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Had to give my dog a second dose of this as it didn't work the first time. There's only 5 tablets in the bottle, but thankfully my dog only required 1.5 tablets based on her weight. When we took her to the vet, the vet said that this should work for tapeworms and said we made a good proactive purchase.
Since tapeworms can't be tested by the vet unless they're present in the poop, we had to watch our dog for symptoms and look at her poop. Gave the second dose about two-three weeks after not seeing any improvement with the first dose (per vet instruction). About a week after the second dose, she stopped scooting and we didn't see any worms in her poop!
It worked to get rid of her tapeworm, however the tablet is very large compared to same of the alternative brands. It is very dry so it got stuck in her throat to the point where she literally choked on it and needed to have the tablet forced back up manually by myself and my husband. We ended up using a knife and breaking it down into several smaller pieces and giving them to her one by one. She started salivating pretty profusely which generally happens when they ingest something that is foul tasting or upsets their stomach. Maybe try adding a coating of some sort which will make it more appetizing and not so much, of what I’m sure my poor little baby views as, a form of torture/punishment. She wouldn’t come near us or even take any treats from us, for almost 2 days after giving this to her. I guess she assumed we’d shove another one down her throat lol.
I imagine this probably works great if you can get your cat to co-operate and take the pill. Unfortunately for me, my cats don't live that life. I knew when purchasing this that it would be a risk considering it's in pill form, but I decided to give my feline frenemies some credit and assume they would allow me to help them. The thing is, they are also ninjas, so they had their defense tactics and escape route planned well before the time came to commit this attack on them (as they see it). With every failed attempt at trickery, a soggy pill lay on my kitchen floor. Even tucked invisibly into a chunk of fish, the fish is devoured and pill is spat onto the floor. I surrender, the ninja felines have claimed victory of this home. I do still highly suggest trying this product if your cats are not trained in parkour and/or kung-fu, and they don't have wolverine claws. This is afterall the same medication your vet would give to them. Good luck my fellow pet parents!
As suggested, I crushed these pills and mixed them into canned food. All the cats turned up their noses at it. So there I am with $20 worth of worm medication in food they're refusing to eat … this turned into a miserable contest of wills, with the kitties on a hunger strike and me not doling out any more food until they downed the medicated stuff. I kept adding tiny bits of this or that, hoping to make the medicated food more palatable, but I think all this did was draw out the agony. I also had to keep track of who had eaten a couple of tiny bites from their dish and who hadn't … it took several days to get the doses into all the cats, so effectiveness may have been compromised by the rate of administration; and as part of the general upset, the kitties stopped sleeping in the spot where I had been seeing the tapeworm "rice grains", so I can't say for sure that the doses had any effect anyway. Rather than go through this ordeal again, the next time around I'm going to look into natural methods like parsley water or pumpkin seeds.
ADDED LATER: I had a pill and a half left, and needed to dose a newly-arrived small cat who the vet who spayed it said had tapeworms. This time I smushed canned food around half a pill, without crushing it -- and it went down easily! So I added a star to the rating. --I wanted to dose another cat too, prepared the half-pill the same way, but let it sit too long before offering it to the cat; the pill absorbed moisture, swelled and crumbled, probably released odor or taste, and that cat said "No, thanks!" so I wasted that half. Got the last half down the second cat by the same method as the first one mentioned.
Cats are great, but when they get worms, it's time to order some kinda wormer and make my Boomer husband feed it to the felines. We have six. Yes, really. So you can imagine how thrilled my beloved was when he learned that he had to catch, towel-wrap and force feed a pill to each one of them (twice...this medicine requires a follow-up dose).
To quote said husband (with hopefully appropriately PG euphemisms substituted for some of his more colorful language): "Whatever [expletive] [derogatory noun] came up with the [profanities] idea of feeding [more profanities] pills to [still more profanities] cats is a [Oedipal descriptor] [intelligence insult and crude body part description]!"
Fortunately, my claw-shredded, potty-mouth beloved discovered, eventually, that the pills are easy to crush and they dissolve well in water, so if you have an old plastic syringe without the needle in it, you can suck up a white chalky slurry of butt-worm pill water, pry open the pussy cats' mouths, and squirt that into their thrashing, gagging and biting sweet little needle-fanged furry faces while they simultaneously do their level best to sink all four feet worth of their claws into you (or rather, into your husband). The fact that three cats out of six immediately hork at least half of that nasty white chemical stuff right back up onto anyone who may happen to be holding the little darlings was, of course, entirely predictable, in retrospect, and something we will remember and prepare for when we have to do this all again for a second time in a couple of weeks.
