Fenbendazole powder is an anthelmintic drug that can be used to treat and prevent multiple types of intestinal parasites in dogs. This medication is most often employed in a deworming regimen to treat a severe parasite load and as part of a preventive strategy for puppies, which are more at risk of parasitic infection. It can also be utilized off-label to protect against lungworms and giardia in dogs. This medication is typically well tolerated, with minimal side effects, when given in accordance with a veterinarian’s prescription.
Fenbendazole is FDA approved for use in dogs, and is commonly prescribed in the veterinary field to treat parasites of this species. The common brands of this medication are Panacur(r) and Safe-Guard(r). This usage is known as ‘extra label’ or ‘off label’ utilization, as it’s not listed on the drug’s FDA-approved label for use in animals. Fenbendazole is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic that may be used in the treatment of various intestinal parasites of cats, dogs, sheep, goats, horses, poultry and wild animals.
It works by binding to beta-tubulin in the microtubules of the parasite, disrupting their formation and thereby preventing the parasite from producing energy. This causes the parasite to starve and die. It is absorbed well after oral administration and is not excreted into the environment, making it a safe and effective option for deworming pets.
This medication comes as granules or as a liquid suspension and is administered orally. It should be mixed with food and is usually given to your pet once per day for three days, or as directed by a veterinarian. Liquid forms should be measured carefully to avoid overdoses. It is important to follow a deworming schedule determined by your veterinarian, and to keep fenbendazole powder away from children and other pets.
Fenbendazole does not always kill all of the parasites that it targets, so a follow up treatment will most likely be necessary in order to ensure that the parasite population is completely eliminated from your pet’s system. A fecal test will help to confirm that all parasites have been removed from your pet. This product does not protect against tapeworms spread by fleas, so a different type of deworming medication will likely be needed for this purpose. It is not recommended to give this medication to pregnant or nursing animals. If side effects develop, contact your veterinarian immediately. Some signs of a serious allergic reaction to this medication include facial swelling, itchiness, seizures or shock. Contact your veterinarian immediately if any of these symptoms appear in your pet. They will decide if you should return to your normal deworming routine or if a more extensive course of treatment should be initiated. It is very important to follow your veterinarian’s directions exactly. They are trained to ensure that your pet receives the maximum benefit from this medication.