Brand Guide: Drontal

About Drontal:

Drontal® kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats and dogs, such as Roundworms, Tapeworms, Hookworms and Whipworms.

Ethics:

‘It’s their job to be special

It’s our job to keep them that way’

‘Your pet plays a special role in your life. And by worming them at least every three months with Drontal®, the only wormer that kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats and dogs, you’ll be playing a special role in theirs too.

The importance of worming your pet regularly:

Intestinal worms can cause serious damage to the health of your pet and your family. Worms survive by feeding on the contents of your pet’s gut or sucking on your pet’s blood. It is therefore very important that you worm your pets regularly (every three months) to avoid further health problems for your pets if they get infected. Symptoms can  include scooting, loss of appetite, vomiting, pot-belly, dull coat, and diarrhoea. We would advise that you seek advice from your vet if your pet shows any of these symptoms, as they can also be signs of other conditions. It is however important to note that your pet may not show symptoms but might still be infected with intestinal worms. As always, prevention is better than cure – regular worming should prevent complications related to gastrointestinal parasite infection. With some types of adult female worms capable of producing up to 80,000 eggs/day, it is also essential that measures are taken for both outdoors and indoors pets to avoid infection.

Some facts about worms:

Roundworms

  • Virtually every puppy is born with roundworms or can become infected while nursing.
  • Children playing in contaminated dirt or sand can become infected with roundworms if they place their dirty fingers in their mouth.
  • Roundworm eggs can hatch in a child’s stomach, cause damage to the abdominal organs and blindness in severe cases.
  • Roundworms cause diarrhoea and vomiting in young cats and dogs. They can also cause weight loss, a pot-bellied appearance, loss of vitality and lethargy. Severe infection can lead to pneumonia and obstruction of the intestine.

Hookworms

  • Hookworm larvae can penetrate human skin.
  • Walking barefoot in contaminated soil or putting contaminated dirt in their mouths can infect children.
  • Hookworms can cause lesions where they penetrate.
  • They can cause intestinal bleeding, anaemia, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
  • Most common in young and occasionally adult animals, hookworms can cause anaemia if present in large numbers.
  • Other symptoms include intestinal distress, pale gums, bloody diarrhoea, weight loss and in some cases stunted growth, digested blood in the stool and a poor condition coat.

Whipworms

  • Eggs can survive in soil for years, even in cold climates.
  • People can become infected through ingestion of infected dog faeces, soil or grass, though transmission to humans is rare.
  • The signs of infection vary with the number of worms in the intestine. Small numbers of worms cause no symptoms but larger numbers can result in inflammation of the intestinal wall, causing large amounts of mucous. Sometimes haemorrhage into the intestine occurs, and anaemia can result.
  • Dogs may have strain in defecating, diarrhoea, loss of weight, dehydration and loss of appetite.

Tapeworms

  • Dogs and cats are at risk from these parasites that attach themselves to the wall of the animal’s small intestine.
  • The most common means of infection is by ingestion of flea larvae.
  • Tapeworms (Echinococcus) do little harm to dogs and cats but can cause a severe infection – alveolar disease – in humans – Tumors /Cysts form from the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm , formally called Hydatid disease. Cysts are found in the liver (60%), lungs (25%), brain, and other organs. Symptoms include: discomfort in the upper abdominal quadrant, a cough, Jaundice, weakness,and weight loss. The symptoms can mimic those of liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Symptoms are commonly white segments on the animal or in the stool. In rare cases, if present in large numbers, they can cause weight loss and debilitation. Sometimes, more commonly in dogs, the animal will scoot or drag its anus across the ground or carpet, due to anal irritation caused by segments.

Products:

Drontal®  has recently changed their packaging, and the shape of some of their product.

Below is a comprehensive guide on products available from Drontal®, along with their packaging, shape, content, recommended dosage and effectiveness against specific types of worms.

Drontal new packaging

For dogs

Drontal ® Plus (bone shape)

drontal plus

Dosage:
One tablet per 10kg of body weight
Can be given with or without food
No need for starvation before or after treatment
Effective:
as a combined Roundworm and Tapeworm treatment
Contains:
50 mg praziquantel, 144 mg pyrantel embonate and 150 mg febantel

Drontal ® Plus XL

drontal plus xl

Dosage:
One tablet per 35kg of body weight
Can be given with or without food
No need for starvation before or after treatment
Effective:
as a combined Roundworm and Tapeworm treatment
Contains:
175 mg praziquantel, 504 mg pyrantel embonate and 525 mg febantel

Drontal ® Oral Suspension for Puppy

drontal puppy

Dosage:
1ml per kg of body weight
Can be given with or without food
No need for starvation before or after treatment
Effective:
as a Roundworm treatment
Contains:
14.4 mg/ml pyrantel embonate and 15 mg/ml febantel

For cats

Drontal ® Cat

drontal cat

Dosage:
One tablet per 4kg of body weight
Can be given with or without food
No need for starvation before or after treatment
Effective:
as a combined Roundworm and Tapeworm treatment
Contains:
20 mg praziquantel, 230 mg pyrantel embonate

Drontal ® Cat XL

drontal cat xl

Dosage:
One tablet per 6kg of body weight
Can be given with or without food
No need for starvation before or after treatment
Effective:
as a combined Roundworm and Tapeworm treatment
Contains:
30 mg praziquantel, 345 mg pyrantel embonate

Useful links: 

Drontal’s website:

Drontal ® has created a great website, which is educational (make sure to scroll down on the home page to see a great educational infographic on the importance of worming your pets regularly), fun (play a round or two of their ‘worm attack’ online game, where you get to whack all the worms as they come out of the ground!) and informative (see a full list of their products, tips on pet care and latest news).

Check out Drontal’s website here:

www.drontal.com

Also check out Drontal’s latest TV add below:

 

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