Alabama Rot in dogs: Spot the signs and protect your dog
4 CommentsThursday, 29 March 2018 | Kate
What is Alabama Rot?
Alabama Rot (Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, or CRGV) is a potentially fatal disease in dogs. Tragically 70-80% of cases prove to be fatal. At least 29 cases of Alabama Rot have been confirmed in the UK so far in 2018, on addition to the 40 cases in 2017 and 19 in 2016. There have been 152 confirmed cases since 2012. The disease has been documented throughout England and Wales with hotspots in Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire, West Sussex, Manchester, Surrey, London, and as far north as Dumfries.
What are the symptoms of Alabama Rot (CRGV)?
Alabama Rot doesn’t discriminate affecting all dogs no matter what breed or age. Common symptoms reported so far have been:
Affected dogs won’t show all these symptoms at once so it’s vital you get your dog to the vet urgently if they display any of the above.
How do dogs get Alabama Rot?
The cause is still unknown though most cases occur during winter and spring. Dog owners have reported walking in muddy, sometimes leafy areas, or near water.
How can I protect my dog?
The problem is that until we know the cause of Alabama Rot we don’t know how to protect our dogs from catching it, we can only take precautions, so:
These are just the precautions I take with Nikita to keep the dirt and bacteria to a minimum. Keeping paws clean and being vigilant followed by a swift visit to the vet if necessary is our only defence against Alabama Rot until a cause is found. If you are concerned about your dog please speak to your vet.
Check how many cases of Alabama Rot have been confirmed in your area visit the Vets4Pets AR map and enter your postcode.