Concerns About Using Hartz Advanced Care Flea Drops

Does anyone know if Hartz Advanced Care Flea Drops for fleas and ticks are bad for dogs? I generally use Frontline or Advantix but picked these up at the store while I was waiting to order the other. I am worried because I read some other posts and afraid they will make the dogs sick. So far they seem just fine. Any answers would be appreciated. Thank You.

Mythi from Silverdale, WA

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

Here is my story, #1 I SAY NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I have an AbbyTabby named Nala whom I used the Hartz for fleas on her nearly 2 years ago. She was doing some strange things (can't remember at this moment) that were out of sorts for her, so I took her in. After several tests (the vet never asked if I had put anything on her!!!!) I mentioned the flea medicine, "well that might be something" she said, go home and give her several baths with Ivory dishwashing deter. Luckily Nala was declawed by her previous owners (this is the ONLY time that declawing was ok with me, in this one instance, cuz' just about any cat wouldn't have liked all those baths!). After several baths and a day or two she was much better.

I did some research and found out that hundreds of cats AND dogs have died from this. Yet they continue to place this crap on the shelves. It's got some REALLY HEAVY DUTY chemicals in them. I know that you aren't supposed to put the dog stuff on the cats (some cats have died because of their owners ignorance to that fact) but I do know that several hundred dogs have died from it.

I would looked up Hartz victims, there is a website (the name isn't on my favorites anymore) that you'll know when you come to it, that is an information/memorial page to those who have lost ones.

I realize the meds are expensive but our pets are important (they should be, if not, people shouldn't own pets) and should be given the best care. Clean water, medicine if needed (fleas medicine IS a needed), complete and healthy food (Iams and Science Diet, let alone Friskies is NOT a healthy food for cats or dogs) and love.

Hope that helps!

P.S. Here in my town we have a spay and neuter clinic called St. Francis Assisi, they have the Frontline Plus for cats and dogs at a good price. 6 vials (plus 1 more free) costs me something like $50!!!! You might look around and see what you can find, but I do know Drs. Foster and Smith is a good place to buy them too, they have sales often. Usually any place is cheaper than buying right in the pet store.

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May 26, 20070 found this helpful

NO! Do not use this product. We tried it and nearly killed our pets. The vet told us it was posionous for pets. Use Frontline or one of the other recommended products that your vet may prescribe.

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May 26, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for the feedback. I got worried about someone mentioned it. I generally use Frontline or Advantix but the dogs had fleas so I picked up Hartz at the store. I will order some Frontline from Petmeds. I got a 10 percent off coupon from them today and will order right away.

The dogs are showing no symptoms or acting strange and I am thankful for that. I got the collars not the drops but will never buy it again.

Thank you again, you may have saved my dogs from being very ill.

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May 29, 20070 found this helpful

Actually all of those are poisons to varying degrees & they are slowly leached into your pet's skin & wherever else they leach into from there. I don't use anything on my dogs & they don't have fleas. If I have ever see any I used diatamaceous earth. It's made from ground shenlls & it dries them, & ants, up. You can sprinkle, or spread it, on your property. Then vaccum often inside until they're gone. Make sure that your pets don't get around other people's pets who have fleas.

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May 29, 20070 found this helpful

I live in FL and the fleas are very bad here. I know that my vet recommended to me not to use anything but Frontline, Advantage or Revolution (she only recommends that for cats...it's also a heartworm preventative). Even though there are less expensive things on the market, I personally wouldn't use anything else on my pets.

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May 29, 20070 found this helpful

DO NOT USE HARTZ PRODUCTS AT ALL UNLESS IT IS A TOY !!! YEARS AGO I WORKED FOR A LARGE COMPANY THAT SOLD HARTZ MT PRODUCTS, AND THE HEAD HONCHO WOULD COME IN THE STORE AT LEAST 2 OR 3 TIMES A MONTH , AND HE TOLD ME DO NOT USE ANY HARTZ PRODUCTS ON MY PETS IF I LOVED THEM !!!!!I ASKED HIM WHY, AND HE SAID THEY ARE DANGEROUS !!!!

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

Over the Counter Flea meds range from useless to dangerous. Fleas have become resistant to the pyrethrins and permethrins used in these products and they've used higher and higher doses to keep them effective. Under no circumstances should an over the counter flea med be used on a cat, rabbit or other small animal.

Although more expensive, flea meds from your vet are the safest, most effective and most economical way to go. Hartz and other pet product companies make a lot of products that are just plain bad. Be a smart consumer and an educated pet owner and you will be okay.

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October 5, 20080 found this helpful

I recently bought the Hartz drops for my three cats from Wal Mart to get rid of some fleas. They are showing no signs of distress towards the medication. After reading all the reviews I'm really nervous about my cats getting ill. It's been 10 hrs since putting the drops on them and no signs of it even working to kill the fleas. I also bought 3 flea collars but don't want to apply them due to the application of the drops. Any suggestions?

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November 8, 20080 found this helpful

I beg everyone to never use hartz flea drops or collars! They are incredibly dangerous. I do not want any animal or any owner to ever go through what we had to go through because of hartz medication! It's not fair to anyone or any animal.

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August 17, 20090 found this helpful

Hi everyone,

I have 2 dogs one is a 9 year old Dalmatian mix, and the other is a 2 1/2 year old Chihuahua. I have been using Hartz drops on the Dalmatians for years because it is the only thing I have found to work on her to relieve the fleas. And Since I used it on my dalmatian with no problems, I started using it on my Chihuahua, and I have had no problems what-so-ever. I don't understand all these complaints. I don't see the need to pay alot more money for something that you could get for less and it does the same thing. Now that I have read these reviews I am a little worried. But like I said I have never had any problems so I am going to keep using the Hartz flea drops on both my dogs. And also my mom has had cats for as long as I can remember and she has always used Hartz flea collars. And I mean this is like 30 years of Hartz flea collars on all different cats. And that all were fine.

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