How can I tell if my dog or cat has worms?
In the early stages of infection, it's very difficult, and in many cases you simply will not know as the worms remain hidden inside your pet’s gut. Mature Tapeworms start shedding egg-filled segments, which irritate the pet's bottom as they wriggle out of the anus (and may be seen as what look like ‘grains of rice’) In dogs, this causes the classic symptom of Tapeworm infection -- 'scooting', or dragging the bottom along the ground. Apart from this, there are few definite signs, but these may include vomiting, diarrhoea, a dull, lifeless coat, a loss of appetite, lack of energy, and, especially in puppies and kittens, a pot-bellied appearance.
Why do I have to worm my pet?There are several reasons for regular worming: Routine worming helps to ensure the well-being of your pet. It may be necessary to treat clinical disease arising from the presence of worms. Regular treatment reduces environmental contamination. Public health considerations.
Which wormer should I use?Bayer Animal Health offers a whole range of small animal wormers. Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape (for dogs) and Drontal® Cat tablets kill every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs and cats. Drontal® Oral Suspension for Puppies is available for use in puppies and young dogs, up to 1 year old. This product will control Roundworms, Whipworms and Hookworms, and is available as an easy to use liquid. Most young puppies should not need to be treated for Tapeworms, making Drontal® Oral Suspension for Puppies a very suitable choice. Should a puppy need Tapeworm treatment however, or if tablets are preferred, then Drontal® Plus Flavour Bone Shape is licensed for use in puppies from 2 weeks old. Should you need to specifically treat for Tapeworms, Droncit Tablets are licensed for use in both dogs and cats. In addition Droncit Spot-on, is available as an easy to use spot-on treatment for cats.
How often should I worm my dog/cat with Drontal®?It is advised that an adult dog or cat should be treated for worms at least four times a year. There may be specific instances however where more frequent worming treatment is desirable. These would include: worming of puppies and kittens; cats that hunt and eat mice; dogs and cats experiencing repeated flea problems.
What types of worm do Drontal® wormers kill?Drontal® is the wormer that kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK dogs and cats. (Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms)
At what age should I start worming my puppy/kitten with Drontal®?It is common for puppies to be born with worm larvae already present, having been exposed to them while still in the bitch's womb. It is advisable, therefore, to start a worming programme at 2 weeks of age, and to continue worming once a fortnight until 12 weeks old. It is also advisable to treat the bitch at the same time as the pups. Once a pup reaches 12 weeks of age, it should then be treated at least every 3 months.
Why is it necessary to clear up my dog's mess?A single mature dog Roundworm (Toxocara canis) can produce 80,000 eggs a day, which are excreted with the dog's poo. If you don't clear it up, all of those eggs will remain in the environment, to infect other dogs and possibly children too.
My pet isn't showing any signs of infection - why should I worm him?The point is that by the time symptoms are obvious your pet is already suffering. What's more, your pet will be spreading infection in the environment. For both reasons, it's much better to worm your pet routinely, at least every three months.
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*This information is regarding mode of action and is not intended to imply fleas can be completely stopped from biting.
Use Medicine Responsibly: Drontal® XL Flavour/Drontal® Tasty Bone contains praziquantel and pyrantel embonate [NFA-VPS].
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