Fenbendazole (commonly referred to as “fenben”) is a medication commonly used to treat and prevent intestinal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, giardia, lungworms) in pets. It can also be used as a supplement to help protect against certain tapeworms. It is a moderately-acting medication, meaning it will typically stop working within a few days. It can be given orally, by mouth or in a liquid form. Puppies are especially at risk for parasites, so fenbendazole can be an important part of their prevention regimen.
Recent studies have shown that fenbendazole can also be effective in the treatment of Candida infections, which often occur in individuals with weakened immune systems. Candida infections can be very dangerous, and may lead to serious health problems.
The medication fenbendazole can be found in a number of different formulations for pet use, including powders that can be mixed with food. It is a fairly easy medication to administer, and is generally well tolerated by dogs with few side effects.
In some cases, a veterinarian will prescribe a compounded form of the drug fenbendazole. These medications are not FDA-approved, and are created by a veterinarian or licensed pharmacist on an individual basis to fit the needs of the patient. They may be recommended for pets who can’t take pills in capsule form, or for patients who require a dosage strength that isn’t commercially available. They may also be prescribed for patients who are sensitive to ingredients found in FDA-approved medications. fenben powder