My 3 year old cat Queen Jack started showing symptoms of CKD (chronic kidney disorder) after 2 weeks of using Hartz Hairball Remedy Plus. We’ve yet to take her to a vet to find out if she really does have CKD and what we must do to save Queen Jack.
Now I’m not sure if it’s the hairball remedy that contributed to her current condition, but I do know that she howled once (just once) in pain during a potty box visit during the time of using that Hartz crap. I stopped using the Hartz hairball stuff on Queen Jack and she’s starting to get better, but I am still taking her to the vet just to be sure what’s going on. I don’t want to lose her forever.
As for Hartz… I knew their flea stuff was bad. Trust me my other cat Peanut was hurt by the stuff you squeeze on a cat’s neck to combat fleas and I stopped using it immediately. These people need to be put out of business. They are evil and shameless–anything for money.
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.
I had purchased Hartz Ultra guard pro at a local grocery for dogs 4-15 pounds. After grooming and bathing my 2yr old, 9 pound Malti-poo last night I had applied the product according to the box directions. I have this ocd habit of rechecking my work. My dog also loves to lay at the foot of my bed. Imediately After applying this product I noticed it was very smelly in an astringent way and very greasy looking. I wanted to see how long it would take to set so we could go to sleep, so I googled it… This site was third down. I clicked it and read the top story about poor Spooky the cat. My deepest sympathy goes out to anyone who has lost a dear friend to a lethal Hartz or another brand of product. My first thought was, I gotta get this stuff off! I am soooo sorry Pepper! I bathed him a few times with dawn soap to get that garbage off of him. Luckily I only had Hartz on him for 10 mins or less. Poor little guy, he was probably wondering what he did to deserve three baths! I called the 24 hour vet hospital and they told me to keep an eye out for vomiting, loose bowels, fatigue, muscle fatigue, seisures, foaming at the mouth, appetite loss, decreased fluid intake and anything out of the norm. That there tells me something the public doesn’t know about these products that we should know. It just makes me sick to read these horror stories about this (as I am recently enlightened) horrible company. Years ago, I remember Hartz being recommended in vet offices, and my buying decision was based solely on that. I am watching him through the morning hours, and so far he seems alright. Thank you everyone for these posts, It has saved a precious life!
We had 3 cats and 1 dog at our house and now we just have 1 cat and 1 dog. Our story is very sad and no one else needs to go through it.
Yesterday we noticed a flea on one of our russian blues, we went to buy some flea controll, Hartz was the brand we decided to purchase. We get home and put the flea controll on all of our animals. Later on in the evening we started to noticed that our 2 russian blues were acting strange. There body movements were jerky, the face was twiching, there meow was weak. Shortly after they both started to have seizurs. At this point we decided to put down the 2 cats. We could not watch them suffer anymore. It was a horrible experiance and no one should have to deal with this kind of loss.
If I would have research this product and found this site we would never bought it.
This product should be taken off the store shelves so no one else have to suffer the lose that we endured last night. Hartzs need to change there packaging to say it may cause death if used. Right now all it says is that there might be some sensitivity to the product. To me that says nothing about death or the side effects that it may cause. Only if we would have know maybe our loved ones would still be with us.
R.I.P Tika and Carneilius. You will always be in our hearts.
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.
I have been fighting Hartz for years. See my web sites below.
I recently was contacted by Joel Grover of KNBC. He is a well respected award winning reporter for NBC. He wants to do a story about this horrible problem of flea products injuring and killing our belove animal friends. He asked if I could supply names and emails of people who had problems with flea products hurting their animals, especially people within California so he could interview them in person.
I think another news story will help to warn the public about just how dangerous these products are, which are being sold as safe to use.
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I have a 6 month old American Bulldog and we have been trying to pay off his hospital bills from the time he chewed a toy and had it stuck in his belly so i bought Hartz becuase it was cheaper. The next day he broke out in a full body rash and everytime you would pet him he would shy away from you becuase it hurt. I had to take him to the vet to get antibiotics and the Vet told me all about Hartz!! It is very dangerous please do not use this! My mom also used it on her dog and the same thing happened. it is killing some animals. stick with the exspensive stuff!!!
about 2 months ago i had bought some of the hartz gold flea and tick drops for my 11 years old chiuaua, tiny. He was my heart and my love. well he is not with me today because i had to put him down because he was suffering. MY MOM HAD PUT IT ON HIM AND HER CHIUAUA TO. THEY BOTH STARTED YELPING AND WHINING ABOUT 30 MINUTES AFTER SHE HAD PUT THIS POISENED ON BOTH OF OUR DOGS. SHE NOTICED THAT THERE WERE BURN MARKS COMING UP ON THEIR SKIN. SOME EVEN LOOKED LIKE BLISTERS. THEY WERE BURNING SO BAD. THE AGONIZING PAIN THAT THEY WERE GOING THROUGH WAS UNCALL FOR. SHE CONTINOUSLY GAVE THEM BATHS OVER AND OVER. AT LEAST 5 TO 6 THAT DAY. THE NEXT DAY SHE TOOK BOTH OF THEM TO THE VET. THEY BOTH HAD TO BE MEDICATED. THE VET TOLD HER THAT THE HARTZ GOLD FLEA AND TICK DROPS MIGHT OF MESSED UP THEIR ORGANS AND NERVES. WELL UNFORTUNATELY IT DID! MY MOM’S DOG TURNED OUT TO BE OK BECAUSE HE WAS A LITTLE YOUNGER. BUT MINE DID’NT. HE ENDED UP HAVING DIABETES AT FIRST. HE WOULDN’T EAT. AND WHEN HE DID EAT, HE WOULD THROW IT UP.IT CONTINOUSLY GOT WORSE. HE ALSO ENDED UP WITH CUSHIONS DISEASE. I HAD TO FINALLY LAY HIM DOWN TO REST ON SUNDAY APRIL THE 13TH AT 5:00 PM . IT WAS SO PAINFUL!! BEFORE THE FLEA AND TICK MEDICINE HE WAS ALWAYS A HAPPY, CHEERFUL, AND LOVING TINY UNTIL THE POISEN THAT IS ON THESE SHELVES ARE BEING SOLD HURTING ALL THESE ANIMALS OUT THERE IN THIS WORLD. PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OVER THE COUNTER FLEA AND TICK MEDICATION BECAUSE IT COULD KILL YOUR LOVE ONE!