My cat died this morning July 1, 2012

I treated our cat,Gretel, a very active and healthy 1 year old, with Hartz Ultraguard Plus Flea Spray and also treated her with the spot treatment Ultraguard Pro. Within 4 days she was acting lethargic and “stoned” . I took her to the vet the next day. They bathed her, gave her fluids, cortisone, antibiotics and (believe it or not) another dose of Flea control. I picked her up after 3 days there. Within 3 more she could not walk at all. I went back to the vet, they gave her more fluids and I brought her home. Over the next 6 days she got weaker, finally having 2 major seizures yesterday evening. Over night her breathing became more troubled. She died this morning about 8:30. Her weight went from a healthy 11 pounds to 6.6 pounds in 2 weeks. I was feeding her by syringe (water, vitamins, broth) for the last week of her life.
The active ingredients of these treatments are  S-methoprene and an organophospate (Tetrachlorvinphos)  in the same family as Sarin poison. These are both neurotoxins that that are designed to affect the nervous systems of insects and , sadly, any animals or humans that contact them. In fact, organophosphates are the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the world and is suspected of connections to numerous child and adult conditions in humans.
The labeling on the bottle might as well be non-existent. The warning is printed under a flap on the bottle that is virtually impossible to peel back… and the font is so small you can barely see it. Further, they give NO indication as to how lethal their product can be.
This product NEEDS to be in a box with a fully printed instruction sheet with warnings as to the dangerous poison it contains, with FULL disclosure as to the side effects, symptoms of overdose, etc… It also needs to contain information on an antidote.
I think it is criminal for a company to market such a dangerous product without any consideration to the damage it can do to animals, but also to people who may contact it.

It obviously does not take much to cause a severe and irreversible reaction!

TREATMENT AND ANTIDOTE:  I searched high and low to find something I could do to help my friend. If you get your pet to the vet soon enough, a shot of Atropine MAY help (according to the literature). After that the symptoms will progress as outlined above.  In humans it is possible to arrest the onset, but once the damage is done, it is not reversible. In pets I think the treatment is not available. The vets (I went to a second for another opinion) were somewhat stymied. Her reflexes were fine, she looked not too bad and was fairly alert with moments of disorientation. Even on her last day she was fairly aware of things.  Her blood panel was pretty normal, with a low red cell count (we ascribed to the fleas). The damage of this poison is to the nerves. It affects their ability to transmit and eventually the victim dies.

I was unable to find anything more on possible treatments. Please, if someone knows more than me, add it to the website.


Death to early

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.

Time is Running Out

Let your voice be heard. Tell the EPA what you think about over the counter flea products.

Comments must be made before May 17th 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said more than 600 pets died in 2008 after treatment with flea and tick drops. The agency said it had about 44,000 complaints of pets sickened or killed that year, compared to 28,000 in 2007

However. they feel that compared to the number of doses sold that is acceptable. Their plan will do nothing to help save our beloved pets from injury and death from the use of these dangerous products

This is your chance to be heard. Please join me and tell the EPA we don’t want these dangerous products sold in the US any longer.

To submit a comment

Be sure to add the docket # which is
Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0229
to your comment.

Thank you


The America consumer spends half a billion dollars annually  on products that kill fleas. Many of these products are not only unsafe for animals but also many have toxic effects on humans. The EPA, registers most of these products as safe pestcides. They are not safe.

On 02/11/01 I became brutally aware of Hartz flea products after using Hartz flea and tick drops on stray cat I had taken in. That day and the next few will forever stand out in my mind. I joking refer to that time as my ‘Hartz awakening’. I have fought to get Hartz flea products of shelves ever since.

I have “My story”, just as every victim of Hartz or other over counter flea product victim does. The stories only vary in the degree of sorrow, be it from the injuries or deaths these products have caused and the amount of money paid to save or try to safe an animal after their use. I have read thousands of them. Sometimes I cry but all the time I get angry. How dare this still be happening. How dare the EPA or other government entity not stop this. The reason is all to simple, GREED.

What you will be reading below is all factual and I hope it will cause you to help put a stop to this before more animals suffer needless harm and death.
I urge you to take action. File complaints, write letters, emails and make calls.   Stay angry about this and do something. WE all must come together to put a stop to this. You must take the time to file complanits,  write letters and  make calls. And perhaps the most important thing of all is to tell people. Tell everyone you know. Tell people you see at the  store looking at these flea products. Get the word out. By doing this you may actually help save an animal from injury and /or death.  Become as animal advocate, especially if you have  your own story.

