During a cat's annual exam, the veterinarian typically examines a stool sample under the microscope to check for intestinal parasites. When hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, strongyles or certain tapeworms are diagnosed, vets commonly recommend fenbendazole (trade name Panacur) as a curative medication. Panacur works by stopping the worms from ingesting the nutrients they need to live, killing the adults and their larvae. Because a liquid medicine is easier to give cats, many vets suggest Panacur as a liquid suspension, and you will need to administer this medication at home.
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Things you need
- Prescribed dosage of Panacur
- Syringe or medicine dropper
- Dark-coloured, childproof container
Consult your veterinarian regarding the usage and proper dosage of this medication.
Draw up the prescribed dosage for your cat into the syringe or medicine dropper provided with the suspension.
Hold your cat securely between your legs while sitting on the floor or in a stable chair.
Raise your cat's head, extending his neck with one hand while holding the Panacur-filled syringe in the other.
Place the tip of the syringe into the side pouch of your cat's mouth and slowly press down on the plunger. The liquid medicine will slowly pour into your pet's throat and force him to swallow. Don't release the head until all the medicine is dispensed.
Store the medication in a dark, childproof container at room temperature.
Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 for three consecutive days.
Tips and warnings
- Wrap your cat snugly in a towel leaving only his head exposed if he refuses to stand still to take the medication.
- If approved by your vet, you can mix the suspension with a small amount of wet food prior to feeding your cat his regular meal, say the vets at Doctors Foster and Smith Pharmacy.
- Give the entire three days of medication to kill all the worm larvae and prevent the intestinal parasites from recurring in your pet.
- After administration, some cats may show allergic reactions such as vomiting, diarrhoea, facial swelling and hives, says Dr. Dawn Ruben of PetPlace.com. See your veterinarian immediately if these reactions occur.
- You may notice the presence of dead worms in your cat's stool. This is a normal occurrence---you will need to dispose of them properly and use bleach to clean the area after disposal.
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