• Your role as the primary advisor on parasites has never been more critical. Hartz UltraGuard For Veterinary Professionals

      The Hartz Philosophy

      We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat. That's why we offer a wide range of products to address different species, needs, age, weight and life styles, as well as pet owners' budgets and preferences.

      The Hartz Commitment

      We truly understand and respect the important relationship between pets, pet owners and veterinarians. After more than 85 years, we remain dedicated to helping preserve and support the vital role of veterinary professionals as animal health counselors and educators.

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      "Overall, the prevalence of flea infestation in dogs has increased 16 percent with slow but steady growth since 2006...cats showed a 12 percent increase in the prevalence of flea infestation, which increases each year. And there was a 6 percent rate of
      increase in tick infestations in dogs over the past five years."

      — State of Pet Health 2011 Report1

       Your Role as the Primary Advisor

      With the escalating shift of flea and tick control products from veterinary to retail channels, your vital role as the primary advisor for pet owners on fleas and ticks and vector-borne disease is more important than ever.

      The prevalence of flea and tick infestations are both on the rise, and the incidence of diseases carried by these parasites is
      growing, as well. The number of dogs diagnosed with Lyme disease alone has more than doubled since 2006.1 Pet owners are treating sporadically or not at all.

      While pet owners are concerned about protecting their pets from fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, a high percentage still:

      • Don't use flea and tick products on their pets
      • Use flea and tick control only when an infestation appears on their pets
      • Only use parasiticides seasonally (although many parasites survive extreme temperature changes)

      Pet owners are not applying properly. There has also been a growing number of adverse drug events (ADEs) relating to flea and
      tick drops for dogs and cats. In the summer of 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Society for
      the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) / Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) reported that ADEs from the use of flea and
      tick products for pets had doubled since 2005 — mainly due to misapplication.2

      The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center found:

      • The most serious insecticide poisonings occurred when products NOT labeled for cats were applied to cats.
      • When cats are treated properly and according to label directions, less than 2% experience major illness.

       The Professional Advice of Veterinarians

      Clearly, pet owners not only need the professional advice of veterinarians more than ever — they value advice from a veterinarian
      above other sources, according to a recent American Animal Hospital Association study.3

      This site has been created to support you as you continue to protect your patients from fleas and ticks and vector-borne disease, and to educate your clients about how to use products safely and effectively.

      1. The State of Pet Health 2011 Report, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK)
      2. Popular Flea Products Can Hurt Your Cat, ASPCA, June 2009,
        www.aspca/org/Blog/popular-flea-products-can-hurt-your-cat.aspx
      3. Close-Up Look at 2010 Purchasing Behavior, American Animal Hospital Association, DVM Newsmagazine, June 2011.