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Fenbendazole is an effective dewormer that treats a number of different internal parasites. It is an anthelmintic medication, and it is most often prescribed to treat hookworm, roundworm, Taenia tapeworm, and whipworm infections in dogs, although it is also used off-label to treat Giardia infection in some dogs. It is also sometimes used to treat lungworm infection in some dogs and cattle.
It works by interfering with the worm’s energy metabolism. When the worm is unable to produce energy, it will die from lack of activity. It is given orally, and it comes in several forms including granules, suspension, and paste. Talk to your veterinarian for details about which formulation is best suited to your pet’s needs.
The recommended dosage of fenbendazole depends on your pet’s weight and the type of parasite being treated. It is typically administered orally once per day for three days. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions exactly. At higher than regular doses, fenbendazole may cause an allergic reaction in some pets (facial swelling, itching, hives) and can even be fatal in extreme cases.
The powder form of this dewormer is easily mixed into your pet’s food. It can be added to both dry and canned foods. It can also be mixed into a small amount of water to make it easier for smaller pets to consume. Some veterinarians recommend weighing your pet before giving this medication to get an accurate dosage.fenbendazole powder