Drontal® for dogsBack to overview
Treats: Intestinal worms (roundworms, tapeworms)
Pet type: Dogs and puppies over 2 weeks
Formulation: Oral (tablet and liquid suspension)
Suggested frequency: According to product insert
It’s not always obvious that your dog has worms.
Intestinal worms are a problem that shouldn’t be ignored. Unfortunately, your dog can pick up these parasites without you even realising.
The intestinal worms that most commonly affect dogs in the UK are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. They can cause health issues in our pets, and some can pass disease onto us, so dogs should be treated for worms routinely.
Drontal dog worming tablets are easy to administer and provide fast and effective treatment for both adult dogs and puppies.
|Easy to administer||Suitable for use in puppies and adult dogs||Effective after a single treatment||Fast and effective|
Drontal® fights worms fast
Drontal dog worming tablets work fast to fight intestinal worms. Effective against roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm and whipworm in dogs, Drontal Dog Tasty Bone tablets and Drontal Dog Tasty Bone XL flavour tablets contain three active ingredients that work together to kill intestinal parasites.
Drontal Dog Tasty Bone, formulated for improved palatability, is easy to administer in a single meat-flavoured, bone-shaped tablet. It can be given with or without food and works fast to combat worms in your dog.
Drontal Dog Tasty Bone XL provides a higher dose for larger dogs and be given to dogs weighing over 17.5kg. Drontal is also available as an oral suspension for puppies.
Regular treatment will help combat worms in your dog and help keep them happy and healthy.
How do Drontal® dog worming tablets work?
Drontal Dog Tasty Bone and Drontal Dog Tasty Bone XL Flavour tablets target all types of intestinal worms found in UK dogs in just one dose. They combine the three active ingredients praziquantel, pyrantel embonate and febantel, which target, kill and breakdown the worms, which are then passed out of your dog in their faeces.
|Dogs can pick up intestinal worms by ingesting worm eggs or larvae from the environment, or even from swallowing fleas. Puppies often contract worms from their mother, and may be born with them.||Worms breed and thrive inside dogs – female roundworms can lay 85,000 eggs per day. Worms sometimes cause lethargy, diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss. But often dogs show no obvious outward signs.|
|Drontal for dogs is clinically - proven to fight every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs quickly and effectively, helping to keep your dog healthy and happy.||You can trust Drontal to beat intestinal worms. Treat your dog with Drontal at least every three months (which can be given with or without food) to help combat intestinal worms.|
FAQS: About Drontal
Drontal tablets kill every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs; the roundworms, Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina; the hookworms, Uncinaria stenocephala and Ancylostoma caninum; the whipworm, Trichuris vulpis; and the tapeworms, Echinococcus spp., Taenia spp. and Dipylidium caninum.
What types of worms does Drontal deal with?
As with all medication, side effects can occur on occasion. If you notice any adverse signs after using Drontal, please ask your vet for advice.
Will there be any side effects, such as diarrhoea or sickness?
Drontal worming tablets treat all types of intestinal worms commonly found in the UK, including roundworms and tapeworms, however Drontal does not treat lungworm in dogs. If you are concerned about your dog being at risk from lungworm please speak with your veterinary practice. Your vet will be able to advise on appropriate preventative treatment for lungworm that is only available from veterinary practices.
Does Drontal treat lungworm?
No, but most young puppies don’t need to be treated for tapeworm.
Does Drontal Oral Suspension for Puppies treat tapeworm?
Almost all puppies are born with roundworm, which is treated by Drontal Oral Suspension for Puppies. Should your puppy need tapeworm treatment, or if tablets are preferred, Drontal Tasty Bone tablets are effective against tapeworm and can be used in puppies at least 2 weeks of age and weighing 0.6kg or more.
Drontal worming tablets contain the active ingredients praziquantel, pyrantel embonate and febantel.
What are the active ingredients in Drontal?
Drontal Oral Suspension for Puppies contains pyrantel embonate and febantel.
FAQS: Drontal Dosing
It is recommended that an adult dog 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 dog has a flea problem, as fleas can reinfect your dog with tapeworm. Monthly worming may be advised if your dog is a scavenger or if there is regular contact with young children. Speak with your vet about the most appropriate worming frequency for your dog.
How often do I need to worm my dog with Drontal?
Puppies should be given their first worming treatment at two weeks old and then wormed again every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old. They can then be wormed once a month until 6 months old. After that you should then revert to worming your pup at least every three months.<
How often should I worm my puppy with Drontal?
Remember, because many puppies contract worms from their mother, it’s important to worm her as regularly as the puppies until they are weaned.
