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Alabama Rot - what to look out for

With a case of Alabama Rot identified in Dorset recently, we would just like to highlight what to look out for, and some advice if you are concerned.

Alabama Rot, or to give it its full name Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), is a condition often fatal in dogs.  No one knows what causes it, or how it is transmitted, although, it does occur much more in wet conditions, with very few cases usually seen in Summer and Autumn.

There is no vaccine for it, but it may respond to treatment if caught early, it starts with skin lesions and progresses quickly to kidney failure.

What should you look out for?

It starts with skin lesions, so we would suggest you seek veterinary advice if you find anything that hasn’t been caused by an accident or injury on your dog.

There isn’t a lot of information we are able to give on this particular disease, it is generally thought to be picked up in wet, muddy areas; maybe even a scratch through the skin might allow the infective agent, whatever it might be to enter the body.  So we recommend you examine your dog carefully after a muddy walk, and wash them off well.

If it can be caught early your pet will have a better chance, so check them over regularly and stay on the lookout.