Review: Droncit Dog Wormer

Overall Rating:

  • Good for puppies
  • Side Effects
  • Easy to administer
  • Effective
  • Price
  • Give to a pregnant dog

Pros

  • Effective against tapeworms
  • Much cheaper than vets
  • Fantastic reviews
  • 10/20 or 50 tablets

Cons

  • Tablets are quite large
  • Needs to be used in conjunction with other wormers

What is a Droncit?

Droncit tablets for worming both dogs and cats are one of the safest, most effective treatments for canine tapeworms. They contain the active ingredient Praziquantel which is found in much more expensive vet-prescribed worming product.

What are tapeworms?

These are one of the most common intestinal parasites found in dogs. They are comprised of a scolex (head) which attaches itself the intestinal wall and a long flat segmented body. They are usually between 8-15 inches in length but the longest one found in a dog was well over 6 feet long.

How do our canine companions get tapeworms?

Fleas are the main reason dogs get these pesky parasites, which can grow up to a metre in length and are made up of small segments. You may have seen them in your dog’s poop or in the fur around his bottom they look like small grains of rice? They are present in rodents and small mammals so any dog which scavenges is also likely to be susceptible to these worms.

How it works

The praziquantel is absorbed in the liver then excreted in bile, which is absorbed into the digestive tract. When the tapeworms are exposed to the drug they are digested by the dog, which is why only partially disintegrated worms and sometimes none at all will be visible in the faeces.

Droncit comes in tablets and the good news is; just one dose or application gets rid of both mature and immature tapeworms. However it only kills this specific parasite so should be used in conjunction with another worming product to eradicate roundworms, whipworms and hookworms.

Key Features

  • Comes in both tablets and spot-on
  • Much cheaper than vet-prescribed wormers
  • Requires only one dose – buy a pack of 20 tablets
  • Contains the active ingredient Praziquantel

Detailed Review

Is it affordable? – 4/4

Droncit is one of the most inexpensive treatments on the market and buying direct instead of from the vet can save you even more money.

Droncit can also be bought in packs of 10,20 and 50 tablets, meaning droncit cost can be further reduced by buying in bulk, saving even more cash, ideal if you have more than one dog. 

Can I buy over Droncit the counter?

Droncit can be quite difficult to find in the United Kingdom, although a large dog shop such as Pets at Home may stock it. The best way to buy this popular product is online.

All the major pet pharmacies such as viovet.co.uk and petdrugsonline.co.uk stock the tablets and you can also purchase it at Amazon.co.uk

Side Effects- 4/4

Dog de-womers are renowned for having side effects including vomiting and/or diarrhea, which is why many of these products need to be given on an empty stomach. Whilst it’s widely believed that this is a good sign because it proves the product is working especially if you can see the worms being expelled, it is upsetting for dog-owners to see their pooch suffering and distressing for the dog too.

It works very differently from other worming products and can therefore be given with food. There have been some side effects reported namely

  • Lethargy
  • Excessive drooling
  • Slight staggering
  • Diarrhea

Here’s the kicker;

Only 5% of cases reported nausea and even the effects listed above are rare, especially when compared with other brands.

So you can enjoy peace of mind, that de-worming your dog will not make them ill. 

Is it Droncit suitable for puppies – 3.5/4

Tapeworm does not cause as many problems in older dogs as other types but a heavy infestation in a puppy can be much more serious.

Tapeworms in dogs are common and like many other parasites can be passed from mother to her newborn offspring so it is recommended that puppies are wormed from 2 weeks of age then every fortnight until 3 months of age.

That being said; It is recommended not to administer until puppies have been weaned or after 4 weeks of age. Something else to bear in mind is that the tablets are not suitable for dogs under 2.5kg so if you have a small breed you should until the puppy reaches the right weight.

Easy to use – 4/4

Droncit worming capsules tablets are effective are extremely easy to administer you just work out the correct dosage in relation to your dogs weight and a single treatment is all that is required get rid of the parasites.

Frequency – That depends, an adult dog should be treated 3-4 times a year, however for hunting and retrieving dogs, packs of hounds and dogs fed on a raw diet, you will need to administers the product monthly. 

How to administer

Oral administration.

The tablets are easily administered by mouth, just tilt the head back, place on the back of the tongue, close the mouth and rub the throat gently until Fido swallows the pill.

Alternatively, if your dog doesn’t like taking tablets it can be hidden in a hot dog, piece of cheese, bit of peanut butter or one of these special pill cases which you can find here 

This video shows a hassle-free way to give your pooch a tablet

Dosage

The recommended dosage of these worming tablets is 5 mg per 2.2 lbs of your dog’s body weight. So, a dog weighing up to 10 lbs should receive one tablet per dog.

Note ( Droncit should not be given to dogs weighing under 5 lbs) 

  • 5lbs
  • 1/2 tablet
  • 6-10 lbs.
  • 1 tablet
  • 11-15 lbs.
  • 1 ½ tablets
  • 16-30 lbs.
  • 2 tablets
  • 31-45 lbs.
  • 3 tablets
  • 46-60 lbs.
  • 4 tablets
  • Over 60 lbs.
  • 5 tablets

Is it effective against all types of worms – 2/4

Droncit is only effective against tapeworms and is not a multi wormer. This is only an effective wormer for the treatment discussed above.

Can it be given to pregnant bitches – 4/4

All pregnant dogs should be treated for worms, and while tapeworms do not often cause serious issues for adult dogs, they will still be depriving your pooch of vital nutrients when she needs them most.

They can also be passed to the puppies, where they can cause issues such as stunted growth, intestinal blockages and anaemia.

Droncit has been tested on pregnant and lactating bitches with no adverse side effects meaning it is safe to use for expectant dogs.

HOW DOES IT COMPARE?

Is it the same as Drontal?

Both Droncit and Drontal are made by Bayer and both contain praziquantel which is a drug which is effective against tapeworms.

Drontal is marketed as an all-in-one wormer as it kills all the worms above including lungworm. The thing is; you need a prescription for Drontal and it costs a lot more than the Droncit product.

Other Alternatives

There are other alternatives such as Milbemax which also requires a prescription or you could buy an over the counter wormer such as Johnsons or Beaphar. However, not all wormers are created equal. Almost every review of Droncit mentions how effective it is against tapeworms and how few side effects there are when using it after just 1 tablet. It can be used on dogs and cats and calculate the tablet per body weight.

Should I Buy?

If you want a safe and effective treatment against tapeworms, then Droncit tablets are the answer. Droncit is recommended by vets and most of the reviews online are pleased with the instant results.

It is much cheaper than getting pills from the vets but it does not kill any other intestinal worms so needs to be used with a good multi wormer. It is also a good idea to administer regular flea treatments such as Advocate as keeping your pooch free from fleas will help prevent tapeworm infestations.

FAQ’S

  • Can I give other wormers alongside droncit?
    Droncit is only effective against tapeworms so it is essential to use it in conjunction with other deworming products if you want to get rid of roundworms, hookworms and whipworms as well. 
  • How long does it take for droncit to work?
    The good news is; Droncit gives almost instant results with a single dose. It kills both mature and immature tapeworms, so with regular preventive treatment your canine companion should remain worm-free.

Final Thoughts

Safe to use in all dogs, including pregnant bitches and puppies over 4 weeks of age, Droncit tablets are a cost effective product and simple to use dewormer. It can be bought online in 20 tablets or 50 making it perfect for those with more than one dog and has excellent reviews.

You don’t need a prescription and Droncit side effects are rare. When combined with another worming product it is an essential part of your routine worming treatments. 

John Devlin

Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!
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