Treating Canine Parasites with Fenbendazole for Dogs

Fenbendazole is an effective treatment for eliminating a variety of parasites in your dog’s system. Also known by the brand names Panacur and Safe-Guard, fenbendazole eliminates intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, some tapeworms, whipworms and giardia.

Treatment of Parasites with Fenbendazole

Fenbendzole is available in granule, suspension (liquid) and paste forms with dosing based upon your dog’s weight. Fenbendazole is safe to use because it is more attracted to the cells of the parasites, and not to your dog’s cells. Once administered, the medication begins working and is either metabolized into your dog’s system or passed out of the body with your dog’s stool. Fenbendazole is totally out of the system in 48 hours. Because of this, and because of the persistence of parasitic worms, fenbendazole must be given several days in a row, the length of time determined by the type of parasite being treated and dosage based upon your dog’s weight. Mixed with a little bit of food, the medication is easily administered to your dog.

Fenbendazole is Safe to Use

Fenbendazole has earned a reputation for being a safe method of treating parasitic infestations. Because of its limited duration in your dog’s system (48 hours) and because it attacks parasites and not the dog’s tissue, fenbendazole has very limited side effects and is very safe to use. This allows fenbendazole to be given to puppies as young as 2 weeks old, with limited or no impact on a puppy's systems.

Side Effects of Fenbendazole

While side effects of Fenbendazole are rare, they do occur. The most common side effects are vomiting and nausea. Dogs sensitive to the medication should not be treated with fenbendazole.

Benefits of Fenbendazole

  • Fenbendazole is widely used in the treatment of parasites because it is effective, yet gentle to your dog’s system.
  • Fenbendazole is less expensive than many of the other worming products available.
  • It is available at many pet or feed stores and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 years. Simply follow the dosing instructions on the container.
  • Breeders utilize it for treating their dogs for worms. They treat their dogs every other month and before breeding, in order to avoid the female passing the parasites on to the pups.
  • Fenbendazole is a broad spectrum wormer, ridding the dog’s system of a wide variety of parasites, instead of having to treat with several worming products in order to eliminate infestations of multiple parasites.

Intestinal parasites are a common problem in dogs. They rob the dog of essential nutrients in its diet, and can cause additional problems like colitis. Parasitic worms can multiply quickly and, if left unchecked, can migrate to other parts of your dog’s body to lie dormant until triggered by the appropriate situation in your dog’s system. Regularly treating your dog for internal parasites with medications such as fenbendazole can help to keep him healthy and parasite free. Don’t wait until you see worms in your dog’s stool. Take preventive steps to ensure your dog’s health.