HARTZ has me mourning 1 year later!!!

I miss Pumpkin so much I didn’t spend much time
With her since she died at 4 months old in Nov 2012
I wish I knew what damage this shampoo would cause
Her and pain to all of us. I didn’t post this a
Year ago I proably wouldn’t get half through the draft
Without breaking down but I refuse to let her memory
Turn vain and not let someone else know what this
$&#* brand did to my baby I know shes in a better place
But I still wish I could’ve done so much more like pay
Thousands at a vet to make her better or make her very
Happy her last days but no her last days were full of pain
Sadness and only God knows what else because she knew
She wasnt going to make it, we miss u and love u very much

Zodiac FleaTrol Breakaway Flea & Tick Collar

I was in a rush to keep fleas off my new cat Bastet, although the problem wasn’t too bad and I’m low on cash. I found a Zodiac flea collar on Ebay for less than ten dollars, and from my Googling, it looked like it would do the trick without any huge problems.

Bastet wound up licking it for several minutes until my roommate noticed and brought me into the room to see that she was drooling. I admit that it was partially my fault in not clipping the extra collar length off right away, but I didn’t realize it was so urgent. We clipped it right away, but for a while after, Bastet was not only drooling, but was very unsteady on her feet and acting… drunk, for lack of a better word. Her behavior was odd and she was still drooling much later. I started to panic, thinking of horror stories like those from Hartz, and looked up a vet hotline. My sleep schedule is the opposite of most of the world’s, though, so my vet wasn’t open and I couldn’t afford the hotline bills that cost more than a vet visit. I took off the collar and washed the area with soapy water and she seems to have calmed down… I’d like some advice and to warn people about this. The warnings on the back of the box didn’t mention any side effects, and only gave poison treatment options for if someone swallowed it or got it in their eye.

I looked up the active ingredient (propoxur) and found this horrifying list of possible side effects:
Salivation.
Nausea/vomiting.
Abdominal cramps.
Bradycardia.
Weakness.
Twitching.
Ataxia.
Seizures.
Skin irritation.

So yeah, I’m still kind of scared. I haven’t induced vomiting or anything, but I did encourage Bastet to drink water, and she ate something on her own without throwing it up.

Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences?

Even a Vet recommened it!

Yesterday two cats, Ali & Penelope, almost died due to Sentry Purrfect for Cats & Kittens. After finding fleas my friend called her vet, after a short conversation the vet recommend she go ahead & buy something over the counter. So my friend headed to Petsmart where they recommended Sentry. Even after asking if it was okay they insisted it was fine & that all she needed to do was read the instructions. She headed home & Put the application RIGHT where it said and sat down. Minutes later her cat started to jump around and run all over the place, then she started to foam at the mouth. Scared out of her mind she washed both cats with Dawn dish soap (She complained how oily the stuff was). Dried them off & they were both fine. She even called the company (Sentry) to tell them that her cat was having a reaction to there product. All the lady said was “You did it wrong, your fault” & did nothing else. So she hung up & called a few emergency vets all of which wouldn’t take her in or told her to wait it out that it was ‘just a reaction’. She kept watch on her cat until 7am when I got a text. I rushed over with my cat carrier only to find her cat with what WE thought was constant seizures, come to find out it was tremors. She continued to call more emergency vets just for them to tell her don’t bother, it’s just a reaction. Feeling it was ‘more’ than a reaction we rushed her to the vet only to find out that she was poisoned.  The minute my friend gave her the application it started to seep into her skin & caused her body to shut down, it was only a matter of minutes before she would pass.

Later on in the evening after already having to put an animal down her other cat started to act funny. Her tail twiched, her legs when out, & her eyes were twitching back & forth. After one call she found a vet to take her in asap so she rushed over and they managed to administer medicine quickly & stop the tremors. After a round of blood work the vet said she TO had traces of the toxin somehow (She didn’t have it applied to her) and her body was trying to fight it. She was shocked to hear a vet had recommenced using something over the counter & even more so how many told her to ‘wait it out’. Ali is home now doing better & on meds. for 3 days but Penelope sadly wasn’t going to make it & was put to sleep her body had already started to shut down.

3 Dogs + 1 Cat with Reactions (1 month later still seeing effects)

Thank you for your site!  I had no idea of how something so easy to buy at the store could cause so much heartache and pain.

I was at Neighborhood Walmart trying to get ready for July 4th holiday.  I was planning to take my 7 y/o child and 3 dogs to the lake house for 5 days to spend time with my father and his 2 dogs on his new boat.  That didn’t happen…

I periodically have bought flea stuff from PetsMart Banfield in the past.  They close at 7pm and they want to have seen all animals in question recently and run worm tests, etc.  I have spent several hundred dollars in the past year at the vet for unrelated incidences and thought I would just try getting something at the store – my reasons had to do with price, but more with convenience.  With the holiday weekend stress and trying to find time to get them to the vet and pickup medication before PetsMart closed was going to be very difficult.  I was also trying to STOP a flea infestation at home, plus didn’t want them to pick up fleas or ticks from being at the cabin for 5 days.

