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.”

Almost lost 2 kittens from Sentry(Sergeants) PurrScriptions plus

I am a devout pet owner, we have 8 cats/kittens and 2 dogs in my home. 2 of our pet are recent additions off the streets. Both were loaded with fleas. We went to Pet Supplies Plus in Ohio and purchased Sentry PurrScriptions plus flea and tick for the cats and Natural Chemistry De Flea for the dogs.( http://naturalchemistry.com/Pet_amp_Home_1.html ) we applied the spray to the dogs and the 2 kittens we took in as directed by the labels. The Natural Chemistry product worked wonders, however the Kittens started seizing and foaming at the mouth within an hour. We Bathed both kittens in Dawn dish soap as directed by the vet, and the older of the 2 kittens came back around almost immediatly. The littler of the 2 however is still foaming and seizing. we are forcing fluids on her now, and are hoping for the best.
After doing som research I found that Sentry (promoted on this site as safe) is actually made by Sergeants Pet Care. As you may have read they make some of the most deadly chemicals you can use on your pet such and Skip Flea and Tick Shampoo and Flea drops.The name Sergeants is not displayed anywhere on the Sentry bottle except on the back in fine print saying, “Distributed by: Sergeants Pet Care Products, Inc.”
I would now encurage all pet owners that buy any pet chemicals to read the entire label to make sure that just because the name brand is Sergeants or Hertz doesn’t mean that they don’t make it and are just disguising the maker.

Help!

I recently moved into a mobile home that used to belong to my sister-in-law. She didn’t have her dogs on any structured flea treatment and when they moved out the fleas stayed behind. The trailer was completely infested when we moved in and I refused to move our 2 cats in until the place had been bombed. After it seemed like the problem had been resolved, I brought the cats in. I noticed that they were beginning to scratch a little more often than usual, and within the last two months the problem has gotten completely out of hand. I believe it was partially due to a litter of orphan kittens we found outside and kept in the house until they were big enough to find homes. The runt of the litter had fleas so bad that ultimately I think they were a big factor in her death. I went to Target and bought cheap flea drops for both of them, I’m now ashamed to say. I’m pretty sure they were Hartz brand, but I’m not 100% positive. I remember they came in a white and purple box. I applied the medicine to my 3 year old tabby Geneva first, and may have missed the center of her shoulder blades by a centimeter or less but it still seemed like it was out of her reach. Next I applied it to our 2 year old orange tabby Kiki. I went to check on Geneva and she made a disgusted face and ran from me and I could tell that she must have somehow ingested some. I chased her around my son’s bedroom and finally she stopped and crawled under the covers on his bed. I approached her and pulled the covers back to find she was foaming at the mouth and there was a pile of foam on the sheets. I freaked and rushed her to the 24 hour animal emergency room where they determined she was fine except for a strange fever and gave her a bath to wash off any remnants of the flea drops. The vet told me that when they bathed her she was covered in fleas, especially around her face. Our other cat Kiki had no problem with the medication. It has been about a month since their treatment and I have noticed that Geneva is beginning to look unhealthy. She scratches furiously all the time, she’s losing weight and the fur around her neck has become short, thin and coarse. I couldn’t take seeing her in such misery any longer and about an hour ago I bathed her in Sergeant’s Gold Flea & Tick Shampoo for Cats and Kittens. I’ve never bathed a full grown cat before and doing it by myself I found to be extremely difficult. I’m not even sure I used the best method, I just did the best I could. As was rinsing the shampoo out of her fur I was shocked by just how bad her flea infestation was. They were crawling into her eyes nose and mouth and I tried to pick off as many as I could, crying as she looked up at me soaking wet and completely pathetic. I dried her as much as she would allow before she finally escaped from me and hid but she was still a little damp and won’t stop licking herself. Her demeanor seems to have improved actually, but I looked around online to make sure her licking herself wouldn’t harm her. I was alarmed and disgusted when I discovered just how dangerous the Hartz and Sergeant’s products are. Several people talked about waking up the next day after bathing their cats with the product to find them vomiting blood and other horrible things. Now I am absolutely terrified that I may not have rinsed it all out and that she is going to get hurt. This cat is my angel! Should I wash it off or take her to the vet? She seems happier and is itching less but I don’t want to take a chance. What should I do???

This is ridiculous!

