Repeated treatment of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) with Panacur in winter for control of nematode infection

  • Published source details Düwel D. (1987) Mehrjährige Panacur1-Behandlungen im Winter zur Kontrolle des Nematoden-Befalls bei Rehen (Capreolus capreolus L.). Zeitschrift für Jagdwissenschaft, 33, 242-248.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Use drugs to treat parasites

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use drugs to treat parasites

    A before-and-after study in 1979–1986 in a forest area in Middle Rhine, Germany (Düwel 1987) found that supplementing food with a drug to reduce parasitic worms reduced parasite burdens and increased body weights in roe deer Capreolus capreolus. After seven years of treatment, nematode burdens were reduced by 95% in fawns and 99% in adult deer, compared to levels before treatments began. Average weights of fawns killed for venison increased during this time to 9.4 kg, from 4.9 kg prior to treatment with the drug. Following discovery of high nematode burdens and associated mortality in 1979, winter fodder of deer (bran, mill leftovers and maize silage) was supplemented with anthelmintic powder (Fenbendazole, containing 4% Panacur) for seven years in a dose of 5 mg/kg body weight. Parasite burdens were assessed from faecal samples and from 90 carcasses collected before and 57 after treatments.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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