I feel like a lot of people buy Sergeant's and Hartz's products without fully understanding the side effects that these harmful products can have on their pets. I just realized for the first time today, the damage that these poisons can do. I have never used any of these grocery store insecticides, but knowing what I know now I never will, and hopefully you will choose to do the same!
I have been having a flea problem for a few months and nothing has really helped so while I was in Publix today I got a product called Sergeant's Gold: Flea and Tick Shampoo. Before using this shampoo on my two Maine Coon cats, I read the label on the back to see if I should expect any side effects, the directions, etc. To my surprise there was a section called "PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS" and under that it said that this product posed hazards to both humans and domestic animals.
I was curious as to why I would use a product on MY cats that CLEARLY states that it is hazardous right on the bottle. I continued reading and on the bottle beneath that, it said that one should use protective rubber gloves while using this product. Now, why would I use a flea shampoo on my cat's entire body, having it come in contact with his skin, when I myself have to wear gloves to safely use it?
This intrigued me greatly so I decided to do some research on the the company (Sergeant's) and the three main chemicals in the shampoo: 1) Pyrethrins, 2) n-Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide and 3) Pyripoxyfen. It turns out that the chemicals in this product can be highly toxic to animals. Pyripoxyfen is an insecticide and in humans it has "Toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity. " (http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_...Rec_Id=PC35792
). It also has water contamination potential. You are supposed to bathe your pets in this...and it then gets in the ground water contaminating it?
I then found a few other websites with people's experiences with Sergeant's and let me tell you, it was EXTREMELY disturbing. Many people on http://www.hartzvictims.org/
this website have claimed that both Sergeant's products and Hartz's products have caused their pets to have foaming at the mouth, incredible irritation of the skin and chemical burns, seizures, and ultimately kidney failure. Many animals have had to be put on IV's because of these products.
Hartz and Sergeant's are both fully aware of the harm that can be caused by their toxic products. They do not do anything about it. These companies are completely turning a blind eye just to make money off of people who are not informed of the dangers of the chemicals in their products. This stuff can be found at Publix, Walmart, Winn Dixie, EVERYWHERE. I urge you, as a fellow pet lover, to please go to your grocery store and demand that these products be taken off of the shelves. Boycott these products, email Sergeant's and Hartz, AND TELL EVERYBODY YOU KNOW! I e-mailed the Tallahassee Democrat and the local news station to hopefully get some kind of consumer awareness going about this issue. Not one more dog or cat should have to be harmed just because a corporation wanted to make a profit.
- Grassroots organization to keep consumers aware of the harmful products Hartz sells. Many stories about people's experiences with the products.
- Pyrethrin, another chemical found in the shampoo
- E-mail Sergeant's telling them we won't tolerate another bottle of their shampoo on grocery store shelves!!!!
- EPA articles about pesticide shampoos