Alabama Rot, clinically known as idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)

There is a fresh outbreak of the deadly flesh eating dog disease, Alabama Rot in the UK.

Since 2012 a total of 78 dogs have been confirmed with the disease in the UK. Furthermore, it has been found in at least 27 counties in England and Wales since this period.

The mysterious illness, first appeared in the late 1980s and affected greyhounds in America.

Recently, vets have issued a warning to pet owners across the South West to be vigilant, as 90 per cent of cases are fatal.

Experts remain baffled by the increased number of cases of the mystifying disease, which has killed seven dogs already this year and almost 100 in the last 4 years in Britain.

All breeds are affected, but the cause of the disease is unknown and there is no known way to prevent a dog from contracting the disease. However, there is a very useful guide available online to help people understand where in the UK confirmed cases have been found and advice on how to spot signs.

People concerned about the illness can now check if there are any confirmed cases in their area, thanks to a new online tool released by Vets4Pets.

General tips:

  • Avoid taking your dogs for walks in muddy wooded areas, in particularly after a period of heavy rainfall.

  • Wash your dog’s paws and legs thoroughly when you get back from the walk.

Signs to look out for

  • One of the most noticeable signs of the disease early in its onset is skin lesions that appear below the elbow or knee, or on the belly or muzzle. This abnormality in the tissue of an organism begins as a slow-healing ulcer. If you spot a wound(s) or lesions to the limbs of your pet, or on your dog’s face, that appear to take a long time to heal, contact your vet.

  • These warning signs can develop into sickness over the next 2 to 10 days, which may progress into symptoms of kidney failure.

Symptoms that will appear at this stage are:

Vomiting

Reduced appetite

Tiredness

Once again, if you see any of these symptoms contact a vet immediately.