With much in the news recently about the current outbreak of Alabama Rot we have put some information together about what the disease actually is, what the warning signs are and how to find suspected hot spots in which cases have originated from.
The cause of Alabama Rot, clinically known as idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), is still unknown. It is however thought that it is caused by toxins produced by bacteria such as E.coli often from muddy, woody areas and that it initially enters the body through abrasions and wounds. Recently veterinary experts have also discussed the possibility that it comes from ingesting the cause, but again, this has not been proved.
In all cases skin lesions form on the body. Within one to nine days of the skin lesions appearing, renal shutdown often follows, ultimately leading to death.
Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Tests on kidneys from an affected dog under post mortem is the only way to get 100% confirmation of the disease. Confirmed cases of this nature have recently been reported across the UK. The closest case to our community was reported in March from Warwickshire.
This map of the UK will update with any new cases that are reported
Currently there is no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease however these advisory precautions and checks should be put in place when out and about with your dog:
Although this all seems like pretty alarming information, we don’t want to anyone to panic. If you put the above measures in place, look for the signs and regularly check on our website for news of any further cases reported then you and your dogs should continue enjoying the lovely outdoors as normal.