Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Double Dose Fenbendazole (for goats)

Fenbendazole or Safe-Guard® received Food and Drug Administration approval for use in goats in 2003. In the summer of 2004, "Safe-Guard® Dewormer for Goats" became available in a 125 ml bottle. The labeled dosage is 2.3 ml per hundred pounds of body weight, the same as cattle.

In goats, Safe-Guard® is labeled for the removal and control of Haemonchus contortus and Teladorsagia circumcincta (adult worms). For years, veterinarians have been advocating 2X the cattle dose or a 10 mg/kg dose for goats (approximately 5 ml or a 10% suspension per 100 lbs. of body weight. This is twice the cattle dose and twice the current labeled goat dose of 5 mg/kg. Tapeworm control is acheived at the 10 mg/kg level, but not the 5 mg/kg level.

Intervet, the manufacturer of Safe-Guard®, is reviewing the possibility of obtaining a higher dose on the Safe-Guard® goat label. Fenbendazole is not FDA-approved for use in sheep. Goats should not be slaughtered for food within 6 days of treatment. Safe-Guard should not be used in lactating dairy goats.

Intervet, Inc. has been a sponsor of Integrated Parasite Management (IPM) workshops in Maryland and other states.

Source: Goat Rancher Magazine, September 2004

Anthelmintic Table (2006)


Anonymous said...

Is it to be given 3-5 days in a row in goats?

UME Small Ruminant said...

No. Current recommendation is to give combination treatments. For parasitized animals, give drug from each class, e.g. albendazole + moxidectin + levamisole.