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14 February 2018

Alabama Rot warning

Cutaneous Renal and Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), commonly known as ‘Alabama rot' is a disease that damages blood vessels in the skin and kidneys and can affect dogs of any breed, age or size. The disease was first identified in the USA in the late 1980s.

Since December 2012, a number of suspected and confirmed cases have been seen in counties throughout the UK which includes a small number of vet confirmed cases in Wiltshire. The most recent case involves the sad death of a dog from the Foxham area who it is reported was walked along the canal side in Lyneham and in Crudwell.

Dogs reported with the disease can suffer kidney failure and/or skin lesions.

Many thousands of dogs are walked in the countryside every day and it is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected. Case numbers have increased in recent years; however, it is hoped this is due a higher level of awareness of the disease.

As the cause for Alabama rot remains unknown dog owners are not currently being advised to avoid any particular locations and testing to date has not revealed whether there is an environmental trigger. No vaccination for Alabama rot is available.

To reduce the risk of the disease we are advising you to consider washing off woodland mud after walks, check for any signs of Alabama Rot (such as sores on paws or legs) and to contact your vet without delay should your dog exhibit any symptoms.

Symptoms of Alabama Rot include:

  • Skins sores
  • Lesions
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Exhaustion
Last updated: 14 February 2018 | Last reviewed: 14 February 2018

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