- Drug Name: Fenbendazole
- Common Name: Panacur?
- Drug Type: Antihelmintic
- Used For: Eradication of intestinal parasites
- Species: Dogs
- Administered: Powder, Granules, Injectable
- How Dispensed: Over the counter
- FDA Approved: Yes, for dogs
Fenbendazole is a drug prescribed by veterinarians to treat intestinal parasites. It kills roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and tapeworms in pets. It is only FDA-approved in dogs, but veterinarians often prescribe Fenbendazole to cats as well.
Your veterinarian may perform a fecal floatation test if they suspect a parasite or as part of a routine check-up. It involves taking a small fecal sample from your dog using a lubricated fecal loop. The feces is then put in a small container with a solution that will allow most of the fecal matter to sink and the parasite eggs to float. A slide is then made of the floating material and examined under a microscope. The slide is then scanned for eggs.
How It Works
Fenbendazole works by interrupting the parasitesâ€™ cellular transport and metabolism. They diminish the parasitesâ€™ energy reserves and limit their ability to eliminate waste and produce protective factors from their cells.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Consult your veterinarian if a dose is missed.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Fenbendazole may result in these side effects:
- Diarrhea or loose stool
- Loss of appetite
Fenbendazole may react with these drugs:
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PETS WITH LIVER DISEASE
DO NOT GIVE FENBENDAZOLE TO PREGNANT OR LACTATING PETS
This drug is safe to use in pets over 6 weeks of age.