Bottom line: this product is dangerous and should be taken off the market. But I told the judge that I wanted a trial by jury. The tiny dogs began to whine and jerk uncontrollably. It is critical for pet owners to keep their cats and dogs apart after these products are used. These powerful and easy to use products help kill fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae and ticks to eliminate home flea and tick issues quickly. We found that smaller pets, cats and dogs, are more susceptible to adverse reactions (to these products). Back in Texas, Bowers warns pet owners to be earthly aware of any topical flea and tick products they put on their animals. If your dog or cat shows any of these symptoms after the application of a pesticide, immediately wash the product off and seek veterinary care. Bowers is also keenly aware that his legal victory could have ripple effects in courtrooms across the country. During the trial, Hartz also cross-examined Bowers about Diesels death. Before an animal drug is allowed on the market, FDA must âapproveâ it. The vet asked me if Id put any flea treatment on him, Bowers said. We urge pet owners and other to exercise caution and be careful when using them. Weve conducted extensive analysis of the adverse event reporting on our products as well as all topic treatments in the market, she said. Copyright © document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. Cats are sensitive to these products, Owens said. We are not aware of any verdict against Hartz flea & tick drops. Bowers is convinced the jury sided with him because of one issue that surfaced during the trial: whether the chemical Phenothrin, which is in Hartz Ultra Guard Flea and Tick Drops, is the same or similar to the chemical Permethrin. The plain-spoken Texan went straight to the source. The contents of this site may not be republished, reprinted, rewritten or recirculated without written permission. Some medicines should not be used on cats but can be used safely on is far better to prevent this attachment from occurring than try to It's best to treat your pet at the beginning of flea and tick season, says Stohlman. If the animal is currently taking other medications, it is Enjoy reading our tips and recommendations. And he was up against Hartz savvy attorney, who he learned had taken a special course on flea and tick products to prepare her for the case. It is extremely unfair to manufacture and distribute a product that can cause horrific conditions, she says. Pet owners, they say, may put a flea and tick product intended for a dog on a cat. Outside Control. Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea & Tick Cat Spray kills and repels pesky fleas and ticks as well as hatching eggs and larvae. A couple days later, I noticed fleas. I was told I had to be out by the end of the month, Diane told us in late July. It was a natural killer of fleas. Even the inert ingredients, which often make up the bulk of the product, can have harmful effects. It states that it will kill fleas, and ticks for 7 days. Around 4 a.m. on what was now Saturday morning, my dog began seizing. Within a few minutes, my lips started tingling and I started having a hard time breathing myself. I purchased a Hartz Ultra Guard collar for my dog yesterday and she had a bad reaction to it 2 hours ago. In general, flea and tick products that are given orally or by injection are regulated by FDA. Adverse reactions reported range from mild effects such as skin irritation to more serious effects such as seizures and, in some cases, the death of the pet, the EPA said. The agency also announced it will: â¢ Only grant conditional, time-limited registrations when new products are registered with the EPA. We didnt foam, but we jerked and whined all night. After the article I posted in May sharing peopleâs experiences with UltraGuard, Hartz immediately messaged me saying they wanted to explain their side of the story: Dear Carissa, It is always concerning to see a response from a [â¦] ConsumerAffairs is not a government agency. The judge asked me if I thought I could get a jury verdict in my favor and I said I wouldn't be here if I didnt. Before using on pregnant or nursing animals, check with a veterinarian. Adverse reactions such as salivation, paw flicking, and ear twitching are often mild and self-limiting. aquatic life within the first 48 hours after application of the product. Promeris Canine, Advantix, Vectra 3D, and the Preventic collar. A copy of the EPAs findings on topical flea and ticks products is now available on the agencys Web site. If mild symptoms continue, bathe your dog at home with a mild hand-dishwashing detergent. resulting from an unchecked infestation of ticks and/or fleas with the since the substance is extremely toxic to that can prevent the attachment of any tick to the skin of an animal. He told me to wash the dogs in Dawn dish detergent several times, put ice packs on their backs -- I used frozen bags of peas -- and take them to the vet if they started to foam at the mouths. Sign up to receive our free weekly newsletter. I think in