I bought Hartz Ultra Guard Plus for dogs and Hartz Ultra Guard Pro for cats.  I spent 30 minutes at Walmart comparing ingredients and finally deciding on these two products.

My pets include:

1. Male Black Lab Mix, 2 y/o, 60 lb (from local rescue group)

2. Female Beagle/Shar Pei Mix, 13 y/o, 20 lb (saved from abandoned house in dead of winter 8 years ago)

3. Female Brindle Greyhound Mix, 10 y/o, 45 lb (from local rescue group)

4. Male Gray Tabby Cat, 7 y/o, 5 lb (rescued from vet after being locked in a crate for 3 years)

Because my child was staying with my parents  for the holiday since I had to work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I put the stuff on all the animals Monday night (July 1st) so that there would be no chance of her getting it on her.

I gave all the dogs Butcher Bones to keep them busy while I went to work Tuesday.  Tuesday night, my 2 y/o Black Lab was acting odd, but I just disregarded it.  He was acting nervous and a little wobbly .  I thought he was just being silly or stressing out because my child (who he protects to no end) had been gone for 2 days.

I fed them their normal wet food at 6 pm Tuesday night.  At 4AM, the Black Lab vomited.  Luckily I was awake.  I immediately cleaned it up and noticed NONE of the canned food pieces had been broken down.  It looked like it had just come out of the can.  (SORRY for the description, but after 10 hours, food should have begun being digested).  Again, I didn’t consider it being the Hartz medicine…I thought he had an obstruction from the Butcher Bones I had given them that morning.

I took him to the vet (Wednesday, July 3rd) and told them the only thing it could possibly be was an obstruction and to go ahead and do surgery if need be.  By 5pm, I hadn’t heard anything from my vet and stopped by on my way home.  They hadn’t done any x-rays and wasn’t keen on the obstruction idea.  I was suppose to be packing up the car and heading to the lake.  Why hadn’t they concluded anything after 9 hours?  Thank goodness they didn’t listen to me!  The vet was in another emergency surgery and the tech said, he’s lethargic, vomiting, and has explosive diarrhea.  She asked if I could come back  after the vet was finished in surgery.

My boyfriend says, “it sounds like Parvo.”  WHAT? That’s insane!  They had their vaccines in February!  I went home to rest until the vet called. Then it dawned on me…”the flea and tick medicine!!!”  That’s when I found your site…THANK GOD!  I read 2 other stories and knew that’s what it was.  As I called the vet to tell her, I found the Butcher Bone on the porch so I knew it couldn’t be an obstruction.

The story isn’t over…I decide to cancel my plans for the lake.  I didn’t want 3 dogs to be in a car for an hour if they weren’t feeling well.  I decided to take my Black Lab home Wednesday night.  I couldn’t bear the thought of him being stuck at the vet office on the night of July 4th with the fireworks going off…he’d been through enough.  The vet’s office had already washed his back that morning because they saw a shiny strip down his back.  When I brought him home, I decided to bathe him again.  This 2 y/o dog normally digs his nails in and freaks out when its bath time, but not today.  I didn’t want to cause him stress and led him to the bathroom.  He voluntarily got in the tub on his own! I guess he was telling me to wash this poison off of him.  My vet explained that I was lucky.  There are 2 kinds of reactions, digestive and neurological.  Looks like my lab only had the digestive and would be okay after a few days.  The neurological kind normally leads to death.

The morning of July 4th, I have to make an emergency call to my vet.  My 20 lb Beagle/Shar Pei mix had thrown up bloody mucous 3 times in 10 minutes around 9AM.  Then I notice my 45 lb Greyhound mix is itching non-stop and giving herself whelps! Then I notice the Grey Tabby has lost all the hair on his back where I had put cat specific Hartz medicine and he is twitching every few seconds.  I am getting ready to have a meltdown!

I kept a close eye on them.  My beagle was getting the last of the poison out of her system.  The cat was twitching because the “feeling” from having missing hair along his spine.  They all got bland diets and lots of love for the next few days. (Greyhound got Benadryl to help with allergic reaction).

Over the past month, I have pulled several ticks off of the Black Lab.

One month later…THE FREAKING POISON DIDN’T EVEN KILL ANY FLEAS OR TICKS.  ALL MY ANIMALS ARE FLEA INFESTED AGAIN! IN FACT, LAB HAS EARMITES; GREYHOUND HAS A YEAST INFECTION IN HER EARS.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! PLEASE DO NOT GIVE THIS TO YOUR ANIMALS!