Whichever you find easier- you can give your pet his tablet or oral suspension directly into his mouth, or in his food. Drontal Tasty tablets for dogs are often taken voluntarily by dogs as they are meat flavoured.
Should I give Drontal with or without food?
Absolutely. Drontal can be used in conjunction with flea treatment, such as Advantage® Spot-on, which kills fleas within 24 hours. In fact it’s advisable to use both products together to give your pet complete protection from worms. That’s because, if your pet has fleas, they’re at risk of picking up a tapeworm infection too.
Can I use a flea treatment at the same time as Drontal?
It’s common for puppies to be born with roundworm larvae, having been exposed to them while still in their mother’s womb, and they often acquire more via their mother’s milk. It’s advisable to start a worming programme when a puppy is two weeks of age, and continue worming once a fortnight until weaning.
How old does my puppy need to be before I can use Drontal?
Drontal puppy wormer can be used from two weeks of age. It kills roundworms, whipworms and hookworms, and it’s available as an easy-to-use liquid.
Drontal Tasty Bone tablets are suitable as puppy worming tablets in puppies weighing 2kg and over.
Drontal has a product to suit dogs of any size.
Which Drontal product is most suitable for my dog?
Drontal Tasty Bone tablets are designed for dogs weighing from 2kg up to 20 kg. Dogs weighing 2kg to 5kg only need to be treated with half a tablet at least every three months, while those weighing >5kg to 10kg should be given one whole tablet.
Drontal Plus XL Flavour tablets are designed for larger dogs, weighing from 17.5kg to 70 kg. Dogs >17.5kg to 35kg should be given one tablet and those >35kg-70kg are to be given two tablets.
For puppies too small for tablets and that are at least two weeks old, use the Drontal Puppy Oral Suspension, which comes as an easy to give liquid.
FAQS: General worm must-know facts
Unfortunately, yes. Both the dog and cat roundworms (Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati) can cause disease in people. Human infection may occur if a person swallows the microscopic worm eggs, for example having picked them up on their hands from contaminated soil. The real damage is done by the larvae of the worm, as they migrate through a person’s body from the gut. If the larvae end up in the eye, they can lead to blindness. This is rare, but obviously devastating when it does occur, and one of the reasons that regularly worming our pets is so important.
Can worms in my dog affect my family and me?
Hookworm larvae can also cause problems for pet owners. If the larvae come into contact with your bare skin, they can burrow into it, causing a condition called Cutaneous Larva Migrans (CLM) or ‘creeping eruption’. Once in the skin, the hookworm larvae burrow around, causing itching, irritation and visible tracks.
While not nearly as common, people can also become infected with tapeworms if they swallow infected fleas. People can also develop “hydatid disease” if they eat the eggs of certain tapeworm species – this can lead to cysts developing in our organs, and can be extremely serious as the cysts can grow very large and compress surrounding tissues.
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?
The problem is that often, you can’t - in many cases you simply won't know if there are worms hidden inside your dog’s gut. Mature tapeworms start shedding egg-filled segments, which irritate your dog’s bottom as they wriggle out (and may resemble grains of rice in your dog’s faeces). This irritation often causes the classic symptom of tapeworm infection known as ‘scooting’, when your dog drags his bottom along the ground to relieve the itch. Apart from this, there are few obvious signs to look out for, but symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhoea, a dull, lifeless coat, loss of appetite, lack of energy and, especially in puppies, a pot-bellied appearance.
How can I tell if my dog has worms?
There aren’t always visible signs that your pet has worms. But most pet owners would agree that their pet would be healthier and happier without a parasitic worm living inside him! And it’s worth remembering that worms can cause disease in people too, so regular worming of pets is important not just to help protect their health, but to help reduce the risk worms pose to us as well.
My pet isn't showing any signs of infection – why should I worm him?
Unfortunately not. You can’t completely stop your dog coming into contact with worms in the first place, but using a wormer like Drontal regularly will help him combat any unwanted passengers that he does come across.
Can my vet give my pet anything to prevent worms?
Cleaning up your dog’s faeces is a great way to reduce the risk. A single dog roundworm (Toxocara canis) can produce up to 85,000 eggs a day, and these are all excreted when your dog goes to the toilet. If you don't clear it up, all of those eggs will remain in the environment ready to infect other dogs – and possibly humans, too.
Can I do anything else to help reduce the risk from worms?
Tips & Tricks
- With Brexit deal still in negotiation and a possibility of a ‘no deal’ scenario, there are no concrete answers just yet – but to help you become more informed, here is our Q&A on what we can find so far.
- We had a great time catching up with Mariann Bayliss, our sponsored agility handler last week. We met her competing dog, Ila, and her 5 month old puppy Coral.