We are outraged and sad and frustrated and horrified. Why are Hartz’s products still on the shelves?
Thousands upon thousands of animals have been severely injured or killed.
The dangers are well documented, and regulatory agencies are twiddling their thumbs.
IT IS UP TO US TO GET THE WORD OUT THERE IN A MASSIVE WAY.
I can’t bear to read one more story of a loving owner unknowingly poisoning their beloved animal.
As this web site says, One More Victim is One Too Many.
We live in the information age, so let’s exploit it to our purposes. YouTube belongs in our anti-Hartz arsenal.
I urge you to record the story of your experience and upload it to YouTube (with strategic tags).
You can record a short video with most digital cameras. If you don’t have one, borrow one from a friend. If you’ve never uploaded a video to YouTube, don’t worry — it’s easy.
If you have suffered at the greedy, filthy hands of this evil corporation, please take the time to record your story and upload it to YouTube. As long as there are people who don’t know the truth, animals will be needlessly poisoned and killed.
Imagine how quickly the truth will spread when YouTube is flooded with stories of the devastation caused by Hartz (as well as Sergeant’s, Farnam, and Wellmark).
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!!!
I can’t believe how ignorant I was in the fact I didn’t research Hartz InControl Flea and Tick Drops when I purchased them for my cat for the upcoming flea season. I mean… you see Hartz and assume you are buying a reputable product to protect your animal. I used InControl Flea and Tick Drops on my cat and within hours she was shaking and tremoring as if she was in the beginning stages of a seizure. I IMMEDIATELY called the number on the back of the box and though their Eastern Standard TIme Hours are 9 to 5 their “Hartz Mountain” offices were CLOSED and though it was 10am EST their soulless recording echoed in my ear to call them back during their regular business hours from 9am to 5pm EST. Not to mention this line hangs up on you after choosing this number 2 phone option for “POISON EMERGENCY!”
After taking my cat to the emergency vet and providing her with fluids and muscle relaxers to stop her convulsing my veterinarian immediately shook her head, sighing when I said “Hartz” She immediately knew how awful their products were and the horrible consequences cats and dogs have suffered from them. She told me she has had too many case to even count!
Upon arriving home with my cat, I researched what I had unwittingly subjected my beloved animal to and felt so irresponsible and sickened I had to post this story to try and raise awareness of this company and their pet killing products in hopes other mislead pet owners don’t end up in the same position as me, watching their cat or dog suffer like this. This company does NOT care about animals and ADMITS to using ingredients that cause irreparable liver damage and BLEEDING OF THE EYES! Even now at this very moment I am agonizing, wondering if my cat will pull through this. She is 13 years old and if anything this product has certainly shortened her lifespan by forcing her organs to work in overdrive to try and force this poisonous product out of her system! I know in my heart I will always feel responsible for putting her through this, but in the end it is THE HARTZ COMPANY WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO MANUFACTURING A LETHAL PET PRODUCT!
Please join me in taking our campaign against Hartz, Sergeant’s, Wellmark, and Farnam to a new level. They have been profiting from the killing of our cats and dogs for too many years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to be regulating these products, continues to sit quietly by as these companies wreak havoc on people and their beloved companions. Every day that goes by, more innocent animals are poisoned by unsuspecting pet owners looking for an inexpensive flea and tick treatment.
A crucial component of our campaign will be collecting cold, hard facts. I am in the process of submitting a request for information from the EPA (via the Freedom of Information Act), and I will make that information available to everyone here when I receive it.
The following companies are bottling poison. A few of the brands they’re associated with are in parenthesis. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
- Hartz Mountain Corporation (Hartz, Hartz Advanced Care, UltraGuard Plus, UltraGuard Pro)
- Sergeant’s Pet Products – (Sergeant’s Flea & Tick, Sentry Flea & Tick)
- Farnam – (Adam’s Flea & Tick, Bio Spot, Scratchex Flea & Tick Products, Sulfodene, Flys-Off,
- Wellmark International (Zodiac, Vet Kem)
Here are my ideas for how we can create awareness on a massive scale:
- Every pet owner whose pet has suffered any kind of adverse effect, please file an official report with the agencies who are SUPPOSED to be regulating these products. Insist that the treating vet also file reports. This is absolutely essential!
