How Drontal® can help keep your pet healthy
Worms are a common problem that can pose serious health risks to your pet and your family. Because worms live inside your dog or cat, they can’t be seen and their presence often goes unnoticed.
Though these parasites might not be as obvious as fleas or ticks, worms can still lead to health problems in your pet, and can even cause health problems (link) for you and your family. That’s why regularly treating your pet for worms is crucial to their health and happiness – as well as yours.
How Drontal works to eliminate worms
Drontal works quickly to rid your pet of intestinal worms. Drontal for Cats and Drontal for Dogs treat all of the common species of intestinal worms found in dogs and cats, and can be given to puppies from 2 weeks of age and kittens from 6 weeks of age when they are most vulnerable to health issues associated with worms.
Drontal Chews and Tablets for Dogs are formulated specifically to deal with dog worms, and Drontal for Cats specifically for cat worms - they are different - so don't give a Drontal for Dogs to your cat, or vice-versa.
Common worms treated by Drontal
Drontal deals with roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms in dogs and cats, and also whipworm in dogs. Each worm is different, but all have one common goal: to thrive and reproduce inside your pet while stealing their nutrients.
Roundworms are 10-18 cm long and look like thin, white strands of spaghetti. Your pet can be infected through the following:
- By eating roundworm eggs from the soil, left by infected animals
- By hunting or scavenging
- From the mother inside the womb before birth (puppies only)
- From suckling the mother’s milk (puppies and kittens)
Worm segments resemble crawling grains of rice in your pet’s faeces. Your pet can get tapeworm by swallowing infected fleas when grooming themselves.
These worms are blood suckers. You won’t see them in the faeces unless they're sick or dying. Your pet can be infected through the following:
- By eating worm larvae from the soil, from the faeces of another carnivore
- From eating infected mice, lizards etc.
- From larvae penetrating the skin from the soil
- To puppies suckling on their mother’s milk, which contains the larvae
These worms are rarely seen in faeces unless they are dying. Your pet can get whipworm by eating whipworm eggs from the soil.
Regular worming treatments are the best defence
It can be easy to forget about worming your pet, but maintaining a schedule of regular worming treatments is an essential part of pet healthcare.
Use a tried and trusted worming product like Drontal to help your dog or cat combat intestinal worms. Available in two different strengths for cats, two different strengths (including a tasty chew) for dogs and three different tablet sizes for small, medium and large dogs, Drontal kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in dogs and cats in Australia.