Originally Posted by EmSc
Thank you both for your feedback! Turns out it's really hard to find over-the-counter treatment for gapeworm here (southern Ontario), but while I've been searching, the antibiotics have really made a difference. I'm guessing it was a respiratory infection, because he's looking a ton better. Will continue to monitor him, but I'm relieved it looks like he'll pull through just fine. :)
Glad he's looking better! In the future, you can buy Safeguard (fenbendazole 10%) horse paste OTC in Canada and I read a study that says the effective dose for gapes is 20mg/kg three days in a row, so you would need to weigh him and give .2ml per 1kg (2.2 pounds) three days in a row.
Safeguard paste has 100mg fenbendazole per gram
1ml = 1cc
1ml of paste weighs 1gram, I know, I weighed it, lol.
This is the study I read:
Efficacy of fenbendazole against helminth parasites of poultry in Uganda.
Fenbendazole 4% (Panacur, Hoechst) administered in feed was used to treat chickens infected with Ascaridia galli, Heterakis gallinarum and Railletina spp. It was also used to treat Syngamus trachea in broiler birds. There was a marked drop in helminth egg counts in the faeces on the second day of treatment and the faeces became negative by the seventh day after the last treatment. Post-mortem examination 15 to 21 days later showed that the drug was 100% effective against Ascaridia galli and Heterakis gallinarum at 10 mg/kg. However, for complete removal of Railletina spp. 15 mg/kg was required. Similarly 20 mg/kg fenbendazole was effective against Syngamus trachea. It was concluded that fenbendazole is suitable for the treatment of the important intestinal and tracheal worms of poultry, a dose of 15 to 20 mg/kg for 3 consecutive days being recommended for use under field conditions.