Protect your flock and your investment with our convenient and effective farm dog worming programme

When did you last worm your farm dogs?

Key Facts:
* Eggs can survive on grass for up to six months,
leaving your sheep extremely vulnerable to their
consumption via contaminated pasture.
* Once ingested, sheep develop larval cysts in
their body, frequently causing their carcass to
be condemned at slaughter as unfit for human
* Tapeworm causing Cysticercus tenuicollis
was responsible for over 751, 500 liver
condemnations and also 28,000 carcassses
were rejected because of C.Ovis.

Further Information
High levels of cysticercosis have been reported
across South West England (Green et al, 1995) with
one outbreak leading to condemnation of 7% of
carcasess (Eichenberger et al, 2011).
82% of producers reported deworming working
dogs every three months.
Findings suggest that there is a need for greater
veterinary engagement in ovine cysticercosis
control, including stronger advice on frequency of
farm dog cestocide protocols.
Infestation with some species of tapeworms is as
high as 50% in young sheep (Bates 2013)
In 2017 Dog tapeworms cost the English sheep
industry more than £2.1 million in abbatoir
condemnations (AHDB 2017)
When did you last worm your farm dogs?

The full report of Taeniid and other parasitie ova
in the faeces of working sheepdogs in south-west
England can be found on our website

Cysts characteristic of C. ovis

Dogs need to be dosed every month to ensure no Tapeworm reaches maturity. Why? C.Ovis (sheep measle) tapeworm matures in 35 days.
Worming dogs every 3 months (90 days) leaves a 55 day window where dogs are exposed and could be passing thousands of eggs onto your pasture.

Dogs need to be dosed every month to ensure
no Tapeworm reaches maturity!
Why? …

Let’s do the maths … If you were JUST to use an
dual wormer, this means:

55 days x 4 times a year (quarterly dual wormer)
= 220 unprotected days per dog per year!
Also remember that infected dogs may pass
thousands of eggs onto your pasture!
A combination of a Tape & Roundworm wormer
and straight Praziquantel tablets provides
maximum protection.
FABBL & Red Tractor requires farm dogs to be
wormed regularly to minimise disease risks to

Once Tapeworm eggs have been eaten by a dog it develops in the dog’s small intestine, maturing
approximately 35 days from ingestion to become a mature tapeworm which can produce eggs that can be
deposited on sheep pasture in the passed dog faeces.
The adult tapeworm can produce up to 250,000 eggs per day and if infected with two or three adult
worms, one infected dog can contaminate a pasture with up to 750,000 eggs per day.
We recommend farm dogs are treated monthly for tapeworm (quarterly for roundworm) to help prevent
problems with carcass condemnation due to C.Ovis & Cysticercus Tenuicollis (bladder worm)
There is a need to control both tapeworms and roundworms so different treatments are required which
is why our worming programme is great as we will send you exactly what you need when you need it!

Once a sheep is exposed to tapeworm eggs it is impossible to prevent the cysts developing. Therefore, it is essential that preventative measures are put in place.

Torch Farm Vets have developed a cost effective, simple worming
programme designed exclusivley for your farm dogs.

* Tablets sent quarterly with a monthly text reminder when to treat

  • Simple affordable programme tailor-made for farm dogs

  • Dosage dispensed quarterly with a monthly reminder service

  • An easy way to keep your records up to date for farm assurance inspections

  • Includes a laminated poster to inform other dog owners of the risks to your sheep  from tapeworms

Take action now to break the cycle of infestation through simple farm and land management practices:

  • Keep all dogs from scavenging on carcasses, body parts or afterbirth

  • Keep all dogs on farm wormed against tapeworm (including Granny’s Yorkie!)

  • Encourage control in visiting dogs as they can bring the infection onto your grassland, especially if their owners don’t pickup the dog’s faeces

Sign up for the farm dog worming programme today by speaking to one of
our team on: 01271 879 516. For pricing please call your local practice.

Flea & tick treatments also available through our practices.

It is our aim to work as part of your team of advisors to ensure good quality healthcare that is value for money.

Independent vets, dedicated care

Utilising a wealth of experience within our team, we provide our farming community with the support, advice and clinical expertise required to drive efficiency and profitability on their farm