Drontal® for dogs.
Intestinal worms are a problem that shouldn’t be ignored. The intestinal worms that affect dogs in the UK are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms and your dog can pick these parasites up without you even knowing about it. Worms can cause health issues in our pets, and some can also cause disease in us, so it’s important to make sure your dog is treated routinely for worms.
Effective against roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm and whipworm, Drontal Dog Tasty Bone tablets and Drontal Plus XL flavour tablets contain three active ingredients that work together to kill intestinal parasites. Drontal Tasty, formulated for improved palatability, is easy to administer in a single meat-flavoured tablet that can be given with or without food – and works fast to combat worms in your dog.
Drontal worming tablets for dogs work fast to fight intestinal worms. Available as a tasty meat-flavoured, bone-shaped tablet for dogs, as well as an oral suspension for puppies, regular treatment will help combat worms in your dog and help keep him happy and healthy.
Drontal® Dog Products
Puppies can also contract worms from their mother so they are often born with them.
How is Drontal® given?
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, especially if your dog has a flea problem, as fleas can pass new tapeworm infestations on to your pet. In these situations, a repeat dose after 14 days may be necessary.
Drontal kills 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.
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.
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.
It is common for puppies to be born with roundworm larvae already present, having been exposed to them while still in their mother’s womb. It is advisable, therefore, to start a worming programme when a puppy is two weeks of age, and to continue worming once a fortnight until weaning. Drontal oral suspension for puppies can be used from two weeks of age, kills roundworms, whipworms and hookworms, and is available as an easy-to-use liquid. Drontal Tasty Bone tablets can be used for puppies weighing 2kg and over.
No, however most young puppies don’t need to be treated for tapeworm. Almost all puppies are born with roundworm however, which is treated by Drontal Oral Suspension for Puppies. Should your puppy need tapeworm treatment, or if tablets are preferred, Drontal Tasty Bone tablets can be used in puppies above 2kg body weight.
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.
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.
Absolutely. Drontal can be used in conjunction with flea treatment such as Advantage®, and in fact it’s advisable to use both together, as if your pet has fleas, they are at risk of picking up a tapeworm infection too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.