The kitten I came upon was vivacious and energetic as well as happy and loving. I fed her cow’s milk and as expected she got diarrhea. I needed something, though. I knew I had to get a formula, so I went to Wal-Mart and bought Hartz’s formula. I didn’t know any better. Over time the time span of four days, my kitten started having disturbing symptoms. I did not connect them to the formula until it was too late. The first night she threw up, which I just attributed to tummy upset. The next few days I started noticing that when I would feed her, a half hour or so later she would start acting odd. Day two, after a feeding she just went in a corner and started meowing loudly. She also would stare off into space and circle around in her litter box and just fade off. When she would re-animate, she started acting very restless as if she was looking for something. She started just hiding behind things, as if she was sick. She didn’t do that when “normal”. The third day, I had to take her to the vet because I thought something else was wrong. On this day, she was doing the trance thing and was very restless alternating with near paralyzation over and over. I noticed she also had bad gas. The vet put her in an incubator with oxygen and gave her fluids. She somehow miraculously popped out of it after a few hours (digestion time, hmm?). The next day, the symptoms returned after feeding. I put her in a box with blankets because she kept doing the weird trance thing and was obviously distressed. She just stood in the corner with her head against the walls, like she couldn’t move. Her tail was twitching oddly and near the end before she lost consciousness, she was mewing loudly. She never did this before. Obviously, this time her reaction was so severe that I had to put her to sleep. My last memory of her, besides standing in a corner unresponsive, was of her lying in an incubator, totally dead to the world. Thanks for killing my kitten, Hartz. Please, everyone, do NOT give your kitten this poison. Get KMR.
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.
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.
As many others, time was short, Vet’s office wasn’t open when I was in town to pick up flea mecication so I went to Wal-Mart, bought Seargents Gold thinking I don’t have a problem, and this will keep one from developing! Ha!
I have a minature daschund who is the absolute light of my life and two precious rescue dogs which I like to refer to as “Designer Dog” aka mutts. I picked up the medication on Saturday 9/6, went home, my hubby read the directions and applied to all three dogs. Marshal Dillon, one of the designer dogs, breezed through with no problems. Miss Kitty, the other designer had minor problems, shaking her ears, rubbing her back and hiding, but didn’t seem to have any major problems. Heidi, the dashchund, cried, shook, hid, every imaginable distress behavior showed up in this dog. We do not have weekend vet service available in the county I live in so I did my best with her. Bathed her repeatedly, washed her back and neck with cool washcloths, kept ice packs on her as long as she could stand to stay still. We aren’t through with the vet clinics yet, but you can bet this company and Wal-Mart are going to hear about the misery my best friends have been subjected to as well as being presented with an outrageous vet bill for having to treat my babies for something totally avoidable.
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.