Friday, September 24, 2010

Deadly Hartz - Introducing Flea

Yesterday Joyce of Joa’s Arc got a call from a friend and fellow animal helper. A kitten had come into her shelter that they believed to be very neurologically impaired. However, after several calls to the person who surrendered the kitten, it was discovered that the kitten was a completely normal kitten until the evening before when the family treated the kitten with a Hartz flea product.

Within hours of being treated with the Hartz flea product, this normal, healthy kitten could no longer stand up on its own at all, it could not eat or see or maintain his body temperature which kept dropping dangerously low. After several baths and being given sub-q fluids at a local vet, Joa’s Arc was told "only time will tell". Joyce brought this poor baby home, gave him yet another bath, force fed him, kept him warm and did the only other thing she could think to do - she prayed.

This morning Joyce found a brand new kitten!! Now appropriately named Flea, he seems to be back to normal. Yay!! We really cannot say which helped the most, but Joa’s Arc and all who met this kitten are very thankful that the combination treatment did the trick. Sadly, that is not always the case with animals given Hartz products.

A perfectly healthy kitten needlessly suffered and after extraordinary medical measures, it was still unknown if he would recover, let alone survive. All because of a product that should absolutely be off the shelves! If you love your pets, do not use Hartz products - it can kill them!

Please check out these websites for more information:
- ConsumerAffairs.Com - Hartz
- Complaints Board - Hartz
- HartzVictims.Org
- Are You Poisoning Your Pet with Toxic Flea and Tick Products?

It is "Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week" this week! What a perfect week for the animals of Joa’s Arc.

Check back each day for a new post about some of the great animals that are in our care or have found wonderful new homes thanks to Joa’s Arc.

Please note, we are now desperate for donations! Flea was an unexpected emergency intake and though he recovered after extensive medical care, he will still require the usual medical care as well: basic vet care, appropriate vaccinations and he will need to be neutered in several weeks if he is recovered enough for that. Any and all donations help. Please consider donating today:

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  1. This is horrifying. Poor kitty :"(

    I am from South Africa and we do not have Hartz products here. But I used to use Frontline for Cats until I read some horror stories involving fatalities and serious side effects in dogs and cats. I am now using Advantage Flea Treatment for Cats but I am still wary of using anything on them. Please can you advise me on Advantage and tell me if this is safe. It claims to be safe for kittens and pups but I am not buying anything these companies state until I can get legitiamate information from animal lovers who love animals and have the animals best interests at heart. Have you used this product? My email is
    Please inbox me with information so that I have it for my records. Many thanks for saving Flea. I have 14 cats left... I lost 6 over the years. But I would be devastated if I lost any through a flea treatment so please let me know about Advantage.

    Thank you.

  2. That's my boy! Luckily Flea found his way to Joa's Arc where he was cared for and recovered fully. After he was healthy enough he was put up for adoption and I fell in love with him at first sight. And as they say, the rest is history. Flea is now a happy, healthy, GIGANTIC one year old cat, though you would never know it from the picture. He has yet to grow into his ears and giant thumper bunny feet, but his attitude is already bigger than he is. We love our Flea Ball!


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