No time saved, money or convenience is worth watching your pets suffer.

I’ll keep the fleas…Thank you!  Currently trying alternatives, like food grade Diatomaceous Earth, but its not working either.

However, I will never purchase another Hartz product again, including toys, treats, etc.

TELL EVERYONE!  HARTZ HARMS YOUR PETS…NOT PESTS!

Great news investigation!  However, in 2009 they reported the EPA is investigating these harmful medications.  It is now 2013, and these poisons are still widely available in most major store chains!  http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Pet_Product_Investigation_Los_Angeles.html

“The products we investigated are flea and tick shampoos and drops sold by major companies like Sergeant’s, Bio Spot, and Hartz,” the article reads. ”They all contain the same type of pesticide, called pyrethrins or the synthetic versions known as pyrethroids. These are the same pesticides in household products like ‘Raid,’ used to kill bugs around your home.”

Hartz Petition!

Hi, if you’re on this site, it’s because you care about your pets. If you’re reading this post, it is because you share something in common with me; The dislike of Hartz products!

Like most people, I have used a Hartz line product and its side effects nearly killed my cat. After reading some of the more serious cases reported due the lack of respect of Hartz, I consider my cat lucky. Even though, she needed serious medical attention because she was very dehydrated and had lost so much weight because her appetite decreased, my 6 year old cat survived.

To show Hartz that they cannot get away with this, please read and sign my petition that I have started on the link below.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/940/472/655/hartz-products-stop-the-manufacturing-of-poisonous-pet-care-products/

 

I appreciate everyones support, please and thank you!

 

 

 

Pictures of animals, pets, and owners!

Hi, i’m making a video about the victims of Hartz. If you’re interested please email me pictures of your pets, of you and your pet together, children and kids playing with pets etc. The animals don not have to be just the victims of Hartz, but the pictures can be of any pet you currently own or any pet you have previously owned.

Please attatch:

The pet’s name:

Your name: (optional)

The pet’s age:

Pet’s age:

The product used on pet: (optional)

*If you could also send a short message along with the pictures (2-4 sentences) talking about your pet, the grief of the incident, your pets favorite things to do etc. All this would help alot.

My email is [email protected]

Please sign my petition at the link below:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/940/472/655/hartz-products-stop-the-manufacturing-of-poisonous-pet-care-products/

I appreciate everyones support, please and thank you!

almost killed my cat

I gave Hartz flea drops to my cat last spring. He became lethargic, went into hiding in the closet, had difficulties breathing, was non responsive. He would not eat or drink. I googled “Hartz” and the FIRST page that popped up was this one, about the Hartz victims. I freaked out, I had no idea. We thoroughly washed the area where I had administered the drops and he slowly started coming back. After a long night of me holding his paw and monitoring him constantly he came around. I took him to the vet, switched to Revolution, and am plenty happy to pay the extra money and have a healthy happy cat. HARTZ KILLS.

NOT just Hartz. DO NOT use Bio Guard shampoo made by Farnam!! We used this on our orange tabby and he was drooling & very sick within hours.

Bio Guard is a supposedly gentle shampoo for cats & dogs that will not wash off spot on treatments ( we use frontline plus) We gave our 1 1/2 yr old cat a bath with it and within hours he was so sick I thought he was going to die. He started with drooling then just got VERY weak & VERY unresponsive. He vomited & was not eating (still isn’t) or drinking. He is now trying to drink but not taking in hardly anything at all. I gave him a bath in Dawn after speaking with a vet asistant. He said NEVER use anything but Dawn dish liquid on a cat. I have thrown the bottle of shampoo away & am thankful I hadn’t used it on my 6 1/2 yr old boxer. Not sure if our kitty is gonna get better or not but we are praying that he does. I just wanted to bring this BIO GUARD to everyone’s attention as well.

My Cousins Cat

My cousin had a gorgeous black tiger cat. They had used Hartz flea control on him because another house-cat of theirs goes outside. They put the flea medicine on him while he was laying down. He sleeps a lot as normal and about two hours later they went to feed him. He wasn’t moving when they got the food out. My cousin went to pet him and he was completely cold. He had died within the two hours they put the flea medicine on him. He was a healthy cat, no health issues. We all strongly believe it was the Hartz medicine.

Tommy Dying on the floor

Man, I can’t believe this shit, SO F***N SAD. Try to do a good thing and help my little kitty get rid of his fleas, but then 2 hrs later, he’s peeing blood, shaking, vomitting, and salivating, HARTZ products, should never be used. Not until after i looked up his symptoms did i then discover, 1000’s of ppl have reported death after using it in thier animals. NOw they will only pay for the bloodwork. Hes getting putdown tomorrow..R.I.P Tommy.. ?