Hartz has been producing dangerous flea products since 1987. At that time Blockade, was pulled off store shelves after the company admitted that it had caused 366 animal deaths and 2,700 injuries, as well as 56 human injuries

What follows are some high points of the past ten years regarding Hartz.

1999 WFMY News
Regarding harm to humans by Hartz products, it turns out that Hartz settled out of court  for a girl’s death from their flea shampoo.

Case details: Delbert Lee Campbell and Virginia P.
Campbell v. The Hartz Mountain Corporation, Colorado Federal District Court, Case No. 98-WY-1171-WD
The Campbell’s attorneys:

The EPA orders Hartz to recall their Flea and Tick Drops for re -labeling after thousands of complaints about injuries and deaths attriubted to the products.
In 2003 a case action was filed against Hartz Mountian. It was settled out of court on July of that year.The stipulations regarding settlements required that the orginal product or packaging, the sales reciept, Vet bills and a letter from the Vet stating that the cause for the treatment was reqiured directly from the use of the product must be sent in to file a claim. Claims would not be paid if the animals had  died unless an autopsy had  been  preformed whiich indicated the use of the product was the cause of death. In addition  the  person filing the claim was required to sign a mulit paged do not disclose and information about Hartz agreement. The settlement pay outs were limited to the cost of the product and Vet  bills. Nothing for injury or loss of the animal.
 * I was involved in the class action and  and refused to settle and give up the right to speak out about Hartz.

ASPCA CASE NUMBER from May 31, 2004 is case # 40034238

In August of 2004 we know that Hartz had recieved at least 58074 complaints. As this number was given to a person filing a complaint.

Those number are from 2004  Can you dare to imagine what the actual numbers are today? Horrifying thought isn’t it.

By the way these companies are awesome in their ability to get the EPA to believe that the reasons for most of these complaints are due to the American consumer being to stupid to (A) Buy the correct product for thier pet. (B) Read and follow the instructions. That was Hartz response back then and the EPA bought into it.
6/18/04 Sumitomo buys Hartz Mountain for $365 million 

6/3/05 EPA and Hartz agree to recall, relabel and  stop  the sale of Hartz Fle and Tick Drops for cats and kittens, on 3/06. At that time they will put a new product on the  market to replace their flea and tick drops for cat.
The Latest  News Articles –
EPA Investigates Hundreds of Flea, Tick Products. States that The Environmental Protection Agency is “intensifying its evaluation” of hundreds of spot-on flea and tick products, which contain pesticides and may have accounted for thousands of pet injuries and deaths in the past two years.

A “significant increase” in the number of reports prompted the EPA to investigate the individual commercial products and their major manufacturers, including Hartz Mountain Corp., Central Life Sciences and Bayer AG, according to EPA spokesman Dale Kemery.

The agency is not, however, recommending or requiring any companies to recall their products.

Kemery says the EPA is not targeting specific companies — just the products that may have contributed to the 44,263 incident reports the EPA received in 2008. Approximately 1,200 of those reports accounted for animal deaths.

The numbers mark a sharp increase from the approximate 28,000 incidents pet owners reported in 2007.

“There has been this increase and there is definitely a concern,” Kemery said. “That’s why we are investigating this.

 Contact For Mr Kemery
[email protected]

April 24, 2009
Oakland SF Chronical
Group says flea collars for pets endanger kids
The Natural Resources Defense Council urged federal regulators to remove the products from the market

EPA 5/09
Increased Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Control Products for Pets
Monterey County Herald 
EPA investigating spot-on flea treatments

Pet products draw warning

5/18/09  KOCO
Resources, Web Sites For Flea/Tick Poisoning Story

Pet owners concerned about flea and tick medications

Defiance Crescent News
Some flea and tick medicines could lead dogs and cats to increased risk of injury

Wall Street Journal
Fur Flies Over Flea Treatments

Flea Treatment Side Effects


Hopefully reading this has enlighted you to just how bad these products and given you the urge to want to, “do something about this” All the information and contacts for filing complaints for victims and others wanting to stop the injustice and the suffering of our animals from greedy companies can be found on the , “Need Help’ page. Please join the fight and  help us stop this.  Thank you!

Suggested Information sites-      An awesome collection of informational articles

Against Hartz 
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*Note Both the above sites must be moved as geocities is closing