Fenbendazole powder is an effective medication used to treat and prevent a variety of intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. It is also commonly prescribed to treat giardia in dogs and has been found to be useful in preventing lungworm infections in some species as well. It works by binding to beta-tubulin in the microtubules of the parasite, disrupting their formation and preventing them from producing energy. It is generally safe and well tolerated after oral administration to most animals.
This medicine is available in a form that can be mixed into your pet’s food, making it easy to administer. The medication is moderately absorbed and should begin to take effect within a few days. It is important to follow the dosage and dosing instructions provided by your veterinarian as this will vary based on the type of animal you have, the severity of their condition and the medication’s desired results. Occasionally, higher doses of fenbendazole can cause an allergic reaction in some animals (humans included). This is due to the release of antigens by dying parasites and may include signs such as facial swelling, difficulty breathing and collapse. If your dog experiences these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Panacur(r) and other fenbendazole medications are used to treat and control hookworms, roundworms, Taenia tapeworms and whipworms in dogs (Panacur(r), Panacur Plus(r)). Panacur(r) is also used to treat giardia, lungworms in cattle and small ruminants such as sheep and goats and, to deworm equines, horses, fur animals (sheep, goats, foxes), rodents (hamsters, mice) and poultry (chickens, turkeys, geese). In big cats (Panthera leo) and bears, fenbendazole is used for control of ascarids.