I've used animal dewormers (Pyrantel Pamoate paste, Exodus, Safeguard (fenbendazole), Valbazen, Equimax, etc.) with good success and have no issue with them. They're basically the same product/drug in a paste or suspension. I was initially reluctant for the same reasons you are, most likely, but eventually accepted that the drugs were the same and that the risk was low, in any case.
I found that asking this question helped: would they give extremely expensive race horses (or any farm animal, or pet) a product that's likely to harm them? The answer, for me, was 'probably not'; there's nothing to gain by doing that.