Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot

There have been recent cases of Alabama Rot reported in dogs walked in the Wokingham and Bracknell areas, please read on for more information.

What is Alabama Rot?
Also known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), Alabama Rot is a rare but serious disease that affects dogs. It damages the blood vessels in the skin and kidneys which causes ulcerated wounds on the skin and can lead to kidney failure and death. The cause is still unknown however cases usually occur in Winter and Spring and affected dogs have been walked through muddy woodland.

Spotting the Signs:

  • Skin sores: ulcerated, red wounds which appear without known injury.
    Usually on the lower legs, paws and face
  • Reduced appetite and tiredness: Drinking more water and vomiting are also
    signs of kidney failure.

How to prevent it:

Since the cause is unknown, we can’t be sure how to prevent a dog from developing Alabama Rot. However we recommend washing your dog down after a wet, muddy walk especially when you have been in woodland during winter and spring. Be vigilant for any new skin wounds and if you have any concerns please make an urgent appointment to see one of our vets. The vet will recommend blood and urine tests to check for kidney disease. Although sadly the disease can be fatal, the best chance of saving you dog’s life is to recognise the signs quickly and start treatment straight away.

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