- Tell your vet to post information warning against these toxic products in the waiting room. We all know that vets don’t recommend these brands, but we have to get them to be proactive!
- Tell all of your friends and family members about the dangers of these products.
- Visit your local Humane Society, SPCA, and other shelters and tell them what you know. Advise them to reject donations of any of the above-named brands. Ask them to post information warning against these toxic products in plain view of people who are there to adopt an animal. Ask them to be proactive in warning adopters against using these products.
- Print out the anti-Hartz mini-flyers and give one to every pet owner you meet on the street. Roll them up and stick them into packages of Hartz’s poison on shelves at your local grocery stores, drug stores, pet store chains, and big-box stores. (I will be making new flyers which warn against ALL of the poisonous brands soon — stay tuned.)
- Post negative reviews of these toxic products on the websites that sell them, including PetSmart.com, Petco.com, and TerrificPets.com. Post negative reviews on review sites, like epinions.com.
- Join pet-related discussion groups and spread the word!
- Boycott ALL products manufactured by the above-named companies, and urge your family and friends to do likewise. Don’t give them a single cent.
- If possible, boycott ALL stores (including online stores!) that sell these products (especially the big pet store chains, like PetSmart and Petco).
- Contact your local news station and tell them your story! They may want to tell your story on the small screen — and that will reach thousands of people.
- Remember that every single person you tell becomes a source of information for other people!
Please, everyone, let’s put our collective outrage into action!
A few days ago, I applied Hartz Flea and Tick month-long liquid repellant to my cats as directed on the package. The cat began acting lethargic a few hours later after having had the energy to hunt a rabbit the day before. Every day he’s gotten more and more lethargic and now is sore all over his stomach to the point that he screams when I try to move him or pick him up. I usually use Frontline, but with the economy so bad and gas so high, I figured I should save the money when I saw the inexpensive substitute at Wal-Mart. Now my cat may very well die in the next day or two, because I used his terrible product. I took the cat to the vet today. It was $100 just for a preliminary exam and $70 more for hydration and pain killers. If I wanted to proceed with full treatment, the vet wanted $500-$800. Obviously, if I was trying to save $30 by not buying Frontline, I could afford this kind of vet bill. So now I am left hoping and waiting to see if and when my cat will die. I really debated a long time in Wal-Mart whether it would be safe to use the Hartz. I was so worried, that I bought the Hartz for kittens and cats under 5 pounds, even though my at is 9 1/2 pounds. I also checked to make sure thee product was not manufactured in China. The product read “Made in the USA” so I figured it wa safe. My cat had a terrible tick problem, and in the end I thought “Would they sell something dangerous at Wal-Mart?” The answer is “Yes!” There should be a class-action lawsuit against Hartz and Wal-Mart for this product being sold. I can’t believe how many horror stories there are about these products. Hartz and Wal-Mart are both liable for criminal conduct in selling this product to the public.
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.
I have a pair of cats – brothers – rescues, as all my cats have always been, and at the time I also had an older female. These sweet boys are my angels, and naturally I did not want them getting bugged by fleas, so, even though they are strictly indoor, I got them all Hartz flea collars. Within a day all were sick – drooling, unable to eat, listless. It didn’t occur to me at first that the collars were the problem, but when I called the vet, that was the first thing he asked. Apparently, by grooming each other, they were getting doubly sick from the collar’s poison.
Needless to say I removed them immediately, and the larger brother recovered quickly – the smaller brother took longer, and the female never completely recovered. She continued to lose weight and seemed emotionally traumatized. The boys kept her company and comforted her as best they could, but rather than living another few years, as she ought to have, since she had been in good health and was only 12 years old, she slowly faded and died less than 6 months later.