Enjoy the Countryside Responsibly with your Dog – Poster
The NFU is encouraging dog owners and walkers to be vigilant and responsible by sharing some simple guidance to make sure people, pets and livestock are safe.
Neospora abortion is now the most commonly diagnosed cause of abortion in cattle and is a serious concern for UK farmers. It can be caused by cattle ingesting the protozoan parasite Neospora caninum which may be carried by dogs and excreted in their faeces.
With your help the risk of cattle becoming infected can be significantly reduced by ensuring that all your dog’s faeces are picked up when walking in the countryside. Please remember to carry a litter bag with you and take it to your nearest dog litter bin for disposal.
Please adhere to ‘The Countryside Code’ and help protect the countryside and the animals that live in it.
A new leaflet entitled ‘Enjoy the countryside responsibly with your dog’ is available to view on the NFU website. To view or download the leaflet visit
Thank you from the farming community for your help in protecting our beautiful British countryside together with the health and wellbeing of our livestock.
Preventing infection from worms
Both phases of the tapeworm’s life cycle must be broken in order to prevent infection. Suggestions include:
• It is important to control tapeworm infection in domestic dogs. Infected dogs usually don’t have any symptoms. Don’t assume that your dog isn’t infected just because it seems happy and healthy.
• Regular preventive deworming of dogs is important, especially in rural areas where dogs may have access to animal carcasses.
• Take your dog to the vet for diagnosis and treatment (if necessary) for tapeworm infection. Treatment includes regular dosing with anti-tapeworm medicines.
• While your dog is undergoing treatment, dispose of its faeces carefully. Wear rubber gloves. Incinerate or bury deeply all dog droppings for at least three days. Wash your hands thoroughly after disposing of dog droppings.
• Thoroughly clean and disinfect the kennel and surrounding area.
• Always wash your hands with plenty of soap and water after touching your dog. Instruct children to do the same. Supervise small children when they wash their hands.
• Wash hands before eating, drinking and smoking and after gardening or handling animals.
• Only feed your dog with commercially prepared dog foods.
• Do not feed raw or cooked offal to your dog. This includes offal bought from a supermarket or butcher.
• Be especially vigilant if you are a sheep or cattle farmer. For example, keep your dog fenced or on a lead when it is not working to prevent it from eating carcasses.
• Do not allow your dog to roam when holidaying in country areas.
• If you grow your own vegetables, fence your vegetable patch to make sure that pets and wild animals can’t defecate on the soil.
A common and effective wormer provided by Vets