Efficacy of fenbendazole against giardiasis in dogs

Stephen C. Barr From the Departments of Clinical Sciences (Barr, Heller), and Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (Bowman), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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Dwight D. Bowman From the Departments of Clinical Sciences (Barr, Heller), and Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (Bowman), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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Ruth L. Heller From the Departments of Clinical Sciences (Barr, Heller), and Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology (Bowman), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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Summary

Efficacy of fenbendazole at 2 dosages for treating naturally acquired giardiasis in dogs was assessed. Giardia cysts were not detected in the feces of 6 of 6 group-1 dogs (as determined by use of the zinc sulfate concentration technique) after fenbendazole treatment (50 mg/kg of body weight, po, q 24 h, for 3 doses). Cysts were not detected in the feces of 6 of 6 group-2 dogs after fenbendazole treatment (50 mg/ kg of body weight, po, q 8 h, for 3 days). However, cysts were not detected in the feces of only 1 of 6 group-3 (nontreated control) dogs. Signs of toxicosis were not observed in any dog. These results indicate that the current label dosage (for the treatment of Toxocara canis, Toxascarisleonina, Ancylostoma canmum, Uncinaria stenocephala, Trichuris vulpis, and Taenia pisiformis, but not Giardia spp) of fenbendazole (50 mg/kg, po, q 24 h, for 3 doses) is also effective for treating giardiasis in dogs.

Summary

Efficacy of fenbendazole at 2 dosages for treating naturally acquired giardiasis in dogs was assessed. Giardia cysts were not detected in the feces of 6 of 6 group-1 dogs (as determined by use of the zinc sulfate concentration technique) after fenbendazole treatment (50 mg/kg of body weight, po, q 24 h, for 3 doses). Cysts were not detected in the feces of 6 of 6 group-2 dogs after fenbendazole treatment (50 mg/ kg of body weight, po, q 8 h, for 3 days). However, cysts were not detected in the feces of only 1 of 6 group-3 (nontreated control) dogs. Signs of toxicosis were not observed in any dog. These results indicate that the current label dosage (for the treatment of Toxocara canis, Toxascarisleonina, Ancylostoma canmum, Uncinaria stenocephala, Trichuris vulpis, and Taenia pisiformis, but not Giardia spp) of fenbendazole (50 mg/kg, po, q 24 h, for 3 doses) is also effective for treating giardiasis in dogs.

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