I cannot believe all these stories and poor people who have had traumatic experiences with their pets and this terrible brand. Thank god for this website!!! I had been buying frontline plus from my vet for Paisley. My mom told me to buy it at a store because it would be cheaper. Well they didn’t have any frontline and Paisley’s fleas are all gone but there might be some still in the apt so I decided to get her some Sergeant Silver flea and tick squeeze on. I put it on Paisley last night. She was napping in another room while I was doing homework. After a few hours she comes in acting strange.  She was walking very slowly and shaking all four legs like she had just stepped in a puddle of water.  So that’s what I thought had happened and went back to hw.  Less than an hour later I go to check on her and she is in the closet laying there barely able to stand up. She was walking so slowly now and had shaking in her legs. When I touched them or the back of her neck where the medicine was she would cry. Her personality was so different it reminded me of when she was coming off the anesthisia after getting spayed, like she was “drunk” and scared cause she didn’t know what was happening to her.  I googled sergeant silver’s flea medicine and this was the very first site that popped up. Obviously more people go on this website to complain about Hartz than to buy it or look at the products on their website. After skimming a couple stories I gave her a bath with dawn soap and water.  I scrubbed the back of her neck very good and washed everywhere else to make sure. That was a hassle since the last time I bathed her she was about half the size she is now! Then she was growling and crying (which she never does) when I dried her off like I was hurting her or she was just so sick she didn’t want to be bothered.  She was still pretty scared (and probably pissed)  for little while afterwards but she finally got up in bed and curled up never to me. When I woke up this morning she was still lethargic but her personality was back and no more shaking.  I went to class and came back to find her back to her normal self.  She played and played for hours and just laid down beside me for a nap 🙂 I’m outraged by all the victims (pets and owners) that have been scarred from this product. How can they keep this poison on the shelves with no warning to unsuspecting pet owners??? I am so pissed at this company something needs to be done to gets these dangerous chemicals from being sold.

Once again thank you so much for making this site and raising awareness. I am so grateful to have Paisley back to her normal funloving self 🙂

Too many to remember

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.

Sergeants Gold flea and tick made my dog very sick.

  We bought Sergeants flea and tick after noticing a flea on one of our three boxers a week ago.  We put this (medicine) on two of the three and after a few minutes they both were starting to to act a little sick,  We didn’t think a lot of it at the time and it was late so we went to bed.  The next morning was a nightmare!  Our youngest boxer (2 years old) was so sick that he couldn’t keep his balance, was drooling, and throwing up.  He couldn’t walk. was shaking.  I called the hotline from the box,, what a joke, this woman told me to cleanse my dog’s palate with soft dog food and peanut butter, yeah right! then she told me the reason my dog was shaking was this  ” dogs shake when they are excited or anxious”. She refused to tell me anything, and told me to have my vet call her..

after talking with my vet, here’s what we did,,

Force water/chicken broth to help flush out the poisons.  SCRUB YOUR DOG WITH DAWN (BLUE) DISH SOAP, it will help remove the poison from the dog’s fur and skin and will also kill fleas, do at least three times. as soon as we did this with ours he was better within a few minutes.

This “medicine” should be removed from the shelves, and the side effects should be listed on the box!! 

 

Another victim

I also bought this product and put it on 2 of 3 chihuahuas……..one is pregnant. They both started panting, drooling, scratching and could not sleep, it seamed as if they were having convulsions. It has been 2 days and doses of meds later and they are still having problems. Their skin is scorched. If anyone needs help to take these people down or you have a lawsuit, I will be more than happy to help. They are still selling this product even after all of the problems and complaints they have had. They really care about our pets don’t they!!! Thank you, you can email me at   [email protected]

Let’s Step Up This Campaign

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.

Here are my ideas for how we can create awareness on a massive scale:

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Tell all of your friends and family members about the dangers of these products.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Join pet-related discussion groups and spread the word!
  8. 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.
  9. If possible, boycott ALL stores (including online stores!) that sell these products (especially the big pet store chains, like PetSmart and Petco).
  10. 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.
  11. 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!

Saved thanks to HartzVictims.org

Last night was a terrible night for our Lola, a 1 yr old mini doxie. We purchased Sergeants Gold Flea & Tick Squeeze on for Dogs (9-20 lbs) earlier that day for her. We applied it at around 9:30 at night, following the on-package instructions. She started running around the house and at first we thought she was just being silly. But by 10 her eyes started to swell and she was itching at her face. Her breathing was irregular so we called the emergency number. They told us to wash her 3 times with Dawn brand dish soap and then to feed her tuna fish (WHAT?!) so she can get food/nutrients in her system. We washed her 5 times total but she was getting worse. She was frothing at the mouth and vomiting a little blood. All I can say is thank God for this website–I found it quickly and followed the advice. We got her to the emergency vet by 11 and they told us we brought her just in time. After a stressful night spent in the pet hospital, Lola is better (albeit a little sleepy).

The vet told us that reactions from Sergeants is basically how they stay in business. SO MANY dogs and way more cats are allergic to this stuff. Recommend to everyone you know to not buy Sergeants! The effects can be fatal, as too many on this site have proven. Why doesn’t Sergeants have a warning label on the back of their package? They only list the emergency number but from what I’ve read that number is not helpful. They need to put a side effects listing on the package! This needs to be stopped!