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Profender??

post #1 of 11
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My vet has given me Profender to treat tapeworms. We have been battling fleas for a while now but I think the DE has just about taken care of them. Anyway, I have always used Drontal in the past but the vet says this is much easier to apply. Does anyone have any experience with Profender? Is it safe for my kitties? Side effects? I'm sure my vet wouldn't give me anything that would harm them...I'm just extremely paranoid
post #2 of 11
It worked for my cat who had tapeworms. It's a one time application or pill right? I can't remember exactly. I was nervous too and dubious that a one time med would work but it did.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
It's a topical application like Frontline. I'm just afraid they'll have a reaction to it. Crazy I know, the vet and staff already think I am
post #4 of 11
Profender is easier for most cats, vs. trying to get them to take a pill. It has undergone testing to ensure its safety. Looks like most of the adverse reactions are similar to any other "spot on" type medication.

Bayer - Profender website

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post #5 of 11
Side effect that I know about: If your cat is able to lick the application site, it will make them slobber for a few minutes.

My boy sasha got a dose when his brother got roundworms. He got the large dose and the vet applied it too low on the neck.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ryffian View Post
Profender is easier for most cats, vs. trying to get them to take a pill. It has undergone testing to ensure its safety. Looks like most of the adverse reactions are similar to any other "spot on" type medication.

Bayer - Profender website

Product Label

My cat Bugsy, the impossible cat to pill, took Profender instead of Drontal.
The only thing to watch out is if your cat is sensitive to topical meds; for example: Bugsy had a reaction to Profender, but he is allergic to Revolution (I should have thought of that, but since he is ok with Advantage, I thought he might be ok...) So if your cat has sensitivities to topical meds, he might have a reaction to it; besides that, it did work, and he was completely fine...
post #7 of 11
How did you like the Profender? I got some today for one of my cats. It's a little oily (well, it is oil-based, after all) but it doesn't have a harsh chemical smell like some spot on's. Just wondering how things turned out for ya!
post #8 of 11
Besides the reaction on his skin (which could happen with anything topically for Bugsy, it is really a hit or miss in his case), it was great, and it took care of everything in one dose.

I liked it... I would used it again, not on Bugsy though.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
It's been 4 days since I put the Profender on my kitties. I had a mixed reaction to it. My female wasn't phased by it at all. My male on the other hand was slowed down a little bit. You can still see the white powder looking spot on the back of his neck. He also itched for a day or two and the fur came out when he scratched. I don't think I would use it on him again but probably would the female. He just wasn't quite himself for a couple of days but nothing major. Everybody is back to normal now (except for that spot )

Thanks everyone for the info!
post #10 of 11
I treated all 5 of my cats with Profender after 1 confirmed case of roundworm. 4 of my cats did fine, my 5 year old female Creek had a bad reaction. She appeared fine prior to the application, but over 24 hours later she was lame, spread herself thin on the floor and started panting like mad. It appeared to have absorbed well on my other 4 cats, but left powdery residue on Creek. Took her to the vet in the morning, they said it had nothing to do with Profender. They said she had a heart murmur, did an xray and sent me to have an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that she had infection in her gallbladder. Treated her with Clavamox, which they said probably isn't strong enough so then treated with Metronidazole. She had a terrible reaction to that, her bum was swollen, fire engine red, and she licked constantly. The vet said to leave it alone and it would clear up.

Switched vet, gave her Amoxicillin, all better now! Also relieved that she has no detectable heart murmur. Feel like I was taken advantage of by that vet. My new vet says he can't imagine why they would give Metronidazole.

It's hard to say if it was the Profender, but I have read online that pet owners have been told their cat has a heart murmur after Profender. Will probably stick to Drontal in the future for worm treatment.
post #11 of 11
I only use it on the three hard to manage cats in my clowder. Every one else gets drontal- it is more effective and no side effects as long as you give the proper dose per your vet.
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