Target: Stop Selling Pet Poison!

Target Kills PetsDear Target,

I like that you have plentiful parking. I like that you carry Swedish fish. I like the fact that you donate money to schools. What I don’t like is that you sell HARTZ flea and tick products, which are widely known to pose serious threats to people’s pets. I am certain that you know about this. I am positive that it has been brought to your attention. I know for a fact that victims have come to you with stories of how the product YOU sold them KILLED their beloved cat or dog. But the almighty dollar has clouded your vision and impaired your judgment.

Be as bold as your bullseye logo, Target. Tell Hartz to shove off. Stop peddling their poison to your customers. Stock safer, more effective flea and tick treatments, or just don’t sell flea and tick products at all. You’ve got blood on your hands, Target, and it’s not very cute.


The Kill-Fleas-Not-Pets Squad

P.S. If you believe that Target is killing pets by selling Hartz’s poison to their loyal, trusting customers, please take a moment to contact Target and let them know what you think.


March 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm 6 comments

Broken Hartz Launches

While the EPA continues to twiddle its thumbs, more grassroots efforts to spread the word about poisonous flea and tick products are popping up on the web. Broken Hartz now joins the ranks! Please visit their site, follow them on Twitter, and get involved in any way you can!

January 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm 6 comments

Shame on PetArmor!

You may have noticed that certain big-box stores are now carrying PetArmor and PetArmor Plus in addition to their usual selection of pet poisons. PetArmor presents itself as being a generic version of Frontline Plus at a fraction of the cost, but that is simply not the case. PetArmor does contain the same main ingredient as Frontline Plus — fipronil — but it does not contain Frontline Plus’ other ingredient, methoprene. Thus, the two products are not identical.

PetArmor: Dangerous Business

More to the point, PetArmor and PetArmor Plus, along with their parent companies FidoPharm and Velcera, are being sued by customers whose pets died as a direct result of using their product. What does FidoPharm CEO Alex Kaufman have to say about the lawsuit? In a press release, he writes, “Since its launch in April of 2011, we have sold millions of doses of PetArmor and have a very low incidence of adverse events – far below 1 percent of doses sold.”

Far below 1% of doses sold? That’s your defense? Your defense is that less than one out of every hundred doses applied caused an adverse — and potentially even fatal — reaction?

I’m not a gambling man, but I don’t like those odds at all. I would never apply a product to my pet knowing that it had a roughly 1 in 100 chance of harming him. Would you?

Tell PetArmor what you think of their dangerous product. Send a polite but firm email to, or give them a call at 212-445-823 or 888-908-TICK.

January 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm 102 comments

Tell Pet Food Express to Stop Selling Bio Spot

Rule #1

Don’t assume that a product is safe just because it is on the shelves.

It is fairly well known that Hartz flea and tick products are incredibly dangerous for pets. The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with overseeing the cheapie brands, and they have been criminally lax in their regulatory efforts.

Rule #2

Don’t assume that a product is safe just because Pet Food Express carries it.

The generally trustworthy store Pet Food Express, for example, still carries Bio Spot Spot-On Flea and Tick Control treatments.  Bio Spot for dogs contains permethrin, a potent neurotoxin for cats that is also widely reported to have caused seizures and death in dogs. Just visit and peruse the message boards there. And take a look at the class-action lawsuit being filed against Bio Spot by several devastated pet owners who assumed that Bio Spot was safe.

The lawsuit states that Walnut Creek-based Central Garden and Pet Company and Phoenix-based Farnam Companies, Inc., “know, and have known for many years, that these chemicals will substantially injure and/or kill very significant numbers of dogs and cats […] In 2008 alone, there were approximately 44,000 reports of adverse events” from products containing such chemicals.

Rule #3

Be your own advocate.

Never buy a product for your pet without first doing some research on it yourself. Check with your veterinarian, too.

Rule #4

Let your outrage be known!

Don’t just privately decide to avoid products like Hartz, Bio Spot, and Sergeant’s. Tell Pet Food Express what you think! Politely inform them that Bio Spot is dangerous, and that if they knowingly carry this dangerous product, it undermines their efforts to seem genuinely interested in the welfare of people’s pets. Spread the word in other ways, too.

September 6, 2010 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

Hartz Treats Can Kill Your Dog, Too

It’s not just Hartz’s flea and tick treatments that can kill your dog. Their Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats are being recalled due to concerns about salmonella contamination. The bottom line is, Hartz does not care about the quality of its products. Stay away from Hartz at all costs.

September 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm 1 comment

Bad News for Hartz = Good News for Pets

Mad Cat

More bad press for the companies peddling pet poison!

Over the years,, which specializes in collecting and investigating consumer complaints, has amassed enough complaints about Hartz, Sergeant’s, and Sentry flea and tick products to fill the Grand Canyon. And recently,  they put together a thoroughly researched and well written article that you should read, re-read, send to your friends, your vet, your pet groomer, your dog walker, your pet sitter, your Aunt Mary, and everyone else you know.

The piece describes the atrocities committed by Hartz et al, who make and sell products that they know are unsafe. It also discusses the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove these products from shelves, despite receiving thousands upon thousands of reports of adverse reaction and death in animals treated with the products.

August 19, 2009 at 1:02 am 17 comments

NRDC’s Green Paws Campaign Bolsters Fight Against Hartz


The good people at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have launched, a major campaign against those who wish to poison our pets for profit. Green Paws represents the culmination of rigorous, comprehensive research conducted by the NRDC’s dedicated scientists and advocates. The site has many useful resources, including easy-to-read reports and fact sheets, and a product guide that details toxicity findings on numerous brand-name flea and tick products. They also offer simple steps for controlling fleas without hazardous chemicals.

While you’re there, request an action kit to help share this life-saving information with your groomer, kennel, or other pet service provider. Also, tell the EPA to do its job by banning the use of these deadly chemicals in pet products!

July 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm 2 comments

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Tell the EPA to Take Action!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs
Mail Code 7501P
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20460

Call 703-305-7090 and ask to speak with Office Director Debbie Edwards, Deputy Office Director for Programs Steven Bradbury, or Deputy Office Director for Management Marty Monell.

Call 703-308-8121 for Debby Sisco or 703-305-4775 for Margie Fehrenbach (both are Assistants to the Office Director).