Dronspot® for cats.
Worms are easy for your cat to pick up, but Dronspot spot-on wormer makes them easy to treat.
Dronspot is a spot-on wormer that works fast to fight intestinal worms. Available over-the-counter as a spot-on formulation, Dronspot provides fuss-free worming for your cat.
Roundworms and tapeworms are the two main types of intestinal worm affecting UK cats, and symptoms aren’t always easy to spot. You might not even know your cat has them. Dronspot kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats, to help get your furry friend back to their adventures in no time.
Highly effective against every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats, Dronspot contains two active ingredients that work together to fight worms.
It’s recommended that most adult cats are treated for intestinal worms at least four times a year – so around once every three months. However, certain situations may make more frequent treatments desirable, for example if your cat has a flea problem, or regularly hunts and eats mice.
Your cat can still be at risk from intestinal worms, even if she never sets foot outside. Certain pests, like 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.
Dronspot 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.
As with all medicines, side effects are possible. If you notice any adverse signs after using Dronspot, please speak to your vet.
Dronspot can be given to kittens from 8 weeks of age.
It depends on how much she weighs. There are three different size Dronspot pipettes; correct dosing is detailed below:
- Body weight of cat (kg): greater than or equal to 0.5 - 2.5, Pipette size to be used: Dronspot for Small Cats, Volume (ml) 0.35 (1 pipette)
- Body weight of cat (kg): > 2.5 - 5, Pipette size to be used: Dronspot for Medium Cats, Volume (ml) 0.7 (1 pipette)
- Body weight of cat (kg): > 5 - 8, Pipette size to be used: Dronspot for Large Cats, Volume (ml) 1.12 (1 pipette)
Over 8kg use an appropriate combination of pipettes.
Dronspot contains two active ingredients: praziquantel and emodepside. These ingredients are effective and well-tolerated by cats –working together to kill intestinal worms.
Your cat can pick up intestinal worms throughout the year. Roundworm eggs are very resilient and can survive environmental extremes for a year or more, and cats can pick up these microscopic eggs on their daily adventures.
Unfortunately some worms can also cause disease in people. Worming your pets can help reduce the chance that these parasites are accidentally ingested by humans. For example, people can 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.
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. Dronspot can be used in conjunction with flea treatments such as Advantage, to kill intestinal worms and fight fleas. It’s recommended to leave two days between applying Dronspot and Advantage.
Fleas can be infected with the larval stage of the flea tapeworm. Cats can pick up tapeworms through grooming, by swallowing infected fleas. If this happens, a tapeworm can develop in her gut without you knowing about it.
Most of the time, you can’t tell if your cat has worms, as symptoms can be extremely difficult to spot– but that doesn't mean there aren’t still warning signs to look out for. These symptoms can include diarrhoea and vomiting, though these, of course, can be seen with many other conditions as well. You can also check your cat’s stool or vomit, where you might see spaghetti-like worms or rice-like segments around her bottom. Weight loss, lethargy and a bloated belly, are also a possibility, especially in younger animals.
Regularly worming your pets reduces the risk to you and your family and protects your pet’s health. Even if your cat 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!
There are three main ways that your cat can become infected with intestinal worms.
- Eating worm eggs from the environment (the soil/sandpits/grass etc.)
- From her mother: roundworms can be transmitted from Mum to her kittens while they suckle her milk.
- 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.
Unfortunately you can’t completely stop your pet being exposed to worms. However, regular worming with a product like Dronspot will kill every type of intestinal worm present in UK cats, and helps your cat combat any unwanted passengers.