I can’t believe I was stupid enough to by this stuff. I have been using revolution for a couple of years now but since this was an outside cat ..by choice.. I decided to use an otc flea product. BIG MISTAKE..I put this stuff on the kitten and it wasn’t 10 minutes later this kitten couldn’t hardly walk..it couldn’t eat or drink, it was lathargic. I brought him in and hoped it would make it thru the night so I could take him to the vet first thing in the a.m. I was lucky ,Brett (the kitten) did make it but it was a night I never want to go thru again. I have given Brett a bath and am keeping him in with me until he gets over this. The vet gave him a capstar tablet, it kills fleas and ticks instantly and told me to wait at least 2 weeks before applying revolution, which I might add kills fleas, ticks,ear mites and worms. I’ll never use another otc flea and tick product again.
Sunday night my mom applied the Hartz drops to my cats back. The next morning I went to check on the cat before I left for work and he was in the bedroom having a seizure and constantly twitching. I immediately took him to the vet and while i was waiting he had another seizure and after they took him back another one. They had to give him diazepam and some other medicine to control the twitching and seizures. He was over 10 lbs as the drops indicated. As soon as I took the cat in, he was in the kennel and the doctor looked at him and immediately asked had I applied the Hartz flea drops. He spent 1 full night at the vet and is home not but still doesn’t act like he is feeling well because his third eyelid is covering most of his eyes. Please no one use this stuff and let everyone you know, know about this.
Our cat, Eminem, got really sick after we used the Hartz flea and tick spray for cats. For two days he couldn’t eat or drink anything, by the second day he couldn’t even stand up without falling over.He cried anytime anyone touched him or picked him up.The vet had too put him on antibiotics, morphine and two IV’s for the dehydration caused.I called the 1-800 number on the back of the HARTZ product- they said it sounded like I overdosed him. I only used half of the recommended dose for his size. Its time for Hartz to admit their product is not safe. do they use this on their own animals?
I have posted on this site before, as my cat suffered adverse reactions from the 4-in-1 flea product. After I found out that the product was at last being recalled, I was filled with mixed emotions. Great that it was happening, bad that it was happening so late, and that the process of completely taking the product off the shelves would take so long, knowing that other animals would be harmed in the meanwhile. Well, I sent an email to the EPA expressing my concerns, and I thought it would be appropriate to share their response:
Thank you for contacting the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
regarding the recent agreement with Hartz Mountain Corporation to
relabel and phase out uses of several flea and tick products that may be
associated with adverse reactions in cats and kittens. I want to assure
you that EPA shares your concerns about these products and wants to make
sure that consumers are alerted to the potential risks associated with
use of these products.
As you may know, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is responsible for regulating pesticide
products in the United States and ensuring that they can perform their
intended functions without posing unreasonable risks to humans, animals,
or the environment. EPA has the authority to cancel a pesticide product
if it determines there is an unacceptable risk that cannot be reduced by
other actions such as voluntary cancellation or changes in the way a
pesticide is used. While cancellation of a product is always an option
for EPA to remove a product from the marketplace ? a process that could
take up to five years if contested by the manufacturer ? voluntary
cancellation is the most expedient. At the same time, EPA believes it
is important to seek interim measures so that immediate steps can be
taken to alert the public to the actions being taken. Also, the process
followed by EPA must be based on sound science.
In November 2002, due to safety concerns stemming from Hartz flea and
tick control products for cats and kittens, EPA announced that the Hartz
Mountain Corporation had agreed to enact measures to reduce potential
risks to pets from using these products. EPA sought this agreement due
to concerns over safety issues based on thousands of adverse-effect
incidents reported to EPA. Under this agreement, Hartz agreed to
implement a product recovery, label improvement, and consumer education
program for the affected products. EPA continued to monitor these
products through our Incident Reporting System to evaluate the
effectiveness of these changes. Since that time, EPA has received
thousands of new reports of adverse effects from pet owners around the
country, including hair loss, salivation, tremors, and numerous reports
of deaths in cats and kittens. Thus, EPA determined that further action
As you know, at EPA?s request, on June 3, 2005, Hartz Mountain
Corporation signed an agreement to cancel uses of several flea and tick
products. This agreement marks the conclusion of a rigorous, multi-year
review of these products. Hartz agreed to voluntarily phase out the
products of concern by March 31, 2006, and for the short term, they
agreed to provide new labels for products leaving their facilities after
June 27, 2005. This action ultimately gets the products off the market
faster than the Agency?s cancellation process, which can take three to
five years if the registrant chooses to contest the action.
EPA took several steps to inform consumers about the phase-out,
including a news release to the media, which received broad coverage.
In addition, detailed information about the agreement and information
about alternatives was posted on EPA?s Web site in order to allow
consumers to make informed choices about whether or not to continue
product use during the phase-out. Additional information about flea and
tick control for pets may be found at:
about the agreement and alternatives may also be found at:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick-drops.htm. As with
all products, EPA encourages consumers to always read and observe all
label directions and precautions, making note that different products
vary in their intended uses and effects.