most cases, yes, Owens said. Owens did not specify which inert ingredients if any are on the EPAs radar. Hartz offers pet owners assistance, 24 hours a day, from trained Veterinarians and Vet Technicians who are experts in flea and tick protection via 800 -275-1414. â¢ Require more standardized post-market surveillance reporting on adverse effects linked to these products; â¢ Require companies to submit more sales information to the EPA to ensure the agency does a better job of evaluating incident rates; â¢ Update the scientific data requirements on pre- and post-market testing to make sure they are more in line with the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) requirements. Thank you, you have successfully subscribed to our newsletter! He was in total renal failure, Bowers said. water, such as ponds, etc. Bowers filed his case again on July 28, 2009. A few spot-on products are available for flea control in ferrets, and fly and tick control in horses. Copyright © 2020 Consumers Unified LLC. The medication Permethrin is an example of one such produce neurological problems that must be attended to by a The onset of signs that your dog has been poisoned by a topical, dip, oral, spray, or collar flea and tick medicine can range from a few hours to a few days. Ticks are found in some places year-round. Or they may apply too much flea and tick product on their pets. Monitor your pet for side effects after applying the product, particularly when using the product on your pet for the first time. If the product is for dogs, don't use it on cats or other pets. animal. She had an identical comment when asked if Bowers case was the first small claims court victory against Hartz. The court wanted Bowers and Hartz to resolve the case through mediation. When treated with concentrated permethrin-containing products labeled for use on dogs, they typically develop muscle tremors, incoordination, seizures, hyperthermia, and death within hours if the toxicity is not treated. âEven if youâve used the product many times before,â says Stohlman, âread the label because the directions or warnings may have changed.â. Before using on an animal with heart, liver or kidney disease or any other serious ailment, check with a veterinarian. Before the trial, each side had a chance to question a pool of potential jurors. Unsubscribe easily. Hartz balked at his suggestion, Bowers said. The trade name for Phenothrin is Sumithrin, the companys spokeswoman, Anne Isenhower, told ConsumerAffairs.com. I looked at the girl (Hartz attorney) square in the eyes and said: do you have a check for this amount -- $4,400? To report problems with FDA approved flea or tick drug products, contact the drug manufacturer directly (see contact information on product labeling) or report to FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine on a Form FDA 1932a. The vet, he said, took one look at the Hartz Ultra Guard Pro Flea and Tick Drops and shook his head. But the court called me a while later and said I needed to re-file my case because Hartz did not respond. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in most parts of the U.S., the greatest chance of infection by a tick bite is spring and summer. Unsubscribe easily. The dog also started breathing heavily, drooling at the mouth, and throwing up, R.A. said, adding he used the product according to the labels directions. Unsubscribe at any time. At first I thought she had a stroke because of the way she acted. A 72-year-old dog owner has won what may be a landmark decision against the countrys leading maker of pet care products and fueled the ongoing debate over the safety of topical flea and tick treatments. The skin where Diane applied the flea and tick product turned scarlet. The jury said we find Mr. Bowers integrity outweighed what was presented by (Hartz) attorney. We want to make it clear that were going to continue to gather data and if the label requirements are not working, we will take more significant action. Pyrethrins are a class of drugs derived from the Chrysanthemum flower/plant, while pyrethroids are synthetic derivatives.. We dont have very many cases of true neurological issues when these products are properly used. I dont know how you blame a victim when the label is not clear. The EPA will post its findings about topical flea and tick products, and any regulatory action it may take, on its Web site. And read the labels carefully. Phenothrin spot-on products may result in similar but less severe clinical signs. dogs and visa versa. I precisely used it as directed nothing more, nothing less than directed.By early the next morning Dâ¦ This stuff is dangerous. I have a high school education. When you use a substance containing an ectoparasiticide on your canine family member, always record the amount, day, and time of use. He just turned 10. On that warm summer night in Texas, Bowers applied Hartz Ultra Guard Pro Flea and Tick Drops to the 14-month-old, 68-pound, Diesel. that should not be exposed to the medication. If the label says use weekly, don't use it daily. If your pet experiences a bad