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Treats: Intestinal worms (roundworms, tapeworms)
Pet type: Adult cats and kittens from 6 weeks of age
Formulation: Oral (tablet)
Suggested frequency: At least every 3 months
Worms are a problem you shouldn’t ignore.
Your cat might have worms without you even knowing about it. The two main types of intestinal worm affecting UK cats are roundworm and tapeworm and symptoms aren’t always easy to spot. Intestinal worms can easily be picked up by your cat e.g. from eating microscopic worm eggs from the environment, from hunting or from swallowing infected fleas when grooming. Kittens can even pick roundworms up from their mum when they suckle her milk.
Drontal cat worming tablets work fast to fight intestinal worms. Available in two different strengths of tablet, Drontal cat tablets kill every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats..
|Easy to administer||Suitable for use in kittens and adult cats||Effective after a single treatment||Fast and effective|
Drontal® fights worms fast
Highly effective against all types of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats, Drontal Cat and Drontal Cat XL tablets can be given with or without food and work quickly to combat worms in your cat.
How does Drontal® work?
|1. Cats can pick up intestinal worms by ingesting worm eggs from their environment, from hunting, or even from swallowing fleas. Kittens can contract worms from their mother when suckling milk.||2. Worms breed and thrive inside your cat, sometimes causing diarrhoea and vomiting, but sometimes causing no outward signs.|
|3. Drontal kills intestinal worms quickly and effectively, helping to keep your cat happy and healthy.||4. Treat your cat with Drontal at least every 3 months to help him combat intestinal worms.|
FAQS: About Drontal Cats
It is recommended that an adult cat is treated for intestinal worms at least every three months. However, there may be situations when more frequent treatment is necessary, for example if your cat regularly hunts, monthly treatment may be recommended. Speak with your vet regarding suitable worming frequency for your cat.
How often do I need to worm my cat with Drontal?
Unfortunately, even if your cat never sets foot outside, she can still be at risk from intestinal worms. Fleas and rodents can carry worm larvae, and it’s often impossible to stop them from getting into your house. If your cat ingests an infected flea, such as when she is grooming herself, or if she catches an infected mouse, she can become infected with worms.
Do I still need to worry about worming an indoor cat?
Drontal kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats: the roundworms Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina, and the tapeworms Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis.
What types of worm does Drontal deal with?
As with all medicines, side effects are possible. If you notice any adverse signs after using Drontal, please speak to your vet
Will there be any side effects such as vomiting or diarrhoea?
You can give your cat or kitten her Drontal tablet with food or without. No special dietary measures are required, and you can continue to feed your pet in exactly the same way when giving the tablet
Do I give Drontal with or without food?
Half a Drontal Cat tablet, the smallest dose available, can be given to cats that weigh 2kg. The product should not be used in kittens that are less than 6 weeks old.
How old does my kitten need to be before I can use Drontal?
Correct dosing for Drontal Cat is detailed below:
What’s the correct dosage for my cat?
- Body weight of cat (kg): 2kg, No. of Drontal Cat Film-Coated tablets: 0.5
- Body weight of cat (kg): 4kg, No. of Drontal Cat Film-Coated tablets: 1
- Body weight of cat (kg): 6kg, No. of Drontal Cat Film-Coated tablets: 1.5 or No. of Drontal Cat XL Film-Coated tablets: 1
- Body weight of cat (kg): 8kg, No. of Drontal Cat Film-Coated tablets: 2
- Body weight of cat (kg): 10kg, No. of Drontal Cat Film-Coated tablets: 1 plus 1 Drontal Cat XL Film-Coated tablet
Both Drontal Cat and Drontal Cat XL contain different amounts of the same two active ingredients: praziquantel and pyrantel embonate. These ingredients are effective and well-tolerated by cats –working together to kill intestinal worms.
What active ingredients does Drontal Cat contain?
Your cat is at risk from intestinal worms throughout the year. Roundworm eggs that are passed into the environment from other infected cats are very resilient and can survive environmental extremes for a year or more. Cats can also pick intestinal worms up from hunting, and swallowing infected fl.
Is my cat at more risk at certain times of the year?
Unfortunately some worms can also cause disease in people. If people accidentally eat roundworm eggs (which can get onto our hands from the environment or even from stroking pets), the larvae can travel through our bodies and potentially cause disease. If the larvae end up in the eye this can lead to blindness- this is a rare condition but obviously devastating when it does occur, and is one of the reasons that worming our pets is so important.
Can I catch worms from my cat?
We can also become infected with an intermediate stage of some species of tapeworm if we swallow tapeworm eggs. It’s even possible (though uncommon) for people to develop a tapeworm infection if they swallow an infected flea.
Absolutely. Drontal can be used in conjunction with flea treatments such as Advantage, to kill intestinal worms and fight fleas.
Can I use a flea treatment on my pet at the same time as Drontal?
Fleas can be infected with the larval stage of the flea tapeworm. If your dog swallows an infected flea, he can end up with a tapeworm living inside him.
What’s the connection between fleas and worms?
Most of the time, you can’t. In many cases, you simply won't know if there are worms hidden inside her – but that doesn't mean there aren’t still warning signs to look out for. If symptoms do occur, they can include diarrhoea and vomiting, though these of course can be seen with many other conditions as well. You might see spaghetti-like worms in your cat’s stool or vomit, or rice-like segments around her bottom. Weight loss, lethargy and a bloated belly, are also a possibility, especially in younger animals.
How can I tell if my cat has worms?
Even if she isn’t showing any obvious signs, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t be happier and healthier without a parasitic worm living in her gut! It’s also worth remembering that worms can pass disease to people too, so regularly worming pets helps protect their health, and also reduces the risk to you and your family.
My cat isn't showing any signs of infection – why should I worm her?
There are three main ways that your cat can become infected with intestinal worms. 1) Eating worm eggs from the environment (the soil/sandpits/grass etc.) 2) From her mother: roundworms can be transmitted from Mum to her kittens while they suckle her milk. 3) From eating other infected animals. Rodents, rabbits, birds and even insects (such as fleas) can become infected with the larval stages of intestinal worms, and if our pets eat these (e.g. from hunting, or swallowing infected fleas when grooming), they can develop intestinal worms.
How does my cat get worms?
Unfortunately you can’t completely stop your pet being exposed to worms in the first place. However, regular worming with a product like Drontal will kill every type of intestinal worm present in UK cats, helping your cat to combat any unwanted passengers that she might pick up on her adventures.
Can my vet give my pet anything to prevent worms?
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