The cats have mostly gotten over the trauma now. The husband will, I suspect, have ongoing trust issues for some time. And, bonus, the kids now have new vocabulary words to try out on their friends if they ever get to go back to school. Heck of a product.
Not sure why they can't make this into a liquid. Neither the cat nor I enjoyed administering 1 1/2 large tablets (15 pounds of fury thus 1 1/2 pills) down the cat's throat. I read to hold the cat between your legs since it wants to back into you during the "procedure". Unfortunately all this does is place the part of the cat that the tapeworms are exiting firmly against you. It also leaves all four of the cats "exiting strategies" unhindered and able to wildly thrash and deeply lacerate the pill administer (Your cat sir can Keyillll). You are then to stick the pills into the back of the cats mouth - all the while threading between the sharp pointy things in the cats mouth. Of course, like at the mini-golf course, the sharp pointy things move unpredictably up and down blocking your attempt at "sinking the put". Next you should hold the cats mouth closed until it swallows the "grape sized" pills. But nay, the cat is too smart. It simply out-waits you, all the while engaging it's weapons of mass destruction, and morphing the solid pill into more of a slimy, half chewed, pile of goo which is even harder to administer on each subsequent bouts. Round 1, 2, 3 and 4 go to the cat - I go to the emergency room since primary care is not open on Sunday's, yet Amazon was able to deliver. Oh yeah for next day delivery! BTW I gave flavor a 1 star, though I didn't taste it myself, I doubt it was mouse flavored. And had it been mouse flavored I'm sure the cat would have swallowed it lickety-split since eating mice is why she got tapeworms to begin with.
When I saw the pill size I knew I had to cut this in half. But even then, my cat would not swallow it. He's 8 months old and has a very strong gagging reflex. So I put the rest crushed in his wet food. He could smell it and would not eat it. Of course. So first 5$ wasted on this huge pill. The next day I cut a new pill in half and with a lot of effort and struggle I managed to get maybe 3/4 of the pill down his throat. With him spitting it out a lot and starting to spit because of pill dissolving in his mouth. I watched tutorials and have given pills successfully to another cat before. This was a real struggle. I just hope he swallowed enough.
Bayer is usually a reputable company, so I wouldn't hesitate to use this medicine if my Cats had tape worms. I must have not read the information about this dewormer. I don't think I got what I ordered. What i thought I was getting was in a different package than this one. I wanted dewormer for round worms. and there wasn't anything said in the paperwork or instructions on this about it being used for roundworms. Just for tapeworms. Of course, that's what it says on the box. But I don't think that is the box I was looking at when I ordered.. Don't know how it tastes or what flavor it is. Don't know how easy it is to swallow. Don't even know if it works. So I can't give it a review for any of those attributes. I'm just disappointed as heck. And I didn't want to have to deal with the USPS office here to have to send it back, so I'll just eat the price, but not the pills. :)
I bought 2 or 3 times, i only needed to convince the cat to eat ONE. I failed. Crushed & hidden in cheese, or food, or milk, or lunch meat.... nope nope nope.
I can't shove pills down my cat's throat. So i ended up taking him to the vet anyway, and they would only give him their own Drontal.
I gave this 3 stars because it was super cheap (1 Drontal dose at vet was $25) and would've been 2-3 doses, had I been capable of "pilling" my own cat. I'm not sure how effective this medicine is, but i DO know the average cat isn't going to be fooled into eating it. In other words, the smell or taste is quite noticeable for extremely un-picky cats.
I am sure the product does what it says it does if you can get it into your cat. I have given ;pills to both dogs and cats by getting the pill far into their mouth, close the muzzle, raise their head l and stroke their neck until you see the swallow reflex. Well, I have a 6 mo. old kitten and a semi-wild senior and it didn't work for me this time. So, crushed the pill and stirred it into a small amount of wet food. They started eating and I thought this is going to work. Wrong. They ate a small amount of the food and then quit cold-turkey and wouldn't eat another bite. Since they ate some of the doctored food I am waiting for 30 days to pass and then I will administer the medication with a "pill popper"