Droncit Review: Is it a Top Wormer For 2018?
Good for puppies
Easy to administer
Give to pregnant dog
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 many more expensive vet-prescribed worming product and completely eliminates 100% of any tapeworms.
What are tapeworms?
Tapeworms 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.
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There are several different kinds Dipylidium caninum being the most common which uses fleas as an intermediate host. Taenia and Echinococcus tapeworms are slightly different and can be found in rodents such as mice, squirrels and rabbits, along with larger mammals such as sheep and deer, so dogs which are fed a raw diet are also susceptible to frequent tapeworm infestations.
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Tapeworms can be passed to humans although it is rare. Children are most susceptible as there is a chance they could ingest a flea while petting a dog or come into contact with contaminated faces whilst playing in the garden or park.
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 often present in rodents and small mammals so any dog which scavenges or hunts 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. It is not advisable to do both treatments on the same day.
Droncit worming tablets Detailed Review
Is it affordable - Star Rating 4/4
Droncit is one of the most inexpensive worming treatments on the market and buying direct instead of from the vet can save you even more money. The average price of 1 pill is between £1.50 and £3.00 and you can pay at least double that from the vet.
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 the counter?
Droncit can be quite difficult to find on the high street, although large pet stores such as Pets at Home may stock it. The best way to buy this popular wormer 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 on Amazon.co.uk
Side Effects- Star Rating 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 wormer 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.
Droncit works very differently from other worming products and can therefore be given with food. There have been some side effects reported namely
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 suitable for puppies - Star Rating 3.5/4
Tapeworm do not cause as many problems in older dogs as other types but a heavy infestation in a puppy can be much more serious. They may grow as well, because the worms are depriving them of essential nutrients, they may suffer from anemia and in rare cases intestinal blockages may occur. Sometimes, the head of the tapeworm detaches itself from the wall of the intestine; and you may be faced with the sight of the the entire worm either in the faeces or vomit
Tapeworms 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 Droncit 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.
The tablets are quite large so you may have to crush half or a full pill into a little bit of food.
Easy to use - Star Rating 4/4
Droncit worming capsules 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.
Droncit frequency - How often should you treat your pooch for tapeworms? 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 Droncit worming capsules monthly.
How to administer
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
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 1 tablet
Note( Droncit should not be given to dogs weighing under 5 lbs)
1 ½ tablets
Over 60 lbs.
Is it effective against all types of worms - Star Rating 2/4
Droncit is only effective against tapeworms, unfortunately these are not the only internal parasites a dog can contract others include;
Roundworms - The most common type of worms in dogs and puppies. They can be contracted by contaminated soil and faeces.
Did you know?
If an adult dog has ever contracted roundworms, a number of dormant larvae remain in the body, and will pass on to puppies which is why most are born with roundworms.
Hookworms - A nasty parasite that literally uses its sharp teeth to hook on to the intestinal wall. Hookworms enter your four-legged friend’s body through the skin and are often found in wet places like the beach or riverbanks. A with dog hookworms looks unhealthy, loses his appetite and his gums and linings of the ears and nostrils will be pale looking. Other symptoms include;
Whipworms - Like roundworms, these can be found in contaminated soil, and dog faeces, they are usually prevalent in kennel situations. Like their name suggests these long thin worms resemble whips and they reside in the cecum, where the small and large intestines meet.
Symptoms of a heavy infestation include;
Whipworms are hard to diagnose and a severe infestation can be fatal, so it is vital to administer regular preventative treatments
Lungworm - Once only seen in the south of the country these nasty parasites are now a serious problem all over the country. They are ingested when a dog eats a slug, snail or licks something which they have left a trail on such as a toy left in the garden.
Some symptoms of a lungworm infestation;
If you use Droncit for tapeworms you also need to treat with another wormer which is effective against the ones listed above.
Can it be given to pregnant bitches - Star Rating 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 Droncit 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 Droncit tablets.
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.
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Should I Buy?
If you want a safe and effective treatment against tapeworms, then the answer is yes. Droncit is recommended by vets and most of the reviews online are pleased with the instant results and lack of side effects after deworming with this product.
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 3-in-1 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.
Safe to use in all dogs, including pregnant bitches and puppies over 4 weeks of age, Droncit is a cost effective and simple to use dewormer. It can be bought online in packs of 10/20 and 50 tablets 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 other worming products it is an essential part of your routine worming treatments.