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What is Panacur?

As responsible dog and cat owners, it’s important to understand the risks, symptoms and treatment options available to us when our feline and canine companions’ internal organs become infested with creepy crawlies. Worms can enter into a pet’s system through a number of ways. For instance, they can be picked up from your dog’s stool or in contaminated soil. Intestinal worms infect our pets and cause many unpleasant symptoms as a result, diarrhoea, weight loss, vomiting, abdominal pain, lethargy and much more. Thankfully, worms in dogs are treatable. One of the medications veterinarians frequently prescribe for dogs with worms is called Fenbendazole (or by its more commonly recognised brand name, Panacur).

How does Panacur Work?

In dogs, Panacur is most often used to treat hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm (Taenia), and whipworm infections, although, it is not effective against Dipylidium tapeworms. In cats, its use for the treatment of parasites is 'off label' or 'extra label'. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine. In these instances, follow your veterinarian’s directions and cautions very carefully. Once administered, the Fendendazole goes to work inside the cellular level of your pet. It interacts with the worms microtubules and binds to its beta-tublin (a type of protein), inhibiting the parasite’s ability to produce energy.  

How is Panacur given?

Always weigh your dog to make sure you are using the right size and number of packets, alternatively, make sure to measure out liquid forms carefully. Fenbendazole should be given with food in order to reduce gastrointestinal upset. Mix in the daily dose with a small amount of the usual food. Make sure your pet eats all of the medicated food. Remember, if in doubt, talk to your veterinarian about the best formulation for your dog or cat, and for tips about how to properly administer a dewormer.

Side effects of Panacur?

Veterinarians generally consider Panacur to be one of the safest dewormers available for consumers. Its active ingredient, used for the treatment and control of Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms, will ignore your pet’s body tissue, unless given in overdose. The most common side effect is vomiting, which only occurs in about 1 percent of dogs administered with Panacur. It is far more likely, but still rare, that your dog will have an allergic reaction. If you notice any signs of allergic reaction, take your dog to the vet immediately for treatment. 

How much Panacur should I give my Pet?

The dosage and duration will defer depending on your intended use. It’s best in these circumstances to resist the allure of the internet and instead consult your vet. All animals are unique and require adjustments in their treatment based on any other pre-existing conditions or medical history.