I don’t have a personal story, but I just wanted to say that I am an RVT and have worked in a clinic for 9 years, I have seen neurological, skin and behavior reactions to these cheap flea products, some have resulted in death and some in permanent damage. There have been too many to count, it’s a tragedy that these products are on the market and so easy to buy. Something must be done. This page is a great start.
Justice, our male short haired cat, born on THE September 11th, is now a different cat. This cat who was ALWAYS SO ACTIVE, now huddles in the corner in fear… from the day of his HARTZ treatment till now, 3 weeks later. I wondered why he did come when I called. There are often DAYS that go by when I don’t see him at all. He hides in the basement. I feed him (slight appitite), water, but he is a different cat. Sometimes he sits and just Meows when you are right next to him. I carried him to his food dish… he acts like his senses are messed up. He twitched just a little that first day (my wife had given him his drops between his shoulders, and I was away on a trip). She feels just horrible. We thought he would die. But, so far, no recurring twitching. But he has trouble walking, maneuvering, seeing, perhaps hearing.
This is SO VERY OBVIOUS that this relates to the Hartz product. There should be a class-action law suit. I just don’t know why they would continue to market this product. Somebody with deep pockets is going to sue them. And it is not about the money for most people… it is about getting rid of a dangerous product.
Hartz: Please listen to these stories. Any one can make a mistake. But, take responsibility. Reformulate, retest, and do what is right.. in the mean-time, pull your product.
I lost my best friend last week. I am positive that Hartz flea medicine is how she got poisioned. She was such a sweet girl and beautiful cat. She suffered tremendously because of sometime I put on her to try and help her. I had heard nothing about Hartz products poisioning animals. I put it on her without a second thought.
She had been fine when I went to bed the night before she died. She had played out in the yard after I came home from work and came in at dark to get her nightly snuggles before going to bed. My mother came by my house the next day and called me at work. She said that something bad was wrong with Jumper. I left work immediately to go to her and to get her to a vet.
She had already lost control of her bowels; was vomiting everywhere; lost her sight and hearing; her hair was coming out in clumps, running a high tempature; she couldn’t walk more than a couple of steps without falling, and she was has having seizures one on top of the other. She would not be over a seizure 15 to 30 seconds before she would starting having another. I rushed her to the vet but it was too late. He said that she had been poisioned and he didn’t know if her could save her. She was in such bad shape that I could stand the thoughts of her suffering anymore. I loved her too much to allow that to happen. I had him to put her down.
Hartz should be put out of business. They should not be able to sell their poision to animal lovers who have no idea of what their products truely are and what a chance they are taking by putting them on their beloved animals. I cannot believe that the government allows this. I promise this. I will never buy another Hartz product and I will tell any one who will listen just what they sell.
My neighbor’s cat had kittens over 3 months ago. They were unwanted and living under a porch, being fed scraps of human food. My family adopted one over a month ago. On June 28th another was found dead in the street. I decided to go ask for the others, despite not being able to keep them, to ensure they would find good, safe homes. They were so infested with fleas that we could not bring them into our home. I tried bathing them in dish soap, but that didn’t do any good. They seemed to be suffering so bad that I bought Hartz 2 in 1 Flea & Tick Cat Spray. The bottle says to not spray on cats under 12 weeks. The vet has told me that these cats are definitely over 12 weeks. I did not spray on the full dosage of around 26 sprays. I sprayed 10 or less on each. I then rubbed them off with towels to get any excess off. Then, despite them acting normal, something inside told me this stuff wasn’t good. At that time, I hadn’t heard anything about how bad Hartz is. Our family has always used flea collars and flea shampoo, so we trusted the company. I gave the kittens baths less than an hour after spraying them. I scrubbed them thoroughly, but that didn’t get all of it off. It appeared that one had diarrhea-like symptoms, but it was not bad and I thought it might be due to their change in diet. They acted perfectly normal. On July 1 my sister and I went out to take them for a walk. We took one out and he was slipping on the porch as he walked, as if walking on ice. His legs were falling out from under him. We took him on the grass and the same thing happened. I immediately knew it must have to do with the flea spray. I called the vet and was told I had to get them there asap or they would die, because “that stuff is like poison in a bottle.” We raced there. The cat with the symptoms could not walk very well at all, as if it was on some sort of drug or alcohol. They also believe it might have gone blind. The kittens are still at the vet now. That kitten is still having trouble walking. I am not sure if it has or will regain site. There will likely be long-term effects. I believe the only reason it looks like they are going to pull through is because we were able to get them to the vet before further, more severe symptoms developed. The vet told me that every over-the-counter flea/tick treatment is unsafe and should be banned! This means that HARTZ is not the only evil! Never buy over-the-counter flea products. On top of this, it usually does not kill the bugs. If you have a flea collar on any of your animals, take it off immediately. These products are also unsafe for humans and should not be in our homes.