Praziquantel for Cats

One of the most common drugs that is used to fight parasite infections in pet cats is praziquantel. Praziquantel is specifically used to address tapeworm infections in cats. Due to the fact that tapeworms are very prevalent throughout many parts of the world, it's good for most pet owners to be familiar with this medicine. If you suspect that your cat suffers from a tapeworm infection, ask your vet about the possibility of using praziquantel.

Praziquantel Overview

Praziquantel was developed to be used in humans and animals both. The animal versions of the drug are called Droncit and Drontal, although there are also generic versions available for lower prices. In order to be able to provide praziquantel to your pet, you'll need to receive a veterinary prescription. Praziquantel works to eliminate tapeworms from your cat's body by reducing the ability of the tapeworm to be able to attach to the inner walls of your pet's intestine. When the tapeworm then detaches, it can be eliminated through your pet's bowel movements more easily.

Using Praziquantel for Your Cat

In most cases, vets will recommend giving your cat the injectable form of praziquantel. There is also a tablet which you can provide to your pet orally along with his food or with a treat, although cats oftentimes do not like the taste of this medicine. Although many vets prefer to give the injection themselves and in an office, you may also be able to give your cat the injection at home too. Finally, if your pet is suffering from additional parasites or it's unclear exactly which type of parasite is affecting your dog, praziquantel is also available in combination with drugs that are designed to eliminate roundworms, hookworms and other types of parasites.

The exact dosage of the medicine that you give to your pet will be dependent upon his weight primarily, although the severity of his condition and his other health conditions will also help to determine.

Risks and Side Effects of Praziquantel in Cats

Praziquantel is usually avoided in pets that are under about 4 weeks of age. Otherwise, this medicine is generally considered very safe for use in cats. While it's possible that your pet might have an allergic reaction to the medicine, this reaction is quite uncommon.

The most commonly seen side effects of praziquantel typically include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy or sedation

If you use the injectable type of praziquantel, it's not uncommon for there to be a mild inflammation or some minor pain at the point at which you've made the injection. Still, in all cases, side effects from this medicine are not seen very often.

Praziquantel is an excellent way to help eliminate tapeworms from your pet's body. This will help to ensure that he doesn't lose out on the nutritional benefits of the foods that he eats.