Why? Because not enough people do anything about it

First off I want to¬†offer my sympathies to all who have lost animals¬† due¬† to flea and tick¬† products. It’s a very hard thing to deal with¬† emotionally. You do something to try¬† to help your pet and it causes injury and all¬† to often¬† death. How do you¬† cope¬† with it?¬†We all¬† find different¬† ways to deal with the loss and¬† time will help what you are¬† feeling. There are no magic¬† words to make you feel better or bring your pets back. What you can do is to turn¬† your grief and anger into action.

I see¬† so many of you asking why is this stuff still being¬† sold. Why isn’t there a lawsuit. I’d be¬† alot more encouraged if I saw a few how can¬† I help or what can I do about this instead of why’s.

By action I mean go to the, “Need Help” page. You will find all the info required to make your voice heard. Contact¬† all the¬†places¬† listed there. File¬† complaints with them. Write¬† lettes if they¬† don’t take¬† complaints. Trust me you have to do this .¬† If everyone who had ever had a pet hurt of¬† killed did this maybe we would be¬†¬†a lot closer to getting this stuff off the¬† shelves.

I have been involved¬† in this¬† fight since 2001. Myself and another person who’s animals were also hurt penned the¬† first petition and sent it in. Didn’t¬† do much good. I was also in the¬† first lawsuit. That¬† ended when Hartz bullied the person¬†who started it¬† Settled out of¬† court ,you¬† could get the¬† cost of the product and any vet costs. You had to sign their multi paged agreement saying¬† that you would never say anything bad about Hartz. No I didn’t sign it.¬†

Instead I got a news station to do a piece on Hartz. I got lucky and the news station  told Hartz they were not pulling the piece  when Hartz  threatened  legal action, something Hartz is famous  for.

¬†I saw the EPA ask Hartz¬† to¬† relable their¬† products with a stronger warning and more specific direction. Apparently Hartz had¬† told the EPA that Americans were using¬† the dog¬† product on cats in most of the complaints. I don’t know about you but cat and dog were some of the¬† first words I learned to read in¬† school.

¬†That of course didn’t¬† do much good¬† so the EPA got Hartz to actually pull 2 products. They gave them a year to pull the products. That year¬† cost a lot of animals their¬† lives. Then the EPA¬† allowed Hartz¬† to replace¬† those products¬† LOL¬† now¬†¬†¬†the packages¬†say 99% inert ingriedants. They also let Hartz get away with doing their own testing of the products.

The last big event was an online conference with the EPA, Hartz,¬† other makers of similar¬† products and¬† a few others . No they didn’t pull anymore Hartz products. They put out a warning¬† that I can no longer find on the EPA’s web site.

¬†The best thing I have seen was an individual at¬† long last actually took hartz to court and won. The was a big¬† first. despite many many¬† people trying to do it before and Hartz¬† counter¬† suing¬† all of them for more money¬† than¬† most of us make in 2 years a man in Texas did win. Doesn’t sound¬† like much but you wouldn’t believe me if I told¬† you¬† how low I have seen Hartz go

I don’t know if we can ever get Hartz and such off the shelves, I’m thinking probably not because they make so much money of cheap¬† flea products. You can do something that will help. You can tell every person¬† you know and meet not to use these¬† products. Warn them they¬† could very¬† easily cause serious injuury¬† or kill their animals. If you see someone in a store looking at tthese¬† products¬† start up a conversation. Say, ” Excuse me but I used that product and it killed my cat or¬† dog or it hurt them It caused burns to their¬† necks. It cost me X amount of¬† dollars¬† in Vet¬† bills to save them¬† or to try to save them. I just wanted you to know because¬† so many animals¬† have died I wouldn’t want¬† yours to be hurt”.¬† “I just wish¬† someone had¬† told me about them before I used them.” Tell them¬† about this web site¬† if they look¬† like they don’t believe you. All they need to do is read a few of the thousands of pages here¬†.¬† If you¬† do this you may very well save an animals life and it doesn’t¬† cost you a cent to do.

If you want posters¬† or¬† flyer’s we can send you one¬† to make¬† copy’s of¬† to hand¬† out. I’ll even¬† go as far as to work up special¬† flyers if you want something on it they don’t have If¬† you have a web site or a friend with one¬† put a¬† link to this site on it. Tell your stories on Facebook. Tweet out warnings and keep doing it. Don’t just do it once make a habit of it. If your writing the¬† EPA, make a¬† dozen¬† copy’s and¬† send them 1 a week

Just do something¬† don’t let what has happened to you and your animals¬† slide. It will make you feel better and it will help the¬† cause.

 Getting off my soap box!

Dani¬† [email protected]

Not Sure About This Yet

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.

Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and Tick Drops

Hartz Tick Drops… if applied to your pet…

Wash them off your animal IMMEDIATLEY ! Take that product back to walmart and demand your money back.

My Dog got a severe bleeding nose less then 15 mins of applying a 30lb one month dose. My dog is 100lb King Doberman, he went into convulsions, and seemed dissoriented, we rushed him into the shower, used dawn dishsoap on him, and scrubbed him all over. He seems to be doing better now, that stuff is pure poison!

