At this time, Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists have confirmed two cases of Alabama Rot from the Goring area. Larkmead have shared all information gathered with the Alabama Rot Research Fund for their research.
What is Alabama Rot?
Alabama rot, or Cutaneous Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV), has been present in the UK since 2012 and has only been recorded in dogs.
It is important to highlight that this is still a rare disease, with 277 confirmed canine cases across the country (across 47 counties) since 2012 (47 in 2020 and 26 so far in 2021).
The cause is still unknown, but cases tend to initially develop an unexplained redness/soreness on the skin without any signs of trauma. This is most commonly seen on the legs, but can be found on the body, face, tongue or mouth. There is no apparent sex, breed or age predisposition. This is a very serious disease, which can cause kidney failure and although some dogs have survived with intensive treatment, it often results in fatality or euthanasia.
Over the last few years, more CRGV cases have been seen between October and April than between May and September, suggesting a possible Winter/Spring seasonality.
Please bear in mind that skin conditions are one of the most commonly seen concerns in veterinary practice and the vast majority of cases are very unlikely to be caused by Alabama rot.
How do I stop my dog from getting CRGV?
Unfortunately, there is currently no way to prevent your dog getting this disease and there is no evidence that it is linked to walking your dog in any specific location. The signs to look out for are unfortunately vague as skin lesions are the first presenting sign followed by anorexia, lethargy and vomiting once the kidneys start to fail. There is still ongoing research. You may wish to consider bathing any area of your dog which becomes wet or muddy on a walk; however, at this stage we do not know if this is necessary or of any benefit.
Some further information is available here.
There is a map available online which shows confirmed cases of CRGV in the UK.
Please visit the Stop Alabama Rot website for further information.
Last updated February 2021