What is Alabama Rot?
Alabama Rot, or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV) is a disease reported in Greyhounds in the United States in the 1980s. Since 2012, a number of cases have been reported here in the UK, with cases found as far north as North Yorkshire. All dog breeds can be affected by it.
Although little is known about this fatal disease, it is widely believed to have developed from E. coli bacteria. A quarter of cases end up with renal failure, and ultimately death.
Causes of Alabama Rot
Unfortunately, an exact cause has not been found so the development of a vaccine is proving difficult. Some veterinary experts claim it is from parasites, others claim it is from bacteria (E. coli).
Where Is Alabama Rot Found?
To keep up to date with reported areas visit the Forestry.gov.uk website.
What Are The Symptoms of Alabama Rot?
Look out for the following on your dog:
- Skin lesions. These can be focal swelling, redness or an ulcer.
- In the following few days your dog will develop the signs of kidney failure including vomiting, tiredness and loss of appetite.
Are There Treatments Available For Alabama Rot?
There are no current vaccinations available. Some dogs can fight off the disease, however, they will eventually die. The most any vet can do is to treat kidney failure (but even this treatment isn’t a permanent solution)
I Think My Dog Has Alabama Rot, What Should I Do?
You should seek urgent Veterinary advice. The earlier you can recognise the symptoms and get your dog treated, the higher the chance of recovery.
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