I hope this information addresses your concerns. Thank you again for
Claire M. Gesalman, Chief
Communication Services Branch
Office of Pesticide Programs
Julie A. Chao
Communication Services Branch
Office of Pesticide Programs
Hi all, My kitty Cottonball is a new “victim” of this horrible product. As I sit here writing this he is in the hospital on IV fluids, catheter and undergoing extensive blood tests.
I’d like to know who all is involved in class action lawsuits (especially for CA) as I’d definitely be interested in getting involved!!!
Hugs to all those who have lost a pet, and good thoughts to those with pets in the hospital like mine.
Today I applied the Hartz flea 3 in 1 to my 7 month old cat….about 2 hours later she was acting funny…so i picked her up and her eyes were twitching…her body shaking….like having seizures almost…it was terrible….so i called the vet and he said she was having an allergic reaction…i took her to get a shot right away…I am glad i caught it in time…because i almost let her go outside…but she was walking funny…tonite she is back up on her feet walking around some…still having some twitching all over….I am sorry to hear about all the animals that didnt make it..and that have became very ill… i will never buy Hartz anything again…i just pray she doesnt have any long term affects from this medicine..and i hope they will pull it off the shelf quicker than their letter states…i think it said up until march 06 they would continue selling it…how many more pets must they make sick….i dont understand.
I was just curious as to what “chemical” was found in your cat? Because the chemical or active ingrediant in the Hartz Flea and Ticks drops is a chemical that cannot be detected in the blood stream or in anything else for that matter. I would love to know where your vet got that “there is a chemical in his blood,” or where you got that from. Either way, if you people would do your research you would know these things and wouldn’t make yourselves out to look like you don’t have all the information you need. I have posted some other things on this forum, some very truthful and helpful advise, telling people the facts about what this stuff really does. You people are telling me that you have your facts together and you know your facts……..sorry, I just can’t believe that when here is someone who honestly thinks that you can test for pyrethroids in the blood stream? What kind of vet are you seeing? Whoever it is, you need to see a new one, or quit making up things that aren’t true.
Not really media, but best I could think of. According to this blurb on the EPA website, Hartz will be discontinuing their 3 in 1?, 4 in 1?, Once-A-Month?, and Advanced Care? flea drops for cats at the insistence of the EPA by September 30, will cease taking orders by December 31, and will halt all distribution of these products by the end of March 2006; the dog products will remain unchanged at this time. This has been a result of continuous reports coming into the EPA from other victims of their products. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a victory.
I got Yoda in June of 2002. She was a very loving and cuddly cat that loved as much attention as she could get. She would play fetch, and just liked to lay with people. In December of 2002 I noticed that she had some fleas so I went to PetsMart and got some of the flea and tick drops for cats. I followed the directions to the “T” and eveything seemed fine, that is until it came time to give her the second dose a month later in January of 2003. Just a few days after she was sleeping peacefully on my pillow and all of a sudden she started shaking really badly. I found the number to an emergency vet and told them what was wrong, before I even had a chance to tell them they asked me if I had used Hartz flea medication, and I told them I had. It turns out the “medicine” caused her to have sezeiures. They told me to imediately give her a bath and bring her in as soon as I could get there, I did as told and got her to the vet where they gave her and anti-toxin and a shot of valium. She was never the same after that day. She wasn’t cuddly anymore, she was having sezeiures more and more frequently, and then she started having strokes. She wouldn’t play fetch, or play with the dog anymore. You couldn’t get near her without her freaking out at first. She no longer wanted to be petted, and she started sleeping in the kitty litter for days on end.
Here it is, two and a half years after giving her the medication, and I had to take her to the vet to be put to sleep. The vet tech was not at all surprised when I told her what had caused her to become so sick with her only being 3 years old. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do and I started bawling as soon as I tried to tell the woman what I was there for. Hartz did pay for the vet bill those 2 and a half years ago, but that doesn’t change the fact that they destroyed my cats quality of living.
I will never ever buy another Hartz product, I just wish there was a way that I could make sure this never happens to anyone else because I know it has put me through hell watching my loving cat slip farther and farther away.
I found this website when I was Googling “Hartz” and I am very happy that I found it, I can take a little comfort by the fact that there are people that are trying to do something. Thank you.
My baby Simba ( he is a cat my love) was poisoned by Hartz flea & tick repellient. He had a seizer and was not in very good shape. I was lucky my Vet took good care of him and he has survived. He has heart damage they are not sure of the long term effect. I had to leave him at he Vet and racked up a big bill I couldn’t afford. I am very upset that the products are still on the shelves. I can’t beleive that Hartz has so many bad effects on our pets and they are still on the shelves. WHY?