The blood coming out of his nose was very liquidy, almost like it was half blood half water. And very very Red in color. Nothing like this has every happened to my dog before. I’d rather pull ticks off him with tweazers then have him die from poison.

Shaun Bleich

Grayson, Sk

Canada.

[email protected]

FLEA SEASON WE NEED YOUR HELP

¬†It’s flea season again. That means thousands of¬† people¬† who¬† don’t know¬† how dangerous Hartz and¬† other¬† over the¬† counter¬† flea¬† products will start buying them¬† to get¬† rid of flea’s. That means the¬† possibility of animals being injured and killed by these products. Education is a way to help insure this¬† doesn’t happen.

How do we education  people on the  dangers of Hartz and the  other  over   counter  cheaper brands of  flea and tick killers. We tell everyone we know  to make sure they  know .  Makes  sure to ask  them to tell all their  family and  friends too.

If you see¬† someone in a store looking at¬† flea¬† products say , ” Hello,¬†¬† have you heard about all the animal that are¬† killed or injured by Hartz¬†¬† and¬† other over the¬† conter¬† flea snd¬† tick killers every yesr”? Good ice breaker. Then¬† you can¬† just tell them and tell them¬† to check out HartzVictims.org if they¬†don’t believe¬† you. Tell them you just don’t want to see these products¬† kill any more animals . Thank¬† them¬† for their¬† time and¬† thats it.¬† Pretty simple¬† and¬† you may very¬† well just have saved an animals¬† life. Not bad¬† for 3-4 minutes of your busy time.

¬†If you want to be more pro active. You can¬† make up a¬† flyer¬†¬† to hand¬† to people in¬† stores or¬† even¬† leave on on the¬† flea products display. It is not¬† against the law to do that. Don’t toch the¬† packages because that is. The worst that can happen and I have just heard of¬† a few people¬† who have been asked to leave the store. You could always¬† leave a¬† flyer¬† for the store manager and ask them¬† to remove the¬† products too. Or¬† take a stack¬† to work and put them in the break room. Lots of ways¬† to warn¬† people.

After¬† fighting Hartz since `1999, I can¬† say it is highly unlikely that these¬† products will be removed¬† from sale. Far to much greed in the¬† world to let animal¬† lives stand in the¬†¬†way of the all might buck. It’s not¬† right it’s just the way it is. The only thing¬† you can do is report¬† problems of¬† course¬† but on a one¬† to one¬† level¬† spreading the truth,¬† tell everyone.

If you want a¬† flyer but to busy¬† to make one or not sure what to put on it. Email me at [email protected]

 Thanks,

Dani

¬†I just read a bunch of your posts. Many of them are asking HartzVictims to get this stuff off the market. There have many been attempts to do this . I even¬† did a petition that had¬† well over 10,000 signatures on it. Some actions myself and others have taken¬† such¬† as this web¬†site ,mys site¬† , others and blogs have resulted in the EPA taking some actions. We actually¬† got them to emove¬† a version of Hartz¬† flea drops¬† for cats, however Hartz¬† just came up with a new products¬† which is¬†¬† just as bad as the last. The Epa approved the¬† product for sale and here we are still trying.¬† Don’t ask us to do all the work. If your animal has suffered or¬† died from these¬† products¬† you should be really angry. You¬† should¬† take a look at the¬†Need Help¬†¬†page. Contact the resources listed, file the¬† reports¬† suggested and tell people about what happened warm them.. A few years ago the¬† first civil case against Hartz was won. So now you can¬† sue them and have a chance of winning danages. Prior to that case being¬† won, every attempt¬† to take Hartz¬† to court resluted in the case being¬† dropped due¬† to Hartz¬† counter suing.

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

Another way to hit back at these companies

I have¬† no idea why I didn’t think of this years ago, when I first started¬† fighting Hartz. Rip off Reports is an online free service where you can¬† make a¬† complaint about a company. http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/search/HARTZ

There are only 23 reports about Hartz. The¬† more reports there are the¬† higher the¬† likelyhood that anyone running a search on Hartz, ( or even looking to buy it¬† cheap online) will also see Hartz Rip Off Reports in the¬† search returns.¬† I’ll¬† be filing one¬† later this evening, I hope you all will also . It’s not much but it is another way to help get the word out about how terrible these¬† products¬† really are.¬† Why not let search engines help us out!

