Click this link for the previous article in our Truth Week series: Truthfairy Abroad
Today, Truthfairy is back on Yahoo, more specifically, Yahoo Canada. Here’s a screenshot of her profile page:
Truthfairy had to go to the trouble of creating a separate Yahoo Canada account in addition to her Yahoo USA account in order to spread her message northwards but, to ensure the whole world knows how great Hartz products are, Truthfairy is willing to do anything.
Now that she had arrived, it was time to find an opportunity to spread more “truth” and, ideally, get a chance to increase fear about another of Hartz’ primary competitors, Advantage.
Both my cats have flea’s!!!!!!! HELP!? – 2009
“I live in an apartment building and both my cats are indoors 24/7. But there is a cat who is an outdoor cat and now both my cats have flea’s!
I can see them crawling around on them, and how itchy they are.
I’m going to buy Advantage, but is there anything that works in one day to kill them all?”
The following was chosen as the best answer by the asker:
In response to Toocan’s “Both my cats have flea’s!!!!!!! HELP!?” – 2009
“Advantage is WONDERFUL!
It will start to kill w/in 30 minutes. Best part is that it will also start to kill the fleas in your apartment.
Fleas do not live ON cats/dogs, they live in the carpet & furniture & only hop on the animal for a meal. Once they bite a cat treated w/ Advantage they are goners.
My 1st experience w/ Advantage I had *just* bug bombed my house, flea bathed all my cats & washed everything… days later the fleas were hopping around again. I went to my vet in tears & she told me all about the new product ADVANTAGE.
I went home & treated all my adults (no kittens), in less than 30 minutes I could see dying fleas falling off cats. I flea combed to get rid of bodies, but I never had to bug bomb again & my home was flea free soon after because as soon as new fleas hatched they would bite a treated cat & die.
REMINDER: fleas carry tape worms, have your cats checked w/in a month for this problem.
breeding/showing purebred cats since 1972”
If you look through all the comments, you’ll see others singing the praises of Advantage as well as some other products but no one was even thinking “Hartz”.
It was time for Truthfairy to step in and “educate” the public:
In response to Toocan’s “Both my cats have flea’s!!!!!!! HELP!?” – May 2009
“Sure. I have two indoor cats too. I use Hartz Ultra Guard Pro topical drops for cats. It kills the buzzards within 12 – 24 hours, then repells them for up to 4 weeks.
I’d be careful with Advantage. Look on the package …it says WARNING, that’s because it’s an EPA Category II for toxicity, which means it’s “moderately toxic”. There’s no caution or warning word on Hartz Ultra Guard Pro for Cats, because it’s a Category IV “Least Toxic” and the EPA does not require any signal word for the least toxic.
I’ve always used Hartz without a problem and we use it at the shelter where I’ve volunteered. It works. The Pro comes with a little applicator tip that burrows into the fur and makes applying real easy, it’s way better price value than Advantage, a little safer and it did the trick for Venus and Pandora…..”Didn’t it, girls”?
The source Truthfairy provides does not provide any factual details to back up the scientific claims made in her statement. Instead, she has chosen to direct individuals to a classic example of shilling.
The “author”, Bridgette Williams, comes from the Yahoo Contributor Network. This network allows corporations to offer “exclusive” paid assignments.
The translation: shills for hire.
Broken Hartz considered providing only snippets of this “article” in the interest of preserving Ms. Williams’ “intellectual” property but, in the end, we feel she lost that long ago.
The contents of this over-the-top article provide strong evidence to suggest Hartz is guilty of shilling.
Plus, it’s just plain ridiculous. You have to read this thing.
I have used Hartz pet products for many years now and I will be the first to admit it, some products work very well and some don’t. I recently purchased Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Cats because my usual flea product for my cats was not doing the job. Here is what I discovered about this pet product!
My cats have been on vet recommended flea control drops and this product quit working. I have no idea why. I wondered if the fleas had developed an immunity to my usual brand of flea control for my cats. Anyway, I decided to try a flea collar since, in the past, these always worked very well on my cats. I bought the Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Cats. This product cost me about eight dollars. I was very frustrated with my usual vet recommended flea product because it was not doing an effective job. Before these flea drop products came out, the kind you apply to your pet’s neck area, I had always used a flea collar for flea control on my pets. I had to do something quick so, I decided to go back to using a flea collar on my cats.
Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Cats has came a long way, in my opinion, since I have used this product, many years ago. As I opened the package and followed the easy to understand instructions, I noticed immediately that this flea collar had an almost pleasant scent to it. When I stretched the collar and activated this product, a white powder appeared to let me know that the collar was ready to be placed on my cat. Gone was the medicine smell that flea collars used to have. I was impressed that this collar did not smell bad. That was a relief. I really like the design of this collar, it has an emergency snap on it, to break away, should your pet get the collar caught in something. It is also made for a loose adjustment so the collar can slip over the cat’s head, if it needs to do so. It will work effectively, even adjusted very loosely! This flea collar has an adjustable buckle and will fit most cats or kittens. It fit my pets wonderfully.
The best part about this flea collar, in my opinion, is that it provides seven months of protection. That is great! When I placed this flea collar on my cat, she did not mind it at all. She went about her daily routine with no problems. My pets had no bad effects from this flea collar. I was delighted. Now, the most important question, did it work? Yes. Immediately. I have not seen a flea or noticed my cats scratching since I put the flea collars on them! The flea collar worked very fast and I discovered it was safe and very gentle on my pets. I have no idea why my cat’s regular brand of flea control drops stopped working but, I can say, with much relief, that when I experienced this problem, Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Cats saved the day! This pet product is great. It provided wonderful flea control for my pets. I rate Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Cats four and one half stars out of five stars. It is a wonderful product and I will be purchasing it again. You can find Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea & Tick Collar For Cats in most grocery stores, pet stores and places that sell pet care products. It provided marvelous flea control!
Bridgette may have been quite literally “sold” on this product, but we are not.
The Hartz Ultragaurd Plus Flea and Tick Collar for Cats is a deadly Tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) product and the white powder Bridgette describes can cause muscle twitching, drooling, seizures, respiratory paralysis, comas and death in humans.
Hey, at least it smells good, right?
Stop by tomorrow for our Truth Week wrap up.
Click this link for the conclusion of our Truth Week series: A Tale of Two Doctors (and One Fairy)