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Alabama Rot!

As you probably already know a local veterinary practice has had a confirmed case of ‘Alabama Rot’, the disease thought to be responsible for the illness in some dogs in the New Forest since December 2012. More recently it has been identified in other counties in the UK, the dog treated locally was primarily exercised in Salcey Forest. The Forestry Commission have been contacted and made aware of the case and are putting signs up warning dog owners immediately.

Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, otherwise known as CRGV or Alabama Rot is a disease that has been known about since the late 1980’s. Dogs presenting with the disease have kidney failure and/or skin lesions. The cause of the disease remains unknown. Most commonly, the skin lesions are seen below the knee or elbow, and are a symptom of the disease rather than being a wound from injury. There may be a patch of red skin or an ulcerated area, and there may be swelling around the lesion. In the following two to seven days, the affected dogs have developed sign of kidney failure, which includes vomiting, lethargy and reduced appetite. This disease will not be the only cause of skin lesions or kidney failure, often there will be another cause. However, prompt diagnosis and treatment is imperative for any dog with ‘Alabama Rot’, but without knowing what causes the disease, it is also difficult for us to be able to give you specific advise on prevention or where to walk your dog. We would like to stress that there has been only one case in Northants, but as the disease is fatal in most cases, it is better to be safe then sorry.

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