DRONTAL Suspension is recommended for the control of gastrointestinal worms in puppies and small dogs including:
This product does not control tapeworms or heartworm.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
- Shake before use.
- Drontal suspension is given as a single dose by mouth using the enclosed dosing syringe. Fasting prior to dosing is not necessary.
- It is essential to weigh dogs before treatment.
- Read the enclosed leaflet before using this product
- If worm problems persist, consult a veterinarian.
- 1 mL per 1 kg bodyweight.
- This corresponds to 15 mg/kg febantel and 14.4 mg/kg pyrantel embonate.
- Hookworms & Roundworms Dogs and Puppies: treat at 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks of age and then every month until six months of age; thereafter every 3 months or on veterinary advice. Use DRONTAL tablets for larger dogs where appropriate and based on the dog's size.
- Whipworms: Treat every 6-8 weeks after 3 months of age.
- Dogs can become reinfested with worms and treatment should be repeated. Also read the detailed retreatment recommendations below. If worm problems persist, consult a veterinarian. This prescription is not formulated for cats and is not recommended for this use.
DRONTAL Suspension may be combined with other treatments, for example heartworm prevention, flea or tick treatment.
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS AND WORMING PROGRAMMES
Roundworms and Hookworms
These parasites infect puppies while still in the mother's womb (roundworm) or as soon as they suckle milk (hookworm). Hookworms are blood suckers and, in large numbers, are capable of causing anaemia and death, particularly in puppies.
Due to the life cycle of these worms it is important to treat puppies frequently until at least 12 weeks of age
Both worms can also infect dogs of any age by ingestion of worm eggs or larvae. Hookworm larvae can also penetrate through the skin.
To reduce general environmental contamination by eggs and larvae from the bitch during pregnancy, pregnant bitches should be treated routinely prior to mating, at the end of pregnancy and during lactation.
This parasite lives in the caecum (appendix) and is transmitted by eggs, passed onto the ground by one dog, being ingested by another dog. The eggs are extremely resistant and long lasting.
Worms often reinfest pups so it is necessary to:
- treat the dog itself,
- reduce environmental contamination by daily disposal of droppings.
It is recommended puppies be treated as follows:
- 2 weeks of age and then at 4, 8 and 12 weeks of age
- after 12 weeks of age every month until 6 months of age
- thereafter every 3 months. If whipworm is a problem, treat every 6-8 weeks.
These recommendations are of a general nature. In specific instances where infestation is particularly heavy or many dogs are housed together, a veterinary surgeon should be consulted.
CONTROL OF REINFESTATION
Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm
Roundworm and hookworm are usually transmitted to puppies while still in the womb or through the mother's milk and it is difficult to prevent this transmission. However, both these worms, and whipworms, are also transmitted by eggs and larvae on the ground. The eggs of roundworm and whipworm are very resistant and may survive in soil for years so regular treatment to prevent environmental contamination with eggs is essential.
Puppies under 6 months and pregnant bitches will produce excessive quantities of worm eggs and therefore require more attention to worm control.
Where tapeworm control is also required Drontal tablets should be administered at the appropriate dosage.