Panacur® is used in dogs to treat a number of different types of internal parasites. Some parasites that Panacur® treats are roundworms and hookworms. If treated early, parasites in dogs are rarely life threatening.
A parasite is a type of organism that obtains its nutrients from another animal. There are many different types of parasites that affect dogs, and puppies are especially susceptible. Parasites include fleas, ticks, and lice, as well as internal parasites such as different kinds of worms, which is what Panacur® for dogs is used to treat.
As a type of wide-spectrum parasiticide, Panacur® is used to kill parasites in many types of animals. It can treat, among other parasites, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. It works by binding to the proteins of the parasites and damaging the integrity of their cells. One type of Panacur® for dogs is called Panacur® C and comes in a granule form that can easily be added to a dog's food.
Typically, worms are not life threatening to a dog if they are treated early. If let untreated, over time, they can multiply extensively, weakening the dog's immune system. At the very least, worms can be uncomfortable for a dog.
One common type of worm that infects canines is the roundworm, which is tan or white, spaghetti-like in appearance, and typically 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) long. Infected dogs may have symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea and can appear lethargic or sick. Roundworms reside in the intestines, and if a dog is heavily infected, worms may appear in its stool. Large infestations can also result in dangerous intestinal blockages. Panacur® for dogs is used treat roundworm infections.
Hookworms are another type of common intestinal parasite that can be treated with Panacur® for dogs. Hookworms are a type of parasitic nematode and live off a dog's blood. The symptoms of a hookworm infection include itchy feet, diarrhea, and wheezing and coughing. Since hookworms consume an animal's blood, an infected dog can suffer from anemia. If left untreated, hookworm infections can be harmful or fatal to dogs, especially to puppies.
Side effects of Panacur® are rare and can include loose stools. Dog owners should also be warned that many types of parasites in pets can be transferred to humans. In order to prevent this from occurring, pet owners should wash their hand often and practice good hygiene around infected pets.