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Panacur C for Dogs: Uses and Side Effects

Panacur C for Dogs: Uses and Side Effects

Administering Panacur C is a common remedy to eliminate intestinal worms in our canine friends. It is a multi-purpose parasiticide that can destroy a variety of worms. Side effects, if any, are rarely a cause for concern, unless of course the dog is allergic to the medication.
DogAppy Staff
Caution!
Dogs who have not crossed 6 weeks of age should not be given Panacur C to treat worm infection.
It is observed that dog owners tend to feed almost anything to their pet, sometimes putting their canine's life at risk. This often leads to infestation of intestinal parasites, a common health issue in a variety of dog breeds. Diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, drastic change in appetite, and dull coat are some of the symptoms indicating that the dog is infected with worms. Putting your dog on a prescribed course of Panacur C is an easy way to get rid of these intestinal parasites.
Uses
Panacur C is essentially a deworming medication in dogs that is effective against a wide range of parasites. So, whether your pet is infected with roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms or hookworms, treatment with Panacur C will surely work to eliminate the parasites. It is a canine broad-spectrum anti-parasitic therapy, hence is lethal against multiple parasites. It is not an off-label drug, but is specifically formulated for dogs, and moreover, has received approval from the USFDA.
Mechanism of Action
The primary constituent of Panacur C is fenbendazole, which targets the proteins that the parasites use for their survival. Fenbendazole attaches itself to the protein, which prevents the parasite from absorbing food and generating energy. This eventually causes the parasites to die. The safety of fenbendazole has been evaluated in pregnant dogs. There is absolutely no risk of fetal damage when the medication is given in the right dosage to the dog.
Dosage
Panacur C is essentially a granular formation that can be easily administered to your pet. The granules are palatable, and all you have to do is mix them in your pet's favorite food. Just sprinkle it in the prescribed dose, and within a few days, you will notice substantial improvement in your pet's health. The anti-parasite medication is available in 1 gram, 2 gram, and 4 gram sachets. Usually, 1 gram of the medication contains 0.22 grams of fenbendazole. The medication is sold in packets, with each packet containing 3 sachets.
The dosage prescribed will differ according to the weight of your dog. For instance, dogs that weigh less than 10 pounds are prescribed a daily 1 gram dose, which is administered for 3 successive days. On the other hand, medium dog breeds weighing between 60 to 80 pounds are prescribed a daily dose of 8 grams for consecutive 3 days. So, you will be advised to mix a 4 gram sachet twice a day in your pet's meal. A 3-day deworm treatment is usually enough to get rid of the parasitic infection.
Side Effects
In clinical studies conducted in the United States, among the dogs that were put on Panacur C, just about 1% suffered from a serious side effect that occurred in the form of vomiting. There also have been sporadic instances of dogs suffering from loose stools when treated with Panacur C. On the whole, side effects as such, from this parasiticide, are rare when taken in the right dose. However, allergy to this medicine is a cause for concern as it can cause an adverse reaction that may manifest in the form of hives, facial swelling, and breathing problems.
Precaution
Feeding raw or undercooked meat that often contain worm larvae, is one of the most common causes of worm infections in dogs. So, during treatment and to prevent recurrence of parasitic infections, make sure you feed hygienic, well-cooked food to your pet. Also, since the infection can spread to humans, through contact with dog feces, sanitation and personal hygiene is extremely important. For instance, wearing protective gloves while cleaning up the dog feces and washing the hands properly before having meals is a prerequisite to avoid infection from dogs.
A point to note here is that Panacur C is available without prescription, yet you need to consult your vet when using this deworming treatment. Your vet alone can decide the dose and the duration of treatment that works best for your dog.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a veterinarian.