Alabama Rot is not a new disease to hit our doorsteps. There have been an estimated 60 deaths in the last 5/6 years all over the country. In the last two months there have been an estimated 9 dog deaths!
We were made aware of this situation by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists who are trying to get information to dog owners so they can keep their dogs safe and watch out for any signs. Their advice sheet on their website says:
Alabama Rot: Pet Owner Information:
Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as CRGV
or Alabama rot is a disease that has been known about since the late 1980’s. It was
initially thought to only affect Greyhounds and the dogs reported with the disease in
the USA presented with kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The cause of the disease
Since December 2012, sixteen suspected cases have been seen in the United
Kingdom. Some of these were from the New Forest. However, cases have also been
identified in Dorset, Surrey, Cornwall, Worcestershire and County Durham. Only two
cases have been seen since December 2013.
The skin lesions are a symptom of the disease rather than being traumatic wounds
from an injury. Typically the skin lesions have been below the knee or elbow. They
may present as a focal swelling, a patch of red skin or a defect in the skin (like an
ulcer). Over the subsequent two to seven days the affected dogs have developed
clinical signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and
- Wound, lesion or blister on your pet dog’s leg (particularly on the hind legs) or face
- Licking itself more than usual
- Starts vomiting or stops eating
- Pet dog becomes quiet
- Severe depression
- Signs of kidney failure like straining to urinate, disorientation, physical weakness; loss of coordination
It is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been
affected. Most skin lesions will not be caused by this disease and most cases of
kidney failure will have another cause.
If your dog is affected, early recognition of the disease and aggressive management
is likely to lead to the best outcome. Without knowing the trigger for the disease it is
impossible to give specific advice about walking your dog and it is again important to
stress that the case numbers are very low and that this disease is not isolated to the
New Forest. The disease does not appear to pass from dog to dog.
SOURCE: Please visit the website for further information.
On the Facebook page of Anderson Moores they have been updating and giving helpful advice and tips to concerned dog owners. Starting on the 4th January, here are the updates given on their facebook page so far:
Please watch this helpful video with David Walker, regarding this dog disease that has lead to kidney failure in different breeds of dogs in the UK. Video curtesy of Hilde Chruicshank
Some further advice given to us while speaking with one of the staff at Anderson Moores, although they have no idea if it helps prevent Alabama Rot, is to clean your dogs paws with some warm water and Hibiscub after every walk….just in case. Apart from the information given on their website and facebook, the vets can not give any further information as they just do not know what really causes the disease….more investigation is to be conducted.
If you have any concerns about your dog please contact your vets asap.
We would like to thank Anderson Moores Veterinary Clinic for their help and would suggest any dog owners keep an eye on their facebook page for further updates. Click here.
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