Many of you will have read or heard about the potentially fatal disease contracted by dogs after walking in woodland. Most of the cases have occurred in the New Forest but there have been cases confirmed in other parts of the country including Surrey and Dorset – and not just in woodland areas.
The disease is thought to be Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) or Alabama Rot. It is still not known what causes the disease and research is continuing. It has not been found to be passed from dog to dog.
How do I know if my dog has Alabama Rot?
The dogs develop skin lesions (often blister/ulcer like on the face, mouth or limbs) and/or lethargy (due to fever) and vomiting. The symptoms can develop quite quickly into acute kidney failure. The skin lesions or illness symptoms can occur anywhere from several hours after the walk, up to about 5 days later.
So if your dog develops blisters or small wound-like lesions anywhere on their body, then do go to see your vet – early diagnosis is key.
However, it is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected (56 confirmed cases from Nov 12 to May 15) and most skin lesions are not caused by this disease.
It is recommended that you give your dog’s feet and legs a good wash down after a walk.
Veterinary specialists Anderson Moores have been leading the research into Alabama Rot and have information sheets for owners and vets available via their website www.andersonmoores.com or information is also available via www.alabamarot.co.uk