 Thanks,

Dani, Founder Against Hartz

¬†PS I see Hartz is again telling consumers they¬† need to be more careful about appling their dog¬† products to cats. I don’t know about¬† you but I figure you can¬† read if your reading this . LOL I hate Hartz insults

Hartz Flea Shampoo Killed my 3 Kittens

This was way back in 1989 but the emotional trauma of what I suffered watching my 3 kittens die is still very much with me. I had a female cat that I rescued from outside my home one winter, she gave birth to three kittens, adorable little tabbies. We fell in-love instantly and named them. There was Cricket, Buddy & Peanut. When they turned 16 weeks old I felt they were old enough to bathe in a flea shampoo to rid them of the fleas momma cat has passed on to them at birth. And according to HARTZ’S FLEA SHAMPOO instructions they only had to be at least 12 weeks old for their product to be safely used. So being that these kittens were 16 weeks old I felt safe in using it. BIG MISTAKE! I applied the shampoo as instructed and within MINUTES, ALL THREE STARTED RUNNING IN CIRCLES AND MEWING URGENTLY WITH A FRIGHTENED LOOK ON THEIR FACES. Soon after Cricket started foaming at her little mouth and gasping for air, Buddy started having foam come out his NOSE and MOUTH, Peanut grew very weak and listless and flopped over like a dead fish and lay gasping for air mewing in silent cries. I rushed them to the sink and re-rinsed them over and over as they grew weaker in my hands. I would rinse one and pass it to my (then 9 years old) daughter to dry off and try to rub them back to life, while I rinsed the other and so on. Finally 10 minutes into the horrific ordeal I panicked and called the emergency number of a local vet who said that it sounded like they had been poisoned and were too far gone to do anything for them because by the time “they start foaming the poison has entered their blood stream and it’s too late to save them” quote, un-quote. The vet also suggested I keep rinsing them with clear water and maybe they might pull out of it but to prepare for the worst. I crying started begging him to come help me, I would pay him holiday pay and after hours pay to just come so these babies wouldn’t suffer as they were literally suffocating in this thick foam oozing from their noses and mouths. He apologized and said there was nothing he could do for them, to call animal control and maybe they could help me. I called animal control and the lady who said there was nothing they could do either still came over quickly because I told her that I wanted a witness to what we were seeing and what the kittens were suffering. She sat with me and we ALL cried as we held these tiny babies in our hands watching them grow more and more listless and cold, all the while making gasping mewing movements with their tiny mouths like fish out of water,silent screams for help and gasping to try to get air in their lungs to breathe. They lived for another 30 minutes. Suffering ungodly pain and torture as they suffocated to death in this poisonous foam. My daughter had nightmares for months afterwards and she and I both still cry at the memories of how these kittens suffered. I called Hartz the very next day-a Monday-and was told that they had never had any complaints before and that they would gladly send me a box to return the actual bottle of shampoo to them for inspection. I stated that without the bottle I would have no proof of what I had used and what if it disappeared or was mysteriously lost in the mail? They assured me this would not happen and they would insure that I was advised of every step that bottle made from arrival to the results of their testing. So I agreed and sent them the bottle. And waited for their call. It never came. I ended up (almost to the point of harassment) calling and calling them for days on end for three months and nothing. Finally almost 4 months later I was able to reach an actual Hartz person because I threatened to sue them, and was firmly told they had NO RECORD of my name, my calling, or ANY complaints from anyone and did I have the bottle to prove it was their product I had used. I hung up in frustration and have vowed to insure no other cats are EVER killed by Hartz products again and voice it to anyone willing to listen. HARTZ PRODUCTS KILL CATS! PERIOD. And Hartz is insensitive and could care less because they are protected by bylaws and wordy powerful attorneys who know how to manipulate the system to insure they are not held accountable. So the next best thing is to boycott their products until they’re removed from consumer markets. DON’T BUY HARTZ PRODUCTS. Please! Save yourselves the heartache my daughter and I still keenly feel to this day….and If you value your sanity and the lives of your cats DO NOT USE HARTZ PRODUCTS ON THEM EVER!!!

Want To Do Something About This??

Bored, need something to do to take your anger at Hartz out? I got just the ticket for you easy and simple and you’ll feel better after you do it too!

Check out Hartz new ad campagin
http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/HartzFlea-com-Has-Everything-Pet-Parents-Need-to-4365776.php

Why not write The San Franciso Chromicle and tell them what your opinion of¬† Hartz flea and tick products is. Or just tell them “your” Hartz story

Questions and comments
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Do something to help get the word out about Hartz. summer  is coming and more cats and dogs are going to be hurt or die from products like Hartz. Getting the  word out about how dangerous Hartz is , is a good start to helping keep animals safe.

RIP PUFF & TREE-RAT

I used the Hartz flea drops on our cats at 4:oo PM on 10-28-12.  Both cat and kitten died 5 hours later.  They started to shake, foam at the mouth, and have sever convulsion.  We took them to the vet immediately, he knew right away what was going on.  Apparently they get 30 pets a month because of Hartz.  I used the products properly.

 

Puff was an all white cat with green eyes.¬† She was very pretty.¬† She loved to chase moths around the house.¬† Her favorite spot was to either sleep on my mom or this green chair we have.¬† She was very protective of our family.¬† When tomcats came around, she’d have a fit.¬† Same with other dogs that came over.

Tree-Rat is one of three kittens our other cat Minnie had earlier this year.¬† He was all black, and just a big ball of fluff.¬† He was extremely playful and kind.¬† He’d come up and sleep with anyone.¬† We called him Tree Rat because he had a big fluffy tail like a Tree Rat(Squirrel)¬† When he’d stretch, his tail would go all the way up his back over his head.