I don’t know whether I’ve ever mentioned this on my dog blog, but this is an important warning for all pet owners who may be considering the use of Hartz or Sergeant’s brand products to prevent fleas and ticks in their pets. If you’re considering those products, please, do not purchase either one of those brands. Both brand names are owned by the same company, Sumitomo Corporation, and have a long history of injuring cats and dogs, like the little dog seen in the photograph above, and even killing pets.
There are a number of websites available that have more information and stories of pets injured by these products, including Hartz Victims, Hartz Kills, and Hartz Syndrome, so I will let those sites speak for themselves and not go into a great amount of detail about these products. The stories and photographs on those pages speak for themselves. Also, if you’ve used either one of those products on your pet and have found any side effects – redness, fur loss, drooling, neurological damage, or even death – please share your story on those websites and help warn other pet owners.
If you are looking for a good over-the-counter flea and tick product but would rather not pay the extra money for Frontline, please consider Pet Armor brand as an alternative to Hartz and Sergeant’s products. Pet Armor has the same active ingredients as Frontline, is cheaper, and is easily available at Walmart. PetArmor is the official flea and tick preventive of the ASPCA and works great.