Over the last few days we have received lots of calls and e-mails about the recent outbreaks of a disease called Alabama Rot and i wanted to take some time to put together some information for all our pet owners about this disease that is affecting a large number of pets across the UK.
What is Alabama Rot?
Its technical name Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) otherwise known as Alabama rot is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels of the skin and kidney. Tiny blood clots form in the blood vessels. These clots then blocks the vessels and causes damage to the tissue surrounding the vessels. In the skin, this causes ulceration; however, in the kidney it can lead to severe organ dysfunction (kidney failure).
How is Alabama Rot Spread?
Unfortunately very little is known right now as to how Alabama Rot is spread. But investigations into this disease remain ongoing
How do i prevent Alabama Rot?
Unfortunately, as the cause of Alabama Rot is currently unknown, it is very difficult to give specific advice about how to prevent your pet getting Alabama rot. You may wish to consider bathing any area of your dog which becomes wet or muddy on a walk; however, at this stage we do not know if this is necessary or of any benefit.
Should i avoid walking my dog in certain areas?
Cases of Alabama Rot have been reported from across many different counties in the UK and there is no advice to suggest dog owners to avoid any particular locations. Although an environmental cause for this disease is considered possible it has not been proven with testing to date.
A map detailing all confirmed cases since 2012, is available at www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/
How will i know if my dog get Alabama Rot?
Unexplained redness, sores or swelling of the skin (particularly on the paws or legs but also the body, face, tongue or mouth) are often the first sign of this disease. It is important to remember that most of the time a skin problem will NOT be caused by Alabama Rot; however, the lesions in Alabama Rot can be difficult to distinguish from cuts, wounds, stings or bites, so if in doubt it is better to seek veterinary advice. Even if the skin changes are caused by Alabama Rot, many dogs will not develop kidney problems and will recover fully.
There are no signs such as Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Lethargy associated with Alabama Rot. Alabama Rot has not been seen in any animals other than dogs. Owners of dogs who have had confirmed cases of Alabama Rot have not seen any sign of the illness in themselves. Alabama Rot has mostly been seen over the last 6 years during the months of November and May than between June and October.
If you still have further questions please feel free to get in touch. You can send us your questions by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact us on 07928930779