Should You Give Panacur to Your Dog

Should You Give Panacur to Your Dog

Author WDF Staff


Dog owners can receive some unpleasant news about parasites infesting their dogs. Different worms will probably infect puppies from the moment they are born. Some are even transmitted through nursing. Luckily, medications like Panacur can make the puppy’s life more comfortable and make sure they get rid of all nasty parasites causing them trouble. In case of worm infestation, the vet can prescribe Panacur for dogs. If you are interested in learning a bit more about this medication, check out the rest of this article.

What is exactly Panacur for dogs?

Panacur is a brand name of an oral deworming medication that contains fenbendazole as an active ingredient. Dogs are not the only species treated by Panacur; cats, horses, and livestock can also be treated with this drug. Panacur for dogs is used to fight the four most common worms in dogs;

  • Tapeworms
  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms

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Panacur is an effective medication that vets recommend even outside its primary purpose. In the US, the FDA has not approved Panacur for off-label use. However, in Europe, Panacur can be used to treat another common parasite called Giardia. Despite the lack of FDA approval, American vets advise dog owners to use it for giardia infections. 

If you want to know more about Giardia in dogs, check out this article - Giardia in dogs.

How does Panacur kill worms?

There are many deworming medications available, and they can have different approaches to solving the parasite problems. The great thing about Panacur is that it is considered a very safe drug. In most cases, dogs have no issues or bad reactions, and the treatment goes smoothly. Panacur is very effective against worms, and it binds to tubulin (a type of protein) parasites need to form their bodies.

How is Panacur given to dogs?

Panacur for dogs is an oral medication that comes in a paste, granules, or suspension. Your vet will let you know the best way to administer this drug to your dog. Some dogs might prefer one type of medication, and others might hate it. You should try and see what works for your dog; just make sure you use the correct dosage.

Panacur for dogs - dosage

Like with any other medication, the keys are dosage and consistency. This is considered a very safe drug, and the possibility of an overdose is pretty little, but that doesn’t mean you should give too much of it to your dog. It might not hurt your dog but can lead to parasite resistance, which will make treatment ineffective.

You should talk to your vet about the proper dosage. They will consider your dog’s gender, age, shape, activity levels, and medical history and decide what dosage is right for your dog. It is always a bad idea to try and adjust the dosage yourself without talking to your vet first.

According to the manufacturer, the correct dosage of Panacur for dogs is one tablet for every 22 pounds of body weight. Here is a helpful scale to make things clearer;

Panacur for dogs - dosage

The dosage for other forms of Panacur for dogs is different, so make sure you follow your vet’s instructions. If you happen to miss a dose, rearrange your schedule and never give your dog a double dosage of drugs because you missed one.

Panacur for dogs side-effects

Like we mentioned earlier, Panacur for dogs is considered a very safe drug. Its active ingredient will ignore the dog’s body, and dogs can even withstand 100 times larger dosage without effects. The drug will just pass through the dog’s body without being more effective towards parasites. One of the possible side-effects of Panacur for dogs is vomiting.

However, there are potential problems that are connected to allergic reactions to Panacur for dogs.

Allergy reactions to Panacur

Every drug in the world can cause an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing whether your dog is allergic to it until they get the first dosage. Dog owners should know how to spot allergic reactions and how to respond to them. Some of the clear symptoms of allergic reactions to Panacur for dogs are;

  • Excessive panting
  • Itchiness
  • Hiving
  • Diarrhea
  • Facial swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Pale gums
  • Cold limbs
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you spot these symptoms, call your vet right away and tell them there is an emergency. Luckily, allergic reactions to Panacur for dogs are rare.

World Dog Finder team

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