Efficacy and Safety of imidacloprid/moxidectin Spot-On Solution and Fenbendazole in the Treatment of Dogs Naturally Infected With Angiostrongylus Vasorum (Baillet, 1866)

Vet Parasitol. 2007 Jul 20;147(3-4):258-64. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2007.05.001. Epub 2007 Jun 4.


A randomized, blinded, controlled multicentre field trial study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of imidacloprid 10%/moxidectin 2.5% spot-on solution and fenbendazole in treating dogs naturally infected with Angiostrongylus vasorum. Dogs were randomly treated either with a single dose of 0.1 ml/kg bodyweight of imidacloprid 10%/moxidectin 2.5% spot-on solution or with 25 mg/kg bodyweight fenbendazole per os for 20 days. The study period was 42 days with dogs being examined on days 0, 7 and 42. The primary efficacy parameter was the presence of L1 larvae in faecal samples evaluated by a Baermann test from three consecutive days. Thoracic radiographs performed on each visit were being taken as a paraclinical parameter to support the results of the Baermann test. Twenty-seven dogs in the imidacloprid/moxidectin group and 23 dogs in the fenbendazole group completed the study according to protocol. The efficacies of the two treatment protocols were 85.2% (imidacloprid/moxidectin) and 91.3% (fenbendazole) with no significant difference between treatment groups. On radiographic evaluation pulmonary parenchyma showed similar improvement in each group. No serious adverse effects to treatment were recorded: most of the minor adverse effects were gastrointestinal such as diarrhea (nine dogs), vomitus (eight dogs) and salivation (three dogs). In general, these adverse effects were of short duration (1-2 days) within the first few days after treatment start and required little or no treatment. This prospective study demonstrates that both treatment protocols used are efficacious under field conditions, that treatment of mildly to moderately infected dogs with either of these protocols is safe and yields an excellent prognosis for recovering from the infection.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Angiostrongylus / isolation & purification*
  • Animals
  • Anthelmintics / administration & dosage*
  • Anthelmintics / therapeutic use
  • Dog Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Fenbendazole / administration & dosage
  • Fenbendazole / therapeutic use*
  • Imidazoles / administration & dosage
  • Imidazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Macrolides / administration & dosage
  • Macrolides / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Neonicotinoids
  • Nitro Compounds / administration & dosage
  • Nitro Compounds / therapeutic use*
  • Strongylida Infections / drug therapy
  • Strongylida Infections / veterinary*


  • Anthelmintics
  • Imidazoles
  • Macrolides
  • Neonicotinoids
  • Nitro Compounds
  • imidacloprid
  • Fenbendazole
  • moxidectin