Panacur C, also known by its chemical name Fenbendazole, is one of the most popular anthelminthic (also known as de-wormer or anti parasite) medications advised by veterinarians to dog owners in order to treat the presence of parasites in dogs.
The following cases in dogs are the cases where Panacur is almost always recommended as medication.
Introduction To Panacur For Dogs
As far as treating Lungworm and Giardia in dogs is concerned, it isn’t specifically mentioned on the labels of Panacur medications that this drug treats these cases.
However, administering Panacur for dogs that suffer from these two conditions is a very common veterinary practice nowadays, given the fact that this medication has proven its effectiveness in treating these conditions in dogs and has stood the test of time.
For those of you reading this that like to be extra safe about the medications they give their dogs, you’ll be happy to learn that Panacur has been FDA approved for use in dogs only.
The way Panacur works in your dog’s body is by binding to parasitic proteins and hindering the transportation abilities of the cells in these parasites, ultimately leading to their destruction.
Panacur Dosage For Dogs
Even though Panacur is an over the counter medication which doesn’t require you to have a prescription from a veterinarian for it in order to go ahead and buy it, it’s always preferable that you do consult with your veterinarian first before giving your dog any dose of Panacur.
With that being said, and if you’re looking for a ballpark estimate figure about the appropriate dosages of Panacur that are often given to dogs, then you have to know that these dosages are often determined based on the dog’s weight.
The generally recommended figure of Panacur for dogs stands at 50 mg/kg, which translates to 22.7 mg/lb, on a daily basis, for no less than 3 days in a row. When given to dogs for less than 3 days in a row, this medication doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.
However, keep in mind that these figures are just ballpark figures and the recommended dosage for your dog’s specific case may greatly differ, depending on what kind of worm infection and parasites they’re suffering from, and the severity of it.
We will not be going into great detail about the exact dosages of Panacur that are generally recommended for certain dog weight ranges as other articles do, since it tends to become a way more complicated ordeal than it has to be, and it encourages readers to self-assign dosages of Panacur for their dogs.
For this reason, we’ll stick to saying that you should talk to your veterinarian to get all the details about Panacur dosages your dog should be taking.
How Can I Give My Dog Panacur?
There are several different forms of Panacur you can give your dog in, ranging from granule form to oral liquid suspension form, as well as oral paste form.
The most popular form of Panacur that dog owners prefer to give their dogs this medication in is, by far, the granule form.
Out of all the Panacur different formulations out there, the plain Panacur formula where the only active ingredient is Fenbendazole is the best one you can give to your dog.
If your dog is giving you a hard time taking Panacur as is, then it’s perfectly fine for you to mix in their Panacur dosage with a small amount of food in order to make the process incredibly easier, without them being stubborn about taking their medication.
This will not at all hinder their body’s absorption process of the Panacur dosage, so you have nothing to worry about as far as that issue is concerned.
However, you must make sure that your dog eats the entirety of the food that you mixed with their dosage of Panacur, in order to ensure that they aren’t missing out on any part of their dosage that may remain in the uneaten portion of their food.
Panacur For Dogs Side Effects
Since this is one of the safest (if not THE safest) de-wormers for dogs available today, the chances of side effects associated with giving your dog this medication happening are very slim and will only happen in rare occurrences.
However, and even if you abide by your veterinarian’s directions when it comes to dosages of Panacur given to your dog and the duration of treatment, your dog may be one of the few cases that experience negative side effects when given this medication.
So, here are some of the most common side effects that you should be on the lookout for when giving your dog Panacur.
- Loose stool
- Sudden and unexpected weight loss
- Allergic reactions (swelling in any part of the face, usually a serious side effect that should immediately be addressed)
- Increased urge to scratch
- Gum color turns pale
In order to minimize the possibility of your dog experiencing any serious side effects when being given Panacur, put the following items on your to-do list before you head out, buy and give your dog any dosage of this medication.
- Talk to your veterinarian first so they can determine the exact dosage of Panacur that your dog needs to treat their specific case, instead of relying on a “one size fits all” dosage recommendation that could either go right or go terribly wrong.
- Tell your veterinarian about ANY other medicine or supplements your dog is currently taking, no matter how “negligible” and “unimportant” you may think the medicine or supplement is.
- Tell your veterinarian about any health or medical problems your dog is currently suffering from or has suffered from at any given point in the past.
Panacur For Dogs Overdose
If you suspect or know for a fact that your dog has overdosed on Panacur, immediately talk to your veterinarian in order to inform them about it and get your dog to the nearest emergency pet care center.
When Is Panacur Bad For Dogs?
With Panacur being one of the safest and most effective de-wormer medications out there available for dog usage, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t certain situations where Panacur is bad for dogs.
The following list states the most common situations where you’ll want to refrain from giving your dog Panacur.
- If your dog is less than 6 weeks of age.
- If your dog is allergic to Panacur or any other medication that falls under the Benzimidazole medication family.
- If your dog is pregnant or lactating (although this is one thing your veterinarian may help you with a workaround for, by recommending a custom tailored dosage that will help your dog with their case and not affect the baby in any way, shape or form).
- If your dog is going through any sickness, no matter how minor it may be.
A Quick Note About Personal Care When Giving Your Dog Panacur
If you’re planning to give your dog Panacur because of a certain case of worms/parasites they have in their system, a very important note must be said concerning your personal hygiene.
Throughout the entirety of the treatment process and until your dog’s system is completely rid of the worms/parasites they have in their system, you must take the absolute best care and precaution when it comes to your personal hygiene and how you interact with your dog.
If you don’t take care of your personal hygiene and interact with your dog in uncontrolled manners, your dog can easily pass on the case of worms they have in their system over to you, something you obviously don’t want happening.