Due to the special aspects of the life cycle of this parasite, management can be highly effective provided a number of steps are taken. It should be noted that there are no effective products to treat infection in sheep once they have cysts in their tissues. Prevention of infection in sheep necessarily focuses on treating and preventing infection in dogs.
The first step is regular de-worming of all farm dogs with an effective worming product to kill the adult tapeworms. The use of either Drontal or Droncit at the correct dose rates will kill the adult tapeworm. Dogs should be weighed, if possible, and dosed according to that weight to ensure that under-dosing does not occur. All dogs should be wormed at the one time and the dosing repeated at least every 6-8 weeks. Any dogs visiting the farm such as contractors’ working dogs or visitors’ pet dogs should be treated before arrival also.
Secondly, dogs should not have access to raw sheep meat and offal. Any meat derived from on-farm stock and marked for feeding of dogs should be adequately cooked prior to feeding or if in doubt, feed only commercial dog food.