Journal article

Toxic effects of mebendazole at high dose on the haematology of red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica)

R Speare, LF Skerratt, L Berger, PM Johnson

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of mebendazole at high dose on the haematology of macropods. Experimental. PROCEDURE: Five red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica) were dosed orally with mebendazole at 50 mg/kg/d for 5 to 6 days. Two control pademelons were dosed with water. Regular blood samples were taken for haematology over 20 days. RESULTS: All four treated pademelons sampled at 5 days developed severe leucopenia and neutropenia, moderate lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia, eosinopenia and monocytopenia, as well as bone marrow aplasia within 5 to 11 days after the first mebendazole dose. Four pademelons died unexpectedly or became ill and were euthanased 5 to 11 days after the firs..

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