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derbyshirenovices

  • Joined Jan 2009
liver flukes - to dose or not to dose?
« on: October 27, 2009, 07:53:45 pm »
Once again, we would appreciate advice from those with more experience than us.

Our sloping field on a hillside on Derbyshire has a couple of sinks fed with a constant trickle from a spring via a pond. Our two young Ryeland ewes who have been with us for year can drink from the sinks and seem to have survived the first year with us with no serious problems although I did find a snail in one sink the other day.

We have borrowed a young ram and are hoping for successful tupping. The ram comes with a clean bill of health and a comprehensive veterinary record including various wormer treaments such as Combinex.

Should we be dosing our two ewes similarly and if so what with? Combinex is only available in fairly large amounts and a syringe gun is needed. The main anti-fluke ingredient triclabendazole is also in Fascinex tablets but we haven't found a retailer yet.

What would you do?
« Last Edit: October 27, 2009, 08:11:36 pm by derbyshirenovices »

shetlandpaul

  • Joined Oct 2008
Re: liver flukes - to dose or dose?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009, 08:07:45 pm »
or vet decants smaller amouts to us poor crofters. if we bought a big bottle it would go off before we used even a tenth of it. i would dose.

VSS

  • Joined Jan 2009
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Re: liver flukes - to dose or not to dose?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 08:13:11 pm »
Be aware that some flukicides can't be used at tupping time or for a month afterwards. It is mostly the combined fluke / worm drenches that are a problem.
Fasinex is ok.
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