reaction from a spot-on product, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap, rinse with large amounts of water, and call your veterinarian. The sponsor must show that the drug or pesticide meets current safety standards to protect: The sponsor must also show that the drug or pesticide produces the claimed effect, and the product must carry specific labeling so that it can be used according to the directions and precautions. R.A. bathed the dog four times to try and relieve these problems. The Hartz Flea and Tick drops were for my dog's size and weight class, yet it still messed her up. Within an hour she was going crazy, whining, barking, jumping up and laying down, rolling over and running and laying down and back up and running, said R.A. of Whitney, Texas. He also told us the court didnt give him the chance to cross-examine any of Hartz witnesses during the trial. They were easily overlooked. Bowers then sent the company a letter about Diesels death. He suspects his case may serve as a rallying call for other pet owners whove seen their dogs or cats suffer burns, blisters, seizures, neurological problems, or even die after using topical flea and tick products. In the end, a jury of three men and three women heard the case. But Hartz attorney kicked a few potential jurors off because they had pets. We value your privacy. A few pet owners even suspect the products played a role in their pets deaths. Hes going to have kidney failure. I caught up with three jurors in the hallway after the hearing. And a petâs constant scratching can cause permanent hair loss or other skin problems. There are shampoos, topicals, insecticides and flea and tick collars This stuff is a danger to (humans) health, not to mention your pet. There is not specific language on the labels about the dosage and consumers in many cases are left to guess for themselves on the appropriate amount. He called Hartz. therefore acceptable considering the alternative: misery and infection for a 48-hour period. A dogs weight clearly makes a big difference and the doses for small dogs is different than the doses for large dogs, Owens said. From the data we have collected, the adverse reactions tend to be mild, like skin sensations and stomach upset, the ASPCAs Dr. Steven Hansen said after the organization released its study. They said we wont pay that, sir. I bathe them every time I see them scratching. Store products away from food and out of children's reach. The lawsuits are reportedly seeking class action status. She said thats your privilege. Owens said he also wants the new labels to include symptoms of possible adverse reactions to these topical flea and tick products. I didnt know I needed to do that (get documents notarized). For Bowers, the jurys decision brings closure and a sense of justice to an emotional issue that started at 8:30pm on August 7, 2008. I think this case will make pet owners wonder why they have not gone forward with their cases in small claims court, Bowers said. Requiring these label changes, however, isnt the only action the EPA said its taking to ensure the safety of dogs and cats the use topical flea and tick products. Were not banning any products or removing any today, but that is certainly something that we will be more than willing to do as we move forward and gather more data. We will remove products from the market if we have to, he added. Bowers and Hartz attorney then went back and talked to the judge. Some reaction may occur after using any flea and tick control product. Keep the product package after use in case side effects occur. I said then this mediation is over. After all, the agency has spent the past few months intensifying its scrutiny of topical flea and tick products because of the increased number of reported adverse reactions. The agency, however, pointed out that most of the reports it received about adverse reactions were minor and included skin issues and gastrointestinal problems. Keep multiple pets separated after applying a product until it dries to prevent one animal from grooming another and ingesting a drug or pesticide. Our analysis also uncovered another trend among pet owners: theyre clamoring for the immediate removal of these topical flea and tick products -- regardless of the brand -- saying theyre toxic and poisonous. And then I looked at the jury and smiled. Diesels health continued its rapid decline during the ride to his vets office, Bowers said. Some of these products are available only from a veterinarian; others can be bought over the counter. She wanted to settle this between her and I. Its not an exclusive thing; we are seeing larger dogs affected, too. Hartz told ConsumerAffairs.com that it believed the case was "without merit," but did not appeal because of the time and cost involved. The attorney was screaming to get me to shut up and I just kept talking, Bowers added. His case, he said, may open the floodgates for similar lawsuits nationwide. And fleas can live inside a warm house year-round no matter where you live. The action comes in response to the EPAs nearly year-long intensive