Yet more cases of the potentially fatal dog disease, Alabama Rot, have been confirmed today by Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists.
In April, Romsey & Villages reported that more confirmed cases had bought the total number to 98 in 2012 with 15 in 2017.
Today, Anderson Moores posted on their Facebook page:
Unfortunately, we have to confirm another six cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (often termed CRGV or Alabama Rot). The cases are from Frilsham (Berkshire), Little Lever, Bolton (Greater Manchester), Rugby (Warwickshire), Cannock (Staffordshire), Torquay (Devon) and Chorley (Lancashire).
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 109 since 2012 with 26 in 2017. Most confirmed cases have been seen between October and April. We would continue to advise owners to be vigilant and to seek advice from their local vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions/sores.
Alabama Rot leads to skin lesions, kidney failure and death but the cause remains unknown. The concern among vets in the UK is that, unlike the Alabama Rot that affected greyhounds in America, the disease does not seem to target any specific breed, age, sex or weight of dog. Symptoms include skin lesions, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever and vomiting.
If a dog becomes infected the best outcome will come from early and intensive veterinary care, which has resulted in some dogs successfully recovering. You can take steps to avoid your dog getting Alabama Rot, for instance, avoid taking your dog for a walk in muddy wooded areas, especially after a period of heavy rainfall. You should also wash dog paws and legs after a walk.
For help recognising some of the signs and to check if there have been any cases in your local area, please visit www.vets4pets.com/stop-alabama-rot/