Brand: SAFE-GUARD EQUI-BITS TOP DRESS PELLETS
Company: MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH
PARASITES CONTROLLED (spectrum of activity)
- For the control of large strongyles (Strongylus edentatus, Strongylus equinus, Strongylus vulgaris, Triodontophorus spp.), small strongyles (Cyathostomum spp., Cylicocyclus spp., Cylicostephanus spp.), pinworms (Oxyuris equi), and ascarids (Parascaris equorum).
* Country-specific differences may apply: read the product label.
- The recommended dose is 5 mg Fenbendazole per kg body weight in a one day treatment; at this rate, each 1.25 lb. pack will treat 1,250 lbs body weight.
- For ascarids, the recommended dosage is 10 mg Fenbendazole per kg body weight; at this rate, each 1.25 lb. pack will treat 625 lbs. body weight.
- Feed for one day, spreading pellets evenly on top of one daily ration. Safe for pregnant mares, stallions and foals.
Read the product label for specific detail on dosage.
- LD50 (acute oral) in rats: >10000 mg/kg (according to MSDS)
- LD50 (acute dermal) in rats: n.a.
Suspected poisoning? Read the article on fenbendazole safety in this site.
Withholding periods (=withdrawal times) in days for meat & milk (country-specific differences may apply: read the product label)
- Meat: DO NOT USE IN HORSES INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION
WARNING !!!: Never use on humans, dogs or cats
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Risk of resistance? YES
- Small strongyles (cyathostomes). Resistance of small strongyles to benzimidazoles is widespread and frequent e.g. in the USA, UK and Europe, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, etc.
- Parascaris equorum: Cases of tolerance to benzimidazoles have been also reported (e.g. in the USA).
This means that if this product does not achieve the expected efficacy against the mentioned parasites, it may be due to resistance and not to incorrect use, which is usually the most frequent cause of product failure.
- Imidazothiazoles, mainly levamisole. Not approved for use in horses in many countries.
- Macrocyclic lactones: mainly ivermectin, moxidectin. But tolerance or resistance to these compounds have also been reported in Europe (e.g. in the UK, Germany, Italy), the USA, and Brazil.
- Tetrahydropyrimidines, mainly pyrantel (limited spectrum of activity), but resistance cases have also been reported (e.g. Australia, USA, Brazil, Japan).
- Piperazine. Effective only against certain gastrointestinal roundworms (mainly ascarids).
Are the active ingredients of this product ORIGINAL* or GENERICS**?
*Meaning that they are still patent protected and generics are not yet available
**Meaning that they have lost patent protection and may be acquired from manufacturers of generic active ingredients other than the holder of the original patent.
COUNTRIES where this brand/product is marketed: USA.
GENERIC BRANDS available? Yes, in some countries, but not too many
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SAFE-GUARD EQUI-BITS TOP DRESS PELLETS is a brand from MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH for several wormers containing fenbendazole.
Fenbendazole is a veteran anthelmintic introduced in the 1970s (by HOECHST, now MSD = MERCK ANIMAL HEALTH). Fenbendazole has a broad-spectrum of activity against roundworms (gastrointestinal and pulmonary) and, depending on the dose also against tapeworms, but is ineffective against flukes. Fenbendazole also kills eggs of roundworms (ovicidal activity). As all benzimidazoles, fenbendazole has no efficacy whatsoever against external parasites (ticks, flies, lice, mites, etc). Among the benzimidazoles fenbendazole is quite comparable with oxfendazole in terms of efficacy and safety. Fenbendazole is abundantly used worldwide in numberless generic brands for livestock, horses and pets.
As all benzimidazoles (as well as other anthelmintics such as levamisole, monepantel, and tetrahydropyrimidines), fenbendazole for oral administrartion has no residual effect, i.e. it kills the parasites shortly after administration, but as soon as medicated feeding is interrupted it does not significantly protect the animals against re-infestation by infective stages in their environment.
Both for livestock and pets fenbendazole is often used in combinations that broaden the spectrum of activity or try to overcome potential resistance. Typical mixtures for livestock include a flukicide (e.g. closantel, etc.) and/or a macrocyclic lactone, and/or levamisole, although such mixtures are not approved everywhere. For dogs and cats it is often combined with a taenicide (e.g. praziquantel).
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