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  • CRGV (Alabama Rot) Update

    Posted on by Abii Dowdy

    We have unfortunately just received confirmation that one of our patients sadly died as a result of Cutaneous Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy also known as Alabama Rot.

     

    Comparatively, this is a rare disease, and to our knowledge this is the first case confirmed in our area since 2014.

    The total number of confirmed cases so far across the UK has been 232 since 2012.

     

    However, we understand this disease can be worrying for pet owners and as a result we wanted to once again answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

     

    What is it?

     

    CRGV is a disease which is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the skin and kidney.

    Tiny blood clots form in the blood vessels causing them to block and leads to damage of affected tissues. In the skin this leads to sores and ulceration, however if this occurs in the delicate vessels of the kidney it can lead to kidney failure.

     

    What are the Symptoms?

     

    The first sign that may be noticed are unexplained ulcers or lesions on the skin.

    These particularly are common on the paws or legs but also can be seen on the body, mouth or tongue.

    The majority of the time skin issues will NOT be caused by CRGV- but if your dog has a sore or ulcer not known to have been caused by an injury- it’s a good idea to contact your vet.

     

    Symptoms of kidney failure may include loss of appetite, loss of energy and vomiting.

     

    Kidney failure on average occurs 3 days after sores appear. However, this can occur as little as 1 day or as long as 10 days from lesions showing.

     

    What is the cause?

     

    The cause of CRGV is still unknown- research is currently ongoing.

     

    Can it be treated?

     

    There is no definitive treatment for CRGV as we are yet to determine the underlying cause.

    Dogs which develop acute kidney injury and failure, needing intensive management. In some cases, specialist referral may be needed.

    If skin lesions develop a veterinary consultation will best determine how these should be managed.

     

    Is there a test for it yet?

     

    There is no test for CRGV and diagnosis is currently unfortunately based on post-mortem

    Is there any particular time of year dogs can catch the disease?

     

    More CRGV cases have been seen between November and May. Suggesting a possible winter/spring seasonality.

     

     

    How do I stop my dog getting infected?

     

    Currently, giving specific advice about prevention is difficult until we understand the cause of the disease. There may be a link between walking dogs in muddy areas so

    washing mud off your dogs feet or bathing your dog if they get wet and muddy on a walk has been suggested.

     

    Where should I walk my dog?

     

    Reports of CRGV have been from multiple different areas. Currently there is no advice to avoid any particular locations.

    A map detailing all confirmed cases since 2012 is available at

    www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot

     

    How can I help?

     

    The Alabama Rot Research Fund (ARRF) is a national charity aiming to raise awareness and financial support for investigation into Alabama Rot. Details can be found at www.arrf.co.uk

     

    Although this is all pretty alarming information- we don’t want anyone to panic.

    The disease is still rare, but we would ask people to be vigilant and take precautions as described but still enjoy spending time exercising their dogs.

     

    If you have any concerns or would like any advice please contact Towcester Vets on (01327) 350239, Weedon vets (01327) 344999 or Paulerspury Vets (01327) 366307