Drontal® for cats
Cats and kittens in Australia can be infected with roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms, and symptoms aren’t always easy to spot. Your cat can easily pick up intestinal worms from eating microscopic worm eggs or larvae from the environment, from hunting or from swallowing infected fleas when grooming and also (in the case of hookworm) by larvae passing through your cat’s skin. Kittens can even pick roundworms up from their mothers when they suckle.
Drontal cat worming tablets work fast to fight intestinal worms. Available in two different sizes, Drontal cat tablets kill every type of intestinal worm commonly found in Australian cats and kittens.
It’s recommended that adult cats are treated for intestinal worms four times a year –once every three months. However, there may be situations when more frequent treatment is desirable, so always discuss recommended worming protocols with your local veterinarian.
Even if your cat doesn’t go outside, they are still at risk from intestinal worms. 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 when grooming, or if your cat catches an infected mouse, they can become infected with worms.
- Roundworms (Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina)
- Hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme, Ancylostoma braziliense and Uncinaria stenocephala)
- Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis)
As with all medicines, side effects are possible. If you notice any adverse signs after using Drontal, please speak to your vet or contact our Customer Care Line.
It is recommended that Drontal be dosed on an empty stomach.
Drontal can be given to kittens from six weeks of age.
Your cat is at risk from intestinal worms throughout the year. Roundworm eggs can pass into the environment from other infected cats and are very resilient; they can survive in the environment for years. Cats can also pick up intestinal worms from hunting and swallowing infected fleas and also (in the case of hookworm) by larvae passing through your cat’s skin.
Unfortunately, yes. Humans can become infected with roundworms after ingesting microscopic worm eggs. For example, they may pick them up on their hands from contaminated soil.
The larvae of the worm can do real damage once they are released in the gut from the egg and then migrate around the body. For example, 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 your pet is so important.
Hookworm larvae can also cause problems for pet owners. If the larvae come in 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 migrate, causing itching, irritation and visible tracks. There is no widely-accepted effective treatment. The infection is usually self-limiting, lasting several weeks and then clearing.
People can become infected with tapeworms if they swallow infected fleas. This can result in disease, particularly in children, including weight loss and loss of appetite. Worming yourself does not protect you. It is therefore important that cats are wormed effectively to limit environmental contamination and possible infection of humans.
Drontal can be used in conjunction with other flea and heartworm treatments such as Advantage, Advocate and Seresto.
Fleas can be infected with the larval stage of the flea tapeworm. If your cat swallows an infected flea when grooming, a tapeworm can develop in the cat’s gut without you even knowing about it.
Most of the time, you can’t. In many cases, you simply won’t know if there are worms hidden inside your cat – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t warning signs to look for. If symptoms do occur, they can include diarrhoea and vomiting, though these, of course, can be seen with many other conditions as well. You might see spaghetti-like worms in your cat’s stool or vomit, or rice-like segments around its bottom. Weight loss, lethargy and a pot belly are also a possibility, especially in younger animals.
Even if your cat shows no obvious signs, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be happier and healthier without a parasitic worm living in their gut! It’s also worth remembering that worms can pass disease to people, too. Regularly worming pets helps protect their health and also reduces the risk to you and your family.
There are four main ways your cat can become infected with intestinal worms.
- Eating worm eggs or larvae from the environment: the soil, sandpits, grass, etc.
- From their mother: Roundworms can be transmitted from the mother to her kittens while they suckle.
- From eating other infected animals: Rodents, lizards, 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 from swallowing infected fleas when grooming), they can develop intestinal worms.
- From hookworm larvae penetrating through the skin, especially through the feet.
Unfortunately you can’t completely stop your cat from being exposed to worms in the first place. However, regular worming with a product like Drontal will kill every type of intestinal worm present in Australian cats, helping your cat combat unwanted passengers they pick up on their adventures.