Take no chances, Alabama rot is a serious disease that resides in wet muddy locations. This winter being exceptionally wet, the conditions for Alabama rot are higher than ever.

Two years ago Alabama rot claimed the life of a beautiful Labrador not far from us. The dog is thought to have contracted the fatal disease after walking by the canal in Long Eaton. There are now reports that Alabama rot has reared it’s ugly head in Nuthall.

If you have any concerns please don’t delay- book an appointment or call us on 0115 922 4855

What is Alabama Rot?

The truth is, we don’t know what causes the disease but we do know the disease causes!

Alabama Rot or Idiopathic Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) was first seen in the 1980s in Alabama. In November 2012 the first cases were identified in the UK.

What we know about Alabama rot

The disease initially causes sores such as a red mark, open sore or even an ulcer usually on the legs and paws, sometimes on the tummy, head or mouth. A week after the sores are seen, symptoms of acute kidney failure start, these are lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, collapse. Once these signs begin prognosis is very poor with only a 20-30% survival rate.

The cause of the disease has not been confirmed but is thought likely to be a bacterial toxin that damages blood vessels firstly in the skin and then in the kidneys. This damage results in kidney failure by blocking blood vessels with small blood clots.

The disease is most prevalent from December to May in muddy locations or wooded areas. This winter being exceptionally wet, the conditions for Alabama rot are higher than ever. Making it impossible to avoid mud on your dog walks.

What you can do

As there is no vaccine against Alabama rot and as we have had such a wet winter, it is impossible to avoid mud!!! Washing your dog after walks is highly advisable and it is best to continue doing so until about May. This is when the weather should improve and the incidences of Alabama rot fall away. Alabama rot is most prevalent between December and May and there were 29 reported cases across the UK in 2019.

Check your dog thoroughly for sores. If you notice any unexplained sores on your dog, call us on 0115 922 4855. No matter how busy we are, we will fit you in.

A map showing cases of Alabama rot in the UK

For more information visit alabamarot.co.uk