evaluation of spot on flea and tick products. Both It was not until 8 a.m. that my dog was driven to the nearest Pet Meds, she said. March 9, 2010 The effects range from mild to severe, depending on the amount of exposure and condition of your cat. Monitor all reactions to any new medications within the first 48 hours for any adverse side effects. The thing to remember, though, is that almost all flea-control products, including the newer, topical ones, are bonafide poisons, designed to kill (thatâs what the suffix â-cide,â as in âpesticide,â means). And they just said: we did our job. Asked if Bowers case marked the first time a consumer has successfully sued Hartz over one of its topical flea and tick products, Isenhower said: Yes, we believe so. I picked Diesel up around 7am and took him out in the country and buried him on my daughters 10 acres. If your pet needs immediate medical care, call your local veterinarian, a local animal emergency clinic, or the National Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. âIt can last four months in some places, but in other places, like Florida, fleas can live all year long,â says Stohlman. You will want to have the instructions available, as well as contact information for the manufacturer. All I said to them was: thank you, thank you, thank you. prevent infestations of either or both fleas or ticks or can be used to However, some side effects can Dianes pets arent the only ones whove experienced what many consumers call horrific reactions from the various spot on -- or topical -- flea and tick products on the market. More than an itchy annoyance to some dogs and cats, flea bites can cause flea allergy dermatitis -- an allergic reaction to proteins in flea saliva. Theyre pet owners who say theyve witnessed horrific reactions from these products in their dogs and cats, including burns and welts on their skin, drooling excessively, shaking uncontrollably, whimpering in agony, losing control of their legs, or even dying. So why hasnt The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- which regulates flea and tick products -- pulled these potentially dangerous pesticide-based treatments off store shelves? That was scary. After being attached for 48 hours, a tick will should not be used on dogs that interact with cats or that play in Some medicines produce side effects such as: If a hypersensitivity reaction occurs, consultation with a veterinarian is necessary. Because of this shameful product, she will never be the same. Do not apply a product to kittens or puppies unless the label specifically allows this treatment. I had no witnesses, Bowers said. I just literally went numb, Bowers added. Will my cat or dog experience any side effects from using topical flea and tick products? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Eating one avocado a day can improve gut health, study finds, Sleep, exercise, and healthy eating can boost young people's mental health, Eating more meat could worsen childhood asthma symptoms, study finds, Difference in blood pressure between arms could increase risk of early death, Consumersâ motor skills are compromised even after very light drinking, study finds. The court sent the company a registered and non-registered letter about my case. The more than $200 vet bill also drained Dianes bank account. I was at my wits end with the problem. There are 3 applicators in the pack and is meant for application over 3 months. Last summer, the ASPCAs Animal Poison Control Center also studied its data on topical flea and tick products. Yard Treatment- Pay special attention to shady areas frequented by pets/animals with insecticide spray or granular application. But the scars on their backs havent healed and Tipsy has a black mark on her back and is still a little shaky on her paws. Each applicator content is 0.04 fl. We concluded that the existing warning labels are not working and do not provide adequate protection, said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for the EPAs Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. We value your privacy. The amount of money consumers can recover in small claims court varies by state. the nervous system of the tick, paralyzing it before killing it. Both the FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate flea and tick products for pets. They got one of those stainless steel tables and took him back to an exam room. I purchased the Hartz flea collar. The judge said well have to reschedule for another appearance, Bowers said. Most of the common flea and tick medications are topical drugs (applied to the skin over the neck/back) that contain pyrethrins or pyrethroids. They insinuated that I did something wrong. Wash your hands immediately with soap and water after applying a product, or use protective gloves while applying. Virbac Knockout E.S. Another pet owner in Texas told us his dog experienced a horrible reaction to Sergeants Gold Flea and Tick Squeeze On treatment. I told him what it was and went back to the store to get a tube to show him. 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