What are the benefits of Drontal for Cats?
Drontal® (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate) Broad Spectrum Dewormer Tablets for Cats and Kittens are scored for easy breakage. Each tablet contains 18.2 mg praziquantel and 72.6 mg pyrantel base as pyrantel pamoate.
…approach to remove intestinal tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms in cats * Tablets are sized and scored for easy administration to cats or kittens * Can be given directly by mouth or with food for easy administration How does Drontal work?Drontal contains the active ingredients praziquantel and…
Droncit contains the active ingredient praziquantel which is indicated for the treatment of tapeworm infections in dogs and cats. It works against both types of tapeworms: Dipylidium caninum, which requires a flea intermediate host to develop, and Taenia taeniaeformis, which requires a small mammal (rabbit, mouse, etc.) intermediate host. Droncit is available as a tablet or injectable medication.As stated previously, in addition to praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate, Drontal Plus contains a third active ingredient: febantel. Febantel is active against nematode parasites including whipworms. Because whipworms in cats is very rare in the United States, Drontal Plus is manufactured only for dogs.Drontal tablets contain two active ingredients: praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate. Pyrantel pamoate will remove hookworms and roundworms. Drontal is usually sold only for cats and kittens because they typically don’t become infected with whipworms which is the third ingredient available in Drontal Plus worming tablets for dogs. Drontal worming tablets generally aren’t recommended for kittens less than one month of age or weighing less than 1.5 pounds. Drontal is FDA approved for use in cats and kittens. The usual dose of Drontal for cats and kittens at least 4 weeks old and 1.5-1.9 lbs is 1/4 tablet, 2-3 lbs is 1/2 tablet, 4-8 lbs is 1 tablet, 9-12 lbs is 1 1/2 tablets and 13-16 lbs is 2 tablets.Cats are usually more at risk for tapeworm infection because of their fastidious grooming habits. Feline Drontal and Canine Drontal Plus worming tablets can be rather expensive because of their broad spectrum deworming ability. Besides heartworm, it seems like Drontal Plus kills just about any parasite under the sun. Droncit, Drontal, and Drontal Plus are only available with a prescription by your veterinarian. There is a generic tablet containing praziquantel available for cats but I don’t have personal experience with the product. If anyone has used this product please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.Answer: Diane- It is usually best to wait to deworm a cat until after it has had its kittens. It is a good idea to deworm the cat with a medicine that kills roundworms after the kittens are born and then every 2 to 3 weeks until the kittens are weaned. Pyrantel pomoate (or tartrate) is a good dewormer for roundworms that is also very safe. It can also be given to the kittens once they are 4 to 6 weeks of age. Roundworms can cause damage in people and so it is best to avoid contact with cat feces and to routinely deworm cats who are in contact with children. The worms that you are seeing are probably tapeworms, as these tend to be about 1/2 inch long or shorter and to move some at first. These are actually worm egg sacs rather than worms but they are an indication that tapeworms are present in the cat's intestines. Your niece will probably have to buy dewormer from this worm from a veterinarian to find an effective product. Praziquantal (Droncit Rx) or epsiprantal (Cestex Rx) are the best deworming ingredients for tapeworms. There are some combination products that kill tapeworms and other worms and contain this ingredient along with others. I think that there may be an over-the-counter product now containing praziquantal but I am not sure of that. Tapeworms are not especially harmful but it would be best to get rid of them. Tapeworms are carried by fleas so good flea control will help prevent them from coming back. Tapeworms can infect people but the are transferred to people the same way they are to cats -- by ingesting fleas. Most people don't ingest fleas but sometimes toddlers will. Mike Richards, DVM 2/18/2004