he didnt have any organ damage; and the vet injected him with more fluids and this time a shot of Vitamin B-12 to hopefully spark his appetite. Well, my wife walked through the door today to see our baby meowing and stretching like he normally does when one of us comes through the front door! He is going back to the vet tomorow morning to receive another round of fluids. But my wife and I are very happy Starbucks only had a mild reaction to the toxins!

Smokie’s Story

Warning: Hartz Flea & Tick

I am writing this letter in hopes that the same situation does not happen again. I bought the ?Hartz Advanced Care 3 in 1 Flea & Tick Drops for Cats & Kittens 10lbs or less? and put one application on my 3yr old cat, Smokie, on Friday night. Saturday, she was inside the house with me all day, as I lounged on the couch, watching movies. She was perfectly fine all day long. I heard her getting a drink in the kitchen and a few minutes later she started crying. I figured that she needed to go outside, so I went over to her and she was crawling on the floor with one front leg. I tried to pick her up and have her stand, but her body just collapsed to the floor. After a few tries to have her stand on her own, I called the Veterinarian and explained her symptoms: inability to stand, eyes shaking uncontrollably back and forth, panting and continually crying. The first thing he asked was if I had given her any flea & tick treatment. I said that I had given her a dose last night. He said that is what the problem was. He asked what brand I used, I told him the Hartz brand from Wal-Mart. He said the only safe kinds to use are Frontline or Advantage. He said that she is having a bad reaction to the chemicals. I asked why she hadn?t reacted any sooner, he said that it just took that long for the chemicals to fully get through the skin into her system. He said to bring her in as soon as possible. I immediately put her in the car and we left. I knew she wasn?t going to try to get up, so I just put a blanket in the bottom of a laundry basket and laid her in the basket. I petted her and talked to her the entire duration of the drive as she laid there and cried. We arrived at the office around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. The Dr. said that she was seizing and he needed her to calm down and go to sleep. He said that he would sedate her so she can rest and then put her on an IV for fluids. He wanted me to read the Active Ingredient off the vial when I got home and call him with the information. He said that he would keep checking on her through the night and call me in the morning. As soon as I arrived home, I found the vial that I used on Smokie and read off all of the information to him. He called me Sunday morning and said that she was not seizing anymore but she was still very weak. He was going to keep her on fluids for a few more days and he would keep me informed on her progress. I thought that sounded pretty good. He then called me on Monday morning and said that she was doing better, but then she took a turn for the worse and passed away Sunday night. I was devastated, who would have thought that trying to protect my cat, would end up killing her? The package says that it kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. It should have a warning that says, it might kill you animal as well. I hope that you will spend the extra money to buy the safe flea & tick medicine if you don?t want to take the risk of this happening to your animals.

Hartz flea and tick

In 2002 I gave my Cat Lucy Hartz Flea and Tick medicine on a Saturday night. By Sunday Morning she had went into convulsions and was having bad tremors. I rushed her to the Emergency Vet and as soon as I explained the symptoms they asked me if I had given her any Hartz flea medicine. I told them I had yesterday. They had already had several cats with the same symptoms who had been given the medication. They had to keep Lucy overnigt. She needed antibiotics and IV fluids. My vet bill was around $380.00. I wrote a letter to the Hartz company along with a copy of my vet bill and a follow-up call. Surprisingly, I received a check from Hartz for the amount of the vet bill about 2 months later. My concern is that the product has still not been pulled from the shelves and this happen to us in 2002. I hope someone will be able to stop them from hurting anymore cats.
Charleston , W.V.

Hartz flea and tick

In 2002 I gave my Cat Lucy Hartz Flea and Tick medicine on a Saturday night. By Sunday Morning she had went into convulsions and was having bad tremors. I rushed her to the Emergency Vet and as soon as I explained the symptoms they asked me if I had given her any Hartz flea medicine. I told them I had yesterday. They had already had several cats with the same symptoms who had been given the medication. They had to keep Lucy overnigt. She needed antibiotics and IV fluids. My vet bill was around $380.00. I wrote a letter to the Hartz company along with a copy of my vet bill and a follow-up call. Surprisingly, I received a check from Hartz for the amount of the vet bill about 2 months later. My concern is that the product has still not been pulled from the shelves and this happen to us in 2002. I hope someone will be able to stop them from hurting anymore cats.

Hartz KILLS!!!

A friend’s kitten died today (July 11, 2005) because he used Hartz flea and tick drops on her. This should not have happened! He trusted that the Hartz name was safe and now little Mysti is dead. We didn’t know… now we’ve learned a bitter lesson. She was so tiny and she certainly deserved better than to be killed like this.

I want to publicize this as widely as I can, to try to save other cats and kittens from the same fate. I’ve already submitted this as a story idea to the local NBC affiliate. I’ve also printed out copies of an article about the dangers of Hartz and plan to post them on the Hartz displays at any local stores that sell the product. Anyone have any other creative ideas? I don’t want her suffering and death to be in vain…

Urge retailers to act NOW

I urge all readers of this site to contact their local retailers and urge them to take action to get these Hartz products addressed by the EPA in their June 30 press release relabeled or off the shelves NOW, before other families and pets are affected. I’ve spoken to two managers at my local Kroger and have written to Kroger at the corporate level. It’s going to take activism to get this taken care of in a timely manner.

Flea shampoo

One time I used some stuff from Hartz, that you rub on the fur for fleas, and my cat became drenched in sweat, it was so weird and scary. I immediately threw away the flea shampoo. It was 3 in 1 something, but I don’t remember what it was called.

Also, my cat had ear mites and the vet gave her some medicine while we were at the clinic, he told me to use some stuff that you buy from a grocery store in a couple weeks. After using the store bought stuff my cat’s ears became bright red, and she was obviously VERY uncomfortable. I washed her ears with soap and cold water and it cleared up, but the junk went straight in the trash immediately after.

Buddy Cats lament

My sweet cat Buddy was a victem of Hartz toxicity. He is a friendly, bright cat who loves his human and feline housemates. During my recent illness and unemployment, I tried to save money by not using Frontline and went with Hartz instead. I bought it at Petsmart, thinking they would not sell a product dangerous to pets. Well, I was terribly wrong. Almost immediately after applying the Hartz, Buddy began frothing and foaming at the mouth, panicking and crying out as if in pain. He was also frightened. We were able to restrain him and wash most of the poison off him, and he clamed down and the foaming stopped, and he was breathing normally again. My husband and I were freaked out enough to want to take him to the vet emergency after hours clinic, but just getting in the door costs $150.00, so we called them and described the situation. They were kind enough to reassure us we had done the right things to decontaminate him and we were instructed to watch him carefully for seizures, breathing trouble and frothing. Thankfully he recovered and is fine, but NEVER AGAIN will we use ANY Hartz product.