Severe reaction to Hartz Oatmeal Shampoo for dogs

I found this site by accident tonight and solved a puzzle I’ve been working with since the day before Thanksgiving. That morning I bathed Samson, my 3 year old West Highland White Terrier, before making a trip to relatives for the holiday. A friend had recommended a dog shampoo with oatmeal, as he has skin allergies. So I used Hartz Living Groomer’s Best Oatmeal Shampoo for sensitive skin, shampooing once and rinsing well. I used no conditioner. After our trip, about 6 hours later, Samson began to pant and lay down on the cool tile floor in the kitchen. When I checked him over, all of his skin was very bright red and he felt hot. Since he does have some skin irritations, and also chews his feet, I keep Relief spray with me. I sprayed his skin and he got better. Since that time, he has had two episodes of getting hot and his skin getting very red again, and he then smells strong. And he breaks out, then the rash places heal over. Tonight I was searching for a particular name in Google, and someone by that name had posted here. And I kept reading – and realized the Hartz shampoo had been the problem! I quickly shampooed Samson with Dawn, and found that now his hair on his neck is falling out. We will be at our vet first thing in the morning. Please don’t be fooled like I was by their label that says “for sensitive skin” for your dog. How can we stop Hartz from selling their products that are killing our pets and bringing suffering like my dog is having? I’ll help any way I can. I’m in Florida. [email protected]

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