Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot

This flesh-eating disease is on the increase, in the UK and experts say that 2018 may see a significant increase in cases, due to the recent weather conditions. If this disease isn't spotted early enough it could lead to potentially fatal kidney failure.

What is Alabama Rot?

CRGV, commonly known as ‘Alabama Rot’ is a doggy disease of unknown cause that affects all breeds and doesn’t discriminate in terms of age or weight. As the cause of Alabama Rot is still unknown, there is no known way to prevent your dog from contracting the disease, although there have been cases of closely associated dogs becoming affected. 

What to do to help prevent infection

It’s thought that the disease is picked up on the paws and legs on muddy walks, so always wash off woodland mud and check for signs.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The first sign that is normally seen is a skin sore not caused by any known injury. Most commonly, these sores are found below the elbow or knee and appear as a distinct swelling, a patch of red skin, or are open and ulcer-like. Within approximately two to seven days, the affected dogs develop outward signs of sudden kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced hunger, and an unusual tiredness. 

This is a potentially fatal disease, if your dog develops any of the above symptoms it should be taken to a vet straight away. The vet will determine the cause and if the dog needs antibiotics to treat the sores, the affected areas may need to be covered. 

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