It's every pet owner's worst nightmare - and it seems to be happening again and again.
"Until Friday, I had never heard about how dangerous Hartz flea drops are. Three weeks ago, I applied Hartz Ultraguard to both of my cats. Soon after, my 12 year old, Jackson started having strange leg spasms. It was like something was shocking him, and he would take off running," a woman named Staci posted to a website called Hartz Victims.
Staci describes that her cat stopped eating and became lethargic. "I thought he had grown tired of his food, so I tried several different brands. He would take a few bites and stop. Then he started drinking a lot of water. The weight loss was rapid." When Jackson was taken to the vet on Friday morning, his family was told that he was in acute renal failure and severely anemic. "The vet explained how many animals that she had personally seen die from Hartz flea medicines," Staci wrote.
By Friday evening, Jackson was gone.
There are stories like this on the website, stretching all the way back to 2002. And the Consumer Affairs page for Hartz Mountain Flea & Tick Drops doesn't look much better. As recently as October 31 of this year, a woman named Beverly wrote, "I bought this product yesterday, after one use of this product my cat started to develop seizure. Upon my research on this product, found out other people having the same issues ... I don't understand why it's on store shelves and it supposed to be recalled." On Amazon, 55 percent of the reviews of Hartz Ultraguard Flea & Tick Drops for dogs are just 1 star and rife with warnings to other consumers.