About a month ago I purchased Hartz Ultra Guard flea and tick spray for cats. It was on sale and being that my cat has long hair I figured it’d be perfect for her! I’ve had a problem with her fleas for awhile and they just keep returning. After using it on her she got very upset (of course) then I noticed her licking her mouth strangely. She had very thick saliva drooling out of her mouth! So i cleaned her off and set her to her water bowl to drink. It stopped after a few minutes. I just figured it happened because maybe she had licked herself and the chemicals thickened up her saliva. Well, today I noticed she had a few fleas on her face. I decided to take a gentle approach and get a q-tip with the a little bit of the spray at the end and dab it on the area with the fleas. Immediately after touching her with the q-tip just around her ear she FLIPPED out! She ran all over the house till finally I caught her and settled her down in my arms. Then I noticed she had the thick saliva as well as drooling coming from her mouth! I didn’t put any around her mouth or anywhere her little tongue could reach! And she never stopped to clean her self off. She is fine now and back to normal but I was wondering if anyone has ever dealt with this side effect before! I do not plan on using this product any more. And other Hartz products have literally NEVER worked on any of my animals except this spray. Not only does this flea and tick spray cause her such discomfort but I don’t ever want to see what future problems arise if I continue using it on her. I love her too much to do a quick fix for fleas… When I typed in google with the name and symptoms this is the top site that talks about anything that happens to our animals due to Hartz products. I have to say Thank You to everyone who has shared their stories. If it wasn’t for this site, I may have been ignorant enough to continue using this product!
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 sprayed my stairway, my couch, two chairs, and my bed with Hartz Flea Spray. Then I went to work. 10 hours later I came home and didn’t think anything about the smell. I assumed after 10 hours, it was safe to sit on the couch and lie on the bed. It has been 23 days since then, and the smell is driving me crazy.
I vacuumed, put baking powder down, washed and re-washed bedding, couch cover. I threw rugs and clothing away. I tried Fabreeze. I go to the sauna almost daily thinking I have to sweat it out of my body. I started drinking liquid chloraphyl because the local nutrition shop said it might be an internal issue. I used the sinus cleansing kit from Wal Mart thinking maybe it was in my sinuses. By the way, no one else can smell it.
I called the nurse hotline. They said a smell that is not going away is not a health issue but put me through to the Poison Hotline. They said that as long as there were no respiratory or neurological symptoms, I had to wait until it went away.
Not a good way to spend a month. I smell this sicky sweet chemical spray everywhere, even when I leave home and go to work. NEVER AGAIN!
(oh, at least there were no fleas that lived, they were lucky.)