Grief-stricken, sickened and now guilt-ridden

I fear that after reading these victims’ heart wrenching posts, my negligence as a pet owner is the cause of my indoor cat’s recent death.

I used Hartz 2x after an escape and subsequent epic flea infestation on Aug. 19th. I did notice vomiting, but that really wasn’t too unusual as Newman has always ever vomited after eating too quickly. Later I also noticed a lack of appetite, but I had changed his food and figured he just wasn’t that keen on the senior Iams version. After several trips to the vet and inconclusive blood work, i.e., everything looked clear, the Dr. gave me an appetite stimulant which half worked, however, I began to notice hind leg weakness and limping. After a follow up visit and another few ounces of weight loss, she recommended steroids as signs seemed to point to cancer and evidently steroids can be highly effective.

We started the steroids in addition to the appetite stimulant and Newman’s health continued to decline, increasing lethargy and complete inability to jump onto our low sofa. I came home on Dec. 11th to find him lying in his litter box dead. I’ll never know the true cause and the vet tells me that it isn’t my fault, but how can I think otherwise with so many horror stories about Hartz? Newman was a sturdy, healthy and happy cat before his escape and flea treatment and three months later he was gone. I’m devastated.

They need to stop manufacturing this poison

Same thing happened to my dog who is 10 years old. When I called the hotline number to tell them what happened they said you should not put this on older dogs. Well no where on the box does it state that. I am a single mother with two kids and Brandy has always actted like a puppy. I also gave her the drops and the next morning she was lethargic, not eating, trembling and difficulty breathing. I brought her to the emergency vet clinic with my two kids in tow. I was fearing the worst. The vet took one look at her and said you put Hartz flea & tick drops on her didn’t you. She said that she has seen this so many times. She gave Brandy an IV, pain medicine, and took her blood to see how bad this poison was effecting her. They wanted 1100.00 to keep her over the weekend and monitor her and to keep giving her fluids. I could not afford that and had to use my oil money to pay the 350.00 fee. I called Hartz and they said to send everything to them. Well it has been 2 weeks and no word. I just called them and was told 4 – 6 weeks my claim was under review. How long does it take to look at a vet bill? Now I am using my xmas money to pay for oil so I am not sure if this company will do the right thing or not. My dog is a lot better and my kids are happy to have her home. But what kind of company can repeatedly poison animals and there are still able to operate. They need to pay the victims and reimburse vet bills. How many complaints before this is taken off of the market. How many animals need to suffer for this companies greed. Why isn’t the government stepping in to regulate this? The more money they make the more animals that get sick. These people ought to be ashamed that they make money off of hurting animals.

Your site saved my cat

I took in a stray cat about a week ago and instantly fell in love with her. She is a beautiful black cat and a complete sweetheart. Since I took her in I’ve been trying my best to accommodate her needs, including today by trying to cure her fleas that cause her to scratch like crazy. My mother brought home Hartz Ultra Guard she picked up during her run to a cornerstore and, not thinking anything of it, I applied the “medicine” to the base of her skull on the back of her neck like the box instructed. She (thankfully) ran away before I could finish giving her the whole dose. Not even 20 minutes later I noticed a change in her behavior; she was crouched down in a scared position and didn’t want to be pet. I then noticed her ears were constantly twitching every couple seconds and a little bit later her skin was twitching as well. I had a sinking feeling that there was something wrong, so I googled her symptoms and the product I used and found this site, and thank god I did. After seeing the horror stories on here I ran outside where I let her out and scrubbed the spot where I applied the medicine with several wet washcloths and took off her collar. She was laying in the grass nearly motionless the whole time. I called my boyfriend and asked him to come over and help me with her, we followed this site’s advice of using Dawn soap and cleaned her fur of any of the remaining poison. She has gone back to her normal behavior since then, and I am so incredibly relieved. I am thankful for this site and everyone’s stories. You all saved my cat’s life. I will never use Hartz or any product containing¬†permethrin ever again and will fight against this corrupt company that kills people’s beloved pets for a quick buck. I can’t believe this stuff is on the market.

Neem Oil as alternative to flea prevention

This past year I have reason to pat myself on the back. I made a pledge to stop using any and all synthetic products to prevent fleas and i did pretty good. I live in the greater Cleveland area so I have never seen ticks in the 12 years I’ve lived here.
1. Get some Neem Oil at a hydroponics store along with a product called AzaMax. (Will be cheaper to purchase online). 2. One gallon air pressure sprayer or 32 oz spray bottle. 3. dish detergent.

If using the gallon hand pump sprayer: take 1/2 table spoon of Neem and 1/2 tablespoon of AzaMaz and put in hand pump¬† sprayer. Then take like 1/2 gallon of water and warm it up a little to like 80 to 90 degrees so the neem and AzaMax can dilute easier and dump in sprayer along with a few drops of dish detergent which also will help brake up the oily Neem and AzaMax and improve dispersant. Then I fill the hand pump sprayer the rest of the way up with water. I have a De-ionization water system at home so I use the pure water. Also, I live in Cleveland and it’s a wee bit cooler here during the fall, winter and spring seasons so I keep the sprayer in a warm place in the house so the contents don’t jell up in solution.

In the house: (Before I leave the house for a few hours) I take and shake the sprayer and set the nozzle so that it comes out in the finest mist. Smaller droplets have a tendency to fall on fleas or other bugs better and I spray the whole house from the attic on down including carpets, wood floors, furniture and crate/dens until I hit the basement which is concrete. I will do this at least every 3 days and it works very well. I pick up the dogs water and food bowls and because it’s a fine mist it dries quickly. Neem is a plant and the AzaMax is derived from Neem. Totally safe.

Suggestions: Put Lavender oil or other essential oils known to drive bugs crazy, just a few drops. I include Lavender

Outside: Same thing but use a little more of the ingredients. Cut the grass and pick up poop. Set nozzle for more of a spray stream so that lager droplets spray out. Spray yard every 3 to 4 days. I understand that this could be a big deal for some dog owners especially if you have large yards. I have a nice small yard. Wish it was bigger for their sake but the one gallon hand pump sprayer will do the whole back yard.
During the 2012 season I dropped the ball and had alot of fleas but this past year I kicked ass and followed protocol and breezed right threw the Summer and Fall with no problems. No Frontline.

I would spray the dogs with Lavender, tea tree and almond oil along with a few drops of dish detergent and I will spray it on the dogs and around the house once in a while and that will keep the bugs off them.