What Is Droncit?

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If your dog or cat suffers a tapeworm infestation, Droncit can get the pests out of your pet. The drug contains praziquantel, which can eliminate several types of canine and feline tapeworm. It works by impairing the tapeworm's sucker, attached to the wall of the intestinal tract. It also causes the tapeworm to move, so the parasite heads through the intestines and is excreted out in feces. Although rice-like segments around your pet's anus may have indicated your animals had tapeworm, you're unlikely to see tapeworm parts in your pet's stool after Droncit administration. Generally, one dose is sufficient to rid your pet of tapeworms, but a severely infested animal may require a second deworming a few weeks later.

Other Names

Droncit is also marketed under other brand names, including Drontal and Drontal Plus, Profender, Virbantel, Iverhart Plus and Sentinel Spectrum, along with generic versions. Some of these products contain additional dewormers that eradicate other gastrointestinal parasites and may require a veterinary prescription. Droncit is available in tablet, topical and injectable forms, the latter available only through veterinarians.

Side Effects and Contraindications

Most animals tolerate Droncit quite well, but side effects can occur. These may include sedation, appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhea and hypersalivation. Since the injectable version may sting, your pet might exhibit discomfort when given the shot. Call your vet if your pet experiences any side effects.

Puppies under the age of 4 weeks or weighing less than 2 pounds should not receive Droncit. Kittens under the age of 6 weeks or weighing less than 1.5 pounds should not receive the drug. Droncit may be given to pregnant or lactating animals, but always check with your vet before dosing an expectant or